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Importance of supporting school activities l Editor's Note


Last updated 12/13/2017 at Noon

I had the opportunity to attend Kamiak’s Holiday Concert this past weekend.

I unfortunately had never attended the performance before, but to say I was blown away would be an understatement.

I got to take my mom to the concert and we both had an awesome time.

We both especially loved the millennial holiday song, and that hit pretty close to home as I am always on my cell phone.

When I went to Kamiak, I remember the buzz around the performance, especially from those involved.

Many of my classmates talked about how it was their favorite thing about being in choir or orchestra. I also remember the amount of preparation caused some to stress over the concert.

Ultimately, every year, you hear that that performance was a great success and this year was no different. Kamiak consistently has incredible performing arts programs and this concert highlights the ability of those students and the teachers who guide them.

Because I know how much the concert means to students who have performed in it in the past, I have to say it’s awesome to see that the stands were packed.

I think it’s really important to support school activities like the performing arts because not only is there so much to be gained from a personal standpoint from performing, but practicing and performing alongside people creates a very tight-knit bond.

I never performed on a large stage like these performers, but I spent a lot of my time playing baseball for both my school and my summer club programs.

I will say first and foremost, winning is extremely fun, but it’s more fun to win when you’re playing with your close friends, and when playing in front of packed stands.

One of my biggest confidence boosting moments in my life came in my first varsity start against Edmonds Woodway, where we won on a walk off single and the stands were packed.

Things like sports, clubs and after school programs are essential for students to grow and make connections that will last a lifetime.

It’s also important that we as a community help them in any way we can.

Today, for instance, MOD Pizza, who I must say has been awesome with their contributions to the community since opening in Mukikteo, will be donating 20 percent of their sales from the day to Kamiak’s RBI Club, supporting the Kamiak baseball program as log as customers have a physical or digital copy of a flyer that can be found at

I recommend that anyone who is in Mukilteo and enjoys pizza stop by MOD with the flyer and support a great program and some great kids.

I have had the opportunity to coach at Kamiak the last two years, and they have a great group of young men who love the game and love playing baseball with their friends.

Coach Agnew and Coach Neighbors are two amazing guys who are doing a great job running that program.

I know that I will be getting lunch there today and I hope to see a lot of people there.

Mukilteo has a lot of great schools with great programs and I love to see the support of the community, and think that there is even more support that can be done.

Author Bio

Brandon Gustafson, Editor, Mukilteo Beacon

Brandon Gustafson was named editor of the Mukilteo Beacon in October, 2017. Born and raised in Mukilteo, Brandon attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School, and Kamiak High School, graduating in 2013. After high school, Brandon attended Shoreline Community College, earning his associate's degree while playing for the school's baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism.

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