Record South Whidbey INSIDE Falcons nip Wolves See...A8 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014 | Vol. 90, No. 10 | WWW.SOUTHWHIDBEYRECORD.COM | 75¢ Newlyweds win ‘Super’ big Ben Watanabe / The Record Amanda and Chris Peters beam with excitement a few days before flying to New York City. They won tickets to Super Bowl 48 at the Goose. Clinton couple heads to Super Bowl 48 with all-expenses-paid trip By BEN WATANABE South Whidbey Record Newlywed Clinton residents Amanda and Chris Peters are now Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks fans. They recently won tickets to the coveted game after entering their names into a drawing at the Goose Community Grocer nearly five months ago. To hear Chris tell the story of how an all-expenses-paid trip was won is to hear the story of Chris and Amanda working hard, rooting for the Seahawks, and a lifetime of football fandom. Cheering the Seahawks has been a Peters family pastime for decades and became especially important after former NFL wide receiver Jeff Chadwick visited Peters’ father following his diagnosis of leukemia. Chadwick gave him a football signed by many players on the 1991 team, a prized possession of Peters’. His dad died many years ago, but the legacy of rooting for Seattle continued, and Chris could not help but wonder if some supernatural or divine work was at hand. “Is my dad the reason I get to go to the Super Bowl?” Chris asked. “I’ll never know, but that’s what I’m thinking.” Eventually, Seahawks fever spread to Amanda, especially SEE SUPER BOWL, A15 8th graders learn amongst the trees By CELESTE ERICKSON South Whidbey Record Chairs were replaced by logs, desks by laps and textbooks by the real thing — nature. Students went beyond the controlled environment of a typical classroom and into the forest this week. Langley Middle School eighth grad- ers enjoyed a day at South Whidbey State Park as part of a weeks-long learning project on local history. Four groups of about 30 students visited the park each day last week to learn and be inspired. The trip aimed to connect students to the park and show they are part of it as well, said Susie Richards, co-director of Service, Education & Adventure (SEA). “Our belief is that the most important way to learn is with hands-on, direct experience,” she added. The field trip was a collaboration among several non-profit organizations including SEA, South Whidbey Schools Foundation and Friends of SEE PARK, A14 Celeste Erickson / The Record Gwyn Ramsay, 13, Makeda Browne, 14 and Franklyn Wooldridge, 13, wrap their arms around a tree.