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OPINION | Roegner: Who will fill two vacant city council seats? [4] Johnson: Slavery and sex trafficking in Federal Way [4] CRIME BLOTTER | Police catch an alleged vehicle thief napping inside a vehicle [3] CALENDAR | Upcoming events include holiday bazaars, Christmas music [10-11]

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Training targets student discipline in schools Data: most referrals involve black males

Gay couples await legal marriage ‘We’ve got to thank all the straight people’ By ANDY HOBBS

After 38 years together, Sue Huff and Donna Caldwell will tie the knot. “We can finally make it official,”

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Federal Way teachers will undergo mandatory “cultural competency” training to curb inequities in student discipline. According to the statistics compiled by the district and the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), a stark disproportionality exists in the district when it comes to discipline for male students and AfricanAmerican students. At all levels, from elementary to high school, males make up anywhere between 69 percent to 85 percent of all disciplinary referrals. Those referrals can include being sent to the office, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension or outright expulsion. The Federal Way School Board received an executive summary [ more DISCIPLINE, p. 22 ] NEWSPAPER RACKS: To see a list of rack locations for the print edition of The Mirror, visit

Washington. “We’ve got to thank all the straight people,” Caldwell said. In February 2012, same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington when Gov. Chris Gregoire signed Senate Bill 6239 into law. Two days later, Preserve Marriage Washington submitted more than 200,000 signatures to block the legislation [ more MARRIAGE, p. 23 ]


Enterprise Elementary helps Hurricane Sandy victims The student council at Enterprise Elementary School sponsored a coin drive to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. From Nov. 15-19, the school raised $700 for the Red Cross. Enterprise fifth-grader Zachary Yoon, who is president of the student council, helped lead the coin drive. At a school assembly Nov. 27, Zachary (pictured) was presented with a humanitarian award from Deputy Superintendent Mark Davidson. “I’m really proud of our whole school,” Zachary said. The original goal was to raise $400. In late October, Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast. Damage is estimated at more than $70 billion. States like New Jersey and New York were especially hit hard as thousands of people lost their homes. ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror

With the contentiousness over the delay of light rail to Federal Way dying down in recent months, the Federal Way City Council and Sound Transit are discussing the next steps. At the council’s Nov. 20 meeting, officials talked about the current process Sound Transit is undergoing in trying to make light rail a reality in Federal Way. Ric Illgenfritz, an executive planning and project director for Sound Transit, reported to the council about current activities regarding the light rail project. “We are fully funded to take the project through to construction to Kent/Des Moines,” Illgenfritz said, referencing the ST2 ballot measure and its associated projects that voters approved in 2008. “We are funded to complete the environmental review and preliminary engineering through to a

Light rail has been delayed to Federal Way. COURTESY PHOTO record of decision, all the way to the (Federal Way Transit Center). And what that does is put the project in a shovel ready status for possible future implementation if we can find the funding.” Illgenfritz said Sound Transit is looking at pursuing federal funding to meet the tax revenue shortfall caused by the economic downturn that began in 2008. “Our goal here is to make this project eligible for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) ‘New Starts’ funding,” he said. “If we can’t solve the funding problem, [ more TRANSIT, p. 22 ]

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Federal Way’s award-winning poet enlightens young writers By ANDY HOBBS

Richard Wakefield, an award-winning poet from Federal Way, shared his writing wisdom with students at Mirror Lake Elementary. On Wednesday, Wakefield visited Hayley Mathis’ fifth-grade class to discuss

Pictured: On Nov. 28, Federal Way poet Richard Wakefield visited fifth-graders at Mirror Lake Elementary. Andy Hobbs, The Mirror


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Wakefield later thumbed through his poetry book, “A Vertical Mile,” for examples of alliteration, a literary device consisting of repetitive consonant sounds. For example, in one poem, the line “cuts across the creek” emphasizes the hard “c” and creates a cadence while conveying the point. Wakefield told the students that reading and writing poetry will make them better writers. “It really makes you think about how words fit together and how words flow,” he said. Mathis was grateful that her students had a chance

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to meet someone with a writing career. “They had something to connect with,” she said, thanking Joan Tornow of Communities In Schools of Federal Way for arranging the visit. Wakefield has been writing poetry for 44 years. He was 16 years old when his first poem was published. Wakefield is the author of several books, ranging from original poetry collections to a dissertation on Robert Frost. He has taught American Literature at Tacoma Community College since 1985 and is a regular contributing writer for the Seattle Times. Wakefield has received national honors for his poetry with the Richard Wilbur Award in 2006 and the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award in 2009.

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Police Blotter Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log: • Vehicle thief takes a nap: At 8:50 a.m. Nov. 24 in the 2300 block of South 291st Street, police came upon an “oddly parked” car. Upon closer examination they discovered a man sleeping inside the vehicle. A further check of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of drug paraphernalia and shaved keys. The report also notes the man had active warrants for vehicle theft, and was arrested and booked for those warrants. • Sister fight: At 2:04 a.m. Nov. 25 in the 900 block of SW Campus Drive, police responded to a call of a dispute. According to the report, two adult sisters had been in a fight, with one physically assaulting the other. The one sister was arrested, while the sister who was a victim refused to cooperate with police. • Counterfeit $20: At 4:51 a.m. Nov. 25 in the 2300 block of South 320th Street, a person attempted to use a counterfeit $20 bill. According to the report, the person claimed they had no knowledge that the bill was fake. The bill was taken by police and booked into evidence. • Pay phones still exist?: At 6:41 a.m. Nov. 25 in the 2200 block of South 320th Street, police responded to a hangup call from a pay phone. Upon arrival, they found a man at the pay phone, although he denied making the 911 call. Police ran a check on the man and discovered an active warrant. According to the report, the man was arrested and booked into the SCORE jail facility. • No honor among thieves?: At 12:32 p.m. Nov. 24 in the 1900 block of South Commons, a woman was arrested for attempting to steal a purse. According to the report, the woman had also stolen a purse from the same store the previous day. When asked if she could return the first purse, the woman stated someone had broken into her car and stolen it. • Strange visitor at backdoor: At 11:55 p.m. Nov. 24 in the 31000 block of 14th Avenue South, an unknown suspect came to the victim’s sliding glass door at the back of the victim’s residence. According to the report, the unknown suspect brandished a gun at the victim, but fled the area when the victim reached to pick up their phone to call police. • Bathroom stall sleeper: At 8:06 a.m. Nov. 23 in the 1900 block of South 314th Street, store employees contacted police about a man sleeping in a bathroom stall. According to the report, the man had been trespassed from the property the day before. • Dazed teen wandering streets: At 1:25 a.m. Nov. 22 in the 28000 block of Pacific Highway South, a minor was observed walking down the road with visible injuries and no shirt. Upon contact, police determined the minor had been consuming alcohol, and refused to say where the injuries came from. When police attempted

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The hunt for council applicants The election is over. Federal Way City Councilmembers Linda Kochmar and Roger Freeman are preparing to join the state Legislature and vacate their council seats. As a result, the hottest game in town is the maneuvering to see who will be selected to replace them. Whoever is appointed will have to stand for election next year along with the position currently held by Councilmember Jeannie Burbidge. Mayor Skip Priest is also up for election next year and has a big interest in who is appointed to the council. Interviews are likely in early January. At one point after the election, it appeared there might only be one council vacancy, as Freeman considered retaining his council position in addition to his new legislative duties. He has apparently reconsidered that option and will leave the council. The maneuvering for council positions actually began many months ago when Kochmar and Freeman announced their interest in the Legislature. At that time, there were also rumors that Burbidge might not run. Burbidge isn’t commenting, but it looks like she may run again. If you want to be on the council, you either have to get one of the appointments, or run for one of the three seats next year. While the process is still unfolding, there is significant speculation. Names being mentioned as possible applicants include local businessmen Mark Walsh, who ran several years ago, and Jack Stanford, who is also active in several community groups. Other possibilities include Hope Elder, a former city council member who lost to current Councilmember Dini Duclos in 2007 in an effort to return to the council; former council candidate Mark Kop-

pang, who is chair of the 30th District Republicans; School Board President Tony Moore; former school board candidate Ron Walker; Planning Commissioner Diana Noble-Gulliford; Kelly Maloney, who works for Orion Industries; and Keith Livingston, who is on the Arts Commission. Moore and Noble-Gulliford, like Koppang, are Republicans. Elder is a Democrat. However, there are several moving parts. The ingredients in the stew of decision-making include power (who has it and who wants it), along with community, ethnicity, gender and political representation. Despite no significant policy differences, the current city council has been politically split with Deputy Mayor Jim Ferrell and Councilmembers Susan Honda, Bob Celski and Freeman in one corner, and Councilmembers Duclos, Burbidge and Kochmar in the other. The differences are fluid and relate more to personal relationships and alliances. Ferrell is deputy mayor and would like to stay in that position a second year, which has been a tradition. That was threatened by the minority of the council at their retreat last January. Ferrell will want someone who will support him and that he can work with. But he has other complications. He switched from Republican to Democrat earlier this year, and the Democrats are likely to support at least one candidate for appointment. Ferrell endorsed Freeman for the Legislature, but not Roger Flygare, who was the other Democrat running. Ferrell still needs to earn the confidence of some of the rank-andfile Democrats. Supporting a Republican for the council may prove awkward for him if he has future political plans, although the council is non-partisan. [ more ROEGNER, page 5 ] Bob Roegner




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This month, I attended training by folks from the Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking (FWCAT). I learned that one social worker with Youth Care in Seattle who works with sex trafficking victims has 65 youth on her caseload, and 35 are from Federal Way. The issues facing our local youth are important, intense and imminent. Pimps, young and old, profile vulnerable youth, promise them love, understanding and acceptance, then lead them into a life of slavery, where they are required to prostitute themselves to make daily quotas of money. The average age of a child who is trafficked is 11. They come from all walks of life and are victims of manipulation and deceit. The average lifespan of a child who is trafficked is a startling seven years. The emotional and physical abuse these children endure leads them to fear for their safety, become leery of those who can help them (like police), and identify with their abusers and captors over their own safety. What can we do? Here are some suggestions for parents and others who work with and care about children: • Be aware of the social networks your children are using. • Have children set their profiles to private, and only friend people they know in person. • Remind them never to go meet someone they met online; and especially not to go alone. • If they are older teens or young adults and meeting someone for the first time, remind them to meet in a highly public place, like a busy restaurant or coffee shop. Help them look for signs in their friends: injuries or bruises, branding, a change in behavior or language, dressing differently, acquiring expensive gifts, skipping class, having an older boyfriend/ girlfriend, or having older friends in general. Remind your children that if someone tells them they cannot tell you something or do something because you will be harmed if they do, that’s a huge red flag, and they should tell you immediately. Remind them there are always people who can help them, and to trust people in law enforcement if they find themselves in trouble. Remind them that adults should not need the help of a child — to find a puppy or get directions or anything. They can find another adult to help. Help them understand what a healthy relationship looks like. A healthy relationship means that they aren’t asked to break rules or do anything they are uncomfortable with. They should feel safe, have a life outside of the relationship, share in [ more JOHNSON, page 5 ]

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In response to “Federal Way teachers face training for student discipline,” Nov. 28: Unfortunately, feminist and postmodern thought has led to this. Female domination, not equality, is the goal. Starting in kindergarten, boys and girls are taught that typical little girl behavior is the norm, and boys are punished and made to feel ashamed for acting like little boys. Our entire public education system is set up

to favor girls. Achievement scores, graduation rates, college entrance rates, and college graduation rates demonstrate this. — Casey Hills In response to “Federal Way teachers face training for student discipline,” Nov. 29: I think this is a good start toward equaling the field, so to speak. I know there are a certain group of students who use

To submit an item or photo for publication: email Letters may be edited for style, clarity and length. a bullying tactic with teachers in the classroom, making it difficult for the teacher to remain objective. These students have a “what are you going to do about it” attitude that other students see. Teachers can become exhausted by the constant attitude of students such as these. When this happens, even more inequities erupt. The teachers can

often be more aggressive with the students they are able to control and quit trying with the ones they cannot. While it’s important for schools to do what they can, I cannot help but blame the parents lack of involvement. The problem begins at home, for a thousand reasons. As parents, and as a community, it is our job to raise a good contribution to the world, which includes respect of self, and others, in all aspects of their lives. — Teri Hyatt-Oushani

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PSE prepares Federal Way for the next storm By Greg Allmain

Puget Sound Energy is doing a lot of work in Federal Way to ensure the power stays on when a major storm happens. “We are working on a half mile of underground feeder. We’re also replacing some large switches in the area that over the years have deteriorated, before they fail,” said Doug Corbin, PSE’s municipal liaison manager, in a presentation to the city council Nov. 20. “We’re replacing bare conductors with tree wire, at two different locations this year, and also for next year, we’ve identified at least two others.” Corbin added that PSE would be working on Redondo Way beginning

Nov. 28. The “tree wire” of “distribution circuit” he referred to is a stronger tree trimming so far. Those form of electrical wire that wires are the ones that feed PSE uses that can better into Federal Way’s neighwithstand the effects of fall- borhoods and similar areas, ing limbs and branches in Corbin said. the event of a major storm. Tree trimming has Outside of those improvebeen done for 1.3 miles of ments, PSE has also transmission lines, been doing extensive which are the lines work underground, that connect PSE’s IN OTHER Corbin said. substations to each “We’re in the other. process of replacing Even with all of 24 aging underground that done, PSE has cables. We’ve got about 60 set an ambitious goal to to 70 percent of those done. be completed by the end of The remaining ones will 2012 and will continue into hopefully get completed by 2013, Corbin noted. the end of the year,” he said. “We have an additional Perhaps the largest bit of 21 miles that we scheduled work PSE will be doing in to complete this year. We the Federal Way area is an don’t have a lot of time, but aggressive tree trimming they’re aggressively pursuprogram, according to ing that, and that’s all in the Corbin. The energy comFederal Way area,” Corbin pany has trimmed 3.8 miles said.


[ ROEGNER from page 4] Honda has supported Ferrell, but she was supported by Kochmar in her council bid and returned that favor by supporting Kochmar for the Legislature. She leans Democratic, but is more independent. She may want a woman on the council to replace the departing Kochmar. Celski is a Republican and defeated Jack Dovey to join the council, and Dovey was supported by Priest. Freeman is a Democrat, and is said to favor an African-American such as Moore or Walker as his replacement. Duclos isn’t likely to want another Ferrell supporter on the council and has been an ally of Priest, as has Burbidge. Both Duclos and Burbidge may also favor a woman in deference to Kochmar. Since Kochmar and Freeman can’t vote on the person who would

replace their respective positions, it would appear the remaining council is split 3-2 — and you need four votes. Some council members will want someone who is friendly to the mayor, but that does not appear to be the majority opinion. Also, are any of the council members thinking of running for mayor? And would that affect their vote? Speculation regarding Ferrell’s future hasn’t stopped since he lost the mayor’s race two years ago. Could he be thinking of running again? Let’s add an interesting twist regarding that 3-2 split I mentioned. There are at least two possible ways to get to four votes, in addition to compromise. A vacancy doesn’t exist until Kochmar and Freeman resign. What happens if Kochmar resigns, but Freeman stays on the council long enough to vote for a candidate to re-

There will also be 35 miles of transmission tree trimming to help maintain reliability for aerial conductors, Corbin said, and an additional 33 miles of distribution circuit tree trimming is scheduled for the first quarter of 2013. All of this work, Corbin said, is to make sure the power stays on as much as possible in Federal Way when storms hit the area, like the one in January 2012. Federal Way experienced a number of power outages. There were residents without power for a number of days afterward. PSE’s goal is to make sure those outages don’t occur again. “We want to work with the city about reliability concerns. We want to know what you’re hearing from

place her? That would secure Ferrell’s position. Then Freeman could resign, having made a strong “suggestion” on who he wanted to replace him. The other possibility is that the council votes to appoint someone to Kochmar’s position, and after that person is sworn in, they join the council and vote on Freeman’s position. Awkward? Yes, since they wouldn’t have been a council member and participated in the council discussion regarding the other candidates. Could that actually happen? Could there be vote trading? Could there be sidebar discussions? The goal is to seat two new members of the council and it may not be pretty. But it’s politics — anything could happen.

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner, a former mayor of Auburn:

In a scene from last January’s winter storm, vehicles drive on a snow-covered 1st Avenue South in Federal Way. COURTESY PHOTO your citizens on reliability, so we can make sure we’re hearing the same thing, and doing our due process,” Corbin said. “We’re taking a look at it. We’re making sure that we look at the possibilities of what we can or can’t do.”

Mayor Skip Priest commented on PSE’s efforts. “I think there’s been a commitment by PSE that we’re very appreciative of,” Priest said, “to be very proactive…that we address these issues before, rather than after.”

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decisions, and have fun most of the time. Teach them that relationship red flags include isolation, being asked or told to do something you are uncomfortable with, embarrassing or shaming you, guilt, threats, or violence. Do not opt out of this training when it comes to your child’s school. Although we may not want to talk to our youth about these issues because they are scary and we think they won’t happen to us, it’s important to inoculate them with information and education. Even if this never hap-

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Federal Way schools join finalists for Race to the Top grant By GREG ALLMAIN

The Road Map Project, a regional consortium of school districts from Federal Way, Auburn, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila, is one of 61 finalists for the federal Race to the Top competition. The grant competition will pick 15 to 25 applications to award federal money to, with the grants ranging from $5 mil-

lion to $40 million. The winners be be announced by Dec. 31. “The Road Map District Consortium,” as the group called itself on its application for the federal dollars, is asking for up to $40 million to help “drive educational improvement in South Seattle and South King County.” If the group’s application is one of the winners, the Puget Sound Educational District will be the lead agency on project manage-

School board named ‘board of distinction’ The Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) has named the Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) Board of Directors a “board of distinction” at the WSSDA Conference in Spokane earlier this month. FWPS Superintendent Rob Neu said the award is a recognition of the bold choices the school board has made in recent years. “Our board of directors is highly deserving of this honor,” Neu said. “They have made courageous decisions on behalf of all children we serve, and stood by those decisions through a difficult implementation. They have high expectations of all children — and high expectations of our staff. They walk their talk. All means all.” Some of the board’s recent decisions include the Accelerated Academics policy, and the implementation of Standards Based Education and its grading component, Standards Based Grading. In both instances, the board and FWPS administrators faced tough criticism from members of the community, but, after some time with each program, things have settled down as the students, teachers and families have adjusted to the new policies. “These boards have excelled as school governance teams,” said Dr. Jonelle Adams, the WSSDA’s executive director. “They provided extensive documentation and our evaluation was rigorous. They are exceptional school boards.” According to the district, boards apply to be considered for the title of Board of

Distinction. There are five criteria that must be met: • Providing responsible school district governance • Setting and communicating high expectations for student learning, with clear goals and plans for meeting those expectations • Creating conditions district-wide for student and staff success • Holding the school district accountable for meeting student learning expectations • Engaging the local community and representing the values and expectations they hold for their schools The board consists of president Tony Moore, vice president Angela Griffin, Danny Peterson, Claire Wilson and Ed Barney.

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School district reviews testing, student data By GREG ALLMAIN

Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) now has its first batch of data to establish a baseline for future direction, according to Dave Davis, director of assessment for the district. Davis gave an update to the school board Nov. 13, saying the establishment of that baseline is a big step in having a clearer picture of where student achievement in the district stands. Davis also discussed the “Ends” policy that FWPS follows when talking about student achievement. The specific End that relates to student achievement is Ends 2 (E2). “Each student at every grade level will perform at or above the state or district standard in all disciplines. Each student’s progress shall be measured annually by academic growth,” Davis said, citing the district’s policy word for word. “This is the culmination of several work studies, several meetings, to look at E2 compliance.” In 2012, there were 153,307 assessments of one kind or another given in the district, Davis said. According to data provided by Davis in his presentation (and found at www.fwps. org), FWPS spent $113,855 on in-district testing in 2012. The district spent $363,477 on state testing and $364,164 on advanced programs testing. According to Davis, that large figure of assessments isn’t unexpected. “A district this size, it isn’t uncommon,” he said. One of the big reasons for the implementation of Standards Based Education (SBE) and Standards Based Grading (SBG) was to give the district a large, macroview of where resources need to go to improve student achievement, and also to provide a micro-view for teachers at the classroom level to have an idea of where individual students also need help. Davis said the first part of this has been achieved because with the first bit of data from the district under SBE and SBG, that aforementioned baseline has been established. Davis shared a number of slides in his PowerPoint presentation, showing grade distribution across

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will be on display Dec. 1-14. A free public reception will run 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 5. The visiting Indonesian faculty will to present to share their culture and speak about the exhibit. Visit Reception for Kochmar and Freeman: Federal Way City Councilmembers Roger Freeman and Linda Kochmar will be treated to a farewell reception at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at City Hall. The two are heading to Olympia after their recent victories in the election for the state House of Representatives. Cake and light refreshments will be on hand. The public is welcome to attend. Shelley Puariea: The Federal Way/Auburn Boys and Girls Club will host an appreciation gathering for executive director Shelley Puariea, who will transfer to the Ballard branch. Free event runs 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at 30815 8th Ave. S. Attendees can share their thoughts in a memory book. Contact or (206) 412-8343. Free group vocal lessons: Jet Cities Chorus offers free group vocal lessons from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 10 at Todd Beamer High School’s choir room, 35999 16th Ave. S., Federal Way. The all-female chorus (with more than 50 members ranging in age from 20 to 70) sings a capella music in the barbershop style. Contact (253) 630-4077 or jetcitieschorus@ Wild Waves: Holiday with Lights will transform Wild Waves Theme Park into a nighttime holiday wonderland. Opening night begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 with a tree lighting ceremony. Guests can experience their favorite rides, holidaythemed entertainment, sounds of the season, Santa Claus and more from Dec. 14-31 (excluding Dec. 24-25). General admission is $14.99 plus tax; 2012 Season Pass members will receive free admission. Discount tickets are available for $12.99 plus tax online at or at Safeway locations. Families with children ages 3 and under are free. Jazz LIVE at Marine View: Northwest guitarist Michael Powers will perform a free all-ages Christmas jazz concert at 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Drive NE, Tacoma. Info: (253) 229-9206 or www.

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The pickup truck’s passengers, which included a 5-year-old child who was properly restrained, suffered minor injuries. No other injuries were reported. The male passenger of the Expedition Mirror staff reports fled the scene on foot and was apprehended by Federal Way police a short while later in A suspect in a previous hit-and-run the 34000 block of 16th Avenue South. The accident was apprehended Thursday passenger currently faces no charges morning after he fled the scene of an related to the collision, but the accident. Breaking investigation is ongoing, according A two-vehicle collision was reto the state patrol. ported at 8:12 a.m. Nov. 29 at South However, the man faces potential 348th Street/State Route 18, just east felony hit-and-run charges for his of Enchanted Parkway in Federal Way. alleged involvement as a driver in a A Ford Expedition was traveling westprevious collision that occurred Nov. 27 bound and crossed over into eastbound in the 1200 block of South 320th Street, lanes, striking a pickup truck head-on, according to a Federal Way police spokesaccording to the Washington State Patrol. woman. The extent of the injuries caused The driver of the Expedition, a 33-year-old by the Nov. 27 accident are unknown, the female, is under investigation for DUI, acspokeswoman said, and Federal Way police cording to the state patrol. are still working on that case.


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Heritage Bank and Grace Church partnered together this year to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in the Federal Way School District. Their goal was to provide Thanksgiving meals for 100 families. The average cost per family for a Thanksgiving meal is around $30. With the support from both Grace Church and the Heritage Bank customers, they were able to achieve this year’s goal. Pictured: Pastor Jon McIntosh from Grace Church, Janice Siebenaler, manager at Heritage Bank, and her employees Kristina Washington, Kari White, Randi Brown, Noz Ayar and Kristine Zamora. Courtesy photo

History bowl team The Thomas Jefferson High School History Bowl team swept its way to victory at the Western Washington Regional History Bowl competition on Nov. 17. The team is comprised of students Julia Huber, Paul Jaquish, Elissa McDavid, Hanna Moor and Abigail Rood, and is coached by TJ history teacher Steven Hall. They went undefeated in seven rounds of play, culminating in a 10-point victory in the finals against Pope John Paul II High School. COURTESY PHOTO

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decatur hosting hurricane harris invitational on dec. 8 The Decatur High School wrestling team will host the Hurricane Harris Invitational on Dec. 8. The 17-team tournament will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. inside the Decatur gym. Teams include Timberline, W.F. West, Chehalis, Selah, Kentlake, Kent-Meridian, Redmond, Lincoln, Shorecrest, Nathan Hale, Sumner, Tacoma Baptist, Kennedy, Hazen, Cascade and Skyline. The tournament is named after Robert “Hurricane” Harris, who drowned in Lake Tapps in September 2011. Harris was a standout wrestler for the Gators.

UFC: Henderson’s homecoming Dec. 8

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Decatur grad will defend his title at Seattle’s KeyArena against Nate Diaz By CASEY OLSON


Benson Henderson is coming home to defend his lightweight Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) belt. The Decatur High School graduate will take on Nate Diaz in the main event of the nationally-televised UFC on Fox 5 card Dec. 8 at Seattle’s KeyArena. “Five minutes after they announced it, I had 20 calls and texts,” Henderson said during a recent interview. “I’ve got a ton of messages and tweets and emails from my buddies. There’s going to be a large pro-Ben Henderson crowd.” Henderson (16-2 overall) is a perfect 5-0 in the UFC since moving over from the smaller World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) organization. Henderson, who now lives and trains in Glendale, Ariz., held the WEC lightweight championship for over a year before having his 10-fight win streak snapped by Anthony “Showtime” Pettis in December 2011. Since the loss to Pettis and the eventual takeover of the WEC by the UFC, Henderson has steamrolled four of the UFC’s top contenders in very impressive fashion.

Decatur High School graduate Benson Henderson will defend his UFC lightweight championship Dec. 8 at KeyArena during the UFC on Fox 5 event. courtesy photo He beat Canada’s Mark Bocek by unanimous decision in front of 55,000 fans in Toronto in April 2011. Henderson then stopped Jim Miller’s seven-match UFC win streak in August before winning another unanimous decision over Clay Guida in November at UFC on FOX in Anaheim. He then beat Edgar at UFC 144 in Japan to win the UFC 155-pound title and won the rematch Aug. 11.

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at winning a UFC championship. “It’s a big fight,” Diaz said Tuesday. “It’s important for the belt. It’s pretty much the biggest thing going on right now. I’m just trying to prepare the best way I can and train hard with my teammates.” The UFC on Fox 5 main card in KeyArena also includes Brazilian Mauricio “Shogun” Rua against Swedish prospect Alexander Gustafsson [ more ufc page 16 ]

The Federal Way School District has long been a hotbed for some of the best boys basketball talent in the state of Washington. Federal Way and Decatur have been mainstays at the state tournament. The Eagles have made 15 state appearances, including a title in 2009, and the Gators have 12 state appearances since 1992, including the Daryon James last six years. Even 8-yearold Todd Beamer has played at the Class 4A State Boys Basketball Tournament. And then there is the Thomas Jefferson boys basketball program. The Raiders have never qualified for a state tournament in the 45-year history of the school. The last time TJ even played at the West Central District Tournament was 1985. It’s something that isn’t lost on the 2012-13 edition of the Raiders, and it’s something fourth-year head coach Kyle Templeton isn’t shying away from. The 1995 TJ grad thinks this season’s group of players [ more boys hoop page 18 ]

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Briefs: Beamer’s Miller inks with Eastern club season. Like Watson, she is a three-time all-league Two of the top players player. Miller was named to from the South Puget Sound the SPSL South second team League will be joining the in 2011 and 2012, and was Eastern Washington Univer- a member of the honorable sity volleyball team next fall, mention squad as a sophoincluding Todd Beamer’s more in 2010. Sophie Miller. “Sophie is coming to Miller, along with KentEastern as a setter, but I first Meridian’s Chloe Watson, watched her as a middle have signed national letters blocker in club and I just of intent to play volleyball loved her tenacity,” said at Eastern, Westlake. announced “She menEWU intioned to me terim head that she set coach Lisa for her high Westlake. school team, As memso I watched bers of the some film same disand suggested trict, Watson she come to and Miller our camp. were rivals That was the during high best move we school, but could have in their club made. She careers, the has all the two have actools a setter tually played Beamer senior Sophie Miller needs, plus will play volleyball at Eastern. together as more. She teammates has a good for fivehead on her straight years. shoulders, she moves well Watson and Miller played and has a great touch. She is two years with the Narrows also very coachable and has Volleyball Club, before join- long arms which make her a ing the KJ Volleyball Club good prospect to run a 5-1.” for the 2010-11, 2011-12 and A four-year letter wincurrent 2012-13 seasons. ner with the Titans, Miller They have led their teams to served as her team captain the Junior National Champi- for two seasons, and was onships for four-consecutive twice selected as the team’s years, and were ranked most valuable player. either first or second in the “As an assistant coach Puget Sound Region from here, my area of concentra2009-12. tion was the middle hitters Miller was a setter for her and team blocking, which I high school team, but played enjoyed,” added Westlake. middle blocker during the “But I am a setter at heart, Courtesy Eastern Washington

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With the search for the next great American heavyweight underway, renowned promoter Roy Englebrecht believes that he has found one. Englebrecht announced Tuesday that Federal Way’s Vincent Thompson has signed a five-year contract. “I am very excited to sign with Roy Englebrecht Promotions (REP),” said the 29-year-old Thompson, who is 11-0 as a pro. “Roy has a long history in boxing and he is the type of promoter who will give me the opportunity to reach my goal to become the heavyweight champion of the world.” Thompson will make his debut under the REP banner on Dec. 6, when he

faces Giovanni Sarran on the Fight Club OC card at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Calif. “To have the opportunity to sign and promote Vincent Thompson at this point in his career is an honor for my company,” said Englebrecht. Thompson (11-0, 2 KOs) has had gloves on his fists since the age of six and was 23-5 as an amateur. Thompson turned pro in August 2009 with a four-round win over Freddie Miller and he hasn’t skipped a beat since. Vincent Thompson A popular boxer in Federal Way, “Vicious” Vincent’s hand speed and ring savvy always produces a packed house. In his most recent bout in May, Thompson delivered a near-shutout performance in decisioning Joell Godfrey on the nationally-televised ESPN Friday Night Fights. “I’ve had the opportunity to see Vince’s entire career from Day One, and have seen the progression,” said REP matchmaker Whitfield Haydon. “He has come a long way in a fairly short time. What he does well, he does very well. His hand speed and mental makeup are world class.” Tickets for the Dec. 6 Fight Club OC show, featuring Thompson, along with six additional bouts, can be purchased online at www.

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The Federal Way girls basketball team has been the gold standard in the South Puget Sound League South Division in recent memory. The Eagles have made six consecutive trips to the postseason, including four-straight state tournament berths. During that time, Federal Way was an impressive 126-37 and finished second at the state tournament in 2011 and third in 2009. But Federal Way features new leadership this season. Josh DeYoe takes over for Danny Graham. DeYoe and the Eagles will be led this year by senior Raven Benton. The 5-foot10 guard enters her fourth season as a starter after earning first-team, All-SPSL South honors last season. Benton averaged 15.2 points as a junior and led Federal Way to a 22-6 record and the SPSL South title. But Benton, along with sophomore Mariyah Vongsaveng, are basically the only two players who saw any significant court time a season ago. Vongsaveng, who won the 300-meter hurdle state championship in the spring, averaged 2.9 points last year. “We will need to play good team defense and get in the open court offensively,” DeYoe said. “Our on-court leadership will be vital.” DeYoe will also be counting on newcomers

Alison Stephens has a very young team, including six sophomores, a freshman and one junior. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing,” Stephens said. “Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Maxwell led the Gators in scoring with 11 points during their first game of the season, a 39-33 loss to Stadium Tuesday.

Kayla Smith, who is a 6-foot junior, and Zaedrea Robinson, a 5-10 sophomore. Federal Way started the season with an impressive 55-41 win over Auburn Mountainview Monday night. Benton finished with a game-high 27 points and Robinson had 14.

Beamer The Titans seem primed to make a run into the postseason after finishing 8-12 a season ago. Beamer features a new coach, Corey Alexander, and one of the best players in the SPSL, Megan Huff. Alexander comes to Beamer after serving as an assistant at Auburn Riverside for the past two seasons. Huff is a 6-foot-2 wing, who is already drawing interest from some of the better college basketball programs in the West. Huff played in only 15 games last season as a sophomore, but averaged 16.5 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots a game and was also a first-team, All-SPSL South Division selection by the league’s coaches. The Titans also return senior Makayla Sullivan and sophomores Liesa Young and Carrie Lyn Ramos. Beamer will also be counting on newcomers Nia Alexander, Bria Rice and Quinessa Caylao-do. “Mental toughness and consistency will make the team successful,” Alexander said. “Being young might be the reason for us not to be

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Jefferson The Raiders qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2009 a season ago. But TJ will have a new leader this season in Gina Gildyard. She takes over from Jerry Krueger, who coached the Raiders for nine seasons. This year, Krueger led TJ into the postseason for the first time since 2009 before bowing Federal Way senior Raven Benton has played at the state out at the West Central tournament during all three of her seasons for the Eagles. Last year, she District Tournament with a averaged 15.2 points and was a first-team, all-league selection. file photo 10-14 record. Krueger didn’t leave the TJ cupboard bare. Leading But Decatur lost their four successful.” the list of returners is senior leading scorers, includThe Titans started the Jada Piper. The 5-foot-11 ing first-team, all-leaguer season with an impressive guard was a first-team, A’yesia Rogers. 69-44 non-league win over All-SPSL North selection Latrice Johnson returns Jefferson. Huff led four last year after averaging after averaging 4.1 points Beamer players in double a team-best 13.8 points. last season and will be figures with 19 points. Rice Piper scored more than 20 joined by seniors Stephafinished with 15, Megan points five times during the nie Maxwell and Marissa Lingren chipped in 11 and season. Wendel and sophomore Alexander had 10. The Raiders open their Autumn Arment. After that, SPSL North season at home second-year head coach tonight at Kentridge. Decatur The Gators had a solid year last season, finishing 8-13 in the SPSL 3A.

Beamer Titans Coach: Corey Alexander (first season) Last year’s record: 8-12 (seventh in SPSL South) Strong returners: Jr. Megan Huff (center/forward); Sr. Makayla Sullivan (guard); Soph. Liesa Young (forward); Soph. Carrie Lyn Ramos (guard). Key newcomers: Fr. Nia Alexander; Fr. Bria Rice; Fr. Quinessa Caylao-do.

Decatur Gators Coach: Alison Stephens (second season) Last year’s record: 6-12 (fourth in SPSL 3A) Strong returners: Sr. Stephanie Maxwell (center); Sr. Latrice Johnson (guard); Sr. Marissa Wendel (forward); Soph. Autumn Arment (guard). Key newcomers: Soph. Melissa Garcia (guard); Soph. Marissa Johnson (guard); Soph. Dez Kamm (guard); Fr. Skyler Leach (guard/ forward); Jr. Janiece Flucker (guard/ forward); Soph. Laticia Scott (forward); Soph. Sabrina Lee (forward).

Federal Way Eagles Coach: Joshua DeYoe (first season) Last year’s record: 22-6 (first in SPSL South) Strong returners: Sr. Raven Benton (guard); Soph. Mariyah Vongsaveng (guard). Key newcomers: Jr. Kayla Smith (forward/center).

Jefferson Raiders Coach: Gina Gildyard (first season) Last year’s record: 10-14 (fifth in SPSL North) Strong returners: Sr. Jada Piper (guard); Sr. Reno Whitcomb (guard); Soph. Jaylynn Piper (guard); Sr. Chevay Warnes (wing). Key newcomers: Sr. Kalia Burgess (post); Jr. Ruby Boyzo (post).




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could break that 28-year postseason drought. “This could be a historic year for the Raiders,” Templeton said. “I think that streak comes to an end this year.” The Raiders return plenty from a team that finished with a 9-11 record in the rugged South Puget Sound League North Division, including their two leading scorers in guards Daryon James and Daniel Park. James averaged 14.5 points a game and Park chipped in 10.8 and was one of the league’s best on-ball defenders. “Daryon and Danny have been in the program for all four years and have really seen this through,” Templeton said. Deonte Anderson “Those guys are good enough to play anywhere and they decided to stick it out at Jefferson, which not a lot of people have done in the past. They would all transfer to some other school rather than play at TJ.” Not only did James and Park stay at TJ, but the Raiders actually pulled in a very solid transfer from Federal Way High School during the offseason. Junior Deonte Anderson moved into the TJ service area after the 6-foot-7 forward played his first two seasons for the Eagles. “He is a freak as an athlete,” Templeton said of Anderson. “And he is exactly what we needed.” Anderson was third on the Eagles in scoring a season ago as a sophomore at 10 points a game and played in 20 games as a freshman. The threesome of James, Park and Anderson will be joined by senior guard Jerry Duckworth (8.1 points last year), senior Ty- Kevin Olson has led Decatur into shawn Webster Piper (missed last the state tournament for the past season) and sophomore Xavier six seasons. Scott for a very solid first six for The Gators will attempt to the Raiders. make a seventh-straight run this Duckworth might be the Raidseason, but they will do it with a ers’ best option from the outside, lot of unproven talent. Olson lost shooting 37 percent from 3-point his three leading scorers from a range. Templeton calls Webster year ago in Dom Hunter, Markus Piper the team’s “glue guy” and Rawls and Abraham Ferrellalso says Scott has a chance to be Logan from a team that won the special. SPSL 3A Division and finished “He is a freak athlete at the fifth at the West Central moment, who is still “This could be a District Tournament. learning how to play historic year for Hunter averaged 21 the game,” he said. the Raiders. I think points a season ago and But the influx of was named the MVP of talent at TJ might pose that streak comes to an end this year.” the SPSL 3A Division. a little bit of a probJefferson head coach Rawls (13.7 points) was lem, so to speak, for a first-team, all-league Templeton. Obviously, Kyle Templeton selection at point guard it’s a problem that the and Ferrell-Logan was a Raider program hasn’t second-teamer, averaging had in a long, long 12 points a game. time and one TempleThis season, Decatur will be ton won’t complain too much counting on six seniors to get about. back to state. Jason Young is the “We have a lot of mouths to leading returning scorer and feed this year,” he said. “So we are rebounder at five points and four going to have to be able to put rebounds a game. Also back are our egos aside and sacrifice for 6-foot-3 Adam Wilson, 6-footthe greater good and goals of the 2 Chris Castro, 6-foot-1 Kevin team.” Locascio and 6-footer Ramere The Raiders open their SPSL Rollins. The Gators will also feaNorth season tonight at home ture 5-foot-11 senior newcomer against the Kentridge Chargers. Glen Jackson. The Gators opened “We are successful if we are their season Wednesday against playing unselfishly and playing Highline and take on Kennedy for ourselves on both ends of the floor,” Templeton said. “There will Catholic at 8 p.m. today at Auburn Riverside. be expectations on the team for the first time, maybe ever, and we have to deal with those in a Federal Way positive way. If we start worrying about who is getting the most The Eagles are loaded with talshots and touches, we are going to ent after winning the SPSL South have a problem. We have enough Division title with a 13-3 record a talent to really do some damage, season ago with an entire team of but sometimes too many guys can underclassmen. make chemistry difficult.” Back are all-league selections Brayon Blake and DeeShawn Tucker. The 6-foot-7 Blake led Decatur Federal Way in scoring and To say the Gators have made rebounding a season ago at 15.9 a home in the postseason is an points and nearly 10 rebounds a understatement. Head coach game. He was in double fig-

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Coach: Jerome Collins

Coach: Kyle Templeton

Last year’s record: 16-9 (SPSL South champs)

Last year’s record: 9-11 (sixth in SPSL North)

Strong returners: Jr. Brayon Blake (6-7, forward); Jr. DeeShawn Tucker (6-0, guard); Sr. D’Londo Tucker (6-0, guard).

Strong returners: Sr. Daryon James (guard); Sr. Daniel Park (guard); Sr. Josh Duckworth (guard); Sr. Hunter Henry (forward); Jr. Pekedey Ren (guard).

Key newcomers: Jr. Adrian Davis (6-2, guard).

Decatur Gators Coach: Kevin Olson

Key newcomers: Jr. Deonte Anderson (forward); Soph. Xavier Scott (wing); Sr. Tyshawn Webster (forward); Jr. Dabrian Taylor (forward).

Last year’s record: 18-7 (SPSL 3A champs)

Beamer Titans

Strong returners: Sr. Jason Young (6-foot-2, wing/post); Sr. Adam Wilson (6-3, wing/post); Sr. Chris Castro (6-2, post); Sr. Kevin Locascio (6-1, guard); Sr. Ramere Rollins (6-0, wing).

Coach: Winston Bell

Key newcomers: Sr. Glen Jackson (5-11, guard).

Last year’s record: 14-9 (third in SPSL South) Strong returners: Jr. Bogdon Bliznyuk (6-5, guard/forward); Jr. Trey Burch-Manning (6-4, guard); Sr. Juwan Flowers (6-1, guard).

finishing 12-4 in the rugged ures in all but three games and SPSL South. The record was good was over 20 points five times. enough for third place behind Tucker, a 6-foot point guard, Federal Way and Curtis. Beamer averaged 11.3 points and was a eventually lost in the quarterfifirst-team, All-SPSL South selecnals of the West Central/ tion despite missing sevSouthwest District Toureral games after suffering nament. a head/neck injury. But Beamer will be The Eagles got even without three of their more talented during the four leading scorers from offseason when electric a season ago. Gone are Adrian Davis transferred Roosevelt Jones (18.5 to Federal Way from DeeShawn Tucker points), Thomas RhoMount Rainier. The des (16.2) and Luscious 6-foot-2 guard averaged Brown (7.8). 14.8 points a game last However, the Titans do bring year for the Rams as a sophomore and 17.8 as a freshman, and was a back plenty of talent, led by Juwan Flowers and Trey Burch-Manfirst-team, All-SPSL North selecning. Last year, the 6-foot-1 Flowtion both seasons. ers averaged 11 points, including Federal Way will also count a season-high 31 against Jefferon sophomore Malik Montoya, son. Burch-Manning, a 6-foot-4 who averaged 6.4 points, and had guard, chipped in 8.9 points, 6.0 four games in double figures. The rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3 blocks only two seniors on the roster are a game for the Titans. The 6-footD’Londo Tucker and Rashawn 5 Bogdon Bliznyuk should also Goosby. The Eagles open their provide an inside presence for SPSL South season tonight on the Beamer. road against Rogers. The Titans open their season tonight, hosting the Garfield Beamer Bulldogs in a non-league contest. The Titans are coming off They open SPSL South play Tuesan impressive season last year, day on the road against Rogers.

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Coach: Mike Bressler

Strong returners: Boys — Jr. Brett Dykman; Jr. Brian Dykman; Sr. Ishaiah Belle; Soph. Jordan Rhodes; Sr. Lance Gibson; Jr. Haftom Tafere. Girls — Soph. Arien Carpio; Soph. Vanessa Dixon; Soph. Kimberly Duncan; Jr. Lulu Kemman.

Coach: Harvey Cole (first season)

Last year’s record: 5-2 (third in SPSL 3A, eighth at state) Strong returners: Jr. Trysten Dawson (113); Sr. Drew Dasher (126); Jr. Keoni Aparis (132); Sr. Antonio Lucero (138); Jr. Dennis Good (138); Soph. AJ Sarno (152); Sr. TJ Barndt (160); Jr. Maxwell Henry (160); Sr. Nick Karis (170); Sr. Spencer Smith (182); Sr. Rowland Gaydosh (182/195); Jr. Justin Robinson (220); Sr. Kyle Gleed (285). Top newcomers: “Several,” Bressler said. Notable: The Gators return basically the entire team that rolled to an eighth-place finish at the Class 3A Mat Classic a season ago, including six wrestlers that qualified. Leading the list of returners are seniors Nick Karis and Rowland Gaydosh. The duo both lost in their respective Mat Classic championship matches. Karis lost a heartbreaker in the 160-pound final, 5-3, to Mercer Island’s Blake Johnson. Gaydosh was pinned in the 171-pound final by Kamaikin’s Sisto Santana Pina. Smith finished up in seventh place in the 183-pound bracket and Dawson was 1-2 at state. Gleed should also contend for the heavyweight state championship after winning the regional championship a season ago. “We have some hard-working kids,” Bressler said.

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Top newcomers: Boys — Fr. Malik Messiah; Fr. Sean Van Earwage; Fr. Adrian Avena; Fr. Mitchell Owens. Girls — None listed. Notable: The Titans lost plenty from the team that cruised to an unbeaten season in the SPSL South Division a season ago. But that doesn’t mean Beamer won’t contend for another title. Leading the list of returners are twin brothers, Brian and Brett Dykman. Last year, as sophomores, both qualified for the Mat Classic state wrestling meet. Brett finished up in fourth place in the 113-pound bracket. The Titans also bring back state participants Rhodes and Gibson. “We have plenty of experience with those four wrestlers,” Lucas said. On the girls’ side, Beamer brings back one of the best in the region in sophomore Arien Carpio. Last year, Carpio’s only loss of the season came in the 106-pound championship. Carpio, who won the USA National Championship, entered the match with Winlock’s Rachel Archer 39-0, before losing 6-2. Also back on the girls’ team is sophomore Vanessa Dixon. After losing in the quarterfinals, Dixon won four-straight matches at state to finish with a third-place medal at 138 pounds. “We are striving to be the hardest workers on the mat,” Lucas said.

Last year’s record: 3-7 Strong returners: Sr. Jake Polsack (160 pounds); Sr. Michael Burt (220); Soph. Jacob Apodoca (285); Sr. Geoff Lucas (170); Sr. Nik Erickson (152). Top newcomers: Fr. Matt Roybal; Fr. Justin Madden Notable: Cole takes over the program from Jess Workman. The Raider wrestling program has had an individual state champion the last three seasons — Kyle McIntosh (2010), Zeke Nistrian (2011) and K.W. Williams (189). But this season, Jefferson has no returning wrestlers who competed at the state tournament. Both Michael Roybal and Williams graduated.

Notable: The Federal Way girls program has been one of the biggest and most dominant groups for a few years now and this season should be no different. Senior Bianca Arizpe is looking to become a fourtime state placer and should be a strong contender to bring home the program’s first-ever state championship. Luaipou Lologo and Kimberly Mored are also hoping to make it back to the state tournament. Lologo finished in eighth place at state On the boys’ side, the Eagles will feature a lot more depth in the lower and middle weight classes, led by returners Luis Alberto-Bravo, Brandon Henderson, Trenton Shaflik, Daniel Song and Eduardo Vazquez. “We should be about .500 dual wise,” Mango said. “We hope to have the girls’ team place top-three in state.”

Decatur senior Nick Karis lost in the 160-pound Class 3A state championship match a year ago as a junior. file photo


“Our team will be successful because of our senior leadership,” Cole said. “The only factor that can affect our team is that we have such a young team.”

Ray K. Miller Ray K. Miller of Federal Way passed away November 16th in Auburn, WA at the age of 79. He was born April 10, 1933 in Spokane, WA to Peter Lloyd & Beatrice Miller. He is survived by his wife, Marla; 3 children, Genita Pease of Auburn, WA, Anisa Miller of Shelton, WA & Daniel Miller of Federal Way; 5 grandchildren, Raena, Joshua & Lacey Pease, Aidan & Brendan Stevens and 1 great-grandchild, Matia Gefellar; 3 brothers, Bob, Jack and Jim Miller. Funeral Services will be December 1, 2012 at 11am at Brooklake Community Church in Federal Way. Burial will be at Tahoma National Cemetery in Covington. Memorials may be made to Samaritans Purse in lieu of flowers. Please sign the online guestbook at

Federal Way Eagles Coach: Travis Mango Last year’s record: 4-9 Strong returners: Boys — Sr. Luis Alberto-Bravo (126/132 pounds); Sr. Koby Craig (220); Jr. Steven Crawford (285); Soph. Brandon Henderson (113); Soph. Trenton Shaflik (113/120); Jr. Daniel Song (120/126); Jr. Eduardo Vazquez (145); Soph. Khalil Weston (170). Girls — Sr. Bianca Arizpe (118); Sr. Jacklyn Baules (170); Sr. Jessica Cabanada (170); Jr. Luaipou Lologo (155); Sr. Kimberly Mored (100). Top newcomers: Boys — Fr. Andrzej

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[22] November 30, 2012 [ DISCIPLINE from page 1] I believe a much more on the district’s “Ends” 3, which is related to student conduct and responsibility, during the board’s Nov. 27 meeting. On hand to give the report were Deputy Superintendent Mark Davidson and Erin Jones, executive director for equity and achievement. Davidson said the work that’s been done on the issue of student discipline and how it relates across racial and gender lines is important for the district in moving forward. Looking at this data is forcing the district to confront some of its most persistent and pervasive problems related to discipline and equity, Davidson said. “(We’ve) talked about the days of school missed that are affected by short-term suspensions,” Davidson said. “I will reiterate that

“(The training) is someimportant problem is the thing that our educators are disengagement, because it’s clamoring for. The reality is, not even measurable. It’s when we look at discipline one of those things numbers, part of you know is out the reasons we have “A lot of our there, you can see such high numbers, educators in it when you talk I believe, after eight our schools to students in this don’t know months in our category, you can how to interact schools, is that a lot see what happens positively with of our educators in to kids with records African-American our schools don’t and where it goes know how to intermales.” and where it leads. Erin Jones, executive act positively with And you can look African-American director for equity at dropout rates males, just to be and achievement and how it ties honest,” Jones said. to these kinds of “It’s not an issue things.” of not wanting to African-Ameriwork with them, can students make up 11.5 it’s a cultural gap. What is percent of the total student perceived as being disrepopulation. At most levels, spectful or defiant behavior those students make up is often a cultural misunapproximately one-third of derstanding. So one of my discipline referrals, which is goals in the training I do is something that needs to be helping people understand corrected, Jones said. She that cultural conflict and hopes to accomplish this helping educators build a through a training program bridge back to students, and on “cultural competency,” also helping students build she said. a bridge to educators.”

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[ TRANSIT from page 1] our hope, and our plan, is to get some significant matching funding from our federal partners.” As shared at a recent open house at Truman High School earlier this month, this current phase of planning will be completed in 2016, according to Sound Transit. As Illgenfritz alluded, all the work being done now — the Open Houses, the public comment and so on — is so that Sound Transit can present a fully formed plan to the FTA in an attempt to secure federal funding for the project. “Is there ever going to be an analysis to see if revenue does change, and things pick back up, whether this could become feasible?” Deputy Mayor Jim Ferrell asked of Illgenfritz, referencing the aforementioned lack of tax revenues. Illgenfritz replied that Sound Transit reviews its revenue forecasts twice a year. He shared an example of how that process has worked in the past with the ST2 project. “In 2010, when the board was first grappling with the magnitude of the recession and what that was going to mean for the capital program, their initial decision was to call the project all the way back to South 200th (Street) and not even come further than that,” he said. “As the next two forecasts, we started to realize, ‘OK, this isn’t going to be as bad as

we thought, we can probably put back in that next station segment to Kent/ Des Moines.’ We’re monitoring that regularly.” Ferrell asked if the burden would be on the city to also seek federal funds. Illgenfritz said he hoped it would be a partnership between the two. “We’re not going to say it’s the city’s challenge. We need to own our part of this as well, and we have the funding relationship with the FTA, the State of Washington…I would love it if we worked together to solve that,” he said. Ferrell finished his round of questioning by asking Illgenfritz what a “ballpark” number would be for a light rail project as envisioned in the original ST2 package. “A rule of thumb we generally apply for an elevated system, is about $175 million per mile, and you’re talking five miles,” Illgenfritz said. For non-elevated, he said, the cost can range from $50 million to $100 million. Council members including Susan Honda, Jeanne Burbidge, Ferrell and Mayor Skip Priest also expressed concerns about parking issues with the park and rides and the Federal Way Transit Center. Illgenfritz indicated that ST is aware of the issue and is looking at ways to address it, but again, a solution is likely a ways off as the regional transit agency jumps through all of it’s required hoops when dealing with such issues.

November 30, 2012 [23] [ MARRIAGE from page 1] of Canada, once in Rachel’s and send it to a public vote on the November ballot. Wayside church performed civil unions and supported the gay community years before Washington voters approved same-sex marriage. “Equality of marriage is something I’ve been in favor of for a long time,” said the Rev. Dennis HollingerLant. The Wayside pastor’s position comes from following his conscience and doing what he feels is right, he said. Hollinger-Lant understands that others in the faith community disagree with his church’s acceptance of same-sex marriage. “God created all of us,” said Hollinger-Lant. “I don’t think people choose to be gay. They find themselves that way. Why not extend civil rights to everyone?” Both Huff and Caldwell admit that despite being openly gay and in a relationship for 38 years, they remain “closeted” around some relatives who love them, but don’t approve. “The younger generation seems more ‘live and let live’ and they’re not afraid,” Huff said. “It’s not only the rights of marriage, but it’s the responsibilities, and that’s part of being a good citizen.” On Dec. 6, two couples from Federal Way will travel to the King County Recorder’s Office to receive their marriage licenses. Together more than 12 years, Rachel and Sandy Smith-Mosel have been married three times: once in Sandy’s native country

native state of California, and once in a ceremony by their rabbi. This fall, the couple appeared in TV commercials in support of Referendum 74. They were also in Olympia last February when Gov. Gregoire signed the legislation. In the months leading up to the November election, the reality of Referendum 74 hit close to home. “Everyone around you is voting on the validity of your family. That’s such an intimate, critical relationship in your life,” said Rachel Smith-Mosel, whose family volunteered with her in “phone bank” sessions to rally potential voters before the election. “It was incredibly emotional.” The couple, with five children by their side, will make their marriage official in Washington next week. “It means everything,” Rachel Smith-Mosel said. “It’s so validating.” Joining them will be fellow Federal Way residents Geoffery and Devin McAnalloy, who have been together nearly 14 years. The McAnalloys, both 48, will bring their three adopted children — all biological brothers. The men plan to hold an official ceremony next summer for family. In the meantime, the McAnalloys will await reform at the federal level. The federal government does not recognize same-sex marriage, which means same-sex couples are denied federal benefits such as Social Security. U.S. Supreme Court justices are expected to

decide this week to rule on whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. “At least in the state of Washington, we’re on equal footing,” Geoffery McAnalloy said. “I’m really proud of our state.”

Rachel and Sandy MoselSmith of Federal Way, as seen in Olympia last February after Gov. Gregoire signed the legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington.

Notes In addition to Washington, Maryland and Maine voters approved similar measures, bringing the total number of states that recognize same-sex marriage to eight. Six more states, along with the District of Columbia, recognize civil unions and domestic partnerships. On the contrary, 31 states have amended their constitutions to prevent same-sex marriage. Pastor Ken Hutcherson, co-founder of the Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, was among the leading public opponents of same-sex marriage in Washington. After the election, Hutcherson blamed the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) for not sticking to “biblical principles” when trying to rally conservative voters to reject Referendum 74. NOM pumped nearly $5.5 million to oppose same-sex marriage ballot measures in four states. Several newspapers in Washington state endorsed Referendum 74, and Washington United for Marriage raised more than $9.4 million to help pass the measure.


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Federal Way Mirror, November 30, 2012  

November 30, 2012 edition of the Federal Way Mirror

Federal Way Mirror, November 30, 2012  

November 30, 2012 edition of the Federal Way Mirror