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Best of Federal Way: 19 Years BY RUDI ALCOTT Federal Way Mirror Publisher

I have thoroughly enjoyed announcing the winners of the Best of Federal Way, over the course of the past 10 years. I am proud to be ending my tenure as publisher at the Mirror by unveiling the winners that you, the readers, have chosen. At the annual community event last Wednesday, we gave away plaques, had a number of prizes and announced the stories of the year and the winner of the Citizen of the Year. During the year, the editorial team keeps a list of the stories they've written that are the most touching and interesting. Three stories have emerged as a reflection of remarkable experiences our community and its members have been involved with. It's only appropriate that we recognize, along with the businesses, the community members and events that have an impact on Federal Way. A Citizen of the Year was again selected from the group of monthly recipients. Every winner is incredibly worthy of this honor, but Beverly Triplett (see story on page 4) stood out as someone who goes above and beyond to serve her community. Her efforts in the local Kiwanis group along with her contributions in the field of education and with local students made her a very appropriate choice. A special thanks goes out to the remaining finalists: February, Bob McKigney; March, Dick Mayer; April, Karl Sutterlin; May, Rick Nicholson; June, Jill P; July, Bruce Honda; August, Ashley Nand; September, Jim and Donna Cox; October, Debra Hansen and Marie Flesher; November, Wendy McIntosh; December, Bert Ross. It is with great pride I present to you the winners of the 19th Best of Federal Way. Thanks for taking the time to vote, and thanks for viewing the messages on the following pages. I look forward to seeing this program and event remain a success in the years to come.

Thanks for Voting Us Among the BEST in Federal Way!

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CHIEF OF POLICE ANDY HWANG 2ND Deputy Chief Kyle Sumpter 3RD Commander Chris Norman

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FEDERAL WAY COMMUNITY CENTER 2ND Wild Waves Theme Park 3RD Trampoline Nation

"I am humbled and honored to be nominated as best elementary educator in Federal Way! I couldn't ask for a better calling than to serve the students and families of Sherwood Forest for the past five years. I am blessed to work with an incredible team of teachers. To be singled out among them is especially humbling. We are all stronger because of our community. Thank you again for this honor."

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Editor’s Note: Beverly Triplett has been an active member of the Greater Federal Way Beverly Triplett Kiwanis Club, as well as her work with the Thomas Jefferson Key Club and local youth. Wednesday, Triplett received a Citizen of the Year award at the Federal Way Mirror’s Best Of award ceremony. This story originally appeared in the Jan. 29, 2016 edition of the Mirror. For The Mirror

The senior management of The Powell Companies extends our sincerest thanks to the community of Federal Way for voting us Best of 2017 in senior living. We strive to provide an inspiring senior lifestyle for our residents and are honored to be recognized as the best in Federal Way from 2012 to 2017! We thank our dedicated staff of professionals for providing our residents with a warm and caring place to call home. It is what’s inside the building that counts the most – our residents and our staff.

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Beverly Triplett named Mirror’s Citizen of the Year

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Last March, Beverly Triplett chaperoned 16 students from the Thomas Jefferson High School Key Club who attended the Key Club Pacific Northwest District Conference at the Seattle Convention Center, an event that attracted 2,000 high school students interested in growing their leadership skills. It was an experience she won’t forget. “Kids in high school are amazing,” Triplett said. “You see those 2,000 kids jumping and screaming, dressed up and clean cut, behaving themselves – it was an encouraging weekend.” Triplett, now retired, is an active member of the Greater Federal Way Kiwanis Club, along with her husband Wayne, and has served as the adviser of the Key Club at Thomas Jefferson for seven years.

Five years ago Triplett founded the Builders Club at Totem Middle School – a feeder school to Thomas Jefferson. The Builders Club teaches sixth, seventh and eighth graders leadership skills and ways they can be leaders in their community. But Triplett’s involvement with youth doesn’t stop there. She has also read to elementary youth as part of the Kiwanis Club’s Read around the World program at Star Lake Elementary School. She has helped in handing out free dictionaries to third grade students at Mark Twain and Star Lake elementary schools. And she also has celebrated with students in grade schools when they raise their grade and receive a congratulatory certificate from the Kiwanis. Triplett volunteers at the Federal Way Food Bank where she comes in contact with many children and families. She said she makes sure to connect with them and make them feel welcome. She gives children an opportunity to draw and be creative. Wayne Triplett said his wife gives families a break if they come in lacking a piece of information required by them to receive service. “She makes a connection with the family,” he said. “Bev is not a stickler to the rules.” Beverly Triplett grew up in Kansas City, Mo. Some of her upbringing was spent with her grandparents on their farm, north of Kansas City. “When I was growing

up we didn’t have a lot of money, but we helped a lot of people,” she said. She remembers her girlfriend in elementary school whose family helped another student from a poor family. Triplett said her girlfriend’s family helped the student wash her hair so she was presentable at school and housed her when she needed a place to stay. Triplett said she has held onto that experience her whole life. It’s remarkable, she said, how a small thing you do to help someone can go a long way. One of Triplett’s passions is handing out free dictionaries to third grade students. “Their eyes light up because some of these kids have never had a book of their own,” she said. “They hold the book close to their chest. It brings tears to my eyes to see them so happy.” For her dedication to children and education, Triplett has received Kiwanian of the Year four times and has also received Everyday Hero awards from the club.

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Success a long road traveled for Carter, Federal Way alum and model finalist Editor’s Note: Federal Way High graduate Lauren Carter grew up feeling out of place but eventually found herself shining as a plus-sized model. Wednesday, Carter was recognized at the Federal Way Mirror’s 2017 Best Of awards ceremony. The original story printed in the Oct. 21, 2016, edition of the Mirror. BY JEROD YOUNG jyoung@fedwaymirror.com

Lauren Carter grew up feeling like something else — someone else. Carter, a Federal Way High School graduate, spent her formative years never feeling comfortable in her own skin. But her out-of-place feeling has led to an opportunity for her to shine in her own skin as a plus-sized model. After encouragement from a friend, Carter entered a modeling competition for plus-size brand Torrid to be its next spokesmodel. Over 10,000 women entered, and Carter is currently a finalist with three other women. Torrid will name the next model to lead its brand in December, with the decision being announced to the public in January 2017. Carter went through the usual Federal Way pipeline growing up: She moved to the city from her hometown of San Diego in fourth grade, attended Panther Lake Elementary, went on to Illahee Middle School, and finished at Federal Way High School. “I loved my time there,” Carter said. “I did everything from high school basketball to cheerleading throughout the years.” When it came to athletics, Carter was everywhere — you couldn’t miss her. When she wasn’t on the court for Federal Way she was cheering for friends playing other sports. Carter and her former Eagles basketball teammate Rita Gray met their freshman year. Gray said the two immediately hit it off during basketball season and became close friends. The team remains close, and everyone gets together when schedules permit. Carter was even a bridesmaid in Gray’s wedding a few months back. Gray said that Carter, while never the best athlete on the team, was its obvious, vocal leader.

“Lauren was always the tallest player on the team and often the tallest on the court,” Gray said. “While she wasn’t the fastest or most skilled, she was always a leader and the voice in the locker room that we always needed.” A strong corps of friends, a sense of belonging, family — it was exactly what Carter needed. She grew up in a single-parent household, raised by her mother after her father deserted the family amid a severe addiction to alcohol. Growing up, Carter, who is bi-racial, said she had a very hard time as a teenager figuring out who she was from an appearance standpoint. Being uprooted from southern California to Federal Way in her elementary school years was hard on both her and her discovery process. “During that time, kids can be kind of mean,” Carter said. “I was always picked on. I was tall for my age; I’m 6-feet tall now and I’ve always been a bigger girl. I’d walk into my classroom and I didn’t know anybody; no family up here. “Kids just kind of laughed at me because I was this tall girl walking up into this classroom. I was always searching for something, a style that would stand out, make me feel comfortable. A lot of times I failed — there are a lot of scary pictures of hairstyles, makeup and clothes that were crazy.” Becoming an adult and having the freedom to make choices is supposed to be an exciting time. For Carter, it was another hurdle she’d have to clear. After learning her father’s whereabouts in San Diego, Carter opted to attend community college in the city, in part with the hopes of striking up a renewed relationship with her dad. She enrolled in classes and earned a spot on the basketball team. But six months into her new life, she received news that changed everything. “Within six months I found out I was pregnant at the age of 18,” she said. “I packed up all my stuff and moved back home to have my daughter and be in Seattle with my mom so I could finish my degree.” Instead of enjoying the beach life as a communications scholar with the opportunity to continue her basketball career, Carter

found herself 19 years old, with a baby, and working at Red Robin in Auburn. For months she drove back and forth between community college and the burger joint. Carter finally caught a break when she got the packet in the mail she’d been waiting for: her acceptance letter to the University of Washington at its Tacoma location, where she went on to graduate with a bachelors degree in Communication. Right on cue, however, Carter was blind-sided with another round of shocking news: Her father was diagnosed with cancer. The news came a few months after Carter’s aunt died of breast cancer. “When my aunt died from breast cancer, I remember having a feeling of regret that I couldn’t be there enough for everyone,” Carter recalled. “Because of school, because of raising my kid.” Within a month, Carter had packed her daughter and her belongings into her tiny Dodge Neon and headed down Interstate 5 for San Diego for a second time. The circumstances weren’t ideal, but life in San Diego, take two, proved to be on the up and up. Carter discovered passions for photography, graphics and video editing. It led to local opportunities in event planning. Through relationships she built in the industry, friends and colleagues started asking if she was interested in modeling. “They were like, ‘Why don’t you do modeling?’” Carter said. “I never really visualized myself walking that path because I’ve always loved everything behind the scenes. It’s the grind of being [ more CARTER, page 10 ]

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a mom and going to school — the glamorous life never seemed to fit for me.” And the conversation ended there. A year later though, Carter’s friend and former Red Robin co-worker Jodilin Bright tagged Carter in a Facebook post for a Torrid model search. Carter said she was initially put off by the idea, but she decided to make the drive from San Diego to Los Angeles out of curiosity. She did an interview, but got a call back a month later informing her she’d been cut. The initial pass inspired Carter to keep going. She continued in her beachfront waitressing job, working nights and weekends, then received a call from a local YMCA for a job offer in the marketing department. “All of our friends were a bit intimidated by kids, and Lauren innately was drawn to every kid she encountered,” Gray said. “When she became pregnant at [18], I was completely confident that she would endure parenthood with positivity and grace. “When she started working at the YMCA, I knew it was something she would be successful with because she is passionate about helping kids, especially about helping kids see their self-worth.” With the new gig, Carter had her nights and weekends back. The chance to further explore the world of modeling took over and filled her with a renewed passion and interest. Carter connected with a local publication, called “The G.O.O.D.S. Magazine,” and staff there helped Carter participate in some runway events and photoshoots. Carter said it was modeling for free throughout the city, but she didn’t mind. “It resulted in good things,” she said. “It

culminated with the Torrid model search coming up again this year.” This time around, Carter had a sizable portfolio, a modeling resume, and a renewed sense of drive. “I think it took awhile for her to come into her own and to love her body the way she does now,” Gray said. “She has always shopped at Torrid and she had recently started modeling in fashion shows in San Diego, so when the Torrid search presented itself it was a no-brainer that she would enter.” When Carter arrived at the casting call, as luck would have it, the casting director was the same one who met Carter during her tryout the year before. “He remembered me,” Carter said. “They were all saying they were thrilled I came back.” Torrid officials were so thrilled to see Carter they took photos and interviewed her on the spot. Less than 24 hours later, they called her for a second interview. After a month of silence, the brand informed Carter she not only made it to the competition stage, but she was ranked inside the top 10, which is chosen by Torrid’s head designer. Carter was over the moon. The problem? She was sworn to secrecy, unable to tell a soul per her signed agreement. After more waiting, Torrid finally flew Carter back to Los Angeles for an official photo shoot and fashion show. “I still couldn’t tell anyone,” Carter said. “They still hadn’t released the top 10 in Septem-

ber. They just announced it.” What they didn’t announce was that Torrid also eliminated six of the top 10, and Carter quickly found out she made it to the top four. Almost there. Sort of. Not really. But kind of. The final four now go to a public vote at torrid.com, on Facebook and on Twitter. Each of the four models ran their own social media campaign. Oct. 21 is the final day to vote. So, on top of raising a young daughter and working her normal 40-hour work week, Carter found herself in charge of promoting her own public vote. “We have photos, hashtags, people can vote online,” Carter said. “It’s been so crazy, and pretty exciting since this is the first time Torrid’s done a public vote for their brand.” Though it seems like a stressful time, Gray said it’s a situation ideal for Carter. “Everything in Lauren’s life is exciting, and she does everything with confidence and an optimistic attitude,” Gray said. “So I know no matter what happens, she’ll make the best of the situation.” Carter makes her final trip to Los Angeles in December for the filming of the winning model. The public will learn Torrid’s decision in January. Carter said it’s an exciting time to be a plussized woman — when she grew up, there was no Torrid, and support for plus-sized girls was non-existent. Now, Carter’s thrilled for her daughter’s generation because brands like Tor-

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The Federal Way community enthusiastically wrapped its arms around local students at a youth rally on Saturday. Hundreds of attendees, there to show they were “united in greatness,” celebrated local students, including Act Six scholarship recipients, speech and debate winners, and athletic teams who won state championships. They cheered on dancers and a drum line and listened intently to poets and singers. “Federal Way Public Schools has great things happening, and don’t let anyone tell you anything differently,” said Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell at the United in Greatness rally. “Our kids are doing great things.” Organized by high school seniors across the district, the rally at Celebration Park was a way to inspire students and show everyone that the school system and the students that comprise it are more than a mari-

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juana deal gone terribly wrong. “We had a student who lost their life,” Campbell said to the crowd. “This happened about a month ago and it was a tragedy.” That student, 16-year-old Wesley Gennings, attended Decatur High School. Two Federal Way Public Schools students, a 16-year-old and a 14-year-old, are currently jailed on murder charges related to Gennings’ death. Campbell spoke to community leader Bobby Jennings about ways they could pull the community together so it “can see the incredible things that happen every single day in our 39 schools with our 22,500 students.” She said she hears about students earning scholarships, going to state competitions and writing poetry, and she wanted to find a way to highlight that. “I wanted to empower students, so when they go back to their schools, they have a community that believes in them and a community that wants to empower them to stand up for what’s right, and not necessarily let 1 percent of the kids dominate,” Campbell said, adding that she wants students to know their superintendent believes in them. With the help of those student organizers, the idea for the rally quickly became a reality. T-shirts were

designed, a date was set and diverse students with unique talents were recruited. “We’re not always together across racial groups, across language groups, across religious groups, and it’s important for people to look around the room and see that beauty; that quilt,” Campbell said. “That’s us and that’s our strength. That’s our asset.” Campbell said Federal Way is representative of the global culture, and she wanted to ensure that was also something highlighted in the rally. Jennings’ message for the community was also one of encouragement. Expanding on Benjamin Franklin’s quote – “If you tell me, I’ll forget. If you teach me, I may remember. But if you involve me, I’ll learn” – Jennings said it was important for students and the community to stay involved as they strive for greatness. “We want to see this community thrive; we want to see this community grow,” Jennings said. “That was our purpose and, as a result, you see that happening today.” Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell said seeing students stand firm against misconceptions and adversity made him “feel great about life.” “During times of trouble, it’s often easy to look away or say, ‘This is not my problem,’” Ferrell said. “Fortu-

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Dee Rogers’ dad can’t say his wife’s name, but he can recite his children’s. “With aphasia, practicing is the main therapy,” she said. In November, the Rogers family was hit with an unexpected tragedy when Dee Rogers’ father had a stroke.

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According to the National Aphasia Association, 25-40 percent of stroke survivors acquire aphasia, which is a “communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language, but does not affect intelligence.” “When my dad was in the hospital, he really couldn’t even say ‘yes,’” she said. “He could say ‘yes,’ but sometimes he meant ‘no,’ so it was just… nothing was working for him.” Her father would become frustrated because “his mind was and is totally there,” Dee Rogers said. But then the family discovered that pictures resonated with him. He could point to what he needed on a chart that depicted

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about 40 tiny pictures, which the hospital staff provided. Still, the pictures were vague and the amount of them overwhelmed him. Dee Rogers’ daughter, Maddie Rogers, who’s studying computer science at the Colorado School of Mines, and her husband, who works at a software company in Seattle, scoured Apple’s App store for apps that would help, but the few out there were either $50 or were too complicated. “So my dad and I, we decided… maybe we’ll just make an app for him to use that’s easier – that can help him,” Maddie Rogers said. “We found a few other people my age in computer science and we decided to make the app.” Maddie Rogers, a 2015 Todd Beamer High School graduate, teamed up with students who are children of her father’s coworkers and have similar interests in computer science. The initial team consisted of Maddie Rogers; Gary Yost III, a 2015 Stadium High School graduate; Maddy Fletcher, a 2014 graduate of Aviation High School; and Nathan Wacker, who will be a Mercer Island High School senior in September. They then added Kevin Lee, a 2016 Todd Beamer graduate, because Yost and Maddie Rogers worked with him during their time at Northwest Nuclear Consortium and “knew his work ethic was stellar.” “I was pretty excited because I’m doing computer science in college next year, and I thought it would be a good experience

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on to learn programming while the majority were away at college. They also started a business called Sharp Synaptics, LLC. When they came home from college for summer break, they got to work.

HOSPITAL STAY: STROKE Maddie Rogers and Yost worked on the first app, which they called “Hospital Stay: Stroke.” “The first one was a lot harder than the second one,” Maddie Rogers said. “The first app, the main idea is it’s used when the person is in the hospital and they just need to communicate their basic needs.” “Hospital Stay: Stroke” greets a user with a screen showing six images that can communicate “yes,” “no,” that they’re in pain, that they need help rolling over in bed, that they need to use the restroom or that they need hygiene help. The app uses large icons that, once pressed, has the app speak a command and highlight the needed icon for three seconds. Usage of the app is fairly straightforward, although stroke survivors may need an explanation by their caregiver to get started. “Hospital Stay: Stroke” is available for 99 cents and is compatible with iPhones and iPads. Maddie Rogers said she showed her grandfather their first app and was surprised when he picked German as the language to practice on.

“We have a few languages that you can select on it, and he was speaking in the German words,” she said. “I thought that was really funny, and he was smiling the whole time and [was] able to say the words and stuff when he was clicking on them.” Her grandfather also tested out the Japanese version of the app, Dee Rogers added, laughing. “It’s a super shock at first, and then you just kind of deal with it,” she said.” And you’re thankful they’re still there and, you know, their mind’s still there – they just can’t talk.” Dee Rogers, fighting back tears, said she can see how proud her father is of her daughter, and it makes her proud to see “what a great kid she’s grown into.” When the first app was being created, Lee joined the team and got to work on creating their company’s website, www.sharpsynaptics.com. After Apple accepted it in late June, the team got to work on creating two other apps.

APHASIA THERAPY In a “girls against boys” manner, Maddie Rogers and Fletcher began work on a second app designed to re-learn names of places, pictures, objects – anything, really – because it personalizes practice. “You can take a picture of any object,” Maddie Rogers said. “Like, you can take a picture of my mom

and type in a name and have whoever’s taking care of the patient record audio of them saying ‘mom.’ And then you’ll have a long list of different images you can take pictures of and you can practice all of those.” If the user gets the answer correct, they can move on to the next image. If they get it wrong, they can practice again. There are also hints that explain the first letter of the person, place or thing in the object. “Aphasia Therapy” is $4.99 in the App Store and is much less expensive than similar products. It was released Aug. 6.

SPEAK FOR ME Yost, Wacker and Lee are still working on “Speak For Me,” an app that takes the ideas from the first and second app and expands their use for communication. Speak For Me allows users to take their own photos and link their own recordings to those photos so that when a stroke survivor presses the photo, the audio will begin. The user can then communicate with others in a more detailed way than what the first app presented. “Once you get home from the hospital you’re going to need to say, ‘Hey, I want a sandwich,’ or ‘I want this,’ or ‘I have to go to the doctor,’” Dee Rogers said. “It’s more detailed.” Wacker said he contributed to the design of the app, has done

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some translations for different languages, and has helped write code. “This is purely for getting through your day,” Wacker said, noting a use for the app would be to have a picture of a restaurant with audio indicating the user wants to go to that restaurant. Wacker said he taught himself how to code but plans to take an AP computer science class in the next school year. Lee said he and his teammates are planning to finish “Speak For Me” on Friday and hope to submit it to the App Store next week. It, too, will be $4.99. “I personally don’t have any family members [that have had a stroke], but I imagine how hard it is to communicate,” Lee said. “This app will really benefit those victims of stroke.”

While Lee isn’t sure if he wants to continue to put his coding skills toward the medical field as a career, he said he wants his work to help people. “I want to go to Silicon Valley and work in a start-up or a big technology company like Google or Intel,” he said. As for the future of Sharp Synaptics, LLC? “We hope to keep enhancing these to make them more usable, and I could see these apps being useful to not only stroke patients, but maybe little kids that want to practice saying stuff or people that have speaking disabilities,” Maddie Rogers said, adding that feedback and app reviews are welcomed. To learn more about Sharp Synaptics apps, visit www.sharpsynaptics.com.

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