Highline High School Alumnus Of the Year Awards
Indeed, the concrete and bricks of Highline High have become a historical landmark, but deeper still are the indelible contributions being left by those who attended this institution with a great tradition. In that light, the Highline High School Alumni Foundation has sought a way to honor former students who have given service to community, state, nation, and/or world. People who have a dedication to society, and represent the high ideals promoted by the staff(s) at Highline High. The outcome of this thinking culminated in the establishment of an annual “ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR” award given to an individual whose service reflects the qualities stated above. The recipient will be inducted each spring.
The first “ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR” is a man of many talents, interests, and undying service to our community. You have read about him putting time into the community and volunteering service to many clubs and organizations. Not only has he dedicated himself in time, monetarily, and in the spirit of voluntary work, but in the philosophy of finding a community together. Dick Dahlgard, we are proud to have you be our first Highline HS Alumni Foundation “ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR”
ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR HONOREES 2007-2022
2022 - Tricia Anderson - Class of 1977 2021 - Jeff Ashley - Class of 1977 2020- John and Nancy Le0nard - Class of 1964 2019 - Daniel Stahnke - Class of 1973 2018 - Dave Sabey - Class of 1965 2017 - Ray Conner - Class of 1973 2016 - Michael Walsh - Class of 1977 2015 - Gary Ohrt - Class of 1964 2014 - Dan Satterberg - Class of 1978 2013 - Faith Enyeart Ireland - Class of 1960 2012 - Vickie Stenfors - Class of 1986 2011 - Uli Chi - Class of 1972 2010 - William Odekirk - Ciass of 1954 2009 - Patti Burgess - Class of 1954 2008 - Dr. Jim Rice - Class of 1963 2007 - Dick Dahlgard - Class of 1954
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2022 - Tricia Anderson (Class of 1977)
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2021 - Jeff Ashley (Class of 1977)
Ashley is the second 1977 HHS graduate to be selected for Alumni of The Year. Michael Walsh was selected in 2017.
“The Alumni of the Year award is the Foundation’s way to honor those who have done so much for the community, whether through charitable means or through business or other leadership,” said Gary Korsgaard, Alumni Foundation President. “We select those HHS graduates who provide a role model showing the kind of success that HHS students can realize.”
Ashley was born at Burien General Hospital and attended Lake Burien, Gregory Heights, and Sylvester schools before Highline High School. While at Highline, he played football, basketball, and baseball. He was captain of the baseball team and selected to the All-North Puget Sound League at catcher. He went on to Eastern Washington University where he played two years of baseball.
He has been in the real estate and mortgage loan business since 1979 and is currently branch manager for Caliber Home Loans, with responsibility for four branches of the company.
In 2010, Ashley and his co-workers established the “Cobalt Cares Foundation” which paired up with the “Dollars for Scholars” program, with Ashley’s Family Scholarship designated for HHS seniors. In 2017, Ashley and his family established the John P. Ashley Scholarship through the Highline High School Alumni Foundation, named after his late father. The scholarship is designated for students who have earned a school letter and are entering college to study business, real estate, or engineering.
In addition to scholarships, Ashley and his company have been involved in support of the Veterans Administration, Union Gospel Mission, Habitat for Humanity, the HHS Alumni Foundation Golf Day, and other programs.
The Highline High School Alumni Foundation was established in 1995. Last year, the organization awarded 24 scholarships to HHS seniors totaling $91,000.
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2020 John and Nancy Leonard (Class of 1964)
Congratulations to these extraordinary Alumni and thank you for your service to HHS and our community!
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2019 Daniel Stahnke (Class of 1973)
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2018 Dave Sabey (Class of 1965)
As someone who has built and managed critical infrastructure for decades, I can appreciate the need to look forward and construct something new.After all, perhaps the most critical infrastructure we have is our schools, where we teach children needed skills and also connect them with their friends and neighbors within the walls of a community asset. The next generation deserve the best investment we can provide, and that begins with a high-quality school building.
But as a graduate son of another Highline High School grad (my Dad, Harold Sabey graduated in 1938), I can't help but look back and reflect on the history of the school and my own experiences there. I was in the Highline school district from Sunnydale Elementary on Des Moines Way where Mrs. Freit was my First-Grade teacher (I fondly remember each and every one of my elementary school teachers they were so remarkable), to Sylvester and then on to Highline High School. But it was at Highline High, in particular, where I learned the importance of community, met many good lifetime friends and where I received the inspiration to build my career and create something the community could be proud of. It's no accident that Sabey Corp. is headquartered right down the street in Tukwila, because I wanted this company and the jobs we create to be right here in the southend where I grew up. I love going around the country and jokingly saying that I didn't get very far in life, since my office is a very short distance from where I grew up. It was at Highline High School where I met Lou Tice (my Highline Football Coach), who made an indelible impact on my life and helped me identify the tools I needed to build my career. He taught me the importance of teamwork and that no one person is bigger than the greater goal. He gave me the important tool of how to set very bold and high goals and then he gave me the confidence and the humility to believe that there were "moonshot" experiences in my future, "...if you can dream it, you can accomplish it. Seldom do you exceed you own expectations, so you better dream big" he would say. And then he would go on to say that the world belongs to the implementers. You must work hard and long with good people to accomplish great goals. Lou also taught me that in all good endeavors, there should be no losers. I have never forgotten those ideals. Because what I learned at Highline impacted my life so positively, I've tried my best to pass that forward and promote and invest in K-12 schools and universities throughout the state. We all need to do everything we can to invest in kids, family, and healthy communities so that the next generation can develop strong local roots and the skills needed to thrive in this world - which then stimulates the cycle of reinvestment back into the community indefinitely. Unfortunately, at 90 years old the Highline High School Building wasn't in the best shape internally or externally to serve the community any longer. We still take pride in all that the original school provided to generations of high schoolers and at the same time we can be excited for what the new buildings will provide going forward. I am pleased to see that some of the historic look will continue on.It is my hope that the newly built school will foster an environment that promotes learning, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and serves as a source of innovation and excellence for this generation of kids. Outstanding schools have the potential to inspire young learners to grow into big thinkers and innovators. This community and South King County have changed much over the decades. We are a transportation and trade hub, we have some of the brightest minds and global leaders in healthcare, technology, data, retail and right in our backyard. This region is at the forefront of the new global economy and it is up to those future generations to continue and grow that success. As a second generation Highline Graduate, it is my dream that this new facility will continue to provide the young men and woman that the world most needs now. About the Sabey CorporationSabey Data Centers is one of the oldest and largest privately owned multi-tenant data center operator/developers in the world. Being privately-owned may mean that ours is never a household name, but to us, it means a complete focus on building value by serving one customer at a time.Sabey Data Centers grew out of Sabey Corporation’s forty year history as a designer, builder and operator for leading innovators of the day: Boeing Electronics’ clean rooms, ADP’s first data center, McCaw Cellular’s first cell phone switches, and Exodus Communications, provider of the world’s first internet colocation services —all were breaking new ground in industries of world-wide importance. Today, with more than two million square feet of mission critical space and another one and a half million under development, Sabey Data Centers continues to serve the world’s most exciting and exacting enterprises and institutions with customized data center solutions that are efficient, reliable and quick to market and trusted. Our clients’ satisfaction is our most prized asset; we’re committed to it from the beginning with design/build through construction into commissioning and operations with our superb critical environment management team. Our clients think of us as a trusted partner. Article posted in WESTSIDE SEATTLE on Monday 10/17/2019
Dave Sabey, 2019 HHS Alumni Foundation Alumnus of the YearDave attended Highline High School, graduating in 1965, then the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School. He went on to play football and wrestled at the University of Washington and graduated from Eastern Washington. He is a self-made man of business who has built a vast real estate empire. The Alumni Foundation was proud to honor Dave with this award last spring Dave Sabey, Highline High School graduate is the owner of the Sabey Corporation whose business includes construction and operation of multiple data centers and other high technology buildings.
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2017 Ray Conner (Class of 1973)
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2016 Michael Walsh (Class of 1977)
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2015 Gary Orht (Class of 1964)
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2014 Dan Satterberg (Class of 1978 )
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2013 Faith Enyeart Ireland (Class of 1960)
FAITH CAME TO OUR ALMA MATER AND SPOKE TO THE STUDENT BODY AND CONTRIBUTED A BUST OF CHIEF JUSTICE WM. O DOUGLAS AND A SUBSTANTIAL DONATION TO THE FOUNDATION.
ALSO, FAITH HOLDS WEIGHT LIFTING RECORDS IN HER CLASS AND DIVISION AND WILL BE COMPETING SOON IN FLORIDA.
CONGRATS TO OUR GIRL, CLASS OF 60 HIGHLINE HIGH!! WE ARE PROUD OF HER SUCCESS AND HONORED TO HAVE HER AS A MEMBER OF OUR CLASS OF 60!!
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2012 Vickie (Mitalas) Stenfors (Class of 1986)
Lieutenant Colonel Stenfors was born in Seattle, Washington, attended the United States Military academy at West Point from 1986-1990. Upon graduation, she was commissioned as a Quartermaster Corps officer. She completed the Master Fitness Course, Quartermaster Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, Support Operations Course, CGSOC, and the Inspector General course.
Her first assignment as a platoon leader was in Germany, with C Co, 118th FSB in Mainz, followed by A Co, 708th MSB/125th MSB in Dexheim and Bad Kreuznach. In 1994 she took command of the Dallas Recruiting Company for two years, a challenging time as the Army was finishing a draw down of personnel. She was then stationed at Ft Stewart, Georgia, with the 3ID(M) ACofS G4 office, with duties as the Chief, Supply and Maintenance. In 1998 she and her husband Jeff moved to Ft Drum, NY, where she took command of the 590th Field Service Company, 548th CSB, 10th Mtn Div (LI) for almost two years. Following her company command she became the battalion S3 and was promoted to Major. During her assignment in Korea, she held two jobs, the first as a plans officer for the 19th Theater Support Command and the second as the operations officer for the Base Operations office, a position normally held by an engineer officer. She served for one year as a curriculum planner and guest speaker coordinator for CGSC at Ft Leavenworth, KS, during the interesting year of the pilot program now known as Intermediate Level Education. From there was a two-year assignment at Ft Lewis, WA as the Group S4 of the 6th MP Group (CID). In 2005, she became Chief, Logistics Branch Proponency Office, Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM), Ft Lee, VA, executing the plan for the creation of the Logistics branch. From August 2008 through August 2009, she deployed to Camp As Sayliyah as the Director of Logistics, Area Support Group-Qatar. Upon her return, she was nominated to be the Command Inspector General for CASCSOM & ScoE, Ft Lee, VA, where she will serve until her retirement.
LTC Stenfors’ awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Army Recruiting Badge. LTC Stenfors has been married to LTC(R) Jeff Stenfors for fourteens years. They have two children, Katherine (&), and Michael (5). Congratulations, Lieutenant Colonel Stenfors. Thank you for your service to our Country!
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2011 Uli Chi (Class of 1972)
Uli currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. Additionally, he is Vice Chair of the Board at he De Pree Center, and Chair of the Executive Committe of the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University. He previously served as Chair of Regent College's Board of Governors in Vancouver, BC.
Uli was part of the original group of HHS Alumni that founded and operated the Highline High School Alumni Foundation and was the 2011 Highline High School Alumnus of the Year.
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2010 William Odekirk (Class of 1954)
After several different labor efforts, Bill put together his own company, Ode Products, which markets original rain gutter clamps and brackets. The company, now run by his son, ships these parts all over the United States. He developed definite philosophies and common sense along the way and began writing some of those philosophical thoughts down. His common sense thoughts soon became a daily endeavor and today are reflected, along with some poetry, in his book Tracking My Soul which traces his heritage from way back.
Mickey Moose, the family’s 23-pound dog, keeps Bill in tow and provides companionship as Bill pursues his hobbies – birds, poetry, diary, and computer skills. From his computer is a growing Highline High School history of graduates over the years. Log on to the Bill Odekirk Highline Alumni Project www.Highlinealumni.com to view several years of students from our Alma Mater. You can be included in this project if you wish.
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2009 Patti (Stewart) Burgess (Class of 1950)
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2008 Doctor James Rice (Class of 1963)
Highline High School Alumnus of the Year 2007 Dick Dahlgard (Class of 1954)
Recently while traveling south on Burien’s first Avenue South I found it necessary to pull over and double check a list of things to accomplish before leaving this ever-changing suburb of Seattle. Ironically the stop was in the now-vacant parking lot of Dick’s Camera. The momentary pause in a rather busy day allowed some lengthy reflections about a long-time friend. Dick Dahlgard was a friend to everyone, a sincere businessman, and an active Rotarian. Over the years he served on enough boards to construct a house. Some involvements were one-time ventures, others lasted a lifetime; but all were instrumental in promoting a cause beneficial to the Burien/Highline area. Rotary membership became the forefront, as he volunteered for the expanding Highline Historical Museum, served on the board for the growing Highline Community Hospital, and became a strong influence on the Burien Fourth of July Parade and other Burien celebrations. He was also a founding member of the Highline High School Alumni Foundation. Dick truly was an inspiration, dedicated to the area’s causes with carefully thought-through ideas and an endeavoring drive to see those ideas through to fruition. Foremost among his life’s interests was the High School where he fostered talents in photography. Always ready to offer his services for Pirate teams and virtually any event taking place at the school, Dick’s pride certainly ran buccaneer purple and gold. He was interested in people - their ideas, concerns, undertakings, purchases, and their lives as depicted through the quality of one photograph. Dick made everyone feel like they could conquer the world. Ever positive and supportive of the high school over the years, he hired many students to work in his camera shop, If you were fortunate to sit amongst the small cluttered stacks engrossing his office, you found him always sharing a photo with a story to tell or telling about someone he had seen from Highline High School. Grads from the ‘30s to current day, he treated as family. Dick always had time to share even with all his activities, family involvement, contributions and meetings. He knew the history of Burien and most of those who made history in the area. Plaques adorning his office walls insufficiently reflect the contributions made by this civic-minded member of our community.
How do you further honor a guy who has given his all? The Highline High School Alumni Foundation is happy to announce the formation of a scholarship in his name, to be presented to a graduating senior who has been active in photographic journalism at the high school. Funds for this annual award initially are coming from the Burien/White Center Rotary, the class of 1954, donations presented directly to the Foundation in his name, and through membership dues. The recipient selection will be made by the high school staff and presented each spring, along with our other department scholarships. You are encouraged to consider this fund as an honor to Dick. It is virtually impossible to include all that this man contributed to our community. His life can be told in a massive photographic time line. In 2007 we selected him as our first Alumni Foundation “Alumnus of the Year” as a way to honor his work. We have lost a friend and mover. As the shutter closes, long will Dick’s accomplishments and contributions be remembered. Thanks, Dick Dahlgard.