Emily Frier is a God-send. She is such an amazing, talented, and gracious person. I have known Emily since the 2nd grade and I have never met anyone as giving and caring as she is. Emily devotes her time to Young Life, PHS Choir, and our Church- Harbor Christian Center- where she sings in the band and volunteers in the nursery. Walking alongside Emily these past few years has inspired me to be a b...
Dawnee shows her Aloha Spirit to everyone. She is a friend to all who grace the campus of Peninsula High School. Her pleasant, positive attitude and relationships go a long way to help foster our school climate of acceptance and inclusion. She accepts and values everyone for who they are and cares about them unconditionally. Sometimes she is the first adult students go to with a problem...
I nominate Mr. Miranda. He is a great teacher and truly cares about all of his students. He always tries to find new and unique ways to bring history alive for his students and help them relate to it. He is passionate about his job and can be found at all the school activities (sporting events, plays, setting up for WinterFest, participating in the Staff basketball game, MC of the Mr Peninsula Pageant,...
Mr. Swaser is the kind of teacher, that when you walk into his classroom, you automatically feel welcome. His passion for Spanish and teaching is evident and his positive energy inspires all of his students daily. Truly an awesome person and teacher. -Lilly Portteus
Keshawn Midgette's musical gifts are a source of inspiration to students at PHS. The thoughtful meaning behind his lyrics, carefully chosen 'beats', and his powerful voice convey a dynamic performance. From poems to speeches, Keshawn excels at connecting with his audience. He is empathetic, enthusiastic and encourages other students to pursue their dreams. His soft-spoken demeanor and ease with which he...
Annabelle Yedinak has a few skeletons in her closet. Actually, that is not quite true. She has exactly two skeletons in her car that keep her company as she drives around Gig Harbor hustling from school to work and then on the weekends to the latest concert, comic convention or superhero movie. She is a busy young lady who, despite her ambitious workload, constantly keeps a great sense of humo...
Mrs. Demianiw is the model for awesome! She loves her job and she loves her students. “Ms. D” creates great relationships with her students which leads to a passion for learning that transcends the classroom. She is a superstar because teaching is more than a job, it is her calling. -Tim Winter
Bookkeeper is one of the most difficult jobs in a large high school. Candice Bernadelli came to PHS late last spring and has done an amazing job creating order out of chaos. Her personality fills the room and she is a valued member of the team here at PHS. Mr. Goodwin
I think DaisyJane Darling is one of the most inspirational people I've ever met in my life. She became my sister 9 months ago and she never stops fascinating me. She is true to herself, she doesn't try to be like everybody, she just lives her life the way she wants. She cares so much about PHS and all the students who are in it. She does everything with her heart, she is so passionate; I think it's...
I have been fortunate enough to work with the amazingly talented Warren Mangabat throughout the past four years. Warren is one of the warmest, kindest, and most humorous individuals I have ever met. His hilarious jokes and pranks never cease to draw laughter, his colorful attire never disappoints, and his bright smile never fails to make someone’s day. His work in Peninsula High School’s band ...
Cassidy Norton, Lillian Porteus & Rochelle Lauderbaugh
Lilly, Cassidy and Shelly inspired our team in their own individual ways. Lilly was our leader. She lead practices from time to time in the off season and was very influential in getting kids into the gym to workout, planning team bonding events and being a positive role model. Cassidy has a competitive spirit and a will to succeed that became contagious to the team. She grew into a leadership role...
Chance Stolz has led quite the senior campaign: team captain, 1st team All-League Linebacker, East/West All-State team in football; team captain, district and regional champion, and Peninsula's 1st state champion since 2005 in wrestling; and in track, he capped off his athletic resume with a 6th place state medal. Academically, Chance has maintained a strong GPA and will be earning both his high...
Nicolas Wright & Natalie Svinth
Nicolas Wright and Natalie Svinth, the co-editors of The Phoenix. I nominated these two because they are dedicated to sharing and preserving the diverse, creative voice of PHS through writing, art, photography, and music published in our schools literary art magazine/and online magazine. They lead The Phoenix club with a sense of tenacity, creativity, and positivity that is remarkable. As their ad...
Dominic Lauer took the hardest math class offered in high school…a class only a handful of PHS students have attempted. He successfully completed the class on his own through independent study. His willingness to challenge himself, combined with a love of learning are hallmarks of Dominic Lauer’s career at PHS. Dom tackles challenging concepts by demonstrating the characteristics...
Kelsey Magee & Wendy Christianson
Mrs. Wendy Christiansen is one of the most inspirational people I know because she makes every person feel equally important. Wendy looks at every person as a human rather than someone who has a disability or special abilities. She has great patience and an incredible strive to help those with special needs be able to live a life of happiness and freedom. She has taught me to be a better sister, frien...
Mrs Ellis is an inspiration to everyone she meets! She really invest in her students lives and helps them reach their goals. She does her best to be a friend and a mentor to every student she comes into contact with. Mrs. Ellis is truly a privilege!
Dakotah is the true definition of a servant leader. She committed herself to her position to make a memorable year for the school and her class. She is creative, innovative, and isn't afraid of hard work. Dakotah doesn't seek the limelight or recognition, she is the first to give other people praise and inspire others to lead. I appreciate how she is always one step ahead of me, and I can count on...
Mr. Collins is kind, patient, and caring. He takes time to speak to each student individually whenever they need help. He always allows students to come into his room during his own lunch time to get extra help if they need it. He is very understanding when it comes to personal circumstances, and is flexible enough to help you get what you need done. In the hallways he will smile at you and say "hi"...
Ms. Crabtree is a force of nature, a virtual fountain of positive energy. She has a boundless joy in what she does and an enthusiasm for learning which are highly contagious. It is always clear how much she loves her students and her colleagues, and she takes great care of all of us. We are so lucky to have her here. She's my hero. -Mr. Bill
Riley has inspired many through her writing and innovative perspective; her goal was to spotlight those who do great things but wouldn’t otherwise get the recognition they deserve. Anyone who is lucky enough to get to know Riley will walk away a better person because of the impression she will leave in their life. -Tyra Small Riley Rosi is the girl that will passionately pursue her dreams. Even in the fashio...
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