PHOTOS: Payback Time As JFK Teacher Gets Tattoo At Assembly
Story and Photos by Michael Brunk
Something a little different happened this past Friday (Feb. 26th) at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien. As the end of the school day approached, students and faculty gathered in the gymnasium.
That part isnâ€™t so unusual for a high school.
Itâ€™s not often though, that they assemble to see a teacher get tattooed. At school. During the assembly!
The event was an outgrowth of the school’s recent â€œEvery Lancer Against Cancerâ€ awareness week. Part of the activities included raising money for several cancer-related funds. To spur the students on, American Government teacher Walt Kostecka issued a challenge (as we first reported here):
Raise $10,000 and heâ€™d get inked.
The students threw themselves into the fundraising effort and Walt put himself in the hands of tattoo artist Bryan Kachel from Emerald City Tattoo & Supply â€“ here’s a Photo Slideshow I shot at the event:
That the students met their goal shouldnâ€™t surprise anyone. As Principal Michael Prato noted, itâ€™s difficult to find a family that hasnâ€™t been touched by cancer in one way or another. Their enthusiasm for learning about cancer and its affects, and collecting donations, carried over into the assembly. As Walt sat onstage with Bryan and his buzzing tattoo needle, the students conducted a pep rally around him. Complete with the schoolâ€™s band, shouting cheerleaders and plenty of spirited applause.
Asked afterward how it felt getting his first tattoo, Walt replied:
â€œIt felt like being stuck in a blackberry bushâ€¦ for an hour!â€
Walt shared that the real experience was watching his students get involved and raise the $10,000. Heâ€™s already thinking about next year and kicking around the idea of sky diving. Based on the response of his family members in attendance, Walt may have a challenge himself meeting that goal!