In the spirit of giving, the student leadership team at Burien’s Highline High School annually coordinates a wish-granting event for fellow students and families.
This year’s “Winter Wishes” assembly was held Wednesday, Dec. 18
Each student can make a wish for him/herself or for someone else. Last year almost 500 wishes were made and nearly 300 were granted. Wishes ranged from fun food items for students and teachers to warm clothing and food for families, purple and gold spirit wear, school supplies, backpacks and small electronics. Community members and staff helped grant wishes, and students coordinated fundraising efforts to buy items.
At the assembly, the following wishes were presented (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):
HHS 10th grade student Amelia Strayer wished to sing the National Anthem in from of her classmates. Her wish was granted at the start of the Winter Wishes assembly.
A fellow student wished to see Junior Kimberly Ong become a princess for a day. Kimberly wrote in last year’s yearbook that becoming a princess was on her life’s bucket list.
Senior Brandon Baker wished to meet a Seahawk player. He was surprised by former New Orleans Saint Cornerback and motivational speaker Reggie Jones who will be taking him to a Seahawks practice and this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.
HHS students pose with their new Pirates spirit gear. 50 students wished for new sweatshirts and an additional 15 students wished for purple and gold t-shirts, beanies, hats and socks.
Senior Spring Gin was serenaded by fellow students performing as boy band “One Direction.” She wished to have a boy band sing to her.
Senior Mily Nguyem wished for a new bed for her dad who recently had back surgery, but didn’t have a bed to sleep on. He also received new bedding.