Before winter break, Henderson Bay High School students, faculty, staff and friends celebrated completion of their fall class schedule and the beginning of the Christmas season at the Gig Harbor Boys and Girls Club. A traditional turkey dinner topped off with a talent show was the combined effort of HBHS students, staff personnel and Gig Harbor Christian Center volunteers.
Christmas decorations featured a 15-foot Christmas tree and, said guest Curt Scott, “a holiday spirit of sharing, giving and fun with more than 65 students, all the HBHS faculty and staff, and many volunteers.”
HBHS Principal Brian Tovey said, “The luncheon shows the Gig Harbor community really cares about our kids and wants to share the joys of the Holiday season in a way our kids can enjoy and appreciate.”
Student Logan Richey said, “This is amazing. It’s so nice to see so many people who care and work for other people and are so selfless.”
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“It’s great! They’re awesome,” classmate Kenzie Stein said. “I love them and wish I could give back as much as they give us.”
Fellow student Justin Johnson said, “They help out (HBHS) a lot. They really know about (HBHS) and have always cared about us. They’re another part of the big family of what we have at (HBHS).”
Richey would love to come back after college and find ways to give back to my community. To Stein, it is “very bonding and encouraging, one of those things I look forward to when I can give back.”
“After college,” Johnson said, “when I have a career going, I want very much to give back to my community. I would like to start a nonprofit organization to do this kind of work.”
Student Ally Brown said HBHS and HCC efforts have made a big impact on her life.
“I absolutely love (HBHS). I was at a much larger school before coming here, and I felt like I was dying,” she said. “I had few friends. Here, I feel like I can breath and people really care about me. HBHS definitely encourages creativity. I know everyone’s name. I can walk down the hall and know everyone I meet and can say hi and feel comfortable and welcome. This luncheon is a good example of that.”
First-year student Henri Ellis said, “I think this is a great thing! That everyone can come together like this and hang out, take pictures, and enjoy the food and everything.”
Ellis, an artistic student, likes to draw and likes to create art about people making choices that lead to paths to heaven or to hell.
“I think (HBHS) is a right choice for kids; the teachers are nice, the kids are nice, and I feel good here,” he said. “I’m getting A’s and B’s here.”
Bob Anderson and Patricia Scott represented the Gig Harbor Mid-day Rotary Club that supports HBHS Interact Club, of which Justin Johnson is president. Interact Club at HBHS has more than 30 members and all are active in Interact Club community service events.
Students performed the annual Holiday Season HBHS Talent Show. Organizer Sam Rutherford was responsible for vetting students’ talents and lining up the show.
Student performers included Nick Jenkin on guitar, Haley Wade singing “Almost Love,” Aidan Lineaweaver on guitar performing his own original composition, Carli Shockman and Nick Jenkin singing a duet of “Puppy Love,” Phoenix Crooks singing “My House,” and the HBHS Drama Class doing an Improv bit while Pierce VanDommelen acted as Master of Ceremonies. All did well.
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Hugh McMillan is a longtime contributing writer for the Gateway. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.