Lakewood police officer, firefighter on ‘Oprah’

Did you catch the “Where Are They Now?” piece on the Oprah Winfrey Show recently about Anthony Sukto, who at only 8 years old lost his mother and nearly lost his life at the hands of his father? This story has special meaning here in Lakewood, especially for Police Sgt. Mark Eakes and West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s Jeff Colquhoun, who were at the scene that fateful night. [Read more…]

Pierce College announces new head coach of Raider Volleyball


Shawnna Shula

Pierce College is pleased to announce the selection of Shawnna Shula as the new head coach for the Raider Volleyball program. Shula has deep roots in the local volleyball community, playing high school ball at Fife High School for her aunt, hall of fame coach Jan Kirk. Shula helped lead the Trojans to the 1995 3A State Championship, and was selected to the 1995 All State Team. She was also named SPSL 3A league MVP in 1994 and 1995. Shula went on to play at St. Martin’s University for four years, where she earned All NAIA First Team honors in 1999 and 2000. She was a three-year team captain for the Saints and set the career record for assists.

Shula has been coaching at the club level for much of the past 14 years. She served as the varsity head coach at Bethel High School in 2013, and returned to her alma mater as the head coach at Fife High School from 2010-12, leading the Trojans to the league title in 2010, and a berth in the State tournament.

“I am honored and humbled to be the next head coach of the Raider Volleyball program. I am very passionate about volleyball and I am excited to start the next chapter of this great program. I believe that with hard work, dedication and passion, the Raider Volleyball program will grow to be a successful and dominant program in the NWAC.”

Joining Shula on the Raiders sideline will be long time coaching associate Greg Finel.

Shula currently works as an Educational Assistant with the Fife School District. She graduated from St. Martin’s University with degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

“We are very excited to have Shawnna join our staff, and look forward to great things from the Raider Volleyball program in the season ahead,” said Pierce College Athletic Director Duncan Stevenson.


Story reprinted, with permission, from Pierce News website.

CPTC: James Johnson receives posthumous honorary degree


When Fall Quarter 2013 started, the first quarter students of the Computer Networking & Information Security Systems Program at CPTC mostly kept to themselves.

It didn’t take long for the cohort to become a tight-knight group, almost like family. The class took group lunch breaks at Denny’s, and hung out after eight hours of class together. [Read more…]

CPTC: Military Appreciation Month


When Andrew Lander separated from the Army after five years of service, he found himself missing the camaraderie he felt amongst his soldiers.

Lander enrolled at Clover Park Technical College, where VA registration clerk Glenda Epps helped him navigate his military benefits and directed him to the Veterans Resource Center on campus. He found mentors in former Veteran Navigator Jonathan Wagner, current navigator Shawn Durnen and a community of other student veterans. [Read more…]

Bates: Mastering shears and shaves, Davis makes the cut


Shortly after he graduated from high school in 2001, Jerohl Davis pursued a career in construction. Though it paid well, Jerohl said it was hard to keep busy year-round. “I had to work in the elements: rain, hail, sleet, snow. When I thought of the barbers I knew, they were all real cool guys who carried a certain swagger. They stayed dry all day, with work year-round,” he said. [Read more…]

Community Leadership Award winner

Chair Scott and District Administrative Team

Sam Scott, Chair of the Steilacoom Historical School District Board of Directors, was awarded the Pierce County Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Community Leadership Award. This award is presented to individuals who make significant contributions to both schools and communities. District administrators presented the plaque to Mr. Scott at the May 13, 2015 regular school board meeting held at Steilacoom High School. [Read more…]