By Nancy Covert
Himmler honored with SHEF Alumnus Award
The mid-way point of an exciting Steilacoom High School Alumni Basketball game was marked by presentation of the 2008 Alumnus Award. The presentation was just one of several highlights during the traditional holiday game this past Saturday.
Favorite local musician Larry Juhnke inaugurated the festivities with his signature saxophone performance of the National Anthem. Scorekeeper Skip Lemming kept close tabs on the court action as Refs Gary Wusterbarth and Bruce Hayes ensured fair play, and
Announcer Gordy Winslow provided entertaining play-by-play commentary throughout the game.
Elna Himmler, SHS Class of 2005 and recent Pacific Lutheran University grad, was honored with the 2008 SHEF Alumnus recognition that evening. John Anderson, President of the Steilacoom Historical Education Foundation (SHEF), presented the award during half time at the Steilacoom High School alumni basketball game on Jan. 3.
Elna, currently teaching Special Education in a Thurston County School, works with 18-21 year old students who have multiple learning and living disabilities. In the summer of 2005, Elna received the town‚Äôs first Steilacoom Young Person of the Year Award in recognition of her volunteer service to the community. She taught briefly in Khomastal, Namibia before graduating from PLU.
During her high school years she balanced academic and athletic studies, participating in swimming, volleyball, choir and ASB activities. She brought recognition to the Town of Steilacoom several years ago when she appeared on the ‚ÄúDeal or No Deal‚Äù game show.
Elna is the daughter of proud parents Noi and Art Himmler (Steilacoom‚Äôs School District‚Äôs Superintendent).
Among the players on the court at the holiday season game was Tony Lambert. Lambert played for the Sentinels when the team won its first state basketball title 25 years ago, said Gary Wusterbarth, SHS Sentinel BB head coach.
Final score for the exhilarating, edge-of-the-seat game that went into several overtimes, was 91-88.
The still good ‚Äúold‚Äù boys defeated the younger ones.