Wildcat Spotlight: Karen Peterson
Karen Seiko Peterson is a WHS alumnus and an incredibly dedicated WHS volunteer. We interviewed her for this newsletter.
How many WHS organizations have you been part of and for how many years?
I was on the WHS Foundation for 20 years, and I've worked with the Drama Boosters for 16 years. I've produced 16 musicals and 15 talent shows. I was also on the PTSA for 20 plus years where I participated in Seasons of Sharing, the rummage sale, bingo, and staff appreciation.
We know you organize the alumni basketball game. Are there any other events like this that you organize for alumni?
Yes, I've organized 20+ Alumni basketball games, and 10 ABO Crab Feeds. (The next Crab Feed is already scheduled for Feb 4th, 2023, after a couple of years of cancellations due to covid, so mark your calendars!)
We see that you also run Alumni Tours. When you tour alumni, what are they most surprised to learn or see that’s changed about WHS?
Yes, I started the tours after the 50th anniversary of the school in 2008, and have a tour scheduled this Sept for the Class of 1972. On the tours, alumni are surprised by the growth of the facilities on campus, impressed with the educational programs offered, enlightened by the need for financial support from the WHS community, and made aware of the campus diversity advantage.
What do you love the most about the WHS community?
I love that my ties with Woodside Elementary School and WHS overlap, so I can continue seeing my former students and now their children. (Karen taught at Woodside Elementary for 40 years.) I believe in giving back to the community, and I'm proud of WHS's accomplishments and the education it provides. I love seeing WHS traditions continued.
Thank you Karen for your extraordinary support for WHS and our school community!