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 have 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 produced16 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 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 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 parent groups for financial support and made aware of the campus diversity.
What do you love the most about the WHS community?
I love my ties with the Woodside Elementary School and WHS overlap so I can continue seeing my former students and now their children. I believe in giving back to the community, and I'm proud of WHS accomplishments and the education it provides. I love working with students seeing WHS traditions continued.
Thank you Karen for your extraordinary support for WHS and our school community!