Mariner grads to form first alumni group Mukilteo Beacon May 10, 2006
By Tyson Lynn
Mariner High School was built in 1970. In the intervening 36 years, its doors have seen more than 10,000 graduates, plus an untold number of faculty and staff.
Now Mariner’s first alumni association wants to reach as many of those people as possible. The Mariner High School Alumni Association (MHSAA) is the dream of four members of Mariner’s first graduating class and one administrator: Their goal is “to reach, connect and celebrate alumni and friends of Mariner High School, to build lifelong relationships and to support Mariner High’s mission.”
It’s been 30 years since my graduation,” Alumni Association board member John Lengenfelder said. “We want to re-establish a sense of community, a way to remember where you came from.” “We want to get our fellow class mates and alumni into the fold.”
Created as a non-profit corporation to support Mariner High School, the MHSAA hopes to serve as a resource for students and alumni alike. Currently however, the MHSAA hopes to resolve and ease college funding for high school graduates.
“Scholarships are the main impetus for the Alumni Association.” Said Jennifer Mantooth, financial administrator at Mariner.
Mariner has received a large grant from and has been designated as an Achievers High School by, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Unfortunately, that grant money will extend only as far as the current 8th grade class.
For the current 7th grade class and beyond, the MHSAA hopes they can provide funding for talented students lacking the financial resources for post high school education.
“We hope we’ll have the opportunity to mold and help the kids here,” Lengenfelder said.
“We’re from the class of 1972, Mariner’s first graduating class,” said Chuck Davis fellow MHSAA board member. “And now we’re coming back as senior statesman.”
The Mariner High Scholl Alumni Association is looking for all interested alumni and friends to attend their monthly meeting. If you are interested the next meeting is at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday May 16, at Mariner High School.
If you cannot make it, but would like more information, please contact Jennifer Mantooth at email@example.com or (425) 356-1700 ext 1808.