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Hamster-ball racing principals to square off at The Clink

Tuesday, October 7, 2014by  PEMCO Insurance

OK, we admit most people would think doughnuts or a nice potluck would be the best way to celebrate standout Northwest principals during National Principals Month. But that’s only because they can’t stuff them inside giant plastic hamster balls to race for cash during a Seattle Sounders FC halftime show.

Luckily, we can!


PEMCO, along with the Seattle Sounders FC, will present “Principals on the Pitch” during the Oct. 25 match between the Seattle Sounders FC and the LA Galaxy. Two principals will race in giant hamster balls through an obstacle course on the pitch during halftime. The winner will pocket $2,000 for his or her school (the second-place finisher wins $1,000). Plus, the principals each get 25 tickets so students can get down on the pitch to cheer them on. Their schools will even score an appearance by a Seattle Sounders FC player.

We’ll know the contestants soon. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) will pick two principals from among more than 150 nominations from students and co-workers who view their principals as “the best of the best,” deserving of a chance for cash, prizes, and hamster-ball fame. Here’s a peek at a few of the nominations:

Principal Chris Woods, Capital High School, Olympia
“This man comes up with a new alter ego every year and appears at all pep assemblies with his new persona. He’s never afraid to give his all for his students and staff. He’s kind and wise and is loved by all.”

Principal Rick Harwood, Tyee High School, Sea-Tac
“Our school has more than 80% of its students on the free lunch program. Rick sees this situation as an opportunity to overcome obstacles instead of allowing it to define both students and our school. He pushes everyone to go beyond what they ever thought they could.” 

Principal Tricia Anderson, Granger High School, Granger
“She is an amazing principal that goes the extra mile to ensure all the students succeed. She has driven kids to school when parents can't make it and meets with parents at 5 in the morning when they have to work in the fields. … She understands that our students come from non-traditional backgrounds, and works to give them every opportunity.”

At PEMCO, we feel a deep connection to schools and the everyday heroes who make them great. In 1949, we were founded by a teacher who wanted to give school employees a break on their car insurance (and we still do!). So stay tuned for more blog posts this month, featuring the “Principals on the Pitch” finalists and highlights from nominations of great principals around the state. 

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