Congrats to Principals on the Pitch winner Seth Adams!

Gentlemen, start your … hamster balls! OK, so the race didn’t really start that way. But Seth Adams of Issaquah Middle School, first to cross the finish line in Saturday’s Principals on the Pitch hamster-ball obstacle course race, probably couldn’t have been happier had he claimed a Formula One championship.

“This was easily one of the most memorable experiences of my life!” said Seth. “I’m a huge soccer fan, so being out there on the same field the Sounders play on was one aspect of it. But more importantly, being there as a representative of Issaquah Middle School and having the students and my family there in support was amazing. It was a wonderful experience for us to share together.”

Seth and another standout Northwest principal, Rick Harwood of Global Connections (Tyee) High School in SeaTac, squared off during halftime at the Seattle Sounders FC/LA Galaxy match as part of a PEMCO-Sounders FC celebration of National Principals Month. As the winner, Seth pocketed $2,000 for his school, and Rick took home $1,000. Both also received 25 tickets to the game so students could cheer them on, and each school will score an appearance by a Seattle Sounders FC player.

Seth and Rick were among dozens of nominees vying for a chance to compete. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association called on educators and students statewide to nominate the “best of the best” middle- and high-school principals for the contest, and they responded with these A+ principals:

Elia Ala’ilima-Daley, Cascade High School, Leavenworth

Josh Almy, Liberty High School, Renton

Tricia Anderson, Granger High School, Granger

Julie Baublits, Spanaway Lake High School, Spanaway

David Brower, Decatur High School, Federal Way

Mark Cain, Discovery Middle School, Vancouver

Bob Celebrezze, Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee

Jeff Clark, Port Angeles High School, Port Angeles

Kevin Davis, Klickitat High School, Klickitat

Eric Diener, Wapato High School, Wapato

Travis Drake, Prairie High School, Battle Ground

Scott Ellis, Blaine High School, Blaine

Jim Evans, Almira Coulee Hartline High School, Coulee City

Cindy Feasel, Forks High School, Forks

Aaron Fletcher, Liberty High School, Spangle

Dave Goodwin, Peninsula High School, Gig Harbor

Tim Graham, Tumwater High School, Tumwater

Lara Gregorich Bennett, Walter Strom Middle School, Cle Elum

Kris Herda, Wellpinit High School, Wellpinit

Terri Herren, Auburn Mountainview High School, Auburn

Mike Hittle, Central Valley High School, Veradale

Jim Jacobs, Robert Olds Junior High School, Connell

Isaiah Johnson, Cascade Middle School, Auburn

Nick Krause, Laurin Middle School, Battle Ground

Randy Lemiere, Three Rivers Christian School, Kelso

Kyle Linman, Sylvester Middle School, Burien

Kala Lougheed, Cascade Middle School, Longview

Dwight Lundstrom, Oak Harbor High School, Oak Harbor

Kevin Lusk, Prosser High School, Prosser

Rodrick Merrell, Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon

Dave Myers, Black Hills High School, Olympia

Dave Peters, Jackson High School, Mill Creek

Scott Powers, Bellevue High School, Bellevue

Alec Pugh, Montesano High School, Montesano

Cindy Reopelle, Gonzaga Prep, Spokane

Steve Rood, North Thurston High School, Lacey

Mark St. Clair, Mead High School, Spokane

Josh Sanchez, Northshore Junior High School, Bothell

Timothy Stults, Clover Park High School, Lakewood

Charlotte Troxel, Isaac Stevens Middle School, Pasco

Greg Wilson, Hudtloff Middle School, Lakewood

Chris Woods, Capital High School, Olympia

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). 

Congratulations and thanks to Seth, Rick, and all the principals across the Northwest who help make this a great place to live, work, play, and learn. 

by  PEMCO Insurance

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