Sequim High sends out Winter Wishes

Community helps support more than 400 gifts to, from students

A season of giving held true at Sequim High School last week.

Students’ annual Winter Wishes event through the school’s Leadership class gave out a wide-range of items for those looking to support a friend, meet a need and/or help a local organization.

“We were able to give out over 400 wishes to SHS students, some of which were really impactful,” Winter Wishes coordinator Madelyn Pickens said.

“One student received an HP laptop, two others received new tablets, and many students got new pairs of shoes.”

Pickens said a number of gift cards and certificates went out for food, drinks and retail items along with some uncommon requests such as a whole chocolate cake, a cucumber, a bottle of milk and 30 pounds of candy.

Sophomore Christina Jameson said she and her friends had an inside joke about the mass amount of candy and thought she might get a candy bar.

“I didn’t celebrate Halloween, so this makes up for it,” Jameson said.

One student wished for “doughnuts for everyone,” Pickens said, and as donations came in the leadership students were able to buy 50 dozen doughnuts for students to enjoy.

Jelissa Julmist, a Winter Wishes team member, said in a video about the event that 40 percent of the wishes made were to support a child in need, so the leadership class donated about $500 to the Salvation Army for toys.

A few students also wanted to support local organizations, so the school’s Interact Club will be helping the Leadership class coordinate donations, said Hannah Bates, another Winter Wishes team member.

For the event, more than $5,000 was donated including many in-kind donations, Pickens said.

“We want to thank all our local businesses, teachers, and clubs who helped make Winter Wishes happen,” she said.

Business sponsors included 7 Cedars, Air Flo Heating Company, All Safe Mini Storage, Evergreen Home Loans, First Federal, Home Depot, Jonathan Jack Insurance agency, The Lodge, McCrorie Carpet One, Northwest Security Services, Paradise Restaurant, Sequim Parents for Safe Schools, and many individuals.

Protocols for COVID-19 prevented an annual assembly for Winter Wishes, Pickens said, so Leadership students recorded a video for the school to see with class competitions, including musical chairs and a race to put on frozen T-shirts. The donuts were revealed as the last wish granted after the video ended.

Along with Pickens, Bates and Julmist, Claire D’Amico helped organize the event.

Madelyn Pickens, second from left, coordinates Leadership students sending out gifts as part of Winter Wishes on Dec. 15. Some of the wishes included a new laptop, tablets, and donations to local nonprofit organizations. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Madelyn Pickens, second from left, coordinates Leadership students sending out gifts as part of Winter Wishes on Dec. 15. Some of the wishes included a new laptop, tablets, and donations to local nonprofit organizations. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Sequim High senior Natalie Rodriguez opens a blanket she received through Winter Wishes last week. “This is great. It’s even red. That’s my favorite color,” she said. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Sequim High senior Natalie Rodriguez opens a blanket she received through Winter Wishes last week. “This is great. It’s even red. That’s my favorite color,” she said. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Sophomore Christina Jameson holds up her 30 pounds of candy she received through Sequim High School’s Winter Wishes. Jameson said she and her friends had an inside joke about the mass amount of candy and thought she might get a candy bar. “I didn’t celebrate Halloween, so this makes up for it,” she said. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Sophomore Christina Jameson holds up her 30 pounds of candy she received through Sequim High School’s Winter Wishes. Jameson said she and her friends had an inside joke about the mass amount of candy and thought she might get a candy bar. “I didn’t celebrate Halloween, so this makes up for it,” she said. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Because of one student’s wish, all of Sequim High School students received doughnuts as part of the Winter Wishes event on Dec. 15. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Because of one student’s wish, all of Sequim High School students received doughnuts as part of the Winter Wishes event on Dec. 15. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Richard Meier and Koda Robinson ready to hand out doughnuts for Winter Wishes. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Richard Meier and Koda Robinson ready to hand out doughnuts for Winter Wishes. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Jack Van De Wege sets out maple bars for students at the Winter Wishes assembly on Dec. 15. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Jack Van De Wege sets out maple bars for students at the Winter Wishes assembly on Dec. 15. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Above: Lillian Gaskill received a new tablet as part of the Winter Wishes event on Dec. 15. Photo by Charlie Logan

Above: Lillian Gaskill received a new tablet as part of the Winter Wishes event on Dec. 15. Photo by Charlie Logan

Henry Hughes received some milk for Winter Wishes on Dec. 15. Photo by Charlie Logan

Henry Hughes received some milk for Winter Wishes on Dec. 15. Photo by Charlie Logan