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The winner of the 2018 Steilacoom Historical Education Foundation (SHEF) Distinguished Alumni Award is Mr. Colby Davies. This award is given annually to a graduate of Steilacoom High School who is recognized by members of the community for their accomplishments and service to others. The goal of the award is to honor those who have given back to the community and provide a role model for current students.
Colby attended Steilacoom Historical School District from kindergarten through his graduation from Steilacoom High School in 2005. He attended Western Washington University, playing football there for one year and then transferring to Pacific Lutheran University to continue his collegiate football career. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science followed by a Master’s Degree in Education.
Colby worked as a Special Education paraeducator for Steilacoom Historical School District for 2 years and was hired as a Steilacoom High PE teacher in 2017. He has coached many sports since 2011 and midway through the 2017 Steilacoom High football season stepped up to Head Coach, leading the Sentinels to the 2A SPSL League Championship. In 2018, Coach Davies led the Sentinels to a repeat as Division Champs, holding out as the only undefeated Pierce County team entering the final week of the season and qualifying for the state playoffs.
Colby Davies serves as a great role model for all students and is a respected staff member and coach. In the words of one of his players, “he is more than just a coach, he is a friend to his players.”
Colby was recognized as the 2018 Distinguished Alum at the Steilacoom High School Alumni Basketball Game half-time, which was held Saturday, December 29, 2018. There were no nominations for 2019 so no award was given.
Previous Distinguished Alumni Award Winners:
2018 Colby Davies, class of 2005
2017 Milan Franklin, class of 2007
2016 Zabrina Jenkins, class of 1988
2015 Hannah Tchobanoff Engstrom, class of 1995
2014 Shavonne Brewer Matulevich, class of 2001
2013 Rebecca Black Caro, class of 2004
2012 Clement Foster, class of 1991
2011 Andi Lopez Vann, class of 1999
2010 Denise Lowry, class of 1984 and
Matthew Perez, class of 2004
2009 Nick Brown, class of 1995
2008 Elna Himmler, class of 2005
2007 Natalie McCarthy, class of 2003 and
Michael Long, class of 2003
2006 Jonathon Tinsley, class of 2000
2005 Dee Rogers Sandvik, class of 1989
2004 Laura Juhnke Ofstun, class of 1985
2003 Jason Wing, class of 1989
2002 Leigh Ann Evanson, class of 1988
2001 Elizabeth Peterson, class of 1990
2000 Angela Troy, class of 1991
1999 Pete Vanderwarker, class of 1984
1998 Tony Lambert, class of 1984