Each year, SHEF honors a graduate who has accomplished the extraordinary in their career or by giving back to their community.
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The 2017 Steilacoom High School Distinguished Alumnus is Sentinel 2007 Graduate and retired US Marine Sergeant Milan Franklin. He was born in Tacoma the youngest of 10 children and spent his school career, K-12, in the Steilacoom School District graduating with honors through Running Start at Pierce College.
Sergeant Franklin enlisted in the Marine Corps in August 18, 2008 and served as an Infantryman and deployed twice to Afghanistan in service to his country. His first deployment was from April to October 2010 and then again until he was injured in October 2011 as squad leader with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion 7th Marines. While in the Marine Corps, he was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant in less than three years, awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, two presidential unit citations, the Navy unit commendation ribbon, two Navy Sea Ribbons, and three Afghanistan Campaign Medals.
While at Steilacoom High, Milan enjoyed baseball, woodworking (which he continues today), the drums, and marching with his brother in the annual 4th of July Parade. He and his fiancé are busy planning and building their homestead in Shelton.
Previous Distinguished Alumni Award Winners:
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