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Windward Presents Echoes of History

Windward High School releases its 2017 Echoes of History book
Windward High School releases its 2017 Echoes of History book

Windward High School is proud to release its 7th Echoes of History Project. This year’s topic is “Local Government.” After months of researching, interviewing, writing and editing, a community celebration was held last evening.

Students reflected on their accomplishments—

  • Destiny Watson said, “I learned about a job I didn’t know existed. Our team worked really hard. The most difficult part was composing the questions.”
  • Teagan Hudson, who interviewed Ferndale Mayor Jon Mutchler, said, “students did a lot of research beforehand. They learned a lot about local government and how much it makes a difference in all of our lives.”
  • And, Amber Hughen-Coiro said, “the interviews went so well that in some cases students didn’t want them to end. We wanted to continue to learn more about our interviewee.”

“The Oral History Project was intended to empower our students to connect and act on change in our community. The project encompasses all of Windward High School’s core values—learning, community, leadership and creativity,” said Windward teacher and co-advisor for the project, Diana Austin.

During the celebration, students presented their final bound book that contains each interviewee’s narrative. This year’s interviewees

Ferndale City Council Member Cathy Watson (pictured second from left) with the Windward High School Student Team who interviewed Cathy for the Oral History Project
Ferndale City Council Member Cathy Watson (pictured second from left) with the Windward High School Student Team who interviewed Cathy for the Oral History Project

included: Ferndale mayor, three members of Ferndale City Council, Ferndale Communications Office, retired Bellingham police officer, retired City of Bellingham attorney/lobbyist, Whatcom County Assessor, Whatcom County Superior Court Judge, employees from Bellingham Planning Department and Public Works Department, volunteer firefighter, corrections officer with Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department, former LIBC member, former San Juan County Commissioner. They are:

David Cordes
Chris Freeman
Mark Fuller
Greg Hansen
Bob Jarman
Richard Little
Jon Mutchler
Brian Smart
Charles Snyder
Riley Sweeney
Cathy Watson
Keith Willnauer
Rebecca Xczar

When presented his copy of the book, Mr. Little said, “I’m proud to be part of this project. It was a great experience. The education system is alive and well. Teachers are God’s gift to civilization.”

The Oral History Project, implemented seven years ago by Windward Teacher Melissa Engels, is a service-learning project in Windward’s 9th and 10th grade English and Social Studies classes every other year. Students work in small groups to interview community members about their experience during a specified era or in connection to a specified theme and publish a book containing narratives, photographs and reflections.

Thank you to all the interviewees for their time in sharing their experiences with our students. Thank you to Windward High Boosters for providing copies of the book to each of the interviewees. Thank you to our teachers and students for making sure these stories are preserved for future generations.

Books are available for purchase by contacting the school at 360.383.9289. A copy of the book will also be made available in the Ferndale Library for viewing.

For more information:
Windward High School Teacher Diana Austin, 360.383.9289, diana.austin@ferndalesd.org
Windward High School Teacher Melissa Engels, 360.383.9289, melissa.engels@ferndalesd.org
Windard High School Principal Kim Hawes, 360.383.9289, kim.hawes@ferndalesd.org
Director of Communications Tammy Bengen, 360.383.9207, tammy.bengen@ferndalesd.org