This past fall a former exchange student, Miatta Abdullai, from Liberia reached out to WHS administration asking about proof of attending school here in 1988 and wondering if there were any extra yearbooks from 1988 that she could have because hers had been lost during the civil war in Liberia. As it turned out, the library did have an extra 1988 yearbook in its yearbook collection. Thanks to contributions from some generous staff members, we were able to mail Miatta, who now lives in Nigeria, a copy of the 1988 WaWa yearbook, a WHS greeting from Principal Anderson, and some Panther swag! Here is her reply upon receiving the package:
"It is with profound gratitude I write to say thank you so much for giving me back, a part of my growing up years that I thought was gone forever. After 34 years, I finally got the fondest memory of one of the most important part of my life. My time spent in Wenatchee made an impact on who I am today, an African Girl Child, from one of the least developed country in Africa (Liberia) had an opportunity to a solid education and life skills that I am ever grateful for.
Sometimes I wonder the impact of WARS on the lives of people. It tries to steal and rob you off your self-worth and dignity but I am grateful to God for his grace and strength that build my resilience to remain strong.
I pray that kids attending WHS are proud of the School and make the best of what they have now, because you never know what might come in the future. What a great Institution, beautiful staff and students and a very welcoming community and my beautiful and loving host family (Mary and Sam Penhallegon and children)."