"A lot of folks are in my position; they're not sure what career is best for them. You can go to Pierce, have small class sizes, good atmosphere, and get a very good education for the price."
- Deighton Maragh
Principle Service Engineer Management Platforms and Service Delivery, Microsoft Corporation
2010 Distinguished Alumni
Athula "Bo" Cooper
Athula "Bo" Cooper, who started Pierce College's successful correspondence courses for real estate professionals, serving students from Paris, France to Steilacoom and has also been an active force in the preservation of local history, particularly in the Steilacoom area.
David Hayes earned the 1999 Star Academy designation from among 7,000 Bon Marche employees in 47 stores. He organizes charity fashion shows and more recently has coordinated an annual show at a Bremerton high school incorporating physically challenged students. He is president of the Black Parent Association for the University Place School District and has received the "Buddy" award from Bates College for his work with at-risk grade school children.
Paul Scheffler sustained growth problems and crippling leg problems as a result of extensive radiation for cancer in his infancy, but he has never let that stop him. As a youngster, he earned his Boy Scout hiking badge (total 70 miles) in a week. After earning a B.A. in human services, he both worked and volunteered for the Boy Scouts, recruiting more than 10,000 youngsters over the years and receiving the Silver Beaver award, scouting's highest honor for a local worker. He has worked with troubled and abused youth for 17 years. For his continued good work, his union, Local 793, presented him with the George Meany Award last year.
Linda "Lin" (Allen) Dryer
She triumphed over personal difficulties to become the first female correctional officer at McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary. She also served as a public information officer for the Tacoma Police Department as public information officer and, partnering with her husband, coordinated three major base closings for the Army. Dryer passed away in December 2000 after a battle with breast cancer.
Eileen Lewis is Chief of the Tacoma Fire Department. She became the city's first female fire fighter and immediately set out to start a training program for the women to follow. Today her department has 35 female fire fighters. In 2000, Lewis was the first woman to head a municipal fire department and joined a scant 11 other female fire chiefs in the nation.
Amy (Ackley) McFarland, after dropping out of school in the ninth grade, went back to school and eventually earned a Master's Degree in teaching. After going on to earn her principal's license, she became administrator for the Muckleshoot Tribal School two years ago, making sure that its 135 students can easily transition to public schools and ensuring tha a strand of Native American culture is infused in the curriculum. She was named 2000 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Indian Schools.