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Youth Wall of Fame planned

"A permanent fixture to honor outstanding Federal Way youth will be one step closer to reality Friday.A group of area residents including parents, business leaders and students are hoping a special silent auction will raise enough money to build a Federal Way Youth Wall of Fame this fall.The Federal Way Youth Wall of Fame benefit auction is planned for Friday. All proceeds from the silent auction will go toward building the ceramic-tiled wall.The wall of fame, still in the planning phase, spotlights the good works of Federal Way's young people and adults who work closely to help youth. The wall, says adult organizer Bryon Mengle, will be built out of ceramic tiles designed by honorees and likely will find a home at City Hall. We're really excited about this, Mengle said. This is a real positive for this city and for pretty much everyone.Mengle founded the Federal Way Youth Hall of Fame in 1996. The organization's goal is to acknowledge area students who make a positive difference in Federal Way by inducting them into the hall. Another goal is to help volunteer organizations throughout the state. Mengle said Youth Hall of Fame volunteers have helped more than 40 organizations, such as March of Dimes, King County Parks and the YMCA. To date, 14 youth and five area teachers have been inducted into the hall of fame. To be inducted, hopefuls must fill out a nomination form and list their community service accomplishments.We're just looking for overall good people, Mengle said. You don't have to be a star athlete or good at academics. We want people who are making Federal Way a better place to be. Kilo Junior High School teacher Shannon Rasmussen, who was honored in 1998 for her work in running the school's leadership program, and as the track coach and drama adviser, says the hall of fame program is an important part of keeping children connected to their homes and community.This is one of the neatest things I've ever been a part of, Rasmussen said. It's important to show that these kids have so much commitment and what they're able to do. The event features a dessert buffet that will be available during the evening. More than 100 auction items will be available, including tickets to see Fosse at the Paramount Theatre, lunch and a tour of the King County Courthouse with King County Executive Ron Sims, a children's birthday party with the Seattle Seahawks mascot named Blitz, a cookie bouquet from Cookies By Design, and a sweethearts package from Best Western Executel. ------------------To attendThe Federal Way Youth Wall of Fame auction will be 7 p.m. Friday at the Best Western Executel, 31611 20th Ave. S. For more information, call 351-7733."

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