Publisher’s note: Help choose the Mirror’s 2018 Athletes of the Year

The Federal Way Mirror is proud to recognize the city’s top student athletes in our first Athlete of the Year contest.

Athletic directors from Federal Way, Todd Beamer, Thomas Jefferson and Decatur high schools have submitted their nominations for 16 finalists for Athlete of the Year. Now it’s your turn to vote online at for the best male and best female prep athletes in the school district.

The online ballot will be active May 4 through May 23. The Mirror will announce the winners – along with the Federal Way Athletic Hall of Fame’s newest inductees -–in a special centerspread in the June 8 print edition.

Throughout the school year, the Mirror has published 76 total male and female “athletes of the week” who were selected by the school district. A conscious effort was made by athletic directors to highlight students from a range of sports including basketball, football, baseball, softball, swimming, track, tennis, golf, cheerleading and dance. Regardless of their sport, these nominees were consistently praised for their leadership and sportsmanship as well as their success in the classroom.

The Mirror looks forward to continuing this partnership with Federal Way Public Schools in the 2018-19 school year.

Editorial board

The Mirror’s editorial board is seeking civic-minded applicants to meet twice a month for discussions on Federal Way’s hottest issues. The current incarnation of the editorial board consists myself, Mirror editor Heidi Jacobs, and three community members: Mike Park, former mayor of Federal Way and small business owner; Sonja Bert, marketing and communications strategist; Lori Cornell, pastor, Calvary Lutheran Church.

In addition to crafting editorials with the city’s well-being in mind, another function of the board is to interview and endorse local candidates during election season.

Editorial board members are asked to commit for one year. If you’re interested in participating, please email me for more information.

It is a pleasure to serve the community and inspire discussions that make Federal Way a better place to live, work and play. As always, thank you for reading the Mirror.

Mirror Publisher Andy Hobbs can be reached at or 253-336-5359.

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