May 4, 1998
Making a difference
by Deborah Stone
At the third annual benefit luncheon for Mothers Against Violence in America, Washington State Chapter, Woodinville High School senior Tim Willette was awarded a $1,000 Legacy of Caring Scholarship. The scholarship, which is funded by the Antonio Terry Memorial Golf Tournament, is in memory of Antonio Terry, a Seattle Police Officer who was shot and killed by a seventeen year old in June, 1994. Willette received the award for his commitment to peace in his school and community. A two-sport athlete, with a 3.5 grade point average, Tim Willette has made great strides in addressing the issue of racial harassment at WHS as a leader of FADE, Falcons Against Discriminatory Environment. He has helped bring awareness of diversity to WHS and has educated students about being a minority. Willette feels he has tried to set a positive example and be a role model for conflict resolution.
"I've encountered some racial problems growing up as an African American in a mostly white community and in the process, I've developed a system or way to deal with these problems," says Willette. "I advocate stepping back, analyzing the situation and looking at actions and possible reactions. It's important not to let your emotions control you." Although it's been tough for Willette, being one of a handful of African American students, he has felt that WHS has been a supportive environment. "The teachers are great," comments Willette, "and they've gone above and beyond to support and encourage me along the way."
The ceremony to honor Willette and others brought forth much feeling according to Willette. He says, "It inspired me to do more to prevent violence and help youth to make a safer environment." Willette received full academic scholarships to attend both Morehouse, in Atlanta, GA, and Howard University, in Washington, D.C. He is most likely headed to Morehouse this coming fall and plans to study business. Wherever Tim Willette goes, he is certain to continue to work towards making a difference in society.