By Tim Clinton
It was the Highline Public Schools 6th Annual Scholar-Athlete, Coach and Community Recognition Banquet, and the last with Terri McMahan leading the way in her capacity as district athletic director.
McMahan used her impending retirement as a reason to honor those above her in the district, such as superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield.
"Some say it's self serving to honor people above you, but because I'm not coming back, I'm going to," McMahan told Tuesday's gathering at Mount Rainier High School.
Master of ceremonies Dick Fain, a Mount Rainier graduate who is now a KJR-Radio sports personality and has been the voice of the Seattle Storm for six years, chose to honor McMahan.
"Thank you for all of your time," he told her from behind the microphone.
The banquet was mostly about honoring top scholar-athletes from the Highline School District's four high schools, along with coaches of the year from each school including the four middle schools.
A total of 16 athletes -- four seniors from each high school -- received college scholarships with a minimum award of $1,500 and a maximum award of $5,000.