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Sunnyside School District Presents: Going Viral, a Parent's Guide to Online Predators, Cyberbullying, and Unintentional Photo and Video Sharing (Photo) - 10/12/17

Does your child have a cell phone, iPad, or personal computer? Do you know what programs or apps they are using that give them access to the outside world? Or, more importantly, do you know who in the outside world has access to them?

Cerise Peck, Internet Crimes Against Children Trainer and Richland Police Department Crime Prevention Specialist will be at Harrison Middle School on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. to present to parents on the topic on online safety for students.

Four specific online dangers will be discussed including online predators and exploitation, cyberbullying, sent media, and pornography. There will also be an overview of the different apps that are currently popular with youth and what steps parents can take to stay vigilant in protecting their children.

"I attended this presentation as a parent in August and it was eye-opening," says Sunnyside School District Communications Director Jessica Morgan. "Safety can't be assumed because children are behind a cell phone screen. I want our parents to have this information so they can talk with their children and have strategies for online safety."

The presentation is part of Sunnyside School District's new Parent Resource and Engagement Program or PREP and is not limited to Sunnyside families. The event is free and open to anyone who would like to attend. Translation will be provided. Questions can be directed to Jessica Morgan, Sunnyside School District Communications Director, at 509-836-8703 or

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Detective Julie McGowan
Detective Julie McGowan
2017 Sunnyside High School Alumni Wall of Fame Inductees (Photo) - 10/11/17

The 2017 Sunnyside High School Alumni Wall of Fame inductees will be honored this Friday night prior to the start of the Sunnyside High School Homecoming football game at Clem Senn Stadium.

The first inductee is Ken Jernberg, a 1966 graduate of Sunnyside High School. Jernberg was by all accounts a stand-out athlete for the Grizzly football team and continued his athletic achievements at Columbia Basin College and the University of Montana. He completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in education at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, then settled into a forty-plus year commitment to helping the underserved teens in the Spokane Valley area. Jernberg was a true believer in alternative forms of education and the idea that there is not a one-size fits all approach to earning a high school diploma or GED. His belief led him to form the school portion of the Spokane area's only teen homeless shelter, Crosswalk. With first the backing of the Spokane School District, then the Spokane Falls Community College, he dedicated his life to meeting at-risk students exactly where they were in life and where they needed help the most. He did not judge their situations and did not request that they change. His goal, according to his daughter Karyna, was to make people who felt small, big. Jernberg passed away in July of 2016. He was nominated by fellow Sunnyside High School classmate Mike McQuesten.

The second inductee is Julie Benjert McGowan, who was born and raised in Sunnyside and graduated from Sunnyside High School with the class of 1990. Following graduation, McGowan attended Central Washington University and earned a degree in criminal justice with a minor in sociology. Following that she accepted a position with the Federal Way Police Department. During her twenty-year career in Federal Way, McGowan served her community first as a patrol officer, then as a Field Training Officer, working with new hires as they step into the community for the first time. After ten years in those capacities, she became a detective investigating economic crimes, and crimes against persons where she became a specialist in investigating domestic violence. Her most recent assignment as a detective involved investigating crimes against the most innocent and vulnerable in our population, children. McGowan is currently back on patrol with the intention of finishing out her career with the Federal Way Police Department as a detective. Her service to the community does not stop when she takes off her badge. In 2007, she received the American Red Cross National Life Saving Award for saving the life of a car accident victim while she was off duty. She acted quickly to cut the seatbelt from where it was wrapped around the victim's neck and was cutting off his breathing. McGowan was nominated by Sierra Vista Middle School social studies teacher and fellow class of 1990 graduate MaLinda Crane.

The Sunnyside High School Alumni Wall of Fame was initially created and coordinated by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce. After a ten-year hiatus, the ceremony was brought back by the Sunnyside School District in 2009. Since its inception, 84 former Sunnyside High School students, including doctors, veterans, volunteers, teachers, athletes, and astronauts, have been inducted into the Wall of Fame. These individuals have:

* Demonstrated high levels of achievement or made significant contributions to their field,
* Served our community or country in a significant way,
* Exhibited leadership, character and service in his/her profession or community.

Nomination can be submitted year-round to the Communications Office at Sunnyside School District. The nomination form can be found on the District website on the Communications Department web page. For more information, please call 509-836-8703 or email