Deadline extended to March 31, 2015 for the West Seattle Hi-Yu Scholarships!

posted Mar 1, 2015, 7:35 PM by Tim Winston

Scholarship applications for the West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior court will be accepted until March 31st.

West Seattle Hi-Yu Scholarship Program     Apply NOW!




Deadline extended to March 31, 2015 for the West Seattle Hi-Yu Scholarships.

Open to both male and female High School seniors or graduates who live in West Seattle, between age 17-22. First place $1500. Second and third $1000. Each. Additional $500. for the 2016 Miss West Seattle Seafair rep.  

Download Application at:

Pictures From This Month's Meeting

posted Feb 11, 2015, 8:54 PM by Tim Winston

Jr. Court members voting on the button design

2015 Hi-Yu officers installed by Denise Davis at the Feb. 2nd meeting; Tom Cain, Treasurer, Michael Emmick, Vice. President, Joanne Murray, Historian and Jay Murray, President.

The Jr. Court models their new sashes

2015 Senior Court Scholarship Application is available

posted Feb 5, 2015, 9:25 PM by Tim Winston

The 2015 Scholarship application for West Seattle Hi-Yu is now available. The application may be printed out to be submitted by the Feb. 23, 2015 deadline.

Interviews and application review will be on Monday March 2, 2015 at the Admiral Congregational Church 4320 SW Hill Street between 3:00 and 6:30 with the candidates introduced at the West Seattle Hi-Yu meeting at 7:00 - 9:00 pm. 


Joanne Murray, 2015 West Seattle Hi-Yu candidate coordinator



Please pass on the information to students you know who would qualify for the scholarships.

New Meeting Location

posted Oct 21, 2014, 3:52 PM by News Master

Please note, our monthly meeting location has changed. We are now meeting at the Admiral Congregational Church at 7 pm on the first Monday of each month. 

Please join us for our next meeting on November 3rd. 

Applications for the 2015 Junior Court are now available!

Admiral Congregational Church: 4320 SW Hill St. 

End of Season, Call for Volunteers

posted Aug 29, 2014, 10:44 AM by News Master

West Seattle Hi-Yu had a very successful summer festival and busy July with several appearances and parades, including our award-winning presentation in the Seafair Torchlight Parade on July 26th.  Currently we’re in the process of wrapping things up for this season with two more parades: Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival on Sept 6th and Issaquah Salmon Days on Oct. 4th. We’re also wrapping up the business year, which ends on Sept. 30th.  

We need new volunteers and members going into 2014-15, with elections for new board members at the General Meeting Sept. 8th.  

If you would like to be a part of West Seattle’s community festival please come to that meeting, or contact Kristin Botuchis at if you are willing to participate as a board member or other volunteer position:


Monday, Sept. 8th,  7pm

St. John meeting room

Corner of 42nd and Hanford St.

Park in the West Seattle High School parking lot and follow the signs up the stairs at the south end of the lot.

Photo from the Seafair Torchlight Parade:

The 2014 Senior Court

posted Jun 27, 2014, 11:17 AM by News Master

Introducing the West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court. These young people will be representing West Seattle to the greater Seattle community throughout the summer at a variety of parades and events including the Seafair Pirates' Landing on Alki June 28, The Burien Parade July 4, the Junction Street Fair July 11-13, the West Seattle Grand Parade July 19 and the Seafair Torchlight Parade July 26. Visit us and buy a button (still only $1) to support the scholarship program and West Seattle Float.

Queen Lorelei McFadden (17) was sponsored by the West Seattle Eagles Club. She is a 2014 top-ten honor graduate of The Arts and Academic Academy on the Evergreen Campus where she was in the Art Club and President of the Drama Club. She will be attending the University of Washington in the fall pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Bio-Medical Engineering. She is the treasurer of her 4-H Club, where she fits and shows poultry in local fairs. You might see her in the King County or Puyallup Fair this fall. She also volunteers at the Fauntleroy Children’s Center.


Princess Nina Marie Coluccio (20) was sponsored by the West Seattle Rotary Club. She is a 2013 graduate of The Arts and Academic Academy on the Evergreen Campus. She is currently a student at South Seattle College working toward her Associate of Arts degree in Psychology. She hopes to transfer to Hawaii Pacific University to fulfill her Bachelor of Arts and Mater’s degrees in Psychology and ultimately become a child psychologist. She is also a full-time nanny. Her interests include team soccer and competitive diving. 


Prince Hang Thao (18) was sponsored by the West Seattle Kiwanis Club. He is a 2014 top-ten honor graduate of The Arts and Academic Academy on the Evergreen Campus where he was on the wrestling team and in the break dance club. He will be attending the University of Washington in the fall. He is interested in international business and dance.  Hang works for his family’s business, “I’s Farm”; you might find him at local farmers’ markets, especially the Burien Market on Thursdays. His other interests include boxing and game development.  

Photo courtesy of Joanne Murray

Help Save the Float!

posted May 4, 2014, 5:22 PM by News Master

We are currently conducting a crowd-funding campaign to help with major repairs to the float. This is one of the last community funded floats in Washington. West Seattle, Seattle, and Burien are all part of our community, but we would love everyone to pitch in!

Please go to, either by following the link, or searching for West Seattle from the "You Caring" home page.

Big May Events!

posted Apr 13, 2014, 8:28 PM by News Master

The summer festival season is kicking off in May with two fundraising events! Both events help to fund the Hi-Yu Scholarship Program and Parade Float. 

First up is the West Seattle Hi-Yu Community Breakfast Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 8 to 11 am, featuring the Candidate's Creative Expression and Talent Show at 9:30 am. 

A full breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs, hash browns, pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit and yogurt is being hosted by the Masons, at the Alki Masonic Center (4736 40th Ave SW).

Donation: Adults $6, Kids to age 12 $3. 

Next up is the West Seattle Hi-Yu Coronation at the Spring Tea and Silent Auction, Sunday, May 18th, 2014 from 2 to 5 pm. Tea will be served at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California Ave SW). The Premier Sponsor for this event is Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering.

Tickets are $25 per person, $250 for a table of 10. To make reservations please call 206-935-6517 or email

West Seattle Hi-Yu Celebrating 80 Years of "Big Fun"!

posted Dec 13, 2013, 11:02 AM by News Master

Be part of the 80th anniversary year for West Seattle Hi-Yu by submitting a design for the 2014 float.  The winning design will launch our theme and button for the year, as well as inspiring Float Chairman (and designer) Duane Davis's final float design.  YOUR float could be the one to represent West Seattle in as many as a dozen western Washington parades next summer! Any idea that captures the fun and longevity of the Hi-Yu community festival is encouraged. Here is a sketch of the float for general sizing. (Driver side view of float.pdf)
Bring your drawings and models to the January 6th Hi-Yu General meeting:
St. John's Church Meeting Room
Corner of 42nd Ave. SW and SW Hanford St.
7:00 pm
If you don't have an idea to share, please come and become a Hi-Yu member.  Your $20 annual membership allows you to cast your VOTE for your favorite theme, and gives you a say in upcoming Hi-Yu decisions.  We look forward to seeing your designs and you!

Meet the 2014 Junior Court

posted Dec 11, 2013, 4:09 PM by News Master

The Junior Court coronation was this past Monday at St. John the Baptist. The West Seattle Blog has excellent coverage of the event. 

Welcome Queen Bianca Carufel, and Princesses Callie McFadden and Sadie Botuchis!

Don't forget, applications are still open for the Senior Court!

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