Principal Message

Lakes Principal Karen Mauer Smith

Hello Lancer Families, 

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Spring Break!  As we return to school we have a lot of learning and activities going on in this last quarter of the school year.  We want to continue to work with you to help all our students finish strong! Below you will find some celebrations, updates and reminders.   


Yes, there will be a prom! 

We are very excited to be able to hold a prom for our seniors this year.  We will be having prom, Friday, May 20, 2022, from 8-11 pm in the main gym.  Tickets are $20.00 and go on sale beginning Wednesday, April 27,2022.  Seniors will receive information including dance contracts and visitor forms in advisory on Wednesday April 20,2022.  Seniors must be going to prom and purchase their own ticket before buying their plus one.  Guest forms must be returned by May 13 and the last day to purchase tickets will be May 19, 2022. 

Celebrating the Military Child 

 We are so grateful and humbled to serve the students and families of JBLM.  April is officially the month of the military child and we could not be prouder or more grateful for the service and sacrifice of our military families. 

Military Youth of the Year 

Congrats to Sam Coleman who was named Military Youth of the Year for Washington State!   

Boys Baseball is 3-0 

Shout out to the boy's baseball team for a 3-0 start! 

Algebra 2 students working hard!

Mrs. Coffey, Ms. Huhner, and Ms. Hurd would like to acknowledge the following Algebra 2 students for working to earn passing grades on all summative assessments this semester. Our first topic of the semester is not an easy one as it requires students to synthesize many skills that reach as far back as middle school. It is no easy feat and we applaud their perseverance!   

Aiden Acosta-Guerrero
Ember Alokoa
Jaden Arce
Jose Arevalo-Carraher
Jhettah Baker
Ash Blevins
Mikayla Bradley
Cierra Cadogan
Olivia Cheng
Lydia Cho
Malo Clayton
Blake Coleman
Peyton Collins
Lyla Combs
Rhyan Cooper-Feldt
Alana Cruz
Casey Davis
Kamia Deguzman
Caleb Dorrell
Kira Doss-Moore
Dana Rose Dungca
Gabriel Galbreath
Gavin Gray
Kimie Inouye
Mia Keith
Jeff Kinyanjui
Audrey LaRoy
Alexie Lopez
Devin Mcgraw
Pyriel Noble
Ada Oberwarth
Raistlin Piggott
Jeremiah Schilpp
Leslie Serrano 

I ask staff for shout outs and share what is sent to me each time. If you think there is a celebration of which I should be aware but did not mention, please feel free to email me at [email protected].  These celebrations could include accomplishments by teams or clubs, individual awards, or accomplishments on the part of your student, acts of service, etc. We always want to celebrate our Lancers! 

Lakes Engineering Students are Rocking it! 

 9  Engineering  students made it into the Boeing paid Internship this summer! There was also one senior student who was interviewing for a hired position after he graduates this summer! 

Kidd Anderson
Lesieliamelouinga Clayton
James Gus
Mathew Jordan
Paul Tii
Micah Kim
Terrell Smith II
James Zacher
Jorge Vargas 

Senior Parent Information Night 

Lakes will be hosting a senior parent information night on Wednesday, April 27 from 6:00-7:00 pm in our PAC. After the information night we will be hosting a FAFSA session from 7:00-8:00 PM. We welcome you to stay for that as well. 

Senior Awards and Senior Awards Night 

 Our Senior Awards Night will be May 25, 2022 from 6-7 PM. All senior families were sent an electronic copy of the senior awards form.  This form needs to be completed in order for us to include our seniors in the awards ceremony.  The form clarifies the awards included and the documentation we need to verify things such as college acceptance and scholarship awards.  Seniors may complete the fillable form and email it to our registrar, Karen Palmer, at [email protected].  OR, they may bring the form and documentation in and turn it in to the guidance office.  If the form is sent electronically, please too, send the documentation with it or make sure to bring it in to the guidance office.  We are not notified of every scholarship or award a student receives and we really need your help to make sure we honor our seniors.  Thank you! 

Yearbook Purchases 

The yearbook staff is putting the finishing touches on what will be one of our largest yearbooks ever.  Order yours today through student accounts. They are $40 with ASB and $50 without ASB.  The deadline depends on when Joe needs to place the order.  They can be purchased online with a card or at student accounts with check or cash. Yearbooks must be purchased before April 29. 

Supporting our Lancers 

I want to take a moment to remind students and families of the support we have in our building for students.  We have had to readjust to a number of things as we have come back together.  Added to this, is the stress of the end of the year coming quickly and feeling the pressure of getting everything accomplished.  While it can be hard to ask for help, we want our students to know it is ok to need a break, some space or someone to talk to about worries.  In our guidance office, we have a space for students to sit and breathe or collect themselves should they need to do so.  We have one full time Military and Family Life counselor and one half time counselor as well, located in the career center for military students.  We have support from Greater Lakes Mental Health, and we have our school counselors as well.  Please do let us know if your child needs support and how we can partner with you.  

Please don’t hesitate if you have any questions, concerns, or celebrations, to reach out by calling the main office at 253-583-5562 or emailing me at [email protected].   As always, we are humbled to serve this amazing community of future leaders! 



Karen Mauer-Smith
Very Proud Principal
Lakes High School