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Bulldog girls face Klahowya PAGE B-1 Mason County 13, 2014 - Week 7 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 m $1 School levies pass Voters back all 6 tax measures; Elma bond failing By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty.com Voters approved all Mason County school district levies in Tuesday's special election. Levies in the Shelton, Pioneer, Mary M. Knight, Southside and McCleary school districts received ap- proval. Voter turnout was See ELECTION on page A-24 _-- to "-" INSIDE TODAY: Opinion Page A-4 Journal of Record Page A-12 Living Page A-lS Journal photos by Gordon Weeks Jaylene Obert strikes a pose after picking up her diploma at the CHOICE Alternative School commencement ceremony Feb, 9 in the school's auditorium, Ready for their next steps CHOICE graduates honored at ceremony By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty.com Thirteen Shelton teens who over- came difficulties, such as homeless- ness and parenthood received their high school diplomas from CHOICE Alternative School in a commence- ment ceremony Feb. 6 in the school's auditorium. Earning their diplomas in the midyear graduation were Maranda Bean, John Briggs, Alexis C arlstrom, Amber Hoskins, Alejandra Garcia- Nicasio, Jaycee Kingery, Mitchell McKasson, Jaylene Obert, Lela Pul- sifer, KeAndra Radchenko, Renaee Richardson, Maria Tierrablanca- Pineda and Kristian Wolliscroft. See GRADUATES on page A-24 Eleven of the 13 midyear graduates at CHOICE Alternative High School in Shelton received diplomas. They are, from left, Maranda Bean, John Briggs, Alexia Carlstrom, Amber Hoskins, Jaycee Kingery, Jaylene Obert, Lela Pulsifer, KeAndra Radchenko, Renaee Richardson, Maria Tierrablanca-Pineda and Kristian Wolliscroft. The graduates who did not attend are Alejandra Nicasio and Mitchell McKasson. Business News Page A-17 Obituaries Page A-18 Belfair Herald Page A-21 Sports Page B-1 Classifieds Page B-10 Legals Page B-12 Crossword Page B-13 Sudoku Page B-13 81111!!!1!!11!!1!1!!11112 New heart, more Seahawks wallets for Shelton girl By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounty.com Seattle Seahawks quar- terback Russell Wilson and ll-year-old Shelton resident Allison Christensen have a bond bound by duct tape. You've probably heard the story: On Sept. 24, Allison was in Seattle Children's Hospital awaiting a heart transplant when she was visited by Wil- son and his wife, Ashton. The Southside Elementary School sixth-grader gave the quarter- back a Seahawk wallet she cre- ated from duct tape. Two days later, Wilson held up the blue-and-green wallet at a news conference and men- tioned the girl in the hospital. The story was showcased on TV broadcasts because that day, Allison was receiving her heart transplant at the hospital. Allison was interviewed on ESPN, and requests for her wallets poured in from across the country. Allison and Wilson met two more times at the hospital. On the most recent visit, the quar- terback gave the girl a laptop computer. "He's a really nice guy, and so is his wife," Allison said. "I appreciate how they come to Seattle Children's Hospital on their own time. It makes chil- dren feel a lot better." Since that third visit, Wilson has gone on to spearhead the Seahawks' 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII; Allison has returned to school; and her family has contin- ued to grapple with huge medical costs not covered by insurance. See WALLET on page A-11 i I