LWLC bands The Bandalorian virtual performance

Just one week before schools closed last March due to the pandemic, band classes in the Lake Washington Learning Community performed together for their annual Region Concert. This year, without the opportunity for an in-person concert, school band directors chose to carry on this regional performance tradition by creating a virtual video collaboration of the theme music from “The Mandalorian.”



    Juanita Cheer Coach named WSCCA’s Assistant Coach of the Year


    Mia Orloff, Assistant Cheer Coach at Juanita High School (JHS), was recently awarded the 2020 Assistant Coach of the Year by the Washington State Cheer Coaches Association (WSCCA). Orloff was presented the award on September 12, 2020. The WSCCA honors and celebrates the achievements of the outstanding women and men in the organization. The non-profit organization was created for cheerleading coaches in Washington state as a source for education and development. 

    Earlier in May, cheer students and their parents banded together to nominate Orloff. Those who nominated Orloff mentioned that she leads with both her heart and humility, which has made her an integral part of the team. Students call her a “kind soul” and a “ray of sunshine.”  

     “Coach Mia is such an amazing assistant coach for our cheer program,” said one parent. “She brings so much knowledge to our coaching team and she is always pushing us to do the best we can. Mia is a very important part of our growth with competitions in the past two years.” 

     “Mia is more than deserving of this award,” said Maddie Maxwell, JHS’s Head Cheer Coach. “She is driven, caring and knowledgeable about cheer and our Juanita family. Mia is an absolute blessing to have as an assistant coach and I am immensely proud of her!” 

    Orloff has been a cheer coach for three years at JHS. During the day, she is an elementary teacher at Robert Frost Elementary.