Senate honors State Champion WHS Girls Volleyball Team!


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February 23, 2024

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am proud to have hosted the WHS Girls Volleyball team at the State Capitol this week. We gathered together to celebrate last fall's historic 4A State Championship.

As a former Wenatchee High School graduate and student-athlete, the team’s victory is a sense of pride for me as well as the entire Wenatchee Valley community. Winning a team championship in Washington state at the highest classification of 4A is an incredible achievement. Congratulations to the athletes, families, coaches, and district staff on this historic accomplishment.

State Champion WHS Girls Volleyball Team


The Wenatchee High School 4A State Championship Girls Volleyball Team.


Congratulations to the Wenatchee School District for supporting its volleyball program and other sports and activities. Go Wenatchee Panthers!


The WHS Girls Volleyball Team celebrates in Yakima after winning the WIAA 4A state championship last fall. This is the first state championship for the program in 40 years. Photo provided by Northwest Sports Photography.


Players huddle in elation after the final score to win the 4A championship. The 4A classification is the largest size of schools in Washington and features players from schools across the state. Photo provided by Northwest Sports Photography.

First Volleyball State Championship in 40 years!

For the first time in 40 years, the Wenatchee High School Panthers are the 2023 4A WIAA Volleyball Champions. The WHS Girls Volleyball Team won their final match in the state tournament last November against North Creek High School by a score of 3-2, earning the second volleyball state championship in Wenatchee High School history.

Winning the state championship was a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations to head coach Jordan McGregor-Hansen and assistant coaches Juan Sanchez, Emily Ervin, Michaela Sheehan, and Parker Iverson and the players themselves: Ava Jo Berry, Breven Luinstra, Jurney Jelsing, Jenissa Hepton, Keira Demirjian, Emme Tucker, Bri Sackman, Jess McIrvin, Sasha Dandridge, Rylee Jones, Claire Demirjian, Nikki Reed, Jalyn Rasmussen, Sienna Knell, and Maren Stuber.

This victory will be remembered for decades at Wenatchee High School and beyond. Hopefully. the lessons learned playing championship volleyball (goal setting, hard work, dedication, and determination) will extend to all aspects of these young girls’ lives. I wish them the very best in the years ahead, on and off the court.

Resolution Honoring WHS Volleyball Team


I am honored to recognize the WHS Girls Volleyball Team with Resolution 8651.

Video tributes to WHS Girls Volleyball Team

It was great to spend time with the team and to honor them at the Capitol.

Click the links to watch the following videos:

TVW Video of Resolution approval (Feb. 20, 2024)

Resolution 8651 Approval – WHS Girls Volleyball Team

Senator Hawkins interview with WHS Girls Volleyball Team

WHS Volleyball Team Meets Governor Inslee


The WHS Volleyball Team meets with Governor Jay Inslee. Governor Inslee is a big sports fan and congratulated the girls on their State Championship.


The WHS Volleyball Team meets meets with Representative Keith Goehner and Representative Mike Steele on the House floor during their visit to the capital.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve

Despite the rigors of the legislative session, it was really fun to take time to honor these girls and their families. If you have any questions about this year’s legislation, please call our Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. To learn more about my legislative efforts on your behalf, please visit my website Also, my office has been actively working to share information about my Facebook page. You can like and follow me on Facebook @SenatorBradHawkins for my latest updates. 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your state senator.



Brad Hawkins


Keira Demirjian goes for the score to help Wenatchee High School win its first state championship in 40 years. Photo by Northwest Sports Photography.

State Senator Brad Hawkins
12th Legislative District


P.O. Box 40412 | Olympia, WA 98504-0412
(360) 786-7622 or Toll-free: (800) 562-6000