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Yashmeen and Richard Wilson.

One of Coupeville’s most talented grads is in the fight of her life.

Yashmeen (Knox) Wilson, a three-sport star who has held the school’s record in the high jump for 22 years, was diagnosed in January with two forms of breast cancer.

This comes at a time when she, husband Richard (who has held the CHS boys record in the high jump since 2000), and their family are living in a hotel after their house was flooded.

Yashmeen was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Stage 2A/Grade 2 and Ductal Carcinoma in Situ Stage 2A/Grade 2.

She begins chemotherapy this coming Monday, and is scheduled for a double mastectomy in June.

In addition, current plans call for Yashmeen to be on Herceptin for a year and Tamoxflin for 5-10 years.

During her time at CHS, she was a standout student who also starred for Wolf volleyball, basketball, and track teams.

While she excelled in all of her sports, her legend has lingered longest in the world of track and field, as her name still sits on the school’s record board in the Coupeville gym.

Yashmeen’s best performance in the high jump — five feet, two inches in 1999 — has yet to be touched.

Of the 35 records on the CHS board (18 for the girls, 17 for the boys) her mark is one of just 10 remaining from the ’80s or ’90s.

For those who would like to help Yashmeen, Richard, and their children, there are several ways.


There is a meal train here:

Meal Train for The Wilson Family


And donations, which will be used to help with meals and medical bills, can be sent through Venmo, using @yazzy_land.

Venmo – Share Payments

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Coupeville alumni Zane Bundy (right) continues to excel as a member of law enforcement. (Photo property Kittitas County Sheriff’s Department)

From the aisles at Videoville to the streets of Ellensburg, Zane Bundy continues to shine brightly.

The 2016 Coupeville High School grad, who is a deputy with the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Department, has spent the past year achieving milestones.

He married fellow Wolf alum Rebecca Robinson, became a deputy, and, as of Tuesday, is a graduate of Washington state’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

The path to graduation, which he took alongside fellow Kittitas deputy Beau Hazzard, was not an easy one, as the ongoing pandemic threw things out of whack.

Beau and Zane succeeded their way through an academy that was repeatedly interrupted by COVID-related closures and modifications,” the Kittitas County Sheriff Department said in a Facebook post.

“They made the most of delays, spending time helping the Sheriff’s office with its own COVID response and modifications, getting ahead of the game in some more advanced training, and preparing for the field training phase they will now start.”

Bundy, son of Mark Bundy and Janine Coutts, spent a great deal of his younger days camped out in the video game section at Videoville, perusing the N64 games.

A soccer prodigy from a young age, Zane was a top goal-scorer for both select and school teams, then added football to his resume during his senior year at CHS.

Utilizing his powerful kicking leg, he smashed field goals and PAT’s for the Wolves, leading Coupeville’s gridiron team in scoring that season.

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Tacoma’s Venajah Woods (left) and Coupeville grad Raechel Kundert have earned internships with the Japanese Cultural Community Center of Washington in Seattle. (Photo property of JCCCW)

Raechel Kundert is a bright, shining star.

The Coupeville High School grad is a senior at the University of Washington, where she carries a triple major.

You read that right, as Kundert is studying Linguistics, Japanese, and Asian Languages and Cultures.

Which shouldn’t leave the former Wolf much free time.

But Kundert will carve out a chunk of her schedule to accept a new honor, having been tabbed for a winter Ganbaru internship with the Japanese Cultural Community Center of Washington.

She’ll join Venajah Woods, a Psychology major from Tacoma, in working as a Social Media and Marketing intern for the JCCCW.

Ganbaru translates to “give one’s best effort,” and interns work on cultural and historical programs, annual events, and office operations.

Kundert, who was a talented musician and football player during her time in Coupeville, grew up on Whidbey Island and became interested in Japanese culture at a young age.

A big fan of the country’s pop culture, she also studied karate in elementary school.

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Coupeville grad SarahRose Bernhardt (left) is now a firefighter for the city of Buckley. (Photos poached from Bernhardt’s Facebook page)

It’s official.

Coupeville is providing the world with first responders.

Or at least the state.

SarahRose Bernhardt, a 2004 CHS grad, has been officially sworn in as a firefighter with the City of Buckley Fire Department.

Sitting below Mount Rainier, Buckley is part of Pierce County.

Bernhardt becomes at least the fourth former Wolf athlete to earn a first responder job in a city far away from Whidbey Island in the last year.

She joins Zane Bundy (Kittitas County Sheriff’s Department), Aaron Trumbull (Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue), and CJ Smith (Mercer Island Police Department).

During her Coupeville days, Bernhardt was a busy bee, participating in drama, cheer, Hi Q Academic Quiz Bowl, the Learning Partner program, and Honor Society.

She was also a school board rep, a tutor, and an active volunteer in the community.

Which hasn’t stopped in the years since – just in a different community these days.

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Former Wolf track star Madison Tisa McPhee flaunts some fashion. (Photos property of Level Up Apparel Company)

Hangin’ out with her co-star.

She’s kind of a big deal.

Former Coupeville track supernova Madison Tisa McPhee has moved into the world of fashion, it appears.

The fleet-footed Cow Town alumni can be seen in recent advertising for the Level Up Apparel Company.

Founded by Maddi Kempf-Stoltman, a barrel racer and YouTube creator, the company is taking off, driven by an admirable philosophy.

“Cool clothes are great, but products with a strong meaning are even better,” is the motto which fuels the company.

“Level Up was my reminder that in those moments, you can stay down, and let life take its toll,” Kempf-Stoltman says on her website. “Or you can Level Up, be better, and be stronger because of the cards you were dealt.”

Tisa McPhee, one of the most naturally-gifted athletes to cruise the hallways at CHS, was a volleyball and soccer player, but made her biggest statement as a track athlete.

A strong hurdler and relay runner, she brought home three state meet medals, and still holds the school record in the 300 hurdles.

Away from school, Tisa McPhee has also been an active horsewoman, racking up an impressive collections of awards while astride one of her equine pals.

She works as an Emergency Medical Technician for Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth.


To see what Level Up Apparel has to offer, pop over to:

Level Up Apparel Company

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