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McKenzie Meyer, Renaissance woman. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

My 12 years working at Videoville was by far the best job I’ve ever had.

Midway through my run, which went from 1994-2006, McKenzie Meyer popped into the world, the daughter of Frank and Sarah, and granddaughter of my boss, Miriam.

I could go on for hours about what a truly wonderful person she is, but instead I’m going to turn the mic over to her, and let her tell you about her town.


For those of you who don’t know me, my name is McKenzie Meyer.

I was born and raised in Coupeville and graduated from Coupeville High School as a Valedictorian for the class of 2018.

David Svien has known me for most of my existence so I want to dedicate the first part of this message as a thank you to him.

From birthday posts to athletic updates ever since middle school I looked forward to seeing your updates on the famous “Coupeville Sports” blog.

Nothing quite beat the rush of reading an article and seeing my name in bold black after an epic save or new record.

Even our non-athletic events such as the theatre program and Science Olympiad, which often go unnoticed, were given a spotlight on your blog.

Yet right now we are all in a very weird time; there are no athletic events or shows to promote, no follow up scores or competitions to attend.

So you instead have reached out to us to give you something to keep “Coupeville Sports” alive, an open invitation for anyone who has something to say.

I have something to say.

I want to say thank you to the town of Coupeville.

As I go out and explore life on my own I find myself so grateful for the place that I call my hometown.

Whidbey Island was an incredibly beautiful place to grow up; I took for granted how easy it was to go to a beach or find a beautiful place for a hike or a walk no matter where you were.

Coupeville wharf will forever be one of my favorite places to watch the sunset over the water and there’s nothing quite like walking downtown into the family-owned shops and having a conversation with a familiar face.

But, the thing that makes Coupeville a place I am proud to call home is the people.

Those such as the aforementioned David Svien are what makes this town so incredible.

I am thankful for my teachers who were willing to put in the time and energy it takes to really teach their students.

And for those teachers who pulled extra duty coaching sports and leading extracurricular events; they were alongside us for 6 am bus trips and late-night set strikes.

They gave up weekends and evenings to help us to be the best that we could be at whatever we were passionate about and they did it with a smile and a passion that stays with you long after the season has ended.

The parents of Coupeville are a whole other story; some of these people grew up in and graduated from Coupeville themselves and that makes their connection to this town all the more powerful.

The Booster Club was out at football games rain or shine (and trust me there was rain) and at graduation time you not only hugged your parents but also the parents of your friends and classmates, because they had been there the whole time watching you grow as well.

There are hundreds of specific moments, people, and interactions I’ve had that I could ramble on about for days, from pep band to Big Brothers Big Sisters, to the wonderful people in the CHS office and so on and so forth until I reach the word limit on David’s blog.

I had a support system unlike any other.

Coupeville was and is by no means perfect; life is about improvement and we should always strive to make our town a better place.

There are places in which we can and should improve but ideally will come with time.

But, overall I love where I grew up; if I could describe Coupeville in one word it would be “community.”

Our little town embodies a sense of community and support that I strive to replicate in my everyday interactions as I go out into the world.

I grew up in a small town, the kind of town where if you put yourself out there, everyone knows your name.

You can walk down the street and wave at every car you pass and eventually, you’ll be waving at someone you know.

In these strange times, I find comfort in reminiscing on the town that I grew up in and how thankful I am for the time I had there.

Though this is a love letter to Coupeville, it is really a love letter to the community that raised me.

They say it takes a village to raise a child and I’m so happy with the village I had.

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Wolf cheerleader Ella Bueler stalks the perfect pic. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Hawthorne Wolfe fan club gets vocal.

Phil Renninger commands the floor.

Where the action starts.

CHS band director Jamar Jenkins fires up the drum set.

The most-experienced scorer’s table staff in the biz.

CHS girls hoops guru Scott Fox (back) swaps tales with longtime coach turned Whidbey News-Times Sports Editor Jim Waller.

Former CHS volleyball stars Ashley Menges (far left) and Maya Toomey-Stout (second from right) discuss life.

Sometimes the real action is what happens between plays on the court.

Photographer John Fisken stays busy, even when the players on the court are taking a momentary pause, and the pics above capture those supplementary moments.

From cheerleaders moonlighting as paparazzi, to band directors sitting in for their drummers, to friends and former teammates reconnecting, it’s all part of the tapestry of CHS sports.

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Raven Vick lays down a funky beat. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Lindsey (left) and Sherry Roberts, the only mother/daughter combo to have both won CHS Female Athlete of the Year honors.

Gabe Shaw plays a merry tune.

Kylie Van Velkinburgh’s fan club gets ready to get loud.

Sylvia Arnold (left) and Barbi Ford, possibly up to shenanigans.

Time to blow the roof off this place.

One set of bleachers, many emotions.

Wolf cheerleaders Sofia Peters (back) and Emily Fiedler kill time before their performance.

“When we’re in high school, we’re gonna rock this joint!”

The noise shall return.

Coupeville’s ongoing battle with snow has kept its high school gym fairly quiet this week.

That will change next week, barring any surprises from Mother Nature, when live basketball returns.

The Wolf boys welcome Cedar Park Christian to town Monday, January 20, then return to their home floor Saturday, Jan. 25 to face Port Townsend.

Both affairs are reschedules of games denied by weather, the former thanks to snow, the latter to wind.

While you wait to once again camp out on the rock-hard CHS bleachers, a look at those who might be joining you.

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Wolf cheerleader Bella Velasco waits for the beat to drop. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Good times, good times.

Cristina McGrath plays a merry tune.

Ryan Georges has spirit. Do you?

There’s a new paparazzi in town, and she’s ready for a shoot-out.

Rusty Bailey, photo scamp.

“I’m the king of the world!”

Greg White (left) and Larrie Ford share a laugh.

You don’t have to wear basketball shorts to play a big role during hoops season.

Every Coupeville High School home game brings out a variety of folks, from cheerleaders to band students, to fans of all ages, and even the occasional paparazzi to capture them all on film.

The pics seen above are courtesy John Fisken, and offer a look at that support crew hard at work.

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The band revs up on opening night for Coupeville High School football. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The sizzle of burgers on the grill fills the air.

Wolf volleyball ace Lucy Sandahl marinates in the moment.

The best chain gang in the biz gets a photo op. But, if they’re all on the field, who’s guarding their half-time snacks?!?!

Hannah Davidson acknowledges the roar of the crowd.

Coupeville cheerleaders come out strong.

Need a sweet deal on CHS merchandise? Booster Club bigwigs Abbie Martin (left) and Leann Leavitt are here for you.

Lisa Toomey, bringing good cheer to all.

Friday night football is always about more than just football.

As the biggest “event” sport in the high school game, gridiron action brings out a wide host of people.

From band members to cheerleaders to burger grillers, local photo whiz kid John Fisken always takes some time away from the game to capture the swirl of activity going on off-field.

The pics above capture football without football in all its wide-ranging glory.

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