Richland HS Advisor Honored
Below is a release from the Richland School district on the induction of Jim Qualheim into the Washington Activity Coordinators Association Hall of Fame.
Jim Qualheim, Richland High School teacher and activities director, was inducted into the Washington Activity Coordinators Association (WACA) Hall of Fame March 21 at the annual WACA conference in Yakima. Qualheim was recognized for his significant contributions to student activities in the state of Washington. During his career, Qualheim has served on the WACA Board of Directors, been named Washington State High School Advisor of the Year, hosted two statewide conferences at RHS for the Washington Association of Student Councils (1998, 2008), and served on the steering committee for two other WASC conferences.
"Jim Qualheim has spent countless hours serving the students of Richland High and students throughout the state,” said WACA President Tim Turner. “He has always focused on inclusion of all students, making them feel like they are a part of something bigger than themselves whether it be their school, their community, or their state."
Under Qualheim’s guidance, Richland High School leadership students organize and coordinate a number of projects each year that positively impact the community. The students manage blood drives for the American Red Cross, food drives for the Tri-Cities Food Bank, charity fundraisers for the American Diabetes Association and the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, clothing drives for Goodwill, and book drives for various literacy programs.
“Jim Qualheim is the heart and soul of Richland High School,” noted RHS Principal Tim Praino. “Year after year he gets students involved in many school activities. He is an outstanding educator that has dedicated his life's work to the Bomber family.”