Dwayne Johnson Recognized by U.S. Representative Kilmer, Congress

Dwayne Johnson Recognized by U.S. Representative Kilmer, Congress
Posted on 11/07/2016
Dwayne Johnson Recognized by U.S. Representative Kilmer, CongressPort Angeles, Wash. – Dwayne Johnson, athletics and activities director for the Port Angeles School District, was recognized for his outstanding service to the community of Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer during the September 12, 2016 Congressional Session in Washington, DC. Johnson also serves as a Peninsula College trustee.

Johnson was presented with a certificate of the Congressional Record by Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA) President Randy Smith on Thursday, September 29 at the RCCA Conference held in Orange Beach, Alabama. 

Johnson’s achievements were noted in the United States Congressional Record by the Honorable Derek Kilmer, Proceedings and Debates of the 114th Congress, Second Session as follows:

Mr. Speaker, when most people hear “Dwayne Johnson” they think of “The Rock,” but I want you to stop and smell what I’m cooking.  I rise today to recognize Dwayne Johnson of Port Angeles, WA, an educator and a proud member of the Makah and Lummi tribes, and to congratulate him on receiving the Trustee of the Year Award from the Rural Community College Alliance, a national organization representing over 600 rural community and tribal colleges.

Mr. Johnson has been a member of the Peninsula College board of trustees since 2006 and has twice served as chairman.  Between 2008 and 2012, when the college faced the challenge of an unprecedented increase in enrollment amid cuts to funding and increased tuition rates, Mr., Johnson and his fellow board members provided critical support to the staff and administration of Peninsula College.  When Peninsula College had to navigate difficult budget decisions, Mr. Johnson was key in engaging the local community to explain the need for some of these changes.

In his other capacity, Mr. Johnson serves as athletic director of the Port Angeles School District.  The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recognized Mr. Johnson’s accomplishments in youth sports by naming him 2016’s League Athletic Director of the Year for the Olympic League.  The Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association also recently recognized his work with their Outstanding Service Award.  As a graduate of Port Angeles High School, I’ve personally seen the investment he makes in young people.  It’s a difference-maker.  As athletic director, Mr. Johnson encourages his students to strive for excellence in both sports and education, urging them to ultimately reach for the next bar in their educational journey.  Many of these students pursue higher education at Peninsula College.

Furthermore, as a member of the Makah and Lummi tribes, Mr. Johnson has devoted his energies to projects – including the building of the House of Learning Longhouse – that have encouraged more members of local tribes to participate in the life of Peninsula College.  As a result of his efforts, enrollment rates of Native American students at Peninsula College have never been higher.

Mr. Speaker, it is an honor to represent a dedicated community and friend who is truce a rock for some many young people in our region.  I am grateful for his efforts and dedication and am proud to recognize Mr. Johnson’s achievements today in the United States Congress.

Derek Kilmer has been the U.S. Representative for Washington's 6th congressional district since 2013. 

“I’m so proud of Dwayne,” Superintendent of Port Angeles Schools Marc Jackson said. “Obviously, this recognition is well-deserved.  Aside from his accomplishments, what makes him so special is his down-to-earth kindness and his care for our students.”

For more information, contact:

Tina Smith-O’Hara
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
Port Angeles School District