Joclyn Kirton and Dionna Leach (Kirton)
Class of 2010
During their time at King’s the Kirton sisters were super students, super athletes and super gals. Now they are back on the King’s campus but this time as employees!
Dionna Leach (Kirton) and Joclyn Kirton both began attending King’s High School in 2008 – Dionna as a transfer junior and Joclyn as a freshman. Both were involved in the volleyball and women’s basketball programs. Dionna was also involved in Mock Trial, while Joclyn was a Link Crew Leader. Now, along with their two younger sisters who are both students in the high school, Dionna and Joclyn are back on the King’s campus but this time as employees!
Reflecting on their time at King’s, both Joclyn and Dionna recognized winning State Championship games in volleyball as some of their favorite memories of high school. Dionna was a part of the back-to-back 2008-2009 state championship teams and Joclyn was a part of the 2009 team.
When asked if there was a teacher who really influenced them while they attended King’s, Joclyn said, “In my 9th grade English class, Miss Platter used to always say ‘There’s never a reason to be unkind.’ I remember being really blown away by this simple message. I went home the very first day she said that to tell my mom and to this day we still repeat that phrase to each other.”
Dionna recalls Mrs. Halvorsen and Mrs. Warren as two teachers that were influential during her time at King’s. “I was not great at math, but Mrs. Halvorsen kept her door open every lunch to work with me and encourage me,” she said. “Mrs. Warren encouraged me to identify with my race in my current setting.”
After graduating in 2010, Dionna attended the University of Hartford in Connecticut where she double majored in Psychology and Sociology. She was also a standout collegiate athlete playing for the women’s volleyball team. After graduating from college in 2014, Dionna moved back home, began working as an academic counselor and head volleyball coach at Seattle Academy, married her husband James, and is now working as the 9th grade Health and Fitness teacher at King’s High School.
Based off her experiences at King’s and life after graduation, Dionna encourages this year’s seniors to discover their dreams. “Dig deep and find things to be passionate about,” she says. “When life gets busy remember those passions and keep them alive.”
Joclyn graduated from King’s in 2012 and moved to California to attend Biola University. While there, she majored in Public Relations and played for both the volleyball and women’s basketball programs. After graduating in 2016, Joclyn stayed in California for two more years to obtain her MBA. She moved back home to Shoreline this past summer and now works in CRISTA’s Resource Advancement department, marketing King’s Schools.
“One way King’s has really shaped my life since graduation is in how I view my priorities and what is truly important to me,” Joclyn says. “My faith, family and community are three essential areas of my life that I learned to prioritize during my time in high school. In doing so, it has changed my life for the better.”