For a lot of my friends and co-workers, getting to raise the 12th man flag at a Seattle Seahawks game would be a dream come true! That dream is now coming true for a local Walla Walla man as he'll raise the 12th man flag at tonight's game against the New York Giants.

Walla Walla High School Intervention Specialist Melito Ramirez, who was recently named the 2020 Washington Classified School Employee of the Year, has been invited by the Seattle Seahawks to virtually raise the “12th Man Flag” for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.

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Here is what the press release said from the Walla Walla School District:

Ramirez will raise the flag Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. in front of Walla Walla High School.

Staff from the school’s 21st Century Afterschool program will be filming drone and close-up shots of Ramirez as he raises the flag.

All of the raw video footage will be sent to the Seattle Seahawks’ video team for production.

Ramirez has dedicated the past four decades working professionally to support students and families in the Walla Walla valley and the past 12 years as an Intervention Specialist for Walla Walla Public Schools.

Ramirez will continue on to the national competition being the first Washington Classified School Employee of the Year to compete for the Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) award, administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

It's awesome that Melito is going to raise the 12th man flag at tonight's Seahawks game and congrats on all the success and hard work! Enjoy your moment in the spotlight!

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