If you attend a high-stakes college volleyball match, chances are pretty good that Debbie Beckwith will be there with a whistle, applying her 36-plus years of experience in making correct call after correct call. Her work as a volleyball official has earned her several honors, including the Washington Officials Association Meritorious Service Award for Officials in Volleyball in 2012 and the Wayne Gardner Service Award from the Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board. Debbie grew up in Pierce County and graduated from Washington High School, where she was the most valuable player in volleyball and softball and the Senior Athlete of the Year in 1981. She continued her outstanding athletic career at Pierce College where she was second team all-league in volleyball and twice all-state and first team all-league in softball. A versatile athlete, Debbie earned all-star honors at both catcher and third base in helping lead Pierce College to NWAACC (now NWAC) championship and runner-up status in successive seasons. Debbie was inducted into the Pierce College Hall of Fame in 2009 as a member of the first women’s team to win a NWAC title, and a year later was inducted with her teammates into the NWAC Hall of Fame. Involvement in athletics didn’t end for Debbie after she wrapped up her Pierce College career. She officiated high school volleyball in Pierce, Thurston and King counties for 10 years and has worked at the college level for a total of 34. She has officiated NWAC, NCAA Division III Northwest Conference, NAIA Cascade Conference and NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball matches during her career. In addition to officiating, Debbie was the Bonney Lake High School building athletic coordinator for three years.