Super student, Liberty senior sees career as chiropractor

December 22, 2008

Greg EricksenGreg Ericksen   

Coaches and sports administrators toss about the term scholar-athlete too casually. But Liberty High School senior Greg Ericksen embodies the image of a true scholar athlete. 

Ericksen, a co-captain on the Patriots football team earned second team All-KingCo honors as a running back and defensive back. He’s also a standout student with a 3.9 grade point average who has earned a college scholarship from Washington State University. He’s also waiting to hear if he’s been accepted to Harvard University.

Many students keep a busy schedule, but few match Ericksen’s. Here’s a look:

Tough schedule: Ericksen is taking Advanced Placement calculus, biology and psychology. He’s taken AP classes since his junior year.

Psych out: His favorite class is AP psychology. “I like learning how things work and how people interact with each other.”

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Local cricketer named MVP of Seattle league

December 22, 2008

Hassan Shah (right), of Issaquah, bats at a cricket tournament in Chicago. ContributedHassan Shah (right), of Issaquah, bats at a cricket tournament in Chicago. Contributed

Hassan Shah moved to Issaquah early this year, after living in Chicago for 20 years. He came here to run his restaurant, Bangalore Cuisine of India. 

But the 36-year-old businessman from Pakistan couldn’t move here and not play cricket, one of the most popular sports around the world. Read more

Skyline High QB Jake Heaps is Associated Press Player of the Year

December 22, 2008

Skyline High School junior quarterback Jake Heaps has added yet another accolade to his football resume.

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Preservation group honors local members

December 22, 2008

Several local people were given awards at the Dec. 10 Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited annual awards banquet at the Issaquah Brew House.

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Swimmers: ‘Kids want each other to do well’

December 22, 2008

Skyler Kersten, of Issaquah High School, swims toward a win in the 500-yard freestyle race. By Greg Farrar Skyler Kersten, of Issaquah High School, swims toward a win in the 500-yard freestyle race. By Greg Farrar

In the last high school sports event before the harsh winter weather hit, the Issaquah and Liberty high schools’ boys swim and dive teams took to the pool Dec. 16 in what coaches consider one of the more friendly meets of the regular season.

The Patriots and Eagles met at the Julius Boehm Pool in front of a packed and noisy crowd for the third meet of the season, as Issaquah looked to pace its quick-swimming Liberty opponents. 

It came down to the final race. Liberty was up by two points going into the last relay, said Liberty head coach Kris Daughters. Read more

Fencing Finalists

December 22, 2008

 

fencing-sport-20081200-copyIssaquah residents Allen Wang (left, dueling with John Walker, first-place finisher) and Andrew Ishimaru placed second and third Dec. 7 in the Pacific Northwest Regional Youth Circuit Fencing tournament at Rain City Fencing Center in Bellevue. Allen and Andrew participated in the 14-and-under Saber event. They fence for the Washington Fencing Academy, based in Issaquah. The event is affiliated with the U.S. Fencing Association, which promotes the sport of Olympic Fencing. Learn more at www.washingtonfencing.com. By Lan Wang

Idaho’s St. Joe River made for fall fishing

December 22, 2008

Fish Journal

I left Issaquah in mid-September four days earlier than needed to meet my brother-in-law to fly fish near Dillon, Mont. This allowed me time to visit family in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and to fish the nearby St. Joe River. Read more

Students develop the skills to make a feast

December 22, 2008

Joyce Mininger’s Issaquah Middle School classroom. Families dish up their pre-Thanksgiving feast (left) in the Cooking Creates Community project in the Skills Enhancement Program class. Photo by Greg Farrar.

Joyce Mininger’s Issaquah Middle School classroom. Families dish up their pre-Thanksgiving feast (left) in the Cooking Creates Community project in the Skills Enhancement Program class. Photo by Greg Farrar.

The smells coming from the portable classroom at Issaquah Middle School were more like those coming from the kitchen at a top restaurant.

Seven students turned their classroom into a restaurant for a pre-Thanksgiving feast for their family and friends Nov. 26.

“He’s been really excited,” said Mindi Bacon, the mother of Khayman Bacon, a 13-year-old in the class. “The fact they are doing this at school for their parents is great, but it’s also an opportunity for parents to meet other parents and to meet the other students.”

The feast was the culmination of a class project started in September, called Cooking Creates Community.

“The program gives the boys a couple of things,” said teacher Joyce Mininger. “One, it builds community and gives them a sense of accomplishment. Two, it gives them lifelong entertaining skills that can also translate into job skills. And three, it is an opportunity for community members to come together and participate at the school and in our program.” Read more

Change in America and in the school district

December 22, 2008

Hall MonitorSam Pinsky Liberty High SchoolHall MonitorSam Pinsky Liberty High School  

On Nov. 4, this country witnessed the election of the first black president in our nation, more than 40 years after the Civil Rights movement. As Barack Obama took the stage in Chicago’s Hyde Park, he said, “Change has come to America.” So, if America is ready for change, how about the Issaquah School District?

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