Liberty High School PTSA gives cookies to school staff

December 22, 2009

Parent volunteers from the Liberty High School PTSA help prepare boxes of cookies for the school’s staff members in its first staff-appreciation cookie exchange. By Tim Pfarr

Parent volunteers from the Liberty High School PTSA help prepare boxes of cookies for the school’s staff members in its first staff-appreciation cookie exchange. By Tim Pfarr

The Liberty High School PTSA held its first staff-appreciation cookie exchange Dec. 16. More than 50 parents donated three-dozen cookies each as part of the effort. In total, the PTSA collected about 1,500 cookies for the school’s staff.

“The teachers were all hugging us and thanking us,” said Holly Hollinger, Liberty PTSA vice president of volunteering and co-chair of staff appreciation. “I really think it went well.”

She said the effort grew out of a similar staff-appreciation cookie exchange at Maywood Middle School. Although the exchange is a new event, Hollinger said she was thrilled with the participation.

“The response has been so overwhelming,” she said. Read more

Metro plots new course for 2010

December 22, 2009

For Metro Transit riders, the new year will mean out with the old — certain paper transfers — and in with the new — ORCA smart cards and higher fares. Read more

Eagles sink Wolves

December 22, 2009

Issaquah High School swim and dive coach Laura Halter leaned down to the edge of the pool as freshman Willy Matsuda touched the wall first in the 500-yard freestyle race. Read more

Patriot gymnasts stumble against Mount Si Wildcats

December 22, 2009

Miranda Jones, Liberty senior gymnast, performs her routine on the uneven bars Dec. 17 during the Patriots’ meet against Mount Si. By Greg Farrar

Miranda Jones, Liberty senior gymnast, performs her routine on the uneven bars Dec. 17 during the Patriots’ meet against Mount Si. By Greg Farrar

Liberty High School gymnasts came home for their first home meet this season to face Mount Si, last year’s 3A KingCo Conference champion. With a young team and new assistant coach, the Patriots were overmatched by the Wildcats, who took the Dec. 17 meet 160.05-145.5.

Despite the loss, which dropped the Patriots record to 1-1, it was a good night for the program, said Shannon Van Selus, the team’s new assistant coach.

The Liberty team has a core of experienced older girls, but is mostly made up of girls with only a few years in competitive gymnastics. None of the new girls compete in club gymnastics during the off-season. But head coach Lori Copenhaver said she sees potential.

“For what they’re coming in with and their motivation to work, I feel really good about the program,” she said.

She and Van Selus have focused on building the girls’ fundamentals, while expanding their repertoire. Read more

Joy Margaret Spurr

December 22, 2009

Joy Margaret Spurr, of Issaquah, died Dec. 16, 2009, at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. She was 89. Read more

Thespians take the lead at One Act Festival

December 22, 2009

Alanna Redine, a senior at Issaquah High School and an actress in a play at the One Act Festival, rehearses with Sarah Meyer, also a senior at IHS and director of a play. By Eric Clark

Alanna Redine, a senior at Issaquah High School and an actress in a play at the One Act Festival, rehearses with Sarah Meyer, also a senior at IHS and director of a play. By Eric Clark

For many high school students, theater is a very influential aspect of their life. The schools in the Issaquah School District have many talented performers, and the Bellevue One Act Festival is an opportunity for them to showcase their talent and dramatic creativity.

The festival is an all-day event at Bellevue College, where high school actors come from around the state to perform one-act plays. The reason this particular drama event is different from other theater festivals is that One Acts are completely student-based.

“One Act performances are entirely student run,” said Issaquah High School Drama Club Vice President Sarah Meyer, a senior. “They are student-directed and acted. Some are even student-written.”

The festival lets students take the lead and unleash their creative genius by directing or performing a short play without adult influences.

A lot goes into putting together a One Act performance. Read more

Arts calendar

December 22, 2009

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ArtEAST, Collective Works, ‘DOWNSIZE: Intimate Art with Great Presence’ runs through Dec. 30 at UP Front Gallery, 48 Front St. N. Go to www.arteast.org. Read more

Gingerbread Farming

December 22, 2009

gingerbread-farm-20091221aMarvin Schaefer shows off a model gingerbread barn of the Schaefer family farm made by him and 15 fellow students for a class project in his Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Seattle class in Tukwila. The working farm, in the Four Lakes neighborhood, has been in the family for 40 years and is home to cattle, pigs and chickens. The class voted to make the farm one of their projects and built it entirely of gingerbread, cake fondant, pretzels, candy and icing. Photo by Greg Farrar

Scoreboard

December 22, 2009

Prep boys basketball

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Press Editorial

December 22, 2009

Keep the giving spirit alive and well

The Merry Christmas Issaquah emergency aid fund has passed the halfway mark to its 2009 goal of $50,000. But even $50,000 might not be enough. This year, the number of people needing help rose 50 percent — to nearly 500. But, then, these are not ordinary times. Read more

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