Who’s News

June 22, 2010

By Staff

Issaquah man wins Gold’s Gym award

Christopher Prochazka, of Issaquah, won a national award and prize in Gold’s Gym’s Know Your Own Strength Challenge.

In just 12 weeks, Prochazka lost 67 pounds for a total of 22 percent of total body weight lost, making him the top male in the 40-49 age category.

Prochazka was one of 10 winners that were presented with a check for $2,000 sponsored by Met-Rx and Polar Watches for his remarkable fitness achievements.

Issaquah student receives Lowe’s scholarship

Christian Osgood, from Issaquah High School, received a $2,500 scholarship from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.

Osgood will use the scholarship to attend Washington State University.

In 2010, Lowe’s awarded 190 scholarships totaling more than $600,000 to high school students nationwide based on academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.

Issaquah grad’s company is manufacturer of the year

Digilent Inc., a Pullman company started by Clint Cole, a 1979 Issaquah High School graduate, was recently named manufacturer of the year by Seattle Business Magazine.

The magazine honored Washington’s top manufacturers in its inaugural Washington Manufacturing Awards. Digilent won in the small company category.

Cole, a Washington State University alumnus, started Digilent along with former student Gene Apperson to manufacture and market circuit boards for educational purposes.

Little Gym receives company president’s Circle Award

The Little Gym of Issaquah, owned by Birgit Obrietan and Adriano Corsini, received the President’s Circle Award at the recent The Little Gym’s 2010 Reunion gathering in Hot Springs, Va.

The President’s Circle Award recognizes selected The Little Gym facilities for their exemplary performance in retaining their current client base and building relationships with their member families. The honorees also earn high scores in regular facility inspections conducted by the franchisor.

Cascade Bank promotes Issaquah resident

Cascade Bank, the principal operating subsidiary of Cascade Financial Corp. has promoted Front Street Branch Manager Jeff Luu to vice president.

Luu joined Cascade in 2007 as a branch manager and has more than five years of experience in banking.

Luu is an active member of the Issaquah community. Outside work, he’s involved with United Way of King County and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and golfing. He resides in Snoqualmie.

Issaquah welding instructor named educator of the year

The Washington Association of Vocational Education honored Clinton Griffee, of Issaquah, a welding instructor at Bates Technical College, as Educator of the Year at a ceremony May 20 at the college’s downtown Tacoma campus.

Griffee brings 38 years of welding knowledge and experience to the classroom. He spent nearly 27 years with The Boeing Co., where he worked as a production welder, welding inspector, and a materials and process analyst.

He has been a faculty member since September 2001.

Local real estate agent achieves national recognition

Sandy Young, with RE/MAX Integrity, has been awarded the seniors real estate specialist designation by the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors.

Young was required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older.

Issaquah student receives Saint Michael’s College Book Award

Berett Laabs, daughter of Laird Laabs and Anastasia Miles of Issaquah, and a student at Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, was named the year 2010 recipient of the Saint Michael’s Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience. The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement.

Issaquah doctor named president of AAPD

Doctor John R. Liu, of Issaquah, was recently inducted as president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a leader in children’s dental and oral health, along with other officers for the AAPD Board of Trustees during its 63rd Annual Session at the Hilton Chicago Hotel & Towers on May 27.

Liu has a private practice in Issaquah, and has been an AAPD member for 22 years. He attended dental school at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and received his pediatric dentistry certificate from Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Most recently, Liu has served as the AAPD’s vice president (2008-09), secretary-treasurer (2007-08) and trustee at large. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as a fellow of both the American College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy. Liu is a national media spokesperson for the AAPD.

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