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November 9, 2010

By Staff

Trivia champions crowned

Trivia Champions of Issaquah

Issaquah Rotary Trivia Night on Oct. 26 at Malarkey’s raised $1,600 for the Issaquah Friends of Youth At Risk program.

The top three teams donated their prize money to the charity. The winning team crowned “Trivia Champions of Issaquah” included members Christine and Charles Chi and Shannon and Richard McVay.

Marit Borth selected as athlete of the month

Issaquah High School senior Marit Borth was recently selected as the IHS Booster and Red Robin Scholar Athlete for October.

Marit Bort

Borth is a four-year varsity swimmer and has been recognized with KingCo and SeaKing District All Crest Honorable Mention selections in 2008 and 2009. She has earned the Coaches Award for her hard work and dedication. Borth has competed at the WIAA state swim meet in multiple events all four years. This season, she has qualified for the state meet in three events with three more events pending.

In addition to excelling in athletics, Borth has earned a 3.6 grade point average, which earned her a Scholar Athlete Award for 2007, 2008 and 2009. She is an active volunteer in the community with organizations such as Eastside Baby Corner, Operation Iraq and Purrfect Pals.

Borth plans to study veterinary medicine and hopes to attend a West Coast science school.

Community Network awards $6,600 in local grants

The Issaquah Community Network awarded about $6,600 in nine grants Nov. 1 to support classroom lessons, school activities and community efforts to promote healthy youth and families.

Award recipients were:

  • Lori Kasemeier — $583 to purchase student guides for the Life Skills Curriculum taught at Pacific Cascade Middle School; and $1,500 to train eighth-graders at Pacific Cascade Middle School to mentor entering sixth-grade students.
  • Barbara Luniuck-Rakita — $700 to help Friends of Youth parent education classes.
  • Christy Otley — $300 to help Grand Ridge Elementary School establish a parent lending library.
  • Dianne Bugge — $1,350 to help the Issaquah High School PTSA present a mock car crash in partnership with local area police, fire and emergency personnel.
  • Ed Marcoe — $900 to support eight after-school art classes for students at Tiger Mountain Community High School; $525 to purchase HELP booklets from the Washington Youth Suicide Prevention Program and support a half-day Tiger Mountain student workshop focusing on issues such as youth depression and mental health; and $400 to support a cooking and healthy nutrition program for the Issaquah Skills Enhancement Program students enrolled at Tiger Mountain.
  • Amanda Enright — $250 to support a new curriculum proposed for Pacific Cascade Middle School, helping young girls face the stresses and pressures of entering adolescence.

College Success Foundation gets $30,000 donation

The Ticket to Dream Foundation, the charitable arm of Sleep Country USA, is donating $30,000 to the Issaquah-based College Success Foundation, whose mission is to inspire underserved, low-income students to finish high school and graduate college.

The donation is the result of an annual fundraising event designed to raise money to support foster children, including providing the opportunity for emancipated foster youth to continue with their education after graduating from high school through scholarship programs.

Guide dogs learn to fly the friendly skies

Alaska Airlines hosted the Eager Eye Guide Dog club of Issaquah at Alaska’s Flight Operations and Training Center near Sea-Tac International Airport on Oct. 31.

The visit was to give the club’s pups an in-cabin airplane outing using the airline’s mock-up training aircraft. The club’s nine puppies boarded the mock-up aircraft and sat with their raisers in real aircraft seating in a life-like experience. The outing included beverage cart use, PA announcements, boarding, in-cabin luggage handling and deplaning.

Learn more about the club at www.eagereyeguidepups.com.

LEO founder to be inducted into alumni hall of fame

Rose Marie Finnegan, founder of Life Enrichment Options (LEO), was inducted into the Carroll College, of Helena, Mont., Alumni Hall of Fame during homecoming in September.

The city of Issaquah elected Finnegan into its Hall of Fame in 2002.

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