School district sells remaining 2006 bonds

April 6, 2010

Issaquah School Board members unanimously approved the final sale of $41.2 million in bonds at their March 24 meeting.

The sale included $29.8 million in taxable Build America Bonds and $11.3 million in general obligation bonds that were refinanced from the 2006 voter-approved $242 million construction bond.

District officials refinanced the bonds because market conditions will potentially allow up to 5.5 percent, or close to $750,000, in savings for taxpayers over the life of the bonds.

The bonds were marketed by Seattle Northwest Securities March 23. District officials were present at that sale, made pending final approval by school board members the next day.

The money will be used to finish planning and construction on several schools in the south end of the district, like the Briarwood Elementary School rebuild project outlined in the 2006 measure.

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Invisible Children founder brings message here

April 6, 2010

Jacob Acaye, of Northern Uganda, was abducted when he was 11 and forced into a life of violence as a child soldier in the Lord’s Resistance Army.

The rebel force, led by Joseph Kony and made up of mostly youths like Acaye, has terrorized the people of Uganda and neighboring nations for 23 years, according to the Invisible Children organization.

But Acaye is one of the fortunate ones. Now 19, he tours the United States with the organization that exists, in part, due to his harrowing life story.

Acaye and a group of Invisible Children volunteers visited Skyline High School March 25 to educate the student body about the children caught up in the ongoing conflict in Uganda.

“After, they feel touched and feel it really has changed their mind,” Acaye said of the feedback he receives from students.

The organization’s presentation consists of viewing a documentary film about the children affected by the conflict, as well as inspirational talks from Acaye and other volunteers.

Jacob Acaye speaks to Skyline students March 25 about his journey out of oppression as a child soldier.

By Christopher Huber

The early-morning assembly capped a week of raising awareness for the cause. Read more

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Find the perfect prom dress that won’t empty the pocketbook

April 6, 2010

Searching high and low, high school senior girls are scouring the malls for dresses decked in lace, beads, satin or chiffon this spring. But finding the perfect dress can wreak havoc on parents’ pocketbooks.

With prom dresses priced at more than $250 at many major department or specialty stores, the perfect dress can feel out of reach, especially when you add shoes, hair, makeup, dance tickets, pictures and accessories.

So, why not achieve your daughter’s prom dreams and save a bit of cash by shopping at Stella Vintage April 12, 15 and 19?

Liberty High School seniors Alli McDonald and Kate Borgnes teamed up with their mothers and Stella’s to help girls at Hazen, Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools get the dresses of their dreams for a fraction of the price.

“It is my way of being able to reach out to our community and feel like I made a difference in our local area,” Kate said. “I know there are a lot of people that are struggling right now.” Read more

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Issaquah Rotary Club honors students of the month for March

April 6, 2010

The Issaquah Rotary Club recently honored the following seniors for its students of the month for March.

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Patriots get win over Wildcats via rare walk-off balk

April 6, 2010

Scott Zerda, pinch-running in the seventh inning for leadoff hitter John McLeod, trots to home plate with the winning run on a bases-loaded balk by Mount Si pitcher Rossco Castagno. By Greg Farrar

It probably wasn’t the most dramatic way to win a game, but as high school coaches will tell you, a win is a win is a win.

The Liberty High School baseball team edged Mount Si 2-1 April 1 on a bases-loaded balk. No April Fools. Read more

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Eagles win two, lose two in disappointing week

April 6, 2010

One bad inning and one bad game spoiled what could have been a perfect week for the Issaquah High School baseball team.

The Eagles went 2-and-2 last week. Issaquah began the week March 30 with a 12-2 rout of rival Skyline. Then, the Eagles lost to Newport and Redmond, who rank among the best teams in the 4A KingCo Conference and in the state. Issaquah lost to Newport 12-4 March 31 and fell 10-0 to Redmond April 2.

But Issaquah rebounded April 3 to defeat Mount Rainier 10-3 in a nonleague contest.

“There were a lot of good things that happened in that game,” Issaquah coach Rob Reese said of the Eagles’ victory against Mount Rainier. “The best thing was the way the guys bounced back from the loss to Redmond.”

Issaquah players knew they couldn’t take Mount Rainier, a Class 3A team, lightly. The host Rams were ranked second in a state poll, and the previous year, they beat Issaquah.

The Eagles jumped on Mount Rainier for four runs in the third inning. Grant Gellatly started the rally with a leadoff double. He scored on Mike Paulson’s double. Spencer Rogers followed with a single to score Paulson. Rogers later scored on a one-out double by Shane Yarnell, who later came across on a balk by Mount Rainier’s starting pitcher Andrew May.

Mount Rainier fought back in the bottom of the fourth inning by scoring three runs. However, the Eagles put the contest away with five runs in the top of the fifth inning. Jake Bakamus doubled in two of the runs. Bakamus later stole home for the final run of the inning. Pete Balzarini also had a sacrifice fly to score Devin O’Donnell with the first run of the inning. Read more

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Liberty can’t keep up with Mount Si

April 6, 2010

During an evening of heavy rain and wind April 2, the Liberty High School boys soccer team fell to Mount Si 4-0 in 3A/2A KingCo Conference play.

Despite numerous shots on goal, the Patriots could not seem to get the ball past Mount Si’s 6-foot-7-inch goalkeeper Ryan Herman.

Mount Si also boasted a powerful offense, which first struck at eight minutes with a goal from Chace Carlson.

Following Carlson’s goal, both teams launched numerous shots. Liberty’s Dean Byron rocketed two shots that missed left and a third that was saved. Mount Si’s Dyson Fowler finally connected on a goal at 33 minutes. Read more

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Mackenna Briggs wins four events for Issaquah Swim at championships

April 6, 2010

Mackenna Briggs had four first places to lead the Issaquah Swim Team at the Northwest Section Age Group Championships March 19-21 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Briggs, competing in the girls 12-year-old division, won the 100 backstroke in 59.99 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 59.43. She also placed second in the 50 backstroke with a time of 28.64.

Competing in the 11-12 division, Briggs took top honors in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:10.90. She won the 200 butterfly in 2:09.85. In addition to the individual events, Briggs helped the Issaquah Swim Team win four relay events in the 11-12 division.

Issaquah captured the 200 freestyle relay in 1:45.61. Sophie Luehmann, Kourtney Brunings and Kim Williams joined Briggs on the relay team. The same foursome made up Issaquah’s winning 400 freestyle relay team (3:49.81), 200 medley relay team (1:56.89) and 400 medley relay team (4:15.85).

Brunings made the finals in the 11-12 200 breaststroke and took eighth. Linnea Uyeno, an Issaquah resident who swims for the Olympic Cascade Aquatics team, placed sixth in the 1,650 freestyle in the 11-12 division. She also swam as a member of the 11-12 Olympic 400 medley relay team that took fourth place. Read more

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Patriots pound Hazen, 16-6

April 6, 2010

Alexis Court had four hits and Marissa Jeffers drove in two runs April 1 as the Liberty High School softball team walloped rival Hazen 16-6 in a nonleague contest.

Liberty led 5-0 after two innings, but Hazen tied the score in the top of the third inning. The Patriots countered with two runs in the bottom of the third and broke open the contest with eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The victory raised Liberty’s record to 2-4. Read more

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Maywood Middle School to produce ‘Wonka Jr.’

April 6, 2010

Seventh-graders (from left) Ali Whittles, Mikayla Nudelman and KJ Winegar — who play Mr. Bucket, Grandma Georgina and Grandpa George, respectively — read during a rehearsal for ‘Wonka Jr.’ By Tim Pfarr

Maywood Middle School has teamed up with the Mercer-Island-based theater group Youth Theatre Northwest to produce “Wonka Jr.” for the school’s annual musical.

The play is being produced through the stage company’s Show to Go program, in which the company teams up with schools to help produce a play or musical by providing a director, sets, costumes and a choreographer. Read more

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