Who’s News

May 10, 2011

By Staff

Three seniors receive $1,000 scholarships

The Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa has selected three Issaquah School District seniors to receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The recipients for the Alpha Rho scholarship for 2011 are Caitlyn Chaffin, of Issaquah High School; Madison Birdsall, of Liberty High School; and Arianna Romo, of Liberty High School.

Alpha Delta Kappa is an international organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding.  Members of the Alpha Rho Chapter are retired and/or practicing teachers in the Issaquah School District.

The chapter has been offering between one and three $1000 scholarships since 1976.

Ehrik Aldana makes semifinals of Shakespeare competition

Ehrik Aldana, of Sammamish, a student of James Henderson at Skyline High School, placed as a semifinalist at the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, captivating audiences with a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare.

The competition was held May 2 at Lincoln Center in New York City for 57 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Aldana had won the ESU Seattle Branch regional competition.

Aldana, a reporter for The Press’ teen page, The Beat, was recently offered admission to Yale University and accepted.

Issaquah High School Booster Club grants scholarships

The Issaquah High School Booster Club recently announced its scholarship recipients for the 2010/2011 school year. They are:

  • Riley Foreman, daughter of Laurie and Scott Foreman, who will attend Whitman College this fall.
  • Ben Rosellini, son of Doris and Gerald Rosellini, who will attend Stanford University this fall.
  • Matt Sekijima, son of Celia and John Sekijima, who will attend the University of Washington this fall.

Candidates were evaluated based on involvement in and impact of co-curricular activities, character and academic achievement. Candidates were asked to respond to two essay questions, provide two letters of reference and their high school transcript.

Marika Tindall-Ralph wins violin competition

Marika Tindall-Ralph, a senior at Liberty High School, won the Eastshore solo and ensemble competition for violin and competed in the state event in Ellensberg on April 30.

Tindall-Ralph, of Newcastle, placed third among the 22 violinists who each won their regional contest.

Haley Jacobson named scholar athlete of the month

Haley Jacobson, a senior at Issaquah High School, has been selected as the Red Robin Scholar Athlete of the Month by the Issaquah Booster Club and Red Robin Restaurant.

Issaquah Track Coach Gwen Robertson nominated Haley and wrote, “This is Haley’s fourth year as a varsity track and field athlete. She is in her second year as team captain. Haley has shown great leadership over the past two seasons. She encourages and motivates her younger teammates, and is willing to step up and say things that need to be said to the entire IHS Track team.

“Haley is arguably the best female sprinter to come out of Issaquah High School. She has captured the school records in the 100m, 200m, 4 x 100 relay and 4 x 200 relay. We have records going back to the ’70s when girls track and field began at Issaquah High School, and she is at the top of the list in four events! Haley has signed with the University of Washington Track and Field Team and will compete for them next year.”

In addition to excelling in athletics, Jacobson has earned a 3.5 grade point average. She also volunteers as a mentor for the Athletes for Kids organization and at the annual Rotary Carnival Day at Camp Goodtimes, a camp on Vashon Island that supports young cancer patients and their families.

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