May 17, 2011
Betsy Sanford named Star teacher of the week
Star 101.5 and KOMO TV visited Maple Hills Elementary School May 12 to award Betsy Sanford with the Teacher of the Week award.
Curt Kruse, STAR afternoon DJ, and the Star 101.5 crew brought gift bags and treats for each student, including Teacher of the Week T-shirts. Sanford was awarded a plaque and check for $100, as well as a 1-in-24 chance of winning a 2011 VW Jetta.
Comcast awards scholarships
The Comcast Foundation recently named Paige A. Nulliner, of Issaquah, as one of 91 recipients in Western Washington and Spokane in its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program in 2011.
The program provides one-time, $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools and who serve as models for their fellow students.
Nulliner attends Skyline High School and plans to attend the University of San Diego.
Issaquah resident passes state bar exam
Sean Nyberg, of Issaquah, passed the Washington State Bar Exam.
A graduate of Issaquah High School, Nyberg earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Washington and his juris doctor degree from Gonzaga University. He works at the law firm O’Brien, Barton, Joe & Hopkins PLLP.
Local historian honored
Robert E. Ficken, of Issaquah, has been awarded the Robert Gray Medal by the Washington State Historical Society.
Throughout his distinguished writing career and his work as an independent historian, Ficken has produced some highly regarded works about Washington’s history, and he has shared his knowledge through conferences and workshops about the state’s heritage.
The highest award bestowed by the Washington State Historical Society, the Robert Gray Medal recognizes distinguished and long-term contributions to Pacific Northwest history through demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: teaching, writing, research, historic preservation and service to local historical societies.
The award will be presented to Ficken at the noon luncheon of the annual meeting of the Historical Society on June 18 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.
Arjun Kumar to compete in National Geographic Bee
Arjun Kumar, a seventh-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, will represent Washington at the 23rd annual National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., May 24-25.
Arjun is one of only 54 students remaining in the nationwide competition, culled down from more than 5 million participants. The top 10 finalists will compete in the May 25 final round, moderated by “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and taped for later airing on the National Geographic Channel.
Local seniors awarded Overlake scholarships
Four local high school girls were awarded Overlake Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarships for 2011.
Each winner will receive a certificate of merit and a monetary award to be applied toward her educational goal. The winners are:
- Eastside Catholic High School — Mackenzie Brown
- Issaquah High School — Mackenzie Bauer
- Liberty High School — Megan Bales
- Skyline High School — Paige Haas
Issaquah resident joins ‘The Dori Monson Show’
Jessica Gottesman, of Issaquah, has joined “The Dori Monson Show” as a news anchor and regular contributor.
Gottesman previously anchored at CBS Radio’s all-news 1010 WINS in New York City. She also spent a decade in financial news covering Wall Street as a television and radio anchor for Bloomberg.
Gottesman joined 97.3 KIRO FM in 2010 as an afternoon anchor, and since moving to Issaquah she has covered everything from the capture of the Barefoot Bandit to the Cal Brown execution (Washington’s first since 2001) and the passing of the voice of the Mariners, Dave Niehaus.
Gottesman has won numerous Murrow, Associated Press and New York State Broadcaster awards, and a Gracie Allen Award for Best Major Market anchor from American Women in Radio and Television. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell and her law degree from Fordham.