May 24, 2011
Issaquah youths attain Eagle Scout rank
Four youths from Boy Scout Troop 316 of Issaquah — Michael Barrack, Andrew Dedo, Ian Sutton and Caleb Walin — were bestowed with the rank of Eagle Scout on May 14. Barrack’s project involved building a fence along the south side of Tibbetts Creek Manor. Dedo constructed a kiosk at the Bear Ridge Trailhead. Walin organized the planting of trees at Tradition Lake. Sutton created flowerbeds around the Meadowbrook Farm building. Although Troop 316 is less than 5 years old, 12 Scouts have already reached the rank of Eagle.
Ankhasha Amenti honored with Hospice Service Award
Providence Hospice of Seattle recently honored Sammamish resident Ankhasha Amenti with its annual Hospice Service Award for her continued support that has generated more than $20,000 in donations in the past five years.
Amenti started supporting Providence Hospice in 2007 with proceeds from her Issaquah thrift store, Ankhasha’s Consignments. During the years the store was open, Amenti and her customers donated more than $20,000 to the nonprofit that services children and adults with life-limiting illnesses.
Even after Amenti closed her consignment store in 2009, she continued to raise money for Providence Hospice through rummage sales. Today, she donates to Providence Hospice via sales of used furnishings from Murray Franklyn model homes and with a percentage of profits from consigned vintage and costume jewelry sales.
Issaquah History Museums honors top volunteers
On May 12, the Issaquah History Museums honored 68 volunteers who donated 2,464 hours in 2010.
Among the awards was posthumous recognition of Stephen Grate’s many contributions to the organization during his lifetime. Museum Director Erica Maniez said the Issaquah History Museums will honor his memory by creating the Steve Grate Award for Excellence in Local History.
Maniez also announced that the Issaquah History Museums have been awarded a grant of $4,000 from 4Culture to translate Grate’s coal-mining research and presentation material into audio tours for use on MP3 players and smart phones.
Other volunteers singled out for special awards were:
Tom Donegan — Star Docent
Barb Justice — Star Trolley Volunteer
Carolyn Davis — Star Museum Volunteer
Barb Hinds — Volunteer of the Year
Students place at international DECA competition
Students from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools traveled to Orlando, Fla., for the International Career Development Conferences for DECA — Distributive Education Clubs of America — from April 30 to May 3.
Issaquah sent nine students to Orlando. The Quiz Bowl teams scored second in the nation, thanks to Mary Kate Hoehl, Eric Yu, Andrew Park and Jennifer Maurer. Jasmine Watters and Mackenzie Bauer placed in the top 20 for their category; Brendan Erickson and Julia Loop received an award for their chapter project; and Haley Smith placed with the Leadership Development Academy.
Liberty had six students attend — Braden Timm, Whitney Cain, Tiffani Candler, Chandler Ryberg, Lorina Crain and Amber Turnidge.
Skyline sent 45 students with 42 percent of them making the finals. Students placing in the top 20 of their category were Laura Cindric, Hannah Goehri, Kelly Freeman, Mackenzie Malsam, Lauren Bongiani, Elisabeth Seelinger, Krista Nakano and Haley Ziegler.
The following Skyline students placed in the top 10 in the nation in their categories: Suzanne Scharlock, Jackie Woods, Ali Moller, Elizabeth Rizkalla, Nina Zook, Jordan Beeks, Nolan Jones, Emily Whan and Chris Johnson.
Morgan Bell-Smith and Christine Patton placed second in the nation in their categories.