Local high school activities heat up with the arrival of spring

April 24, 2012

By Staff

Issaquah shines at AMP Night program

April 17 marked the second annual AMP Night at Issaquah High School, sponsored by the Issaquah Junior Class Council.

Samantha Garrard Issaquah High School

AMP Night — a showcase of art, music and poetry — was a great example of Issaquah’s support for each unique student. More than 100 students from completely different social groups came together to perform and celebrate one another’s talents. Some students chose to perform a beloved song, others chose to recite an original poem and there was even a student who sang opera in a different language.

“AMP night is a great way for us to express our passion for music and get other people excited about music,” said Khalil Somani, a member of the group in the finale performance.

In the finale of the show, Somani’s group performed the Black Eyed Peas song, “Where is the Love?” Ironically, the performers as well as the audience had a sense that the love was being shared around the theater.

“Issaquah is proud of our talent, and we hope new students will participate in AMP Night next year,” Associated Student Body member Jarred Ha said.

Last play in old theater is ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Veronica Austin Liberty High School

The latest production from the Liberty High School Patriot Players, “Little Shop of Horrors,” opened April 20. The musical is about a florist shop on Skid Row, and its most peculiar plant.

Senior Tucker Goodman plays florist assistant Seymour, who’s in love with Audrey, a role being shared by seniors Pamela Edmonds and Sierra Hunt. When Seymour stumbles upon a carnivorous talking plant (that he names Audrey II), chaos ensues.

Senior Sheady Manning provides the voice of Audrey II, while other actors take on roles as puppeteers, controlling the monstrous plant’s onstage presence, and bringing an interesting dimension to the character. This gargantuan puppet will be sure to turn heads, and will undoubtedly add a unique aspect to the production.

“The show is really funny and shows everyone’s talents in unique ways,” junior Molly Costello said. “I also think that this show is easier for the audience to understand and relate to.”

The show, which will play for two weekends, until May 5, will be the last major Liberty production before the Patriot Players move into their new performing arts center next fall.

Lee Xie Skyline High School

Skyline DECA heads to  nationals

Come April 28, 25 Skyline High School DECA students will be ready to compete at the 2012 International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Skyline DECA chapter has been known for its excellent performance at competitions in the past, and this year was no exception. Skyline had 32 students qualify for the conference, an impressive statistic that followed the chapter’s notable performance at area, where 95 papers qualified for state and 50 students double-qualified.

“I’m excited about ICDC because it’s a chance to compete against the best people on papers we’ve been working on all year,” Anna Rizkalla, co-president of Skyline DECA, said.

The conference will be a culmination of the efforts of students who have made it to state and now nationals.

Co-president Jessie Dart is also proud of the Skyline DECA chapter.

“It has been a truly rewarding experience competing at ICDC in the past,” she said. “I am extremely excited for this year. Skyline DECA has worked so hard this year and I predict all of their hard work will pay off in this international competition!”

Eastside DECA celebrates its third year


Katie Sutherland Eastside Catholic High School

Three years ago, the word “DECA” meant nothing to the students of Eastside Catholic High School.

Distributive Education Clubs of America is an association of students who study business and marketing, and participate in several competitions throughout the school year. Despite being only three years old, Eastside’s DECA chapter has come a long way since its beginning.

The inaugural class had one student qualify for the prestigious International Career Development Conference. Last year, three students qualified for the conference and this year, seven of ECHS’s 40 members qualified for the conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. A first-place win in the Community Service written event and third- and fifth-place finishes in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing individual event are just a few of the successes that students earned while competing.

Additionally, nearly all of the chapter’s members qualified for the Washington State Competition. Ronda Patrick, ECHS’s DECA adviser and recent SAMMI award winner, attributes her students’ success to hard work, passion and hours of practice.

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