Schools, Issaquah School District win Earth Heroes at School Awards

May 8, 2012

Renee De Tolla, Ashley Hirst and Leslie Lederman (from left), of Grand Ridge Elementary School, pose with King County Executive Dow Constantine at April 26’s Earth Heroes award ceremony. By Ned Ahrens/King County Department of Transportation

The Issaquah School District’s green side was on display recently when it received several environmental honors from King County Executive Dow Constantine.

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Food Stamp Challenge participants asked to eat on only $4.50 per day

May 8, 2012

The whole coffee beans Cori Kauk grinds for a morning cup of java could disappear from the menu soon, as the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank executive director embarks on a challenge to eat and drink on only $4.50 per day.

The cause is the Food Stamp Challenge, a campaign to encourage households to meet all food needs for a period of time on the equivalent amount to food stamps. The catch: Participants can spend only $1.50 per person per meal, or $4.50 per day — about the same amount as a morning latte.

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Liberty lacrosse team falters in 11-3 loss to Mount Si

May 8, 2012

Anthony Mantz, Liberty High School midfielder, runs in to try a shot on the Mount Si goal in the third quarter as Zane Berhold defends during their May 2 lacrosse match. Mantz had an assist and a goal in the game. By Greg Farrar

Freshman Blake Picchena scored four goals to lead Mount Si High School’s lacrosse team to its ninth win of the season with an 11-3 defeat of the Liberty Patriots on May 2 at Liberty High School.

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Firefighters’ donation enables community to purchase AED

May 8, 2012

The popular pool in the Maple Hills community received a piece of lifesaving equipment from local firefighters, just in time for the summer swimming season.

Maple Hills community leaders received about $400 from a nonprofit firefighters group to purchase a long-awaited automated external defibrillator, a portable device designed to use electrical therapy to treat people suffering from cardiac arrest.

“We had just been looking to our community, and we were able to raise most of the money, but not all of it,” longtime Maple Hills resident Susie Smith said. “I just thought that was a really nice gesture for them to step up and help us out with the rest of it.”

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Student cyclers take second at state mountain biking race

May 8, 2012

Silas Harrison, Issaquah High School student and Eastside Composite team member, navigates a curve in the trail during the Washougal MX Challenge on April 15 in Washougal. Contributed

Game day looks and feels a little different to coach Phil Therrein and his crew of 18 student athletes.

“Nobody sits on the sidelines,” he said.  “Everybody races on race day.”

Therrein, the coach of an Eastside composite competitive high school mountain biking team since the Washington High School Cycling League’s inception two years ago, said he wouldn’t have it any other way.

The team took second place overall out of 19 teams at the Washougal MX Challenge on April 15 in Washougal, including a first-place finish in the varsity girls category from Mercer Island student Mikayla Davis.

Members of the team include four Mount Si students, as well as athletes from Issaquah, Skyline and Mercer Island high schools.

The Mount Si students include freshmen Nate Lewiston, Nick Larson, Joe Steenvroode and sophomore Boone Hapke.

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Send veterans photos for memorial section

May 8, 2012

This year, again for Memorial Day, The Issaquah Press will print its third annual veterans section — Lest We Forget.

We want your photos and information, veterans. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her. It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

If you have already sent your photo and information to us, you don’t need to do so again. We keep them on file.

Fill out your form at and email your photo to

Press Editorial

May 8, 2012

Park bond should include new museum

The Issaquah City Council is considering asking voters to approve another park bond, either this fall or in 2013.

Voters last passed a park bond six years ago.

The city will soon launch a public opinion survey to gauge residents’ interest in what the bond might include. The survey should reach residents by late spring or early summer.

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Local students earn National Merit Scholarships

May 8, 2012

Two local students were among 2,500 National Merit Scholarship designees, chosen from more than 15,000 finalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Ashwin K. Rao, a Skyline High School student, of Sammamish, will receive a $2,500 scholarship that will be underwritten by McGraw-Hill Companies Inc.

Rao plans to study investment banking in college.

Carew Giberson-Chen, an Issaquah resident attending Interlake High School, was awarded a $2,500 National Merit scholarship award that is supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.’s own funds.

Giberson-Chen plans to study medicine in college.

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Submit Issaquah Hall of Fame nominations by May 21

May 8, 2012

City leaders need outstanding citizens as nominees for the Issaquah Hall of Fame, the annual honor bestowed on someone for making a lasting contribution to the community.

Every spring, the mayor and City Council president select the honoree. Mayor Ava Frisinger and Council President Tola Marts plan to evaluate nominees on several criteria, such as civic-mindedness, leadership and service.

Frisinger and Marts also evaluate the role a person plays in drawing positive attention to Issaquah and fundraising for the public good. Length of service is a factor in the decision as well.

The award is among the most prestigious honors in the Issaquah community.

Send the name of the nominee and a brief summary of his or her contributions to: The Office of the Mayor, P.O. Box 1307, Issaquah, WA 98027-1307. Or submit the nomination via email to

The nominations must be received by May 21. Call 837-3020 or email to learn more.

The city plans to announce the honoree at the annual Community Awards Luncheon on May 31.

Past honorees include environmentalist Ruth Kees, Issaquah Highlands mastermind Judd Kirk and, last year, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in proprietor José Enciso.

Skyline wins first soccer championship since 2001

May 8, 2012

Daniel Richardson (left), Skyline High School’s midfielder, tussles with a Woodinville High School player during the May 1 shutout. Richardson scored his first goal of the season in the 30th minute, bringing the half-time score to 2-0. By Lillian Tucker

The Skyline High School boys soccer team made school history last week by becoming the 4A KingCo regular season champs, for the first time.

In a shutout against the Woodinville High School Falcons on May 1, the Skyline Spartans won 3-0. That victory, along with the team’s two-week winning steak brought its conference record to 8-2.

“It feels good to win finally,” said mid-fielder Pedro Miola, a Skyline senior.

Both in 2010 and 2011 the Spartans came in second in the regular season. They then lost the KingCo tournament title to Garfield in 2010 and to Eastlake in 2011. Skyline finished first in 2001, but the school was in the 3A division then.

But there is another reason why the win means so much to the Spartans.

“You guys are going to the state tournament because you won here,” coach Don Braman told the boys after the match.

A crescendo erupted from the post-game huddle that surrounded Braman.

“What I want you to recognize,” said the coach, “is that it took a lot of work to win tonight.”

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