Editorial

December 25, 2012

Thanks to our many letter writers

We’d like to take a moment to salute those people who took the time to write a letter to the editor in 2012. Their written voice provokes, challenges, encourages and thereby builds a stronger community for us all. We aren’t able to publish every letter we receive, but here’s a list of the 122 authors, in alphabetical order, who did get ink this year.

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Skyline High School girls basketball team stays perfect

December 25, 2012

After ending the first half 12 points behind Dec. 19, the Skyline High School girls basketball team returned for a comeback and beat Woodinville, 56-53.

“The first half, we just weren’t playing with the same intensity that we have defensively,” head coach Greg Bruns said. “Every time we answered, they would knock down a three.”

When the Spartans entered the locker room down 29-17, the coach told them to step it up and take more pride in who they are. They did. Haley Smith came out in the third quarter to score 10 of her 14 game points; Alex Daugherty put five on the board, including a 3-pointer. Skyline swept the third quarter, 23-11.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah fundraising drive is 45 percent under goal

December 25, 2012

The all-volunteer organization Issaquah Community Services provided more than $88,000 in assistance to local families last year, in the form of rent and utility assistance, or emergency aid.

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Issaquah High School student nets perfect AP social studies score

December 25, 2012

Karthik Palaniappan has a lot to celebrate this holiday season. The senior at Issaquah High School is one of only four students worldwide who earned a perfect score on last spring’s Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics Exam, taken by 239,513 students.

“I definitely have a passion for politics, which is why I did not mind putting in the work,” Palaniappan said in a statement released by the Issaquah School District Dec. 18. “I really enjoyed the class, especially our daily discussions of current news.”

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Matthew Campbell nets 18 in Liberty High School basketball loss

December 25, 2012

The Liberty High School boys basketball team went up against one of the top teams in the state when the Patriots hosted sixth-ranked Mercer Island on Dec. 18.

But despite a big game from Matthew Campbell, who scored 18 points, the Patriots fell to the Islanders, 75-59.

Liberty players Tynan Gilmore and Dayton Mackay also netted double-digit points, scoring 14 and 11 points, respectively.

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The Hot List

December 25, 2012

Lee Xie
Skyline High School

Movie: “Skyfall”

‘Skyfall’

The highly anticipated, latest installment of the storied James Bond series certainly didn’t disappoint.

Action-packed with fantastic, vibrant settings and a sultry opening song by Adele, the film established itself as one of the best in recent memory, and possibly even in the whole franchise. Perhaps the greatest amount of praise should go to the cast, who executed their roles with precision and believability, from the rugged Daniel Craig as Bond to the crazed Javier Bardem as Silva, the film’s main villain.

With a captivating plot that keeps the audience on the edge of its seats and a superstar cast, “Skyfall” is sure to enthrall viewers looking for some adventure this holiday season.

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Max Browne earns Gatorade National Football Player of the Year Award

December 25, 2012

Skyline High School football quarterback Max Browne, surrounded by his teammates, was named Gatorade National Football Player of the Year on Dec. 18. By Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times

At midmorning Dec. 18, Skyline High School quarterback Max Browne was called out of class by his football coach, Mat Taylor, on the pretense that he was needed at an emergency captain’s meeting.

Browne fell for it hook, line and sinker. What awaited him in the upstairs classroom stunned him — his parents, a gaggle of cameras, a crowd of friends and, emerging from a hidden spot, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson had been summoned to present Browne with the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious honors in high school athletics. They had managed to keep it secret from Browne, who later was formally presented the Gatorade trophy during a ceremony in the school’s theater packed with classmates.

“I had no idea,” Browne said afterward of the ruse. “Totally surprised. It was awesome.”

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To the Editor

December 25, 2012

‘The Sound of Music’

High school musical was as good as professional production

I recently attended the first high school musical I’ve ever seen: “The Sound of Music,” by Issaquah High School’s performing arts department. In summary: Wow! It was a superb performance.

Annika Dybevik, the senior who played Maria, was flawless and has a voice equal to any I’ve heard at the Village Theatre, 5th Avenue or the Paramount.

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Police & Fire

December 25, 2012

Rolled

A wallet and iPhone were stolen at the Rollin’ Log Tavern, 50 E. Sunset Way, before 11:48 a.m. Nov. 22.

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College News

December 25, 2012

Local students make UW dean’s list

The following Issaquah students were named to the dean’s list at the University of Washington for the 2012 summer quarter:

Emoniel Isakharov, Simerjot Singh, Fablina Sharara, Dexter Hu, Andres Orams, Akumbom Tunyi, Brendan Smith, Cortney Schirman, Brittany Guilbert, Joseph Sturtevant, Lindsay Gardner, Jordan Nugent, Blake Johnston, Steven Lau, Kevin Nguyen, Dawn Cheung, Lynda Ochs, Stephanie Wang, Eric Parker, Christine Quach, Vincent Quach and Keiji Hiramoto Jr.

To qualify, students must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (out of 4).

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