Skyline assistant principal to take the helm at Issaquah

May 28, 2013

Issaquah High School is staying within the district to hire its next principal, as Paula Phelps prepares to leave to become the executive director of high schools.

Andrea McCormick, Skyline High School’s assistant principal, will make the move to Issaquah beginning July 1, according to an email sent to Issaquah High School families.

The new Issaquah principal was described as a top leader who “communicates well and often,” in the email signed by Superintendent Steve Rasmussen and incoming Superintendent Ron Thiele.

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Issaquah School District hosts party for retiring superintendent

May 28, 2013

The Issaquah School District is hosting an open house for retiring Superintendent Steve Rasmussen on June 5.

Rasmussen is retiring after more than four decades in education, according to a press release from the district.

The open house is from 4-6 p.m. at the Administration Building, 565 N.W. Holly St. Remarks will begin at 5 p.m.

Answering the call

May 28, 2013

New St. Michael’s rector happily tackles job

The Rev. Katherine Sedwick, along with the congregation of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, recently celebrated her beginning as rector.

Sedwick said it is exciting to be a part of a congregation poised to take the next step forward, to do what they are going to do and to figure out how they are going to do it well as a community. She said membership in the church numbers about 200 and “they had such a strong, healthy time under the former rector.”

Contributed The Rev. Katherine Sedwick and four ‘angels’ bless the water in the baptismal font recently at the celebration of her new ministry as rector of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church.

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The Rev. Katherine Sedwick and four ‘angels’ bless the water in the baptismal font recently at the celebration of her new ministry as rector of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church.

In an Episcopal church, a new pastor is called by the vestry. Vestry Senior Warden Tina Butt, Ed.D., a former assistant superintendent of the Issaquah School District, said after they had interviewed the top three applicants for the position, “Katherine was unanimous. She is warm, caring and wise. She is much loved by parishes where she has been. She is a good administrator. She has a clear vision for where our church can be going, and she has a real love for the Northwest and wants to help us get more involved in the Issaquah community.”

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Local athletes win at state track championships

May 28, 2013

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School teammates (from left) Ashby Brown, Hiron Redman, Romney Noel and Alex Olobia link arms and display their 4x400-meter relay medals after winning second place with a time of 3 minutes, 20.42 seconds during the 3A state track and field championships May 25 in Tacoma.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School teammates (from left) Ashby Brown, Hiron Redman, Romney Noel and Alex Olobia link arms and display their 4×400-meter relay medals after winning second place with a time of 3 minutes, 20.42 seconds during the 3A state track and field championships May 25 in Tacoma.

Immediately after Liberty High School track stars Alex Olobia and Hiron Redman competed in the last race of their high school careers, the seniors embraced as they shook off the disappointment of a second-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay at the state track and field championship.

“Bellevue had just that much more, just a little bit more,” Redman said. “He just got me by a 30th of a second. That’s it.”

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PetHub owner receives people’s choice award

May 28, 2013

Tom Arnold, owner and founder of PetHub Inc. in Issaquah, was honored twice at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Awards.

PetHub Inc. received an award in the Eastside Startup Business of the Year category as well as the People’s Choice Award for Eastside Innovative Product of the Year, according to a press release from PetHub Inc.

Businesses on the Eastside that uphold a strong commitment to quality, community and innovation were recognized at the 24th Annual Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Awards luncheon on May 6, according to the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce website. During the luncheon, people were invited to send a text message with the ID of a company to win the People’s Choice Award, which PetHub Inc. secured.

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Liberty teachers honored for their hard work

May 28, 2013

Liberty High School teachers Debbie Sutton and Sarah Duran were selected as Liberty’s Outstanding Educators for the 2012-13 school year, according to a press release from the school.

The teachers were selected and recognized as teachers or educators who have gone above and beyond the normal expectations of their job to enhance the education of Liberty students.

The teachers were nominated by Liberty High School students.

Roundabout construction starts

May 28, 2013

Motorists should prepare for construction near West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and Interstate 90 as the Washington State Department of Transportation builds a new roundabout.

Crews recently started the safety project near the interstate on- and off-ramps at West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and 180th Avenue Southeast, according to a press release from the city. The project will wrap up by this winter.

The new roundabout will help make the intersection safer for drivers, according to the city. More than 40 collisions occurred there in a four-year period.

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Skyline’s Aman Manji places third in tennis

May 28, 2013

Skyline High School senior Aman Manji finished third in the state boys singles tennis tournament May 25 after defeating Oscar Burney, of Garfield, 7-6, 7-6.

Manji started his run with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Aaron Park, of Stadium. He then defeated Derek Welch, of Kentlake, 6-2, 6-2. Manji then lost to eventual second-place finisher Alex Marcinkowski, of Gonzaga Prep, 6-1, 6-1.

The Skyline boys doubles team of Alex Wu and Brayden Hansen finished fifth after defeating Chase Hassig and Henry Wurst, of Bellarmine Prep, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5.

 

 

Who’s News

May 28, 2013

Eagles musicians win

Issaquah High School won several awards at the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest April 26-27.

Hi Tones won first place in the women’s large ensemble category. Led by Savannah Young, other first-place singers are Maddy Bennett, Alita Campbell, Samantha Cook, Annika Dybevik, Caroline Hamblin, Melina Jones, Tali Magidson, Mackenzie Minehan, Elizabeth Moore, Julianne Nienhuis, Areesa Somani, Maryn Spangler, Rache Strand, Makenna Thomas and Ashley Young.

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Liberty students awarded National Merit scholarships

May 28, 2013

Nine students from Liberty High School who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in October 2012 met the program requirements to enter the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Each of the students is among 50,000 highest-scoring participants of 1.5 million program entrants and has shown outstanding academic potential, according to a press release from Liberty High School.

The students were offered the opportunity to be referred to U.S. colleges and universities. The students are Neil Chakravarty, Cassandra Cox, Olaf Grette, Alyssa Nanney, Galen Posch, Aditya Seshadri, Austin Sivret, Eric Spradling and Jeremy Stroming.

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