Help teen diplomat get to China

April 9, 2013

Issaquah High School freshman Sam Hansen, 15, is one of 20 to 25 students nationwide selected to attend the JSA Diplomat Program in Beijing, China, this summer.

However, he has very little time to raise the $5,500 for tuition, room and board to take advantage of the opportunity. His family is unable to contribute the entire cost of the program, so he is seeking any other financial support he can get, either in the form of donations or work opportunities.

Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen

Each summer, young leaders from across the United States travel to Beijing, China, for a monthlong program to learn about modern China and the art of diplomacy. The program aims to provide America’s future leaders with the skills to represent their country effectively on global issues.

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City of Issaquah receives state recycler award

April 9, 2013

Every year, the Washington State Recycling Association honors organizations, businesses and individuals for their outstanding recycling achievements, and on April 4 they shined a light on Issaquah’s efforts.

The association named the city the 2013 Innovative Recycler of the Year.

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Student projects explore history’s newsmakers

April 9, 2013

Liberty High School freshman Tania Nambo-Escobar could literally talk for hours about the history of Che Guevara.

“I love presenting about Che Guevara in general,” she said. “Ask me a question and, whether you like it or not, I will give you a full speech about it.”

Nambo-Escobar knows a lot about the subject, after she spent months researching and putting together an exhibit to enter into the local History Day competition.

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Jet skiers buzz Lake Sammamish in annual egg hunt

April 9, 2013

Jet skiers from as far away as Spokane celebrated Easter with an annual aquatic egg hunt.

About 50 riders arrived on the shore of Lake Sammamish on March 31 to take part in the event put on every year by The NorthWest Freeriders. While the weather is usually more of a hurdle than a blessing, riders waded out into the water during a bright, warm day.

Photos by Dayton Fedak Above, Jessie Wilcox (second from left) celebrates winning the hunt by collecting seven eggs in the short time it took for the 50 riders to collect the total 100. Alaina Fiske, Patricia Fiske and Scott Wilcox (from left) joined her. Below, riders wait on the waves of Lake Sammamish for the signal to start.

Photos by Dayton Fedak
Jessie Wilcox (second from left) celebrates winning the hunt by collecting seven eggs in the short time it took for the 50 riders to collect the total 100. Alaina Fiske, Patricia Fiske and Scott Wilcox (from left) joined her.

After a meeting to discuss the boundaries and rules of the competition, event coordinator Dayton Fedak planted 100 eggs in a cordoned-off southern section of the lake.

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Watershed shows decrease in pollutants

April 9, 2013

Local protection of natural streams appears to be lessening the presence of pollutants in the regional Cedar-Sammamish watershed.

A new cooperative study, released by the state departments of Agriculture and Ecology, has found that pesticides and insecticides have decreased in the watershed in the past 10 years, thus allowing a healthier environment for salmon in the region.

The Surface Water Monitoring Program for Pesticides in Salmon-Bearing Streams study, released at the end of February, was the third triennial report that began by surveying the five affected watersheds in 2003. Looking into watersheds all over the state, the study team wanted to monitor three different types of rural areas and two urban ones, including the runoff from the Cedar-Sammamish watershed that flows into Thornton Creek.

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Student sets rocket trajectory for nationals

April 9, 2013

Skyline High School’s Physics/Rocketry Club is headed to the Team America Rocketry Challenge National Fly-Off May 11.

The club’s design is one of 100 rockets selected from 725 entries from across the country in the contest. Skyline also is one of two clubs that will represent the state of Washington at the altitude and duration competition in Washington, D.C., next month.

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SipFest tickets on sale now

April 9, 2013

SipFest invites interested epicureans, oenophiles and amateur beer cicerones to explore the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer May 11.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Pickering Barn, 20 wineries, 10 breweries and 10 local restaurants will bring their best libations to tantalize the palates of discerning aficionados. Wine, beer and food will grace the menu for those wishing to support the benefit for Encompass, a local nonprofit organization that serves the needs of children and families in the Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie Valley communities.

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College News

April 9, 2013

OSU students make honor roll

The following local students were named to the Oregon State University honor roll.

Issaquah: Devin O’Donnell and Sarah Jacobi

Sammamish: Avalon Dunbar and Kyla Krueger

Preston: Megan Smith

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Issaquah Trophy to donate to local schools

April 9, 2013

The Issaquah School Foundation will be the recipient of Issaquah Trophy & Awards’ Awards for a Cause campaign.

Issaquah Trophy & Awards will donate to the Issaquah Schools Foundation when selected trophies and awards are purchased, according to a press release.

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Issaquah High School PTSA offers scholarships

April 9, 2013

The Issaquah High School PTSA is awarding six $500 scholarships to graduating seniors. Applications are now available on the PTSA Website at http://issaquahhighptsa.org/Page/Programpages/SeniorScholarships.

If you are planning to continue your education upon graduation, the PTSA encourages you to apply. Deadline for completed applications is April 22.

Questions? Email the PTSA Scholarship Chair Cyn Baumert at senior_scholarships@issaquahhighptsa.org.

 

 

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