Patriots find hidden gems during rebuilding year

April 23, 2013

By Greg Farrar Romney Noel (center), Liberty High School sophomore, beats Mount Si’s John Proctor (left) and Bradley Stevens over the last 100-meter hurdle to win in a time of 15.7 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Romney Noel (center), Liberty High School sophomore, beats Mount Si’s John Proctor (left) and Bradley Stevens over the last 100-meter hurdle to win in a time of 15.7 seconds.

When in the midst of a rebuilding year, coaches like Liberty High School’s Michael Smith are resigned to appreciate the little victories.

Take, for example, the Patriots’ home track meet April 18 against Mount Si. In the steady rain, Smith was able to find the silver lining in the girls’ narrow 2-point win and the boys’ 30-point loss.

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End of an era

April 23, 2013

IHOP institution, Susie Nutzhorn, is ready to hang up her apron after 30 years

By Greg Farrar Susie Nutzhorn (left) takes an order last week from regular customers Eastgate residents John and Wilma Huber, the second to last week before her retirement.

By Greg Farrar
Susie Nutzhorn (left) takes an order last week from regular customers Eastgate residents John and Wilma Huber, the second to last week before her retirement.

Longtime IHOP waitress Susie Nutzhorn has a certain philosophy about her line of work.

The way she sees it, she doesn’t really work for the famous pancake house, rather her true employers are the men, women and children who enter through the Issaquah restaurant’s doors every day.

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New leaders, same goal

April 23, 2013

I founded Engineering Club last March with a different vision for science and engineering clubs at school. The Skyline Engineering Club would teach engineering concepts that underlie the physical experimentation present in other clubs.

These concepts, not detailed in school, would then be incorporated into regular projects. Yet, the club did not begin this way; it was rooted in lecture-based discussion. Despite suggestions for improvement from general members through a Google survey, it was leadership initiative that resulted in more interactive projects.

Nitin Shyamkumar  Skyline High School

Nitin Shyamkumar
Skyline High School

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Family Fridays return for the summer

April 23, 2013

Family Fridays return to the Julius Boehm Pool on May 3.

The monthly events, hosted by the city’s Parks & Recreation Department, will feature a number of fun swimming activities for all ages. The events are from 6:30-9 p.m. the first Fridays of the month, until the finale Aug. 2.

May 3 will be Underwater Adventure night. With ambient lighting, artificial seaweed, hoops, rings, toys and various sea creatures will be placed into the water for exploration.

June 7 will be Family Skwim Night. Skwim is a game that is a cross between water polo and Ultimate Frisbee, which utilizes flotation and flippers to ensure a good time for all.

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How does JSA manage changing leadership through elections?

April 23, 2013

It’s that time of year again. Ah, spring: the season in which seniors decide where to spend the next four years of their lives, while juniors and underclassmen scramble, asking questions like, “What classes should I take next year?” or “What colleges should I apply to?”

This can only mean one thing for the myriad high school clubs stimulating the social scene at Skyline High School — election season. One club that has blossomed considerably over the years is the Junior State of America, or JSA for short. Though its large growth at Skyline is impressive, it makes elections difficult due to the cutthroat level of competition that shows up conspicuously at this time. Though no talk of elections has been explicitly brought up by the executive cabinet, various contenders have already risen to the plate and advertised their qualifications for leading the chapter next year.

Salma Mahmoud Skyline High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

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Floyd D. Patton

April 23, 2013

Floyd D. Patton passed away April 16, 2013, in Issaquah.

He was born Floyd Junior Patton on May 5, 1921, in Lima, Ohio.

Floyd D. Patton

Floyd D. Patton

He is survived by his daughter Julie, stepson Don, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

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Beware: Fake fundraisers are feeding on Boston tragedy

April 23, 2013

Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman warned people not to fall victim to fake fundraisers using the Boston Marathon tragedy to scam people into making bogus contributions.

“My heart goes out to those killed and injured in the explosions at the Boston Marathon — as well as to their friends and families,” Ferguson said. “It’s unfortunate that in this time of national mourning, there are those who would exploit our compassion for their own personal gain — but we want to remind people to be careful with their money and make sure your donation helps those who really need the help.”

Wyman joined Ferguson in cautioning Washington donors to exercise judgment as they respond to the bombings in Boston.

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Skyline cruises to win over Eastlake

April 23, 2013

After having two of its singles matches decided in tie-breaking sets, the Skyline High School tennis team beat Eastlake 6-1 April 16.

“Skyline’s our rival. Obviously, we want to win, and when we can’t win, we want to put up a good match,” said the Eastlake Wolves’ coach Bud Peterson. “They are a good team. We had our hands full from the get-go.”

Thanks to inclement weather, including hail earlier that day, the match almost didn’t happen. Giving the court extra time to dry out, the two neighboring teams got started about 30 minutes late. Once they did, though, many of the girls found themselves face-to-face with very familiar opponents.

Skyline High School’s Shreenu Sivakumar returns a shot during her No. 2 singles match April 16 against Eastlake’s Michelle Knutson.  By Lillian O’Rorke

Skyline High School’s Shreenu Sivakumar returns a shot during her No. 2 singles match April 16 against Eastlake’s Michelle Knutson.
By Lillian O’Rorke

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Searching for the silver lining in college rejection

April 23, 2013

As a high school senior, hardly a day goes by without someone — my dentist, my coworkers, my friends or my teachers — asking me where I’ll be attending college in the fall. While most of my peers have started visiting campuses and choosing dorms, I’m forced to admit that, frankly, I just don’t know yet.

Had you asked that same question about a year ago, I could have told you boldly and confidently, “The University of Oxford.” I spent most of high school working toward this singular goal; I took and retook SATs, tailored my schedule to meet the required Advanced Placement classes and scrambled my way through finals weeks to achieve what I thought were ideal scores, more than adequate to get me into the school of my dreams.

Veronica Austin Liberty High School

Veronica Austin
Liberty High School

I was wrong.

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Sock hop helps those in need

April 23, 2013

Get hopping at the Kiwanis Club Sock Hop Dance and Auction on April 26.

Your $40 ticket gets you into the dance and auction, two drink tickets and your choice of dinner.

Meal choices are three different sliders: smoked chopped brisket, smoked chopped pork, Thai lamb, or a vegetarian burger. All meals also include salad and dessert.

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