Booster club honors spring scholar athletes

March 18, 2014

By Staff

The Issaquah High School Booster Club and Issaquah’s Tutta Bella pizzeria recently announced their 2014 spring Tutta Bella Scholar Athlete awards.

The awards are given to senior athletes at Issaquah who maintain a 3.0 grade point average, show strong leadership and sportsmanship qualities, and are involved in school activities outside of sports. Student-athletes must be nominated by their coaches.

The six spring winners are Josh Bean (swimming), Louden Ivey (wrestling), Mandie Hill (basketball), Rebecca Chinn (gymnastics), Brian Watson (basketball) and Courtney Vu (dance).

Bean, a captain of the Eagles boys swim team, is a member of the National Honor Society and sports a 3.99 GPA. He also plays lacrosse and has been involved in many church and volunteer activities.

“He always displays amazing sportsmanship and teamwork,” Issaquah swim coach Laura Halter wrote. “As captain, he has been very organized and motivating, always helping his teammates and encouraging them to be their best.”

Ivey maintains a 3.91 GPA. He takes many Advanced Placement courses, was a 2012-13 National Honor Society member, and plays in Issaquah’s marching and concert bands. He also participated in Issaquah’s 2013 Relay for Life and volunteers at a middle-school wrestling tournament.

“He has shown he is capable of achieving his goals through hard work and dedication,” Issaquah wrestling coach Kirk Hyatt wrote.

Hill was a first-team all-KingCo Conference guard the past two seasons, and has been a key part of the Lady Eagles basketball team since moving from California three years ago.

She mentors special-education students at Issaquah, and plans to study for a degree in special education at Washington State University.

“She sets high standards for her teammates both on and off the court,” Issaquah girls basketball coach Bob Richey wrote. “However, what we are most impressed with is her involvement and passion for special education.”

Chinn qualified for this year’s district gymnastics meet and won the floor competition in her final home meet. She also swims for the Eagles, maintains a 3.9 GPA, is active in several school music groups and has served as Associated Student Body president.

Chinn teaches ukulele lessons in her spare time, and helped raise $2,200 for the American Cancer Society.

“Her energy and can-do attitude are contagious in the gym,” Issaquah gymnastics coach Ryan Fleischer wrote. “She encourages everyone in the gym and out. She is a hard worker who continues to push herself to learn and improve.”

Watson, who has a 3.7 GPA, has been a four-year varsity letterman and two-year captain for the Issaquah boys basketball team. He’s involved in leadership classes at school, plays guitar, and mentors younger athletes.

“Brian represents what all student athletes should strive to be like,” Issaquah basketball coach Jason Griffith wrote. “It is going to sadden me the day I can’t coach Brian anymore.”

Vu won the Washington State Japanese Speech and Skit Contest in 2010, and the AP Scholar Honor Award in 2013. She also has many awards from her work with the school’s dance team, and serves with the National Honor Society, Key Club and Eagle Crew.

“Courtney is organized, detail oriented, approachable, creative, enthusiastic and passionate about her team,” Issaquah dance coach Melanie Krieger wrote.

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