Exchange student: Bablina Celis

March 25, 2014

Imagine moving to a different country, where you don’t know anyone, and having to join a school when you barely understand the country’s culture. This is reality for exchange students like Bablina Celis, from Cancún, Mexico, who is attending Liberty High School.

Celis said moving to America for the school year was a fascinating experience.

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

“The thrill of going to a different country to live with a different family and change my everyday life has been absolutely amazing,” she said.

Things are different in America, but in a good way. As an exchange student, she had to move in with an unfamiliar family: the Guzmans.

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Teens sought for summer litter crews

March 25, 2014

The state Department of Ecology invites teens to apply for summer jobs in the Ecology Youth Corps that helps clean up roadsides and other public areas. The application deadline is April 1.

Youths ages 14-17 can apply to work for a three- to four-week session with a litter cleanup crew.

Ecology Youth Corps members earn $9.32 per hour. Crews also learn how to better care for the environment.

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Police offer women’s handgun safety class

March 25, 2014

Issaquah police will host a Women’s Handgun Safety Class from 6-9 p.m. April 29 and 30, at the range in the Issaquah Police Department building, 130 E. Sunset Way.

The first class concentrates on instruction while the second class involves shooting practice.

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It’s almost time to remove studded tires

March 25, 2014

The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers to remove their studded tires by midnight March 31.

Unless WSDOT grants a weather-related extension, studded tires are only legal in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31. With forecasts the rest of the month calling for temperatures well above freezing in most parts of the state, WSDOT does not plan to extend the deadline.

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Exchange student: Francesco Carella

March 25, 2014

“The food sucks here,” said Francesco Carella, when asked about what he saw as some of the major differences between the United States and his home.

Carella is an Italian exchange student attending Issaquah High School this year. In a recent interview about living abroad, food was the first thing that came to mind.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

Besides the food, Carella’s opinion of the U.S. was mostly positive.

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Experiences needed for auction to support autism programs

March 25, 2014

April is Autism Awareness Month. Experiences are being collected for fundraising portion of the Perspectives on Autism Day events April 26 at Eastside Catholic High School.

The evening program on the plateau was coordinated to compliment the third annual Autism Acceptance Video Game Tournament at Bellevue College from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26.

Shadowing professionals in the workplace or outdoor adventures are the type of experiences sought for the auction. Also wanted are pieces of original artwork and educational experiences, such as admission to local museums.

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Exchange student: Greta Loss

March 25, 2014

On the first day of school, the attention of students in the International Baccalaureate Spanish class was quickly captivated by someone speaking in the most authentic, beautiful Spanish accent they had heard.

Greta Loss is actually Italian, an exchange student this year at Skyline High School. The Beat caught up with Loss to see what she thinks of her new life in the United States.

Salma Mahmoud Skyline   High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

“The thing I miss most is my family, of course,” she said. “And the Italian food.”

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Teen Talk: How do you manage stress?

March 25, 2014

Issaquah High School

Zoe Buchli, junior

“I take a few minutes out of each day to go outside on my deck and meditate.”

Jasmine Vu, senior

“I make a playlist of calming songs and listen to them when I’m busy and need to de-stress.”

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March 25, 2014

It’s time to just let Klahanie go

Please, please, let us stop writing about Klahanie.

The Issaquah City Council pushed and pushed to convince the residents of the Klahanie area to join the city. The residents rejected the idea. Now, the council is considering another study of the issue and even talking about carving the area up on a precinct-by-precinct basis, cherry-picking the spots that voted to join.

The balkanization of Klahanie is not the answer. Does that council really want to start down this road of carving up territory after election results come in? Perhaps, in future elections, only people who live in precincts that support a bond measure will have to incur the debt. Maybe people whose precinct supports a losing candidate will get an alternate City Council, so the person they choose can serve them.

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March 25, 2014

Movie: ‘Non-Stop’

“Non-Stop” is an action thriller movie that keeps you guessing until the very end. Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore star in a refreshing take on airline hijacking that smashes all stereotypes.

 TV Show: ‘Reign’

If you are into period dramas with a little bit of fantasy mixed in, “Reign” is right up your alley. Although it took a little time to introduce all the subplots during the initial episodes, the first season of this show is now in full swing. “Reign” shows every Thursday at 8 p.m. on the CW and could easily become another CW hit rivaling “Gossip Girl” and “The Vampire Diaries.”

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