August 5, 2014
When Hari Rajan graduates from Skyline High School next June, there may not be much celebration. That’s because he’s planning to have an even larger academic challenge in front of him.
Rajan is a star student at Skyline whose major interest is biology. His passion for the inner workings of life is leading him toward a career as a doctor, and he’s planning to apply to some prestigious medical schools — Northwestern, Duke, Johns Hopkins and Pennsylvania — in the coming year.
July 29, 2014
The Issaquah Family Drop-in Center is open by appointment only during the summer.
The program was started in late February at the Community Hall, 180 E. Sunset Way, to provide a resource for families in the Issaquah School District who are experiencing housing instability.
On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, volunteers have been providing a listening ear, companionship and advocacy while helping families connect with local resources that may be able to help them stay housed or to access assistance that could help them remain within the area where their children go to school while they look for stable affordable housing.
The service is provided by volunteers through the Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition.
Call 206-478-3899 for an appointment.
July 22, 2014
Issaquah couple’s trip to the outback mirrors William and Kate’s itinerary
Issaquah residents Mary Lorna and Walt Meade have returned from a 31-day tour of Australia and New Zealand, following an itinerary almost identical to that of the royal couple William and Kate.
No strangers to international adventure, Walt and Mary Lorna found themselves with a month sabbatical and a list of potential destinations.
“We thought to ourselves, what is the furthest we could possibly go,” Mary Lorna said. “We’ve done Italy, Paris, London, and with Egypt and Africa posing safety concerns, we settled on Australia.”
July 22, 2014
Scan through any English dictionary, or take the modern route and type it into Google, and the definition of idealism is along these lines: “the attitude of a person who believes that it is possible to live according to very high standards of behavior and honesty.”
Described mainly as a theory, idealism in practice is far easier said than done. But some people find it easier than others. Take Chelsea Stone, 23, for example.
After graduating from Gonzaga University in Spokane in 2012 with a degree in biology, the 2009 graduate of Issaquah High School continued her education at Drexel University in Philadelphia, receiving her master’s degree in public health, with specialties in biostatistics and epidemiology.
A lot of big words and hard work, but how does that make her an idealist?
July 15, 2014
Oregon-based muralist Larry Kangas wasn’t born in Issaquah and he didn’t live in the city for any significant amount of time.
But his stamp on the Eastside suburb is so visible that Mayor Fred Butler officially declared July 19 Larry Kangas Day in Issaquah.
Kangas is the artist behind the murals found at points across the city. He died of cancer Nov. 25, 2013, but his memory lives on in the more than 1,000 works he crafted in the Pacific Northwest, including six in Issaquah.
July 8, 2014
July 8, 2014
A local girl helped add a little more color to the Seattle Pride 2014 parade.
Issaquah Middle School student Sophie Serumgard decided to enter a City Arts magazine competition to design a custom MINI Cooper F56s. The 12-year-old not only won, but got to ride in the June 29 Pride parade in a MINI wrapped with her design.
July 1, 2014
Firefighters bring career perspectives to students
If Chris Tarkir hadn’t been tenacious, he likely never would have landed what he calls his “dream job” with Eastside Fire & Rescue.
“It’s about believing in yourself, and probably the biggest characteristic a person has to have is that you can’t take no for an answer,” Tarkir told a group of students during a June 5 visit to Beaver Lake Middle School’s !MPACT after-school program.
Four of the Issaquah School District’s five middle schools offer !MPACT as a safe haven for students with working parents. The program generally runs until 6 p.m. on weekdays, and costs between $95 and $230 a month, depending on how often a child attends.
July 1, 2014
Suzie Kuflik receives $500 check from WEA
Suzie Kuflik received statewide recognition May 30 from the Washington Education Association Minority Affairs and Human Rights Committee, for bringing the Angel Program to Issaquah Valley Elementary School.
The award came with a $500 check, which Kuflik donated to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, where she frequently volunteers.
Among her efforts to better the Issaquah community, Kuflik created the Angel Program to pair students in need with “adopted families.”
Those families are given the age, size and gender of their child to provide basic necessities, though many donate additional gifts. The Angel Program’s work has inspired other schools in the Issaquah School District to adapt the program to help more students.
June 24, 2014
Tiger Mountain Community High School celebrated its class of 2014 on June 16.