Maywood takes second at Rubik’s Cube competition

July 8, 2014

Maywood Middle School took second place at the local “You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube” competition June 7 at Mill Creek Elementary School.

Seven Maywood students, plus one from a Marysville school to round out the team, combined to solve the cube faster than all but one team.

Contributed Maywood Middle School team members (from left) Ben Royce, Cameron Chadd, Andrew Chappelle, Shelby Reese, Matt Barta, Will Slaton, Spencer Slaton and Davan Hwang are whizzes with the Rubik’s Cube, taking second place at the 2014 ‘You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube’ competition June 7.

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Maywood Middle School team members (from left) Ben Royce, Cameron Chadd, Andrew Chappelle, Shelby Reese, Matt Barta, Will Slaton, Spencer Slaton and Davan Hwang are whizzes with the Rubik’s Cube, taking second place at the 2014 ‘You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube’ competition June 7.

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Annual Challenge Race returns on July 12

July 8, 2014

The annual Issaquah Rotary Challenge Series Races, where participants with disabilities get to experience the thrill of soapbox derby action, begins 9 a.m. July 12.

In each race, two racers climb into the seat of a gravity-powered car as the vehicle maneuvers along Second Avenue with able-bodied volunteers, who sit behind the wheel, and participants with disabilities, who sit in the passenger seat.

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A program with !MPACT

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.

By Neil Pierson Firefighter Chris Tarkir, of Eastside Fire & Rescue, helps Jakob McInerney, a sixth-grade student at Beaver Lake Middle School, remove a hose from a hydrant during a June 5 demonstration at the school.

By Neil Pierson
Firefighter Chris Tarkir, of Eastside Fire & Rescue, helps Jakob McInerney, a sixth-grade student at Beaver Lake Middle School, remove a hose from a hydrant during a June 5 demonstration at the school.

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Issaquah Valley Elementary School’s ‘guardian angel’ wins state award

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.

By Rachel Osgood Suzie Kuflik (left) is presented with a $500 check by Stephen Miller, vice president of the Washington Education Association, as part of a state award. She then donated the check to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

By Rachel Osgood
Suzie Kuflik (left) is presented with a $500 check by Stephen Miller, vice president of the Washington Education Association, as part of a state award. She then donated the check to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

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Teen wins ‘Youth Volunteer’ award

July 1, 2014

Issaquah resident Alaina Blyth was honored last week at the Alliance of Eastside Agencies’ annual luncheon for exemplary service as a youth volunteer.

For more than three years, Blyth has been a volunteer at Teen Link, answering calls on the peer-to-peer youth helpline.

“Alaina is respectful and supportive of our clients regardless of their circumstances,” Teen Link Manager Anna Kallis said in a news release. “Alaina’s nonjudgmental attitude guarantees callers the best quality of care when they call for help.”

Alaina Blyth

Alaina Blyth

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Opening the archives

July 1, 2014

An ongoing look at memorable images from Issaquah’s past

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection. Roughly quarterly, volunteers have a data-entry day and prep a bunch of records for upload. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at erica.maniez@issaquahhistory.org. If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email editor@isspress.com.

2009.006.080.070 First prize car in July 4th parade Handwritten beside photo: ’First Prize, one 4th of July.’ From Ferol Tibbetts’ album dated 1911-1921.

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First prize car in July 4th parade
Handwritten beside photo: ’First Prize, one 4th of July.’ From Ferol Tibbetts’ album dated 1911-1921.

Clark, Pope

July 1, 2014

Frances and Daniel Pope, of Issaquah, announce the wedding of their son Richard Pope to Alice Clark, of Bethel, Alaska.

The wedding was May 24, 2014, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Issaquah. The wedding was officiated by the Rev. Keith Ferguson, uncle of the groom.

Alice Clark and Richard Pope

Alice Clark and Richard Pope

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Issaquah Women’s Club awards scholarships to seniors

July 1, 2014

The Issaquah Women’s Club has awarded four $1,000 “Follow Your Dreams” scholarships to senior girls in the Issaquah School District.

The scholarship winners are Skyline High School students Sydney Smith, Madison Laycock and Gabrielle Diebner, and Liberty High School student Jana Walker.

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Hunsberger, Foreman

July 1, 2014

Bob and Laura Foreman, of Issaquah, announce the engagement of their son Wesley Foreman to Christina Hunsberger, of Seattle.

Parents of the bride, Jeff and Judy Hunsberger, of Bellevue, join them in the celebration. The wedding is set for Aug. 15, 2014, at the Edgewater Inn in Seattle.

Christina Hunsberger and Wesley Foreman

Christina Hunsberger and Wesley Foreman

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College News

July 1, 2014

Students graduate from Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University, in Spokane, has announced its graduates for spring 2014. Local grads are:

Issaquah: Alanna Archer, Bachelor of Arts,  classical civilization; Anna Clausen, Bachelor of Arts, English; Angela Martucci, Bachelor of Arts, public relations; Emily McKaig, Bachelor of Business Administration, accounting; Haley Swanson, Bachelor of Arts, English; and Bryan Thorn, Bachelor of Business Administration;

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