Washington Scholars program honors seniors

July 15, 2014

Five Issaquah School District seniors have been recognized by the Washington Scholars program.

The Washington Scholars award represents the highest meritorious honor conferred by the state’s education and government leaders on the most exemplary (top 1 percent) graduating high school seniors across the state, recognizing excellence in academic achievement, leadership and community service.

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Local students make deans’ lists

July 15, 2014

Matthew William Hjelm, of Issaquah, has been named to the dean’s list of Norwich University, in Northfield, Vt., for the spring 2014 semester.

 

Harper Guard and Emily Reams, of Sammamish, were named to the 2014 spring semester dean’s list at Carroll College in Helena, Mont.

 

The following residents were named to the dean’s list at Gonzaga University, in Spokane, for spring semester 2014:

Issaquah: Alanna Archer, Sophia Clausen, Devon Isner, Kirsten Solders and Emma Watanabe.

Renton: Alex LaFord and Saba Mateos

Newcastle: Katherine Palmer

 

Nauchelle Martinez and Carlene H. Chung, of Issaquah, along with Kaitlyn J. Tsutakawa, of Newcastle, were named to the dean’s list at Northeastern University, in Boston, for the spring semester 2014.

 

Elizabeth Ochs, of Issaquah, was named to the dean’s list at Alma College, in Alma, Mich., for the 2014 winter term.

 

Andria Scarcello, of Issaquah, made the dean’s list at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, for the 2014 spring semester.

 

Joey Bradley and Alex Gruber, of Issaquah, were named to the dean’s list at the University of New Haven, in West Haven, Conn., for the spring 2014 semester.

 

Erin E. Freeman and Nathalie E. Langlois, of Issaquah, along with Sydney A. Helton, of Sammamish, have been named to the dean’s list at Boston University, in Boston, for the spring 2014 semester.

 

Kjerstin Richards, of Renton, was named to the 2014 spring dean’s list at Midland University, in Fremont, Neb.

 

Last harvest — Development ends four generations of Issaquah farmers

July 8, 2014

Issaquah lost one of its last working farms June 30.

Up on Vaughn’s Hill, south of the Klahanie neighborhood, four generations have owned and operated the self-sustaining McBride Farm since 1891. Age, skyrocketing property taxes and nearby development caused the family to vacate the 660-acre section of land at the end of June, bringing an end to one of the final remnants of Issaquah’s rural past.

By Peter Clark Celia McBride, the youngest of the four generations to live on the farm north of Issaquah, stands under a canopy of apple trees on the land, which the family refers to as ‘Hobbiton.’

By Peter Clark
Celia McBride, the youngest of the four generations to live on the farm north of Issaquah, stands under a canopy of apple trees on the land, which the family refers to as ‘Hobbiton.’

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Parading patriotism — Issaquah gets festive with Kids‘n Pets Parade

July 8, 2014

By Greg Farrar Corinne Schiehser, 7, (holding the beach ball) celebrates her birthday riding a float in the Front Street for the Kids ‘n Pets Parade during the Down Home 4th of July celebration. The float was built and pulled by dads Michael Schiehser and Dave Beauparlant.

By Greg Farrar
Corinne Schiehser, 7, (holding the beach ball) celebrates her birthday riding a float in the Front Street for the Kids ‘n Pets Parade during the Down Home 4th of July celebration. The float was built and pulled by dads Michael Schiehser and Dave Beauparlant.

Artist rides in Pride parade in winning design

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.

Contributed Sophie Sarumgard, an Issaquah Middle School student, stands beside a custom MINI Cooper F56s sporting her winning design that was chosen by City Arts mazagine.

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Sophie Serumgard, an Issaquah Middle School student, stands beside a custom MINI Cooper F56s sporting her winning design that was chosen by City Arts magazine.

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History program features ‘Steam Engine Stories’ on July 12

July 8, 2014

Join the Issaquah Depot Museums free Summer History program, “Steam Engine Stories” with Jack Christensen, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12 at the Train Depot Museum.

Christensen, a former steam and diesel train engineer, will share tales of working the rail line through Issaquah to Snoqualmie.

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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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