Samuel Olmstead graduates from EOU

October 28, 2014

Samuel Olmstead, of Sammamish, graduated from Eastern Oregon University, in La Grande, Oregon, during the 2013-14 academic year with a Bachelor of Science in biology.

Taylor Newbury serves in Azusa Pacific ministry

October 28, 2014

Taylor Newbury, a Newcastle student of Azusa Pacific University, served in ministry through the Center for Student Action during the summer in Tanzania.

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Game On — Local athlete keeps the competitive edge at every level he plays lacrosse

October 21, 2014

Whether it’s coincidence, or a sign of some greater forces at work, the color yellow seems to follow Issaquah High School graduate Kevin Powers.

By Tor Jernudd Above, Kevin Powers chases an opponent for Team Sweden during its game against South Korea. Powers finished the tournament with the third most goals and fourth most points. Below, Powers poses with his award after being selected to the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship Presidents team, given to the top 10 best players competing outside the Blue Division.

By Tor Jernudd
Above, Kevin Powers chases an opponent for Team Sweden during its game against South Korea. Powers finished the tournament with the third most goals and fourth most points. Below, Powers poses with his award after being selected to the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship Presidents team, given to the top 10 best players competing outside the Blue Division.

Powers, 21, donned the navy blue and yellow of the Swedish National Lacrosse team at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship in July. In high school, Powers was a standout player in the purple and gold of Issaquah. He continued his success in San Rafael, California, where he is in his senior year wearing the — once again — navy blue and yellow of Dominican University.

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College news roundup — week of Oct. 22

October 21, 2014

Local students make deans’ lists

Alex Hansen, 2013 graduate of Issaquah High School, University of Chicago, 2013-14 school year

Issaquah residents Nathan Gibson, Stephen Okamoto and Stephanie Teramoto, along with Newcastle resident Nathan Gibson and Sammamish residents Grace Blanchard, Kathleen Crandall and Tyler White, Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, California, 2014 spring term

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Issaquah residents win for state fair entries

October 21, 2014

The following resident of Issaquah won ribbons for their entries at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup:

Caron Fisher, of Renton, won second place and $50 for her Peach Cobbler Coffee Cake in the Dillanos Quick Bread Coffee Cake Contest

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Alan Hoerst graduates from Air Force bootcamp

October 21, 2014

Air Force Airman First Class Alan D. Hoerst graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Hoerst completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

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Soccer teams host Down syndrome awareness night

October 21, 2014

On April 29, 2002, Melissa Wyman and husband Kevin won what she calls, “the ticket of a lifetime.”

It was the day the Liberty High School soccer coach welcomed her son, Campbell, now a sports-loving, determined 12-year-old that just happens to have Down syndrome.

“It wasn’t easy in the beginning. You don’t know what to expect,” Wyman said. “You hear people say he’s not going to be able do this or that, but I sure wasn’t about to let someone tell me what or who my son should be. He will be Campbell.”

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Highlands Halloween festival has new name and night

October 14, 2014

The Issaquah Highlands’ traditional Halloween celebration has a new name and night.

By Greg Farrar Nathan Webb (left) and John Bernado, of Preston, check out a photographer for human brains before moving along, disappointed, during the 2013 Zombie Walk.

By Greg Farrar
Nathan Webb (left) and John Bernado, of Preston, check out a photographer for human brains before moving along, disappointed, during the 2013 Zombie Walk.

Now in its fourth year, the celebration is no longer associated with Green Halloween, according to Christy Garrard, Issaquah Highlands Council executive director.

“Now, it’s just Halloween in the Highlands,” she said.

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Iran-born local competes for Miss Washington USA

October 14, 2014

Elena Tavakoli, 26, Miss Issaquah Plateau USA 2014, is competing for 2015 Miss Washington USA, the state pageant qualifier to Miss USA.

Elena Tavakoli

Elena Tavakoli

This is Tavakoli’s first pageant. She said she hopes to inspire others to get outside their comfort zone.

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Eastside Writes sponsors Salmon Days tweets

October 14, 2014

Made popular by Twitter, six-word memoirs summarize their writers’ lives in just six words.

Eastside Writes, an Issaquah-based literary arts organization, gave the trend a Salmon Days twist by inviting visitors to write six-word salmon memoirs.

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