Trails club announces scholarship opportunity

April 14, 2015

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club annually sponsors the Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship, available to this year’s graduating seniors at Hazen, Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools.

The top prize is a $1,000 scholarship, with second place getting $500 and third place receiving $250. The deadline is May 1.

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Schools seek lessons from new Healthy Youth Survey

March 31, 2015

Results from a new survey show Issaquah School District students aren’t very different from students around the state when it comes to using alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and other behavior.

At a March 25 study session, district officials shared results of the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey with Issaquah School Board members.

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Endeavour Elementary School honored for environmental practices

March 31, 2015

Endeavour Elementary School is the first school to attain the title of Level Four Sustaining Green School from the King County Green Schools Program.

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District hosts school board information night

March 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 30, 2015

Community members interested in serving on the Issaquah School Board can learn about the process for applying and running for office at an informational meeting April 2.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Administration Building, 565 N.W. Holly St.

Three current board members will be in attendance to offer their perspective, share their experiences and answer questions.

The Beat — Photo of the Month

March 25, 2015

By Pratik Vaidya Issaquah High School Issaquah Drug-Free Community Coalition Vice Chairman Jerry Blackburn gives a presentation about how drugs affect the developing brain during the State of Mind workshop held March 21 at Tiger Mountain Community High School.

By Pratik Vaidya
Issaquah High School
Issaquah Drug-Free Community Coalition Vice Chairman Jerry Blackburn gives a presentation about how drugs affect the developing brain during the State of Mind workshop held March 21 at Tiger Mountain Community High School.

Let’s Talk About It — Why do teens use drugs?

March 25, 2015

Issaquah High School students take four semesters of health between sixth and 12th grade, heralding the emotional and physical danger of substance abuse. That, believe me, is plenty. Why, then, does drug abuse persist among teenagers?

Mathew Duff Issaquah High School

Mathew Duff
Issaquah High School

That’s a complicated question.

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Student athletes and the consequences of drugs

March 25, 2015

Among student athletes, the pressure to do drugs, both recreational and performance-enhancing, may seem to run high.

Marissa Secreto Eastside Catholic         High School

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic
High School

However, the opposite is actually true. The pressure not to take part in drug use, due to strong punishments and repercussions, keeps athletes clean and less liable to the harmful effects of drugs.

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A foundation to a clean lifestyle

March 25, 2015

Peer pressure to experiment with drugs and alcohol regularly plague teenagers in today’s society.

Zoe Buchli Issaquah High School

Zoe Buchli
Issaquah High School

The two main factors that can galvanize a clean lifestyle are whom you choose to spend time with, and what sorts of positions you put yourself in.

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Clearing the smoke about drug users

March 25, 2015

The negative stereotypes that label drug users as mindless and problematic are too generalized for such a diverse group of people.

Megan So Liberty High School

Megan So
Liberty High School

*Jason Smith is a Liberty High School student and substance abuser. He acknowledges the negatives of doing drugs.

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Role model shows recovery is possible

March 25, 2015

Most substance abusers think recovery is impossible, or simply not worth it. Jerry Blackburn tells his story to prove everyone wrong.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

He started abusing substances as a teenager, and understands the painful downward cycle of addiction.

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