The Beat — Drunken driving is not a good I.D.E.A.

May 27, 2015

Skyline High School students have built a reputation for being the drinkers of the district. In the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey, 23 percent of Skyline seniors reported binge drinking. These rates of youth alcohol abuse translate to more underage drunken drivers.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

In the past four years, there have been 233 DUI arrests in Sammamish, 40 percent of which were underage, according to the Sammamish Police Department. These are the tip of iceberg. The average drunken driver will drive 80 times before his or her first arrest, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Thirteen percent of Skyline students reported having ridden in the past month with a drunken driver.

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The Beat — Drowsy driving is like drunken driving

May 27, 2015

With a combination of late bedtimes and early school start times, drowsy driving puts teenage students at a high risk for car accidents.

Marissa Secreto Beat reporter

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic High School

Teenagers who get less than nine hours of sleep are one-third more likely to be involved in a car accident than teenagers who sleep for nine or more hours, according to statistics from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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The Beat — Hot List

May 27, 2015

Movie: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’  

Beat ListAvengers 20150500The highly anticipated sequel to Marvel’s “The Avengers” that was released in May 2012 came to theaters everywhere May 1. This second installment to Marvel’s most successful series follows the superheroes as they battle an evil lord when he is summoned from the Ultron program. Additionally, there is the development of each character’s individual story. It is well done, with very few scenes that are lacking in plot, and the movie is constantly entertaining.

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Liberty students win big at History Day

May 27, 2015

Liberty High School students took home a slew of top awards at the 2015 Washington State History Day competition May 2.

This year’s theme was “Leadership and Legacy in History.” The school sent 16 students to the contest at Green River Community College, and eight of them qualified for the national competition by placing in the top two of their categories.

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The Beat — Photo of the Month

May 27, 2015

Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk, but people still pay attention to their phones instead of concentrating on the road.

Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk, but people still pay attention to their phones instead of concentrating on the road.

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School district offers new online learning tool

May 27, 2015

The Issaquah School District invites parents and students to use its new resource for learning technology tools — Atomic Learning.

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The Beat — Teen Talk

May 27, 2015

Jill Roberson, IHS senior “I was with a friend who wanted to drive after they drank, so they got in the car and started to drive, but was swerving instead. I was scared that we were going to crash, but we didn’t.”

Jill Roberson, IHS senior
“I was with a friend who wanted to drive after they drank, so they got in the car and started to drive, but was swerving instead. I was scared that we were going to crash, but we didn’t.”

Ian McConnell, IHS junior “The only time I was scared was when my friend was driving in the snow and the car started skidding.”

Ian McConnell, IHS junior
“The only time I was scared was when my friend was driving in the snow and the car started skidding.”

Janae Skinner, LHS freshman “One time, my friend was driving me to my play rehearsal and they weren’t paying attention to their speed. It made me really nervous.”

Janae Skinner, LHS freshman
“One time, my friend was driving me to my play rehearsal and they weren’t paying attention to their speed. It made me really nervous.”

Brenden Siththisakd, LHS junior “My friend and I were driving down Patriot Way and when he looked away from the road for a second, we got in a car accident. Luckily, it wasn’t a hard hit and we were fine.”

Brenden Siththisakd, LHS junior
“My friend and I were driving down Patriot Way and when he looked away from the road for a second, we got in a car accident. Luckily, it wasn’t a hard hit and we were fine.”

Kenny Ly, SHS sophomore “Once, I was in a friend’s car and he was just looking at his phone while driving. I did feel scared, but I reminded him to focus on the road and it was an easy problem to fix.”

Kenny Ly, SHS sophomore
“Once, I was in a friend’s car and he was just looking at his phone while driving. I did feel scared, but I reminded him to focus on the road and it was an easy problem to fix.”

Thomas Bowler, SHS junior “One time, I was scared while I was in my friend’s car because he chose to drive more people than seats available. Along with a crowded car, the passengers were all loud and obnoxious people who demanded the music be at a high volume, which put my safety at risk, so I requested to be let out.”

Thomas Bowler, SHS junior
“One time, I was scared while I was in my friend’s car because he chose to drive more people than seats available. Along with a crowded car, the passengers were all loud and obnoxious people who demanded the music be at a high volume, which put my safety at risk, so I requested to be let out.”

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Rotary Club honors students of the month

May 20, 2015

The following seniors were named Rotary Club of Issaquah Students of the Month for February 2015:

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Scholarships

May 20, 2015

Students receive $1,000 scholarships

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Nourish Every Mind Luncheon raises $617,000 to benefit students and schools

May 20, 2015

Almost 900 community members attended the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center and donated $617,000 for local schools.

The program featured several students and educators who spoke passionately about the foundation’s impact on education.

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