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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The Beat — Hot List

March 25, 2015

Movie: ‘The Imitation Game’ 

Beat ListImitationGameStarring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game” has received a wide array of popularity recently. The movie is based on the true story of the life of British genius Alan Turing, who was instrumental in cracking the codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. Called “absolutely heart-wrenching” by many critics, the film’s ability to capture the suspense and emotion of WWII and portray the epic and tragic life of Turing made many deem it deserving of an Oscar.

 

 

Album: 

‘Smoke & Mirrors’ by Imagine Dragons

Beat ListImagineDragons 2015Released in February, Imagine Dragons’ new album, “Smoke + Mirrors” has been an absolute hit for fans. This 13-song album brings a more techno-sound from the band but maintains the pop aspect. Hit singles such as “I Bet My Life” and “Shots” have been featured on the radio and have climbed their way to the top of the Billboard charts.

The Beat — Teen Talk

March 25, 2015

What do you think about the legalization of marijuana?

Ryan Nguyen, LHS junior “I believe that incrimination based on drug-possession is wrong; addiction to drugs is a medical problem, and one should not become a criminal because of it. Therefore, I believe that the legalization of marijuana can change society’s view toward drug-users as not criminals but as people with a health issue.”

Ryan Nguyen, LHS junior
“I believe that incrimination based on drug-possession is wrong; addiction to drugs is a medical problem, and one should not become a criminal because of it. Therefore, I believe that the legalization of marijuana can change society’s view toward drug-users as not criminals but as people with a health issue.”

Rachael Russel, LHS senior “I think it’s pointless that marijuana has been legalized because people had access to it before, so legalizing it really didn’t change much.”

Rachael Russel, LHS senior
“I think it’s pointless that marijuana has been legalized because people had access to it before, so legalizing it really didn’t change much.”

Kalyn Crickmore, IHS senior “I think that marijuana should be legalized for medical use, but I don’t really see the necessity of having it for recreational use.”

Kalyn Crickmore, IHS senior
“I think that marijuana should be legalized for medical use, but I don’t really see the necessity of having it for recreational use.”

Dylan Martorano, IHS junior “I think it’s great that marijuana has been legalized! As long as the drug is being used safely, I’m happy to see that it could be of importance to so many people in Washington.”

Dylan Martorano, IHS junior
“I think it’s great that marijuana has been legalized! As long as the drug is being used safely, I’m happy to see that it could be of importance to so many people in Washington.”

Claire Wright, ECHS junior “I don’t care because it doesn’t really affect me. I don’t really think it matters what other people do.”

Claire Wright, ECHS junior
“I don’t care because it doesn’t really affect me. I don’t really think it matters what other people do.”

Marek Kossik, ECHS senior “It’s good because it takes business away from drug cartels and gives money to the state government.”

Marek Kossik, ECHS senior
“It’s good because it takes business away from drug cartels and gives money to the state government.”

Angela Shi, SHS freshman “I don’t approve of it, and I feel like marijuana should still be illegal because it can cause lifelong consequences that are detrimental to your health.”

Angela Shi, SHS freshman
“I don’t approve of it, and I feel like marijuana should still be illegal because it can cause lifelong consequences that are detrimental to your health.”

Manu Sharma, SHS junior “I feel that legalization is fine as long as it doesn’t affect others. To smoke marijuana is a choice that someone makes, and it is necessary to be respectful of that choice.”

Manu Sharma, SHS junior
“I feel that legalization is fine as long as it doesn’t affect others. To smoke marijuana is a choice that someone makes, and it is necessary to be respectful of that choice.”

Apollo principal to take district administration job

March 25, 2015

Apollo Elementary School will be in the market for a new principal come next school year.

Susan Mundell announced March 4 that she will leave the school to take a position in the Issaquah School District administration, serving as the director of elementary special programs.

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Students place at regional History Day competition

March 25, 2015

Students from across the Eastside descended on Liberty High School on March 14 for the 2015 regional History Day competition.

History buffs from local school districts showed off their exhibits, performances, papers and websites.

Liberty’s participation in the contest has grown over the years, buoyed by the success of its students qualifying for the national competition in Washington, D.C.

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Issaquah High School earns Jostens National Yearbook design recognition

March 17, 2015

Issaquah High School’s yearbook, The Sammamish, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2015 Jostens “Look Book,” celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage.

The Sammamish was one of only 476 yearbooks selected from about 3,000 entries.

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Reflections art contest winners announced

March 17, 2015

The Issaquah School District announced this year’s Reflections art contest winners, who will have a chance to compete at the state level this spring. Students in every grade are eligible to compete in several different categories.

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Students join Aerospace Scholars Program

March 17, 2015

Several local students were recently accepted into the first phase of the 2014-15 Washington Aerospace Scholars Program at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

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Issaquah School District seeks members for bond feasibility study committee

March 12, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 12, 2015

The Issaquah School District is embarking on a community process to study the feasibility of a 2016 school bond.

The district is seeking interested community members to apply to serve on the committee, comprised of community members, parents and school personnel.

Applications are due by Friday, March 20.

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Resource officer change creates friction at Issaquah High School

March 10, 2015

Issaquah police officer Karin Weihe has worked with Issaquah High School students for the better part of a decade, and her pending departure is a source of concern for some people at the school.

Karin Weihe

Karin Weihe

For Jody Mull, who had two daughters graduate from Issaquah and a third who is currently enrolled, the decision to replace Weihe isn’t right.

“It’s about what’s best for the adults and not about what’s best for the kids,” Mull said.

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