Exchange student: Bablina Celis

March 25, 2014

Imagine moving to a different country, where you don’t know anyone, and having to join a school when you barely understand the country’s culture. This is reality for exchange students like Bablina Celis, from Cancún, Mexico, who is attending Liberty High School.

Celis said moving to America for the school year was a fascinating experience.

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

“The thrill of going to a different country to live with a different family and change my everyday life has been absolutely amazing,” she said.

Things are different in America, but in a good way. As an exchange student, she had to move in with an unfamiliar family: the Guzmans.

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Exchange student: Francesco Carella

March 25, 2014

“The food sucks here,” said Francesco Carella, when asked about what he saw as some of the major differences between the United States and his home.

Carella is an Italian exchange student attending Issaquah High School this year. In a recent interview about living abroad, food was the first thing that came to mind.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

Besides the food, Carella’s opinion of the U.S. was mostly positive.

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Exchange student: Greta Loss

March 25, 2014

On the first day of school, the attention of students in the International Baccalaureate Spanish class was quickly captivated by someone speaking in the most authentic, beautiful Spanish accent they had heard.

Greta Loss is actually Italian, an exchange student this year at Skyline High School. The Beat caught up with Loss to see what she thinks of her new life in the United States.

Salma Mahmoud Skyline   High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

“The thing I miss most is my family, of course,” she said. “And the Italian food.”

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Teen Talk: How do you manage stress?

March 25, 2014

Issaquah High School

Zoe Buchli, junior

“I take a few minutes out of each day to go outside on my deck and meditate.”

Jasmine Vu, senior

“I make a playlist of calming songs and listen to them when I’m busy and need to de-stress.”

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March 25, 2014

Movie: ‘Non-Stop’

“Non-Stop” is an action thriller movie that keeps you guessing until the very end. Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore star in a refreshing take on airline hijacking that smashes all stereotypes.

 TV Show: ‘Reign’

If you are into period dramas with a little bit of fantasy mixed in, “Reign” is right up your alley. Although it took a little time to introduce all the subplots during the initial episodes, the first season of this show is now in full swing. “Reign” shows every Thursday at 8 p.m. on the CW and could easily become another CW hit rivaling “Gossip Girl” and “The Vampire Diaries.”

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Advisory board tackles youth substance abuse

March 25, 2014

Although drug abuse is a widely discussed topic, few dig deeper into the underlying causes, the reasons why youths would start risking their health by using dangerous substances.

Today’s generation of teenagers are faced with unprecedented challenges on a daily basis: family conflicts, rigorous schoolwork, bullying, peer pressure and sky-high parental expectations, just to name a few.

Not knowing how to deal with and manage the stress and emotions that result from these issues often leave teenagers in a dangerous predicament.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

Viewing drugs or alcohol as the only way to cope with their distress, many young people practice this harmful behavior and put their lives at risk. Easy access to illegal substances and a lack of understanding of the effects drugs have on their developing bodies further push teens toward substance abuse.

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Skyline FCCLA and ‘The Hunger Games’ teach students about hunger

March 19, 2014

NEW – 11:30 a.m. March 19, 2014

Hunger debilitates the mind and body, and hinders a person’s ability to function properly.

Let’s take a moment to understand a staggering statistic about hunger in America: Currently, 16.2 million — or one in five — students in the United States struggle with hunger. According to Skyline High School’s FCCLA chapter, only 40 percent of Skyline students were aware of this growing issue.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

FCCLA, or the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, supports many causes. For the past few years, the Skyline chapter has supported No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit organization working to raise awareness of childhood hunger in America.

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Rotary honors students of the month

January 14, 2014

The Rotary Club of Issaquah’s honored the following seniors for its November 2013 Students of the Month.

Note: Due to a scheduling conflict, photos of November Students of the Month were not taken.


Madeline Wells

  • Issaquah High School
  • Recognition in language arts
  • Editor-in-chief of IT Magazine

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Clark, Creekside honored as schools of distinction

December 3, 2013

The Issaquah School District had two schools — Clark Elementary and Creekside Elementary — earn 2013 School of Distinction awards in October.

The awards were given to 55 elementary schools, 24 middle/junior high schools and 23 high schools throughout the state.

To attain the honor, schools must demonstrate outstanding student performance and improvements over a five-year period. Student achievement in both reading and math must be above the state median. Both math and reading improvements must be among the top 5 percent of the state’s schools.

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Umbrella causes lockdown

December 2, 2013

Last month, custodian Allen Anderson walked into Issaquah High School, wearing his camouflage jacket and carrying his umbrella. A short while later, he was facing down a squad of armed police officers.

The confrontation came about as a result of a 911 call reporting a suspicious man carrying what looked like a gun. The police contacted school administrators, who enacted lockdown procedures to protect everyone in the building from the potential weapon: Anderson’s umbrella. After hearing the description of the supposed gunman over his district-issued two-way radio, Anderson recognized himself as the suspect and used the radio to inform administrators.

Jacob Brunette

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Under directions from Assistant Principal Derek Heinz, Anderson walked to the front of the school, alone, wearing the coat mentioned in the 911 call. When he reached the front door, he saw four armed police officers in the parking lot.

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