October 15, 2013
Kelly Wohlwend, of Issaquah, received two awards at the photography exhibition. She won judge’s choice for her piece “Hawk Eye,” in the Animals division, and an honorable mention award for her piece “Shrinking Doorways,” in the Elements of Design division.
Gloria Pritchett, of Issaquah, won first place in the Clothing-Embellishments division of the Home Arts Textile competition.
September 17, 2013
Local students named Merit semifinalists
The following students are semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program:
Issaquah High School: Catherine Ball, Jacob Brunette, John Gellatly, Suyash Hiray, Hannah McConnell, Dakota Panah, Wooyang Son, Audrey Storm, Thomas Tseng, Madison Unson and Grant Vaska
September 10, 2013
Robert Ittes named bank regional VP
Robert Ittes, of Sammamish, is the new vice president and commercial team leader for the East King County region of the Whidbey Island Bank.
In Ittes’ 35 years of banking experience, he has worked at various Pacific Northwest companies, notably as the founding president of the Issaquah Bank and the Issaquah Community Bank.
August 13, 2013
Martial arts students earn black belts
The following people recently received Black belt promotions from True Martial Arts in Sammamish:
-Nicole Smelson, massage therapist and has been training for 14 1/2 years
-Jillian Backman, a senior at Skyline High School and has been training for 14 1/2 years
July 30, 2013
Women’s club gets new officers
Mariann Crane has been elected president of the Issaquah Women’s Club for 2013-14. Other officers include Luanne Caylor, first vice president; Marj Snyder, second vice president; Wilma Taylor, secretary; and Cecilia Gambill, treasurer.
Connie Fletcher, former member of the Issaquah School Board and a member of the Washington State Board of Education, was the speaker at the installation.
The Issaquah Women’s Club gives to local charities and supports the Follow Your Dream scholarship for graduating high school senior girls.
July 16, 2013
Maxwell Cordell earns academic honor
Maxwell Cordell, of Issaquah, was awarded the Washington State Honors Award in recognition for outstanding academic achievement.
The award ranks the top 10 percent of Washington’s state high school graduating class of 2013 and is a compilation of grade point average and SAT scores.
July 9, 2013
Local students earn scholarships
- Nellie Hoehl, of Issaquah High School, and Stacey Hurwitz, of Liberty High School, were among nine senior girls from Eastside high schools to received Overlake Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarships for 2013.
Each winner will receive a Certificate of Merit and a monetary award to be applied towards her educational goal. The recipients were recognized for their outstanding academics, school activities and community volunteer service.
June 11, 2013
Issaquah student wins poetry award
John Figg, a sophomore at Issaquah High School, won the Angie Greer Music in Poetry Award for the region with his poem entitled, “Earth’s Ensemble.”
There were 84 entries in the contest. He also received a check for $50.
Last year, he won the National Federation of Music Essay Contest for the state of Washington and a $50 check for his essay entitled, “Sounds That Inspire.” That essay discussed the influence music has had on our military.
June 11, 2013
Teachers named Heroes of the Classroom
Two Issaquah School District teachers, Lane Helgeson, of Tiger Mountain Community High School, and Liz Villa, of Issaquah Middle School, were among 24 Puget Sound area teachers named Symetra Life Insurance Co. Heroes in the Classroom during a special event May 24 at CenturyLink Field. Each teacher received a $350 Office Max gift card for classroom supplies and tickets to a Seahawks home game. In addition, Symetra makes a $1,000 donation to each school. The teachers met Seahawks’ player Russell Okung, who shared a story about his inspiring elementary school teachers who ‘had a level of belief in me that I didn’t have in myself.’
May 28, 2013
Eagles musicians win
Issaquah High School won several awards at the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest April 26-27.
Hi Tones won first place in the women’s large ensemble category. Led by Savannah Young, other first-place singers are Maddy Bennett, Alita Campbell, Samantha Cook, Annika Dybevik, Caroline Hamblin, Melina Jones, Tali Magidson, Mackenzie Minehan, Elizabeth Moore, Julianne Nienhuis, Areesa Somani, Maryn Spangler, Rache Strand, Makenna Thomas and Ashley Young.