December 24, 2013
Booster club honors Issaquah student athletes
The Issaquah High School Booster Club recently honored four athletes with its Tutta Bella Scholarship Athlete Award:
The award is given to seniors who have shown outstanding accomplishments as athletes, as students and in the community.
Gabrielle Gevers has had phenomenal success as an athlete since her freshman year, despite having little prior experience in organized sports. In her first year of swimming, she qualified for KingCo, districts and state. She continued that success in track and has become one of the premier sprinters in Washington both in the pool and on the track, with multiple medals in both sports.
Gevers has maintained a high grade point average while serving as Associated Student Body vice president and a swim team captain.
Nathan Lee is the tennis team captain, having won the Junior Varsity Athletic Award for 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Lee has maintained a grade point average of 3.8 while being active in the National Honor Society, the Chess Club (where he is a national Chess Master and team captain), the Chemistry Club and DECA, where he was a top test performer at the Area 4 competition.
Outside school, Lee has been a pianist for 10 years and has achieved the rank of 3rd Gup in Tang-Soo-Do.
Nicole Ratcliffe has been in both club and Eagles’ volleyball for three years and is the senior captain.
While maintaining a 3.4 grade point average taking advanced and Advanced Placement classes, Ratcliffe is also active in Associated Student Body and Leadership, is a VOICE mentor helping elementary summer school, and is a student leader in Eagle Crew.
Outside school, Ratcliffe is involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is a student leader in her church youth group.
Caleb Walin has been involved in IHS cross country, where he has been awarded Most Inspirational for two years. He also won the Coach’s Award and Sophomore Award in swimming.
Walin maintains a 3.75 grade point average and is a National Honor Society member. For the past three years, he has been involved in the Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra and volunteered for pit orchestra for “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Sound of Music.”
In addition, Walin is an active Boy Scout, serving as a patrol leader and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. He earned his Eagle Scout in 2011. He is an LRC1 student tutor and has participated in Swim for Life, Relay for Life and Cycle the Wave.
December 24, 2013
Laura Mills, of Sammamish, was recognized by the Washington chapter of the March of Dimes as Nurse of the Year for her excellence in patient and clinical care.
Out of 150 nominees, Mills and 11 other nurses from Western Washington were honored for their contributions in 12 separate categories. Mills is employed by Swedish Medical Center.
December 3, 2013
Middle school musicians to perform at state
The following middle school students from the Issaquah School District have received top honors by being selected to participate in the Washington School Music Educator’s Association Junior All-State bands, choirs and orchestra. The groups will meet, rehearse and perform in Yakima on Feb. 15.
Beaver Lake Middle School: Rohini Achal, Karly Bauman, Rachel Clark, Emma Fritton, Charlie Ganz, Zac Mazzuca, Saba Mir, Jennifer Nomura, Matilyn Ransom, Gavin Roberts, Rhiannon Rooney, Heliqiong Sun, Matthew Turtel, Briana Tuvey, Nathan Tuvey, Aaron Wang, Rachel Willson, Noah Wong, Hunter Wray, Rachel Young and Kevin Zhu
November 12, 2013
Brianna Werre wins Miss Photogenic honor
Brianna Werre, of Renton, competed in the Miss Washington USA Pageant on Oct. 19 with 74 other women from across the state.
Werre, a 2007 graduate of Liberty High School and a first-time competitor, won Miss Photogenic. She graduated from Washington State University in 2011 and works as a national account coordinator at Insight Global in Bellevue.
November 5, 2013
Sammamish resident honored for invention
Ian Wilson, of Sammamish, received The Boeing Co.’s 2013 Special Invention Award for his data capture and organization systems, which are used in Boeing’s engineering and business operations.
Each year, the award is given to teams and individuals for the inventions that are most valuable to Boeing and the future of aerospace.
October 15, 2013
Wanda Hickman, of Providence Point, was accepted into the 22nd annual Waterworks 2013 Membership Exhibition for her painting, “Elements.”
Out of 181 entries, 55 paintings representing the best work of the Northwest Watercolor Society were selected by internationally renown painter Michael Reardon. The exhibition runs from Oct. 22 through Nov. 22 at Tsuga Fine Art and Framing, 10101 Main St., Bothell.
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