Skyline boys tennis team sweeps aside Mount Si

October 7, 2014

When you’re clearly more talented than your opponent, it’s often difficult for a tennis player to stay mentally sharp.

By Neil Pierson Nikita Moroz, Skyline High School junior, lines up another winning shot en route to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin.

By Neil Pierson
Nikita Moroz, Skyline High School junior, lines up another winning shot en route to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin.

It’s a phenomenon Skyline High School junior Nikita Moroz experienced in his match with Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin. Moroz was belting serves and cross-court forehands, and his opponent was struggling to get the ball back over the net.

Moroz didn’t get complacent, and he finished off a 6-0, 6-0 triumph in the No. 1 singles slot to lead Skyline past visiting Mount Si, 7-0, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference boys tennis match Oct. 1.

“Sometimes you sort of drift off, and you don’t really feel like you’re in the match,” Moroz said of winning easily.

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Rocket club launches dream for national title

April 29, 2014

Many of them don’t have the desire to study physics in college, but the eight members of the Skyline High School rocketry club are united this year in lessons in propulsion, weight distribution and mass.

Along with Newport High School in Bellevue, Skyline is one of two teams from Washington that have qualified for the Team America Rocketry Challenge, a 100-team national competition that takes place May 10 in The Plains, Va., near Washington, D.C.

The eight team members are Kieran Dong, Griffin Johnson, Crystal Liang, Ankit Madhira, Gleb Sych, Ben Therrien, Ian Walp and Pan Zhang. Skyline physics teacher Rebecca Fowler is their adviser, although contest rules prohibit her from providing physical help.

Contributed Skyline High School rocketry club students, including (from left) Ian Walp, Ankit Madhira and Kieran Dong, prepare to test launch the solid fuel rocket they will enter in the national Team America Rocketry Challenge in Virginia.

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Skyline High School rocketry club students, including (from left) Ian Walp, Ankit Madhira and Kieran Dong, prepare to test launch the solid fuel rocket they will enter in the national Team America Rocketry Challenge in Virginia.

It’s the third time in four years Skyline will send a team to the challenge, which invites students in grades seven through 12 to participate. The rules change annually, and teams must submit data from practice launches to qualify.

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State 4-H teens assemble in Olympia

April 1, 2014

Five King County 4-H members — including Issaquah’s Ankit Madhira — joined more than 200 teens from around Washington state for the WSU 4-H Know Your Government Conference over President’s Day weekend.

The annual conference connects youths with the political and governmental process by rotating the focus on the legislative, executive and judicial branches and the influence of media. This year’s legislative topic was Lobbying for Change: How a Bill Becomes a Law.

Contributed King County 4-H teen delegates (from left) Russell Johnson, Marina Graham, Allison DeBoer, Elise Dunning and Ankit Madhira (of Issaquah) Lobby for Change in Olympia.

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King County 4-H teen delegates (from left) Russell Johnson, Marina Graham, Allison DeBoer, Elise Dunning and Ankit Madhira (of Issaquah) Lobby for Change in Olympia.

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