Eagles, Patriots, Spartans and Tigers Mix It Up

April 3, 2012

Hall Monitor Maddi Hutson Skyline High School

Students and staff members from Liberty, Issaquah, Tiger Mountain Community and Skyline high schools met March 27 at Issaquah High for a social event to highlight students from the four high schools’ learning resource classes, and let them meet new people and have a good time together.

The evening was organized by Associated Student Body seniors Jay Bowlby, Mason Gregory and Susie Tinker, and junior Olivia Fuller, all from Skyline.

Skyline’s leadership class created special VIP invitations to encourage LRC attendance. As students walked through the doors to Issaquah’s commons, they were greeted by friendly ASB members and given their first raffle ticket of the night. Colorful streamers and hanging stars gave the room a festive vibe.

Refreshments included free pizza, popcorn and water. For students who really wanted to quench their thirst — if they successfully landed a ring over a 2-liter bottle of soda in a ring toss — they were able to keep the soda.

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Issaquah High School to benefit water supply in Africa

March 13, 2012

Hall Monitor Julia Weiner Issaquah High School

Water. Whether it comes in a bottle, from a sink or we are swimming in it on a hot (well, here in Washington, mildly warm) summer day, it is an undeniable necessity.

Most of us are lucky enough to say that we have access to water whenever we want it. This seems like a given, but we often take it for granted.

In honor of Tolo week, Issaquah High School has begun an amazing project. The Associated Student Body is asking for donations to support charity: water, a nonprofit organization designed to bring clean water to parts of the world that do not have it as easy as we do.

At a recent assembly, students watched a video about these countries, and the facts were shocking. We came to learn that there are a billion people in the world without access to clean water. That means one in every eight human beings in our world are not able to turn on the faucet or open the fridge and grab an ice-cold water bottle.

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Issaquah High School fashion show is a model fundraiser

February 14, 2012

Nicole Hancock and Anna Fairhart (from left) try their fashion runway walks as Regina Overton, of Seattle Talent, watches and gives instruction Feb. 9 during the first practice for the Issaquah High School Fashion Show and Auction. By Greg Farrar

During the first rehearsal for the upcoming inaugural Issaquah High School Fashion Show and Auction set for March 9, event co-chairwoman Pat Batt showed off a copy of a New Jersey newspaper. A native of that state, Batt pointed to one article in particular.

The article was coverage of a long-standing high school fashion show in Chatham, N.J. that last year raised $65,000. After seeing that story, Batt couldn’t think of any reason IHS couldn’t do the same. Batt granted that she doesn’t see the local event bringing in as much as the New Jersey event. Read more

Liberty High School junior spearheads letter campaign for soldiers overseas

January 3, 2012

Liberty High School student Stacey Hurwitz poses with a few of the letters she gathered to send to members of the United States military stationed overseas. Contributed

Liberty High School junior Stacey Hurwitz, 16, has no relatives serving in the military.

Still, she noticed some things regarding United States soldiers that bothered her. She saw news stories about high unemployment rates among former soldiers. She read a story about high suicide rates among military personnel over the holidays. In the end, she wanted to do something about what she saw and heard.

“I decided I could probably do something to help them,” Stacey said, adding she became determined to do something more personal than donate money.

“She’s a humble girl but she’s definitely a go-getter,” mom Barbra Hurwitz said.

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Who’s News

December 13, 2011

Eric Thies earns Eagle Scout award

Eric Thies

Eric Thies, of Sammamish Troop 571, received his Eagle Scout Award in a Court of Honor ceremony Dec. 11 at the Skyline High School Theater.

On the road to Eagle Scout, Thies earned 28 merit badges, hiked more than 350 miles, spent 75 nights camping and provided more than 160 hours of community service.

He also earned the Triple Crown of National High Adventure award after completing a 110 mile backpack trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, a 63-mile canoe trek out of the Northern Tier Canoe Base in Atikokan, Canada, and being a crew member aboard a 57-foot racing catamaran from the Bahamas Sea Base.

For his Eagle project, Thies led a crew of volunteers in the construction of stairway railing and installation of pathway lighting at Valley Camp in North Bend. The planning and completion of the project took almost 125 hours.

Thies is a senior at Skyline High School, where he is the co-community liaison for the Associated Student Body, and is a four-year team member of the state champion Skyline High School football program.

Pacific Cascade Middle School presents ‘Willy Wonka, Jr’

December 2, 2011

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Dec. 2, 2011

The Pacific Cascade Middle School Players present “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.,” at the school, 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 and 9, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10.

The play is directed by Kelli Jaeger, with musical direction from Joellen Santos. Choreography was provided by Heather Carlyle.

The play is based on the well-known book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” by Roald Dahl.

General admission tickets are $5 at the door; $4 for students with a Pacific Middle School Associated Student Body card.

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Committee sifts through criteria for uniform high school schedule

November 22, 2011

It’s a complex subject with a lot of variables and one that has ignited plenty of outspoken opinions.

But Patrick Murphy, executive director of secondary education for the Issaquah School District, said he believes a volunteer committee will meet a seemingly ambitious deadline and come up with a uniform schedule to be implemented at all four district high schools.

“That’s the goal,” Murphy said, noting the committee has two meetings and plenty of issues remaining.

In the meantime, many parents, especially those from Liberty High School, haven’t been shy about expressing their thoughts regarding the current high school schedules. Liberty operates on a different pattern than the other district high schools and many parents and students alike are defensive of the flexibility they believe that unique schedule allows.

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November 22, 2011

Kayla Foremski named scholar athlete of the month

Kayla Foremski

Kayla Foremski, a senior at Issaquah High School, has been selected as the Red Robin Scholar Athlete of the Month by the Issaquah Booster Club and Red Robin Restaurant.

Laura Halter, Issaquah swim and dive coach, nominated Foremski, writing, “Kayla is one of the main reasons the swim team at IHS is the current KingCo sportsmanship award winner. She has always demonstrated great sportsmanship towards all of the other teams, their coaches and all officials. She is currently the captain of the team and has been doing a fabulous job all season. She is especially skilled in her communication with her team and coaches. She is often found watching and cheering on all of her teammates at the meets. She leads by example in the pool by taking her workouts very seriously and making sure everyone is working together.”

Foremski qualified for three events at the district meet. She dropped time in all her events, and her 200 freestyle relay team finished first overall.

Foremski also participates in club lacrosse. She joined the lacrosse team her freshman year and plays defense and midfield.

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Junior State of America students win awards for speaking their minds

November 1, 2011

Jake Barokas, a Skyline High School sophomore, takes to the podium during a regional Junior State of America debate at O’Dea High School. Contributed

A simple description would state the Issaquah School District’s Junior State of America groups are debate teams.

While technically accurate, such an explanation doesn’t seem to convey the whole story.

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Dance drama offers lesson about rules, rule breakers

October 25, 2011

Lee Xie Skyline High School

It was the subject of school gossip. Upperclassmen, lowerclassmen, guys, girls — the students of Skyline High School filled the halls with buzz surrounding the potential cancellation of homecoming.

Eventually, the Associated Student Body was able to secure the dance for the Spartans after all, with some conditions involved. But just like that, A Knight for a Princess really did turn into an evening of happily ever after.

However, now that the dance is over and done with, students may forget what prompted the near-cancellation to begin with. To clear things up with the hopes of learning information that can help Skyliners avoid such a problem in the future, I sat down with our principal, Lisa Hechtman, to discuss school policies and how they fit into Skyline.

When the news of homecoming’s possible cancellation first hit, students immediately pointed fingers at Hechtman and her “strict” policies. However, when I asked her what the goals behind her policies were, she clarified, “School boards set policies. Rules and procedures will mirror district policies, but I don’t make the rules themselves. What everyone is trying to accomplish is to help students become honorable, thinking, skillful citizens.”

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