Chain reaction of compassion

March 29, 2011

First Columbine shooting victim’s message of kindness lives on

Darrell Scott asks Liberty High School students at an assembly March 8 to raise a hand if they lost a loved one recently. By Tim Pfarr

One day in a busy high school lunchroom, a new student sat down at an almost full table. Those at the table rudely cleared out as the new girl sat, prompting Rachel Scott — who sat at a different table — to approach and join the new student for lunch.

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Who’s News

February 22, 2011

Together Center announces board of director changes

Barbara de Michele, of Issaquah, has been named chairwoman of the Together Center board of directors. She is the executive director of the Issaquah Community Network.

De Michelle takes over for longtime chairman John Spangenberg, of Kirkland, who has been named chair emeritus.

John Rittenhouse, a manager at Microsoft from Issaquah, is now vice chair.

Also joining the board of directors is Donna Batter, of Issaquah, a fundraising consultant.

Together Center is a nonprofit organization that helps the needy find food, shelter, medical and dental care, child care assistance, youth and family counseling, and more.

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Rotary Club honors students of the month

February 1, 2011

The Rotary Club of Issaquah honored the following seniors as its students of the month for January.

Jordan Thompson

Jordan Thompson

School: Liberty High School

Parents: George and Sherri Thompson

Category honored: Leadership

Sponsoring teacher: Michelle Munson

Achievements: varsity golf captain (twice); junior varsity baseball captain; Associated Student Body vice president, homecoming king, junior class president

Activities/interests: ASB Leadership; math, DECA, Link Crew

Hobbies: Baseball, golf, fishing, ASB

Outside school affiliations: hanging with friends, working at Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Course

Future goals: go to a four-year university and obtain a degree; continue leadership throughout life; pursue a career in the field of landscaping architecture

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Gold Star

January 4, 2011

U.S. Army honors Issaquah senior

Evan Peterson

Issaquah High School senior and wide receiver Evan Peterson was named U.S. Army Player of the Week following a triple-overtime loss to Eastlake on Oct. 15. Representatives from the Seattle Seahawks and U.S. Army visited his school to honor Evan for his 11 catches for 176 yards and four touchdowns. The Seahawks donated $250 to Issaquah High School’s Associated Student Body in Peterson’s name, gave him two Seahawks game tickets, and a personalized jersey and football.

December Dash 5K benefits Issaquah food pantry Saturday

December 9, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 9, 2010

Issaquah High School students have found a way to combine burning calories and fundraising for people in need.

The school’s Associated Student Body invites community members to register for the 5K December Dash. Proceeds benefit the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

The race is scheduled for Saturday at Lake Sammamish State Park. Registration start at 8:15 a.m. and the run starts at 9 a.m.

ASB Health Awareness Liaison Margaret Rauch and Cheer Liaison Sam Mele, both seniors, encouraged runners to bring their dogs with them to the Snow Much Fun Run.

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Skyline seeks donations for garage sale fundraiser

December 7, 2010

The Skyline High School Associated Student Body is seeking donations for its first garage sale, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Skyline commons, 1122 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

ASB officers will collect donations from 2:30-3:15 p.m. Dec. 6-9 and from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Skyline commons. Proceeds will benefit the general scholarship fund.

“Really, we are looking for whatever people have to give,” ASB executive secretary Laura Cindric said.

The general scholarship fund helps students in need pay for myriad activities, including field trips, sports fees and traveling to music competitions, Cindric said.

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Veterans’ advocate recounts horrors, camaraderie of service in Vietnam

November 16, 2010

Jerry Pearson grew up in Issaquah, working at Pickering Farm and serving — in his joking manner — as the 1964 vice president of the Associated Student Body his senior year at Issaquah High School.

Many knew him as the class clown, the student who ran a stop sign and tried to hide his car from police behind a farm’s giant pile of manure in then-rural Issaquah.

After high school, the steps he took next eventually took him to Vietnam, changing his views of himself and of his world. Read more

Support our troops — fund the Veterans Administration

November 9, 2010

Julia McKechnie Liberty High School

Every year during Liberty High School’s Veterans Day assembly, I am amazed by the number of people who stand up when an especially solemn Associated Student Body officer asks those who know a member of the armed services to rise.

Nearly the entire student body stands up and looks around, many students wearing the same astonished expression that crosses my own face. As Veterans Day approaches, I am reminded of the overwhelming number of “support the troops” yellow ribbons that plastered the bumpers of American cars shortly after the Iraq War began. Looking back, I realize I seldom see these tokens of patriotism anymore, which leads me to wonder: Are we really supporting our troops? Read more

Liberty High School Patriots blank Islanders

October 27, 2010

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Oct. 27, 2010

The Liberty High School girls soccer team won its home finale Tuesday by defeating Mercer Island 1-0 in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference contest. Cassidy Nangle, assisted by Kialiana Johnson, scored the game’s goal at the 48th minute.

Goalkeepers Jennifer Rucker and Macaire Ament recorded the shutout.

Liberty, 11-0-2 in league, concludes its regular season Oct. 28 at Interlake.

The Patriots, who have already clinched the league title, will host a first-round state tournament game Nov. 9 or Nov. 10.

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How budget reallocation is affecting high schools in our district

October 26, 2010

By Katie Sutherland

In a time of shrinking budgets and program cuts, Eastside Catholic High School is stronger than ever.

“Despite the financial constraints of last year, we are really pleased that we haven’t cut any student programs,” said new Eastside Catholic President Sister Mary Tracy.

Eastside Catholic has enhanced current curriculum by adding faculty members, such as college counselor Bob Sprung and debate coach Jeff Gans. Besides faculty, the school is offering new opportunities for extracurricular enrichment, including a ski bus and ice hockey team.

In an effort to counter the effects of the current economy, Eastside Catholic has committed to increase the amount of financial aid provided.

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