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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

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

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

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

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.


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Schrag, Clawson solidify status as Eagles’ top runners

October 22, 2013

Their teams haven’t had the type of season they were hoping for, but Issaquah High School runners Kennan Schrag and Ellie Clawson aren’t being deterred from their individual goals.

Schrag, a sophomore, topped the boys field, and Clawson, a junior, won the girls race when Issaquah squared off with Skyline and Newport in an Oct. 16 KingCo Conference cross country race at Bellevue’s Kelsey Creek Park.

In the boys race, Issaquah fell short of rival Skyline, which captured the team win with 34 points. However, the Eagles (48 points) won a tiebreaker and defeated Newport for their second win of the season.

By Neil Pierson Ellie Clawson, Issaquah High School junior, breaks away from the pack early on, winning in 19 minutes, 59 seconds at an Oct. 16 KingCo cross country race against Newport and Skyline.

By Neil Pierson
Ellie Clawson, Issaquah High School junior, breaks away from the pack early on, winning in 19 minutes, 59 seconds at an Oct. 16 KingCo cross country race against Newport and Skyline.

Issaquah’s top three runners set the pace for the first half of the 3.1-mile race. Schrag, fellow sophomore Jacob Brueckman, and senior Caleb Walin got out quickly and formed their own pack.

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Employees swim across Lake Washington for charity

September 24, 2013

Employees of Issaquah-based Gevers Wealth Management recently completed the Puget Sound Blood Center Swim for Life, a swim across Lake Washington.

The team included owner Willy Gevers, and employees Jake Walin and Caleb Walin.

“It was a long swim, and I was really looking forward to a big breakfast by the end,” Jake said.

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