August 9, 2011
Local students graduate from University of Idaho
The following students from the Issaquah area graduated from the University of Idaho during its recent spring 2011 commencement ceremony.
Issaquah: Jeffrey Cowen, Bachelor of Science, communication studies; and Kyla Shkerick, Bachelor of Arts, history
Renton: Nicole Buchheit, Bachelor of Science, microbiology; and Timothy Kuzan, Bachelor of Science, fishery resources
Sammamish: Ryan Kilroy, Bachelor of Science, political science; and Kameron Nordyke, Bachelor of Science, journalism
August 2, 2011
Sara Westling and Brent Weisel, both of Seattle, announce their engagement to be married in February 2012 at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish.
The bride to be, the daughter of Sharon and Pat Westling, of Lake Roesiger, is a 2005 graduate of Jackson High School. She earned a master’s degree in Psychology from Central Washington University in 2011. She works as a mental health counselor in Bellevue.
The future groom, the son of Christine and Bob Weisel of Issaquah, is a 2005 graduate of Issaquah High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Central Washington University in 2010. He works as a financial analyst at Turning Point Consulting.
May 17, 2011
Erin Phillips and Ryan Fields, both of Issaquah, announce their engagement to be married Sept. 4, 2011, at Pine Lake Covenant Church.
Phillips, the daughter of Bill and Lynne Phillips, of Sammamish, is a 2003 graduate of Skyline High School and 2007 graduate of Whitman College. She works as a financial planner for a financial company in Seattle.
Fields, the son of Ken and Jackie Fields, of Mill Creek, is a 2002 graduate of Henry Jackson High School in Mill Creek and a 2008 graduate of Central Washington University. He is an IT network administrator for Pivotlink.
April 26, 2011
Issaquah students receive garden club grants
The East Lake Washington District of Garden Clubs recently awarded more than $3,000 to local classrooms or horticulture and environmental studies.
Receiving the local grants were:
The Tiger Mountain Community High School students of teacher Mitra Kundu (about 100 alternative students and 21 developmentally disabled students served by A.C.T.) received $400 for adding raised beds to their growing area that includes a small green house.
The Grand Ridge Elementary School students of teacher Rebecca Rappin asked for funds to obtain more equipment for composting additional cafeteria food waste for making soil amendments to use in their vegetable and flower beds.
April 26, 2011
The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its students of the month for March.
-School: Liberty High School
-Category of recognition: physical education
-Parent: Jennene Hurley
-Sponsoring teacher: Emily Corley
-Achievements: lacrosse team captain (two years); varsity athletic letters (track, football)
-Activities: FCA president, Link Crew, Associated Student Body Spirit director
-Interests: history, aviation
-Hobbies: lacrosse, pole vault, snowboarding, football
-Future goals: undecided about educational goals; become a pilot
February 22, 2011
On Dec. 15, 2009, Rachel McNaul left her home in North Bend headed to Bellevue Honda. Near the Preston exit on Interstate 90, what should have been a 30-minute drive turned into a journey that McNaul is still on. A car driving in the wrong direction slammed head-on into her car.
The accident nearly killed the aspiring physical education teacher. McNaul, 24 at the time, suffered 19 broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. The other driver was seriously injured.
One year and 10 surgeries later, McNaul, who now lives in Issaquah, is nearly fully recovered. She still suffers from lingering effects from the accident and is still in physical therapy. But she is determined not to let the accident shape her life.
“Bad choices were made that day on her part,” McNaul said, referring to the other driver, Janet Bumgardner. But “her decisions are not going to get me down.”
February 22, 2011
As a girl in Kent, Wendy Taggart often had a trowel in one hand and a plant in the other, a leafy shrub waiting to enter its earthy home in the ground.
Since then, her materials have changed, but not her passion for beautifying her corner of the world. Instead of limiting herself to real flowers, Taggart also uses artificial flowers made of silk, balloons of every color, candles and cloth galore for decorative events, including parties, weddings and auctions.
Many may recognize the Sammamish resident from the flower stand at Issaquah’s Michael’s craft store. Every artificial flower that enters the store passes through Taggart’s hands. She arranges some in custom-made floral arrangements, weaves others into wreaths, spruces up artificial ivy plants with moss and ties bows around spring bouquets.
Her creative work at Michael’s has earned her two corporate awards: 2010 outstanding performance in custom floral and creating holiday ambience, and top performer in custom floral sales for October 2010.
She has reason to celebrate in 2011, too; Taggart leads in sales in her entire district of 27 Michael’s stores since the new financial year began in February.
“Wendy is a true blessing to have at the store,” Issaquah Store Manager Chris Donahue said. “It’s the overall attitude she brings to the store. Wendy can cheer up our day if we’re feeling down.”
February 22, 2011
Kate Rojecki and Brian Ormbrek, both of Seattle, were married Aug. 28, 2010, at Maplewood Greens in Renton. Susie Sather officiated.
The bride, the daughter of Jim and Lisa Rojecki, of Issaquah, is a 2002 graduate of Liberty High School. Her bridal attendants were Kelly Rojecki McKee, Kiersten Fellrath and Piper Sather.
Kate earned a Bachelor of Science degree in tourism management in 2007 from Central Washington University. She is an e-mail marketing specialist for Holland America Line.
The groom, the son of Ken and Page Ormbrek, of Yakima, and Joan and Andy Hento, of Bremerton, is a 1996 graduate of Eisenhower High School. His groomsmen were Kurt Puterbaugh, Lewis Walbrek and Matt McKee.
Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in botany in 2001 at the University of Washington. He is a revenue analyst at Holland America Line.
The couple honeymooned at Maui and the Big Island, Hawaii.
February 15, 2011
David White, of Issaquah High School, and Hamilton Noel, of Liberty High School, each won individual titles Feb. 12 in their respective regional wrestling tournaments.
White captured the 145-pound class at the Region II Tournament at Skyline. He defeated Austin Henderson, of Bethel, 7-2 in the final. White was the only 4A KingCo Conference wrestler to win a regional title.
He opened the tournament with a 10-0 victory against Bothell’s Dustin Rhode and defeated Inglemoor’s Brian Trabun 13-2 in the semifinals.
Issaquah teammate Max Tickman placed third in the 112-pound class after defeating Brett Dykman, of Beamer, 10-4. Almen Thorpe, of Issaquah, took fifth in the 135-pound class with a 7-0 victory against Redmond’s Brandon Long. Sean Novak, of Issaquah, placed fifth in the 140-pound class after pinning Eastlake’s Nykolai Peterson in 2:26.
Issaquah finished ninth in the tournament with 56 points. Graham-Kapowsin took first place with 194 points.
February 15, 2011
Local student graduates from CWU
Brittney Wittekind, a 2006 graduate of Issaquah High School, graduated from Central Washington University in December 2010 with Bachelor of Arts degrees, magna cum laude, in both elementary education and special education.
Local student makes Morehead State dean’s list
Holland Stromgren, of Sammamish, was recently named to the dean’s list for the fall 2010 semester at Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky. To qualify, students must carry a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better and take a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours.