Rojecki, Ormbrek

February 22, 2011

Brian Ormbrek and Kate Rojecki

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.

Two local wrestlers grab regional titles

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.

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College News

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.

Liberty High School girls basketball team stuns Juanita

February 9, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team got one of its biggest victories of the season Tuesday when the Patriots topped Juanita 53-44 in the semifinals of the 3A KingCo Conference tournament at Bellevue College.

Juanita, the regular-season champion, had defeated Liberty twice during the season. However, the Patriots took control in tournament contest by shooting to a 19-12 first-quarter lead. Liberty held a commanding 32-21 lead at halftime.

Danni Sjolander and Aspen Winegar each scored 15 points to lead the Patriots.

Liberty plays Mount Si at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 10 in the tournament title game. Mount Si defeated Mercer Island 61-49 in the other semifinal.

The top four KingCo teams and the top eight from the Metro League advance to the Sea-King District Tournament, which begins Saturday.

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Rotary Club honors December students of the month

December 21, 2010

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

Arianna Romo

Arianna Romo

School: Liberty High School

Category of recognition: Foreign language

Parents: Charles and Tricia Romo

Sponsoring teacher: Michael Hausenfluck

Scholastic achievements: Four scholar athlete awards; Honor Society; 3.96 grade point average; early acceptance to Central Washington University

Scholastic interests: LINK Crew, Honor Society, president of Future Educators of America

Athletics: Captain volleyball team, two varsity letters, junior varsity most valuable player, junior varsity most inspirational

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Health Roundup

November 16, 2010

State bans Four Loko and other caffeinated alcoholic drinks

The state has banned “blackout in a can” caffeinated alcohol drinks.

Washington State Liquor Control Board members OK’d the emergency ban Nov. 10, after nine underage Central Washington University students had to be hospitalized after consuming the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko.

The statewide ban takes effect Nov. 17 and remains in effect for 120 days as the state formulates a permanent ban. Read more

State bans Four Loko and other alcoholic energy drinks

November 10, 2010

NEW — 12:55 p.m. Nov. 10, 2010

The state has banned “blackout in a can” caffeinated alcohol drinks.

Washington State Liquor Control Board members OK’d the emergency ban Wednesday, after nine underage Central Washington University students had to be hospitalized after consuming the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko.

The statewide ban takes effect Nov. 17 and remains in effect for 120 days as the state formulates a permanent ban.

State Attorney General Rob McKenna commended the Liquor Control Board for the decision.

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Issaquah grads still hitting the gridiron

August 31, 2010

A year ago, Jake Heaps was quarterbacking the Skyline High School Spartans to a third straight state football championship. This year, he’ll be on the field for Brigham Young University.

In fact, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall announced last week that Heaps will see action against the University of Washington Huskies when the teams meet Sept. 4 in Provo, Utah. Read more

College News

July 27, 2010

Local student participates in national leadership program

Jay Chakravarty, a senior at Liberty High School, has been selected to participate in the Economics for Leaders program at the University of Washington from July 18-25.

Chakravarty is one of 32 students from the country to be honored by being accepted into the Foundation for Teaching Economics’ Seattle program. All of the students have been selected because they have demonstrated excellent leadership potential.

Local students make Pepperdine dean’s list

Sarah Goodman, of Issaquah, and Emily Chu and Kathryn Malone, of Sammamish, were recently named to the Seaver College dean’s list for the 2010 spring semester at Pepperdine University. To qualify, students must be in the upper 10 percent of their class and maintain a 3.5 or better grade point average.

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Who’s News

July 6, 2010

Issaquah student elected governor

Ehrik Aldana, 17, flanked by members of the American Legion, swears in as the governor of the Washington State (Evergreen) Boys State. Contributed

Ehrik Aldana, 17, a senior at Skyline High School and Issaquah Press Beat reporter, was elected governor of the Washington State (Evergreen) Boys State on June 23. He was also awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

He will continue to serve as the Evergreen Boys State governor until a new governor is elected next summer.

Boys State, a national program, is a one-week civil leadership action program run by the American Legion to teach young men about how government works. Aldana was among 300 young men who attended the program at Central Washington University this year.

Highlands Toastmasters Club honored

Toastmasters International will present the Issaquah Highlands Toastmasters Club with the coveted Presidential Distinguished Award, the highest award designation a club can achieve.

Toastmasters International establishes 10 annual goals that every club works towards for three levels of club awards. Every club achieving five goals out of 10 is eligible for Distinguished Club status. A club achieving seven out of ten earns Select Distinguished Club.

The highest level, which the Issaquah Highlands Toastmasters club earned, must complete nine out of 10 goals in order to receive the honor.

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