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.

College News

June 29, 2010

Local students named WWU outstanding graduates

Gail Butler

Gail Butler, of Issaquah, and Wesleigh Richardson, of Sammamish, were recently named outstanding graduates at Western Washington University.

Faculty members from each academic department select one graduate to honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

Butler, the daughter of Thomas and Joan Butler, of Issaquah, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, as well as a minor in chemistry. Butler, a graduate of Issaquah High School, plans to attend graduate school at the University of Michigan to pursue a doctorate in cellular and molecular biology.

Wesleigh Richardson

Richardson, the daughter of Michael and Polly Richardson, of Sammamish, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies and a minor in art history. Richardson, a graduate of Skyline High School, plans to volunteer at an orphanage in Mexico before continuing her education.

Students make deans’ lists

Jillian Rippey, Mia Radic and Brian Schwartz, of Issaquah, and Jessup Meng, of Sammamish, were recently named to the Northeastern University dean’s list for the spring 2010 semester. To qualify, students must have a grade point average of 3.25 or greater.

Preston Mui, of Sammamish, was recently named to the 2010 spring semester dean’s list at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C. Mui received second honors, with a grade point average of 3.7 or above on a 4.0 scale.

Tiffany Jernigan, of Issaquah, made the Dean’s List for spring semester 2010 at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta. To qualify, undergraduate students must earn a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.

Kimberly Lammers, of Sammamish, was named to the dean’s list of Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts, in Macon, Ga., for the spring 2010 semester.

Issaquah student named to CWU Silver Cortege

Central Washington University junior Jessica M. Berumen, of Issaquah, has been selected as a member of the 2010 Silver Cortege for CWU’s Westside Commencement June 13 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

As a member of the Silver Cortege, Berumen, who attends CWU-Lynnwood, will help lead the procession of graduates into commencement.

The cortege is made up of a select group of students who have achieved academic excellence at CWU. Each student must be a junior and is chosen based on grade point average and credits completed.

Local student makes MSU president’s list

Stanley Conrad, of Issaquah, was recently named to the president’s list for the spring 2010 quarter at Mountain State University, Beckley, W.Va.

Conrad completed a minimum of 12 credit hours during the spring semester with a grade point average of 4.0 to achieve the recognition.

Local students graduate from college

Michael D. Rydell, of Issaquah, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering, and Justin Zimmerman, of Sammamish, earned a Master of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering June 12 at Oregon State University.

Nelson Lind and Sarah Charleston, both of Issaquah, were among 719 students who participated in St. Olaf College’s 121st commencement ceremony May 30 in Northfield, Minn. Charleston, a Liberty High School graduate, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Lind, also an LHS grad, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics/mathematics.

Three local residents recently graduated from Linfield College May 30 in McMinnville, Ore. From Issaquah, Kenton Barker earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and Lauren Brown received a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies, with a focus in policy. Newcastle resident Ashlee Carte received a Bachelor of Science in business, management concentration.

Matthew Fisser recently graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Business degree in accounting, Summa Cum Laude. Fisser, a 2006 graduate of Skyline High School, was also recognized as a Senior Accounting Scholar, a Beta Gamma Sigma Inductee and was given the Delta Sigma Pi Key Award.

Jeffrey Lee and Shannon Poulos, of Issaquah, and Joseph McHale, of Sammamish, graduated from Montana State University May 8 in Bozeman, Mont.

The following local students graduated from Gonzaga University June 16: Jeffrey Allbaugh, of Issaquah, Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration; Michelle Miller, of Issaquah, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; and Joshua Hamblen, of Sammamish, Bachelor of Science.

Local students make WSU honor roll

The following local students were recently named to the Washington State University president’s honor roll for the spring 2010 semester. To be eligible, students must earn a grade point average of 3.75 in at least nine graded hours in a single term or 3.5 grade point average in 15 cumulative hours.

Issaquah: Madison Ayers, Derek Blohowiak, Joseph Brendel, Kelly Burgess, Danielle Chaney, Jillian Clark, Devon Crouch, Cara Davis, Caitlin Dooley, Camerin Dunn, Katherine Elmquist, Sheila Espenel, Jenna Farr, Kevin Faulkner, Montana Fauvet, Jessica Fiumara, Jordan Graham, Michelle Hedeen, Tanna Hitchcock, Cora Houser, Stephanie Huang, Shannon Inton, Michelle Ireland, Andre Jensen, Thomas Kaser, Shannon Keveren, Lauren Kulbeth, Ashley Lindeman, Melissa Marques, Connor McClain, Ellen McNicoll, Garrett Miller, Charles Misner, Mitchell Nelson, Mikayla Neves, Timothy Nygaard, Colleen Oliver, Kelsey Peterson, William Rogers-Durham, Tiffany Sasaki, Sara Schelley, Lianna Sellars, Laurel Skoff, Ryan Sneesby, Neil Stover, Brittany Turner, Danielle Turrin, Sean Zeller and Sarah Zeutschel

Renton: Matthew Asahara, Jason Butler, Kyle Salas-Conboy, Emily Dennison, Brenna Forgey, Nicolaus Hoifeldt, Nathan Janders, Colleen Johns, Kelly Knauss, Rodney Pearce, Christoph Prummer, Rachelle Rozsonits, Nathaniel Schoot and Ian Smith

Sammamish: Joshua Beach, Madeline Christie, Lynn Colingham, Lucas Corbin, Candice Covey, Jessica Gober, Sarah Goehri, Kristi Goetz, Kathryn Harrison, Andrew Infinger, Ram Kandasamy, Kendra Kisling, Arielle Lien, Anna Lowery, Jordan Macpherson, Laurelee Misseghers, David Osborne, Laura Saddler, Rachel Taylor and Matthew Thompson

Retiring instructor loses his sight, but not his passion for teaching

June 22, 2010

Issaquah High School graduates Amy Saad (left) and Christina Joo visit David Mickelsen’s classroom to give him a basket full of his favorite snack — chocolate. The girls said they bought every type of chocolate Hershey’s makes and told him not to eat it in one sitting. By Chantelle Lusebrink

In 43 years of teaching, more than 6,400 students have walked through David Mickelsen’s classroom door at Issaquah High School.

What he hopes they’ve come away with are lessons not only in U.S. History and European studies, but a lesson in confidence, he said before retiring June 17.

Confidence and heart

From the front of the classroom, Mickelsen, 67, has given some of the most animated lectures in Issaquah’s history.

Casting himself in character roles adopted from the history books, like a medieval peasant and a 1920s-era husband against women’s suffrage, he kept students entertained and made history unforgettable and fun, said Mary Lou Priestley-Fine, an assistant in his classroom.

“I had him for all three years at Issaquah, whether as a student or a teacher’s aide and it was an honor to have him,” said Amy Saad, a 2010 graduate. “He definitely changed my life for the better.”

But as the years passed and students came and went, the stage on which he performed has grown darker.

Mickelsen was diagnosed in 1971 with optic nerve atrophy, a degenerative disease that deteriorates the optic nerve and has left him legally blind.

Though he can still distinguish bright colors, patterns and large objects, Mickelsen walks with the help of a cane and gives textbook lessons from memory.

A teaching career begins

Mickelsen graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1961.

Though his father was a teacher at Queen Anne High School, “I didn’t really enjoy school, but my mom said I was going to college,” he said. “I didn’t really know I was going to be a teacher until I student taught.”

During a student teaching assignment in Seattle, Mickelsen said he worked extensively with one young boy who had special needs and it gave him a soft spot for children who don’t learn like others.

“Just the idea that he had a hard time understanding got me curious,” he said. “I told myself there must be more than one way to teach this boy.” Read more

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