College News

July 10, 2012

Local students earn scholarships

Western Washington University student Hayley Beck, daughter of David and Carol Beck of Bellevue, has accepted an $8,793 Mildred M. Bain Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year at Western Washington University, in Bellingham. Beck graduated from Issaquah High School in 2011 and is majoring in science education.

Benjamin Crowther, son of David and Mary Crowther, of Bellingham, received a $1,000 WWU Associated Students Diversity Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. Crowther, a 2009 graduate of Skyline High School, is a senior with a 3.6 grade point average and is working toward a degree in Queer Identity as Shaped by Legal and Ethical Discourse in the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

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July 3, 2012

Local students graduate from college

Jillian Abendroth and Lindsay McCallister, of Issaquah, and Katherine Eastham, of Renton, all recently graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees from Whitworth University, in Spokane.

Wesley Carter, of Renton, graduated May 20 from Clark University, in Worcester, Mass., with a Master of Arts in international development and social change.

The following students graduated June 12 from Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pa.:

  • Renton: Matthew Goodrich, Master of Business Administration
  • Sammamish: Jillian Neary, Bachelor of Arts with high honors

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June 19, 2012

Local students graduate

Stephanie Matza, of Sammamish, recently graduated from the School of Science and Engineering with a Master of Science at Tulane University, in New Orleans.

Samuel Pfeifer, the son of Cindy and Jerry Pfeifer, of Issaquah, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Amy Jackson, a 2003 graduate of Skyline High School, graduated from Willamette University’s joint degree graduate program on May 13, earning a Juris Doctorate and master’s in business administration. Read more

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June 12, 2012

Jillian Nichols receives P.E.O. STAR scholarship

Jillian Nichols, a senior at Eastside Catholic High School, received a $2,500 P.E.O. STAR Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year.

Nichols, the daughter of Jeff and Kay Nichols, of Issaquah, has been accepted to and will attend Marquette University, where she plans to study sociology and women’s studies.

The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship is based on excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success.

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May 8, 2012

Local student receives scholarships from WSU

Deven Tokuno, the daughter of Darla and Rik Tokuno, of Bellevue, was awarded a $1,000 April Seehafer Scholarship and a $1,500 Basil and Ella Jerard Scholarship by the Washington State University Department of English.

The April Seehafer Scholarship is given to undergraduate women majoring in composition, professional writing or literary studies, who are of sophomore standing or above, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate financial need.

The Basil and Ella Jerard Scholarship is given to outstanding, full-time English majors who demonstrate financial need and merit.

Tokuno graduated from Issaquah High School in 2009 and plans to graduate from WSU in May with a degree in English and zoology. She is the Student Bookstore Corp. vice chairwoman, president of the Student Alumni Ambassadors and the chief editor for the Landscapers Literary Journal.

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March 6, 2012

EWU honors local student

Anthony Austin-Walker, a history and humanities major from Issaquah, recently received the Eastern Washington University Library Award.

During a Feb. 28 ceremony, Austin-Walker received a check for $250 as well as travel expenses to attend the 2012 NCUR Conference March 29-31 in Ogden, Utah.

The NCUR Library Award recognizes and encourages student research and creative projects that incorporate library resources.

At the conference, Austin- Walker will present his paper, “Slave Life Cycles: Comparing Slavery in Ancient Greece and Rome.”

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Spiritwood resident celebrates one Eck of a 100th birthday

February 14, 2012

Violet Eck (center) celebrates her 100th birthday Feb. 7 with friends and family including sons Steven Ek (left) and Roger Ek. By Tom Corrigan

At least in front of a reporter, Violet Eck didn’t have much to say on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

Eck celebrated the day with family Feb. 7 at the Spiritwood at Pine Lake retirement community in Issaquah. She was born in 1912 in Spokane, though she has lived in this area for a number of years.

Asked if she had anything to say to a reporter, Eck had a quick comeback that drew big laughs from family members.

“No,” Eck said, “I don’t tell those things.”

Nevertheless, her oldest, Steven Ek, told his mom’s story nicely.

While still in high school, Eck was offered a debate scholarship to Washington State University. But the Great Depression interrupted her college plans at least for a while. There simply was no money, Ek said, to pay for his mother’s living expenses had she gone to school.

By the way, you might have noticed the elder Eck and her sons spell their names differently. There are at least two stories as to why Violet Eck added an extra consonant to her last name.

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February 14, 2012

Issaquah student works to ban bottled water on college campus

Collin Morris, of Issaquah, recently co-produced a short documentary, “Tap That,” about the dangers of bottled water.

He has been sharing his views on public radio at Linfield College, in McMinnville, Ore., and is working to get the product banned from schools across the Pacific Northwest.

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January 10, 2012

Local students make OSU honor roll

The following students were named to the Scholastic Honor Roll fall term at Oregon State University. To qualify, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of coursework and earn a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

Issaquah: Sarah Jacobi and Devin O’Donnell

North Bend: Shanna Holland

Preston: Carter Michell

Renton: Sarah Baker, Lauren Sewell and Alexander Van

Sammamish: Kristin Nikaitani (4.0 average), Chris Dallas, Kyla Krueger and Ian Smith

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Skyline High School grad Jake Heaps leads BYU to victory

November 16, 2011

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Nov. 16, 2011

Former Skyline High School star Jake Heaps, who lost the starting quarterback job at Brigham Young University a few weeks ago, came off the bench Nov. 12 and led the Cougars to a 42-7 victory against Idaho.

Heaps, replacing injured Riley Nelson in the first quarter, completed 15 of 20 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Nelson was forced to the sidelines because of a chest injury.

In the first quarter Heaps directed a nine-play, 78-yard scoring drive by hitting three of three passes.

Heaps will start Saturday in a home game against New Mexico State. This will be his first start since Sept. 30 against Utah State. He started the first five games before Nelson was given the No. 1 job.

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