College News

April 5, 2011

Sammamish student receives EWU scholarship

Courtney Duda, of Sammamish, has been awarded $3,500 through the Academic Honors Scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year at Eastern Washington University.

The award is given to a new freshman student who maintains a 3.7 or above grade point average and demonstrates outstanding academic merit.

Duda will graduate this year from Skyline High School, where she plays volleyball and is involved in club volleyball, symphony orchestra and the National Honor Society.

She, the daughter of Rebecca and Greg Duda, of Sammamish, plans to attend EWU in the fall, studying pre-physical therapy exercise science.

Local students make deans’ lists

Christie Landrie, a 2010 Issaquah High School graduate, was named to the dean’s list at California State University, Chico, for the fall 2010 semester, having attained a 3.5 or better grade point average.

Charles Yicong Wang, of Sammamish, was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2010 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Wang is a graduate of Skyline High School and is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences. To qualify, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

Jason Ken Yakabu, of Bellevue, was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2010 semester for the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Yakabu is a graduate of Issaquah High School. To qualify, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 graded units.

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

January 18, 2011

Local students graduate from college

Jennifer Cain, of Issaquah, recently graduated from Prescott College, in Prescott Ariz., with a Master of Arts in degree in education on Dec. 18, 2010.

Edwin Morris, of Renton, recently graduated from the University of Kansas, with a Master of Arts degree in clinical child psychology. Read more

Former Spartan helps Eastern win national title

January 11, 2011

Tyler Washburn, a former Skyline High School football standout, started at middle linebacker for Eastern Washington University on Jan. 7 and helped the Eagles defeat Delaware 20-19 in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision title game in Frisco, Texas.

Washburn was one of the key defensive players in Eastern Washington’s run to the title. He scored a key touchdown on a fumble recovery Dec. 17 to help Eastern Washington defeat Villanova 41-31 in a semifinal at Cheney.

The former Spartan had 10 tackles Dec. 11, when the Eagles defeated North Dakota State 38-31 in overtime in the quarterfinals.

Senior tight end Jason Harris, and freshmen Jase Butorac and Evan Day are other former Spartans on the Eastern roster. Read more

Skyline High School girls win second straight game

December 16, 2010

NEW — 11:15 a.m. Dec. 16, 2010

Megan Weideman and Haley Smith combined for 25 points Wednesday as they led the Skyline High School girls basketball team to a 56-36 4A KingCo Conference victory against visiting Redmond.

Skyline shot to a 14-8 first quarter lead and never looked back. The Spartans held a commanding 34-17 advantage at halftime.

Weideman led the Spartans with 13 points and Smith had 12 points.

The victory was the second straight for Skyline, which is 2-1 in league play and 3-2 overall. Skyline entertains Bishop Blanchet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in a nonleague contest.

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Weldon, Morrow

November 9, 2010

Brian Morrow and Jody Weldon

Jody Weldon and Brian Morrow, both of Issaquah, were married Sept. 12, 2010, at Pickering Barn in Issaquah.

The Rev. Marc Connolly officiated. Read more

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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College News

July 20, 2010

Local students receive scholarships

Residents from the Issaquah area were among 5,400 students to be awarded about $30 million in scholarship support from the University of Idaho for the 2010-11 academic year. The students are:

Issaquah: Alicia Hensen, Alyssa Schultz, Carly Overton, David Erickson, David Xiong, Jessica Balbiani, Kelle Agassiz, Kevin Baker, Megan Gilchrist, Nathaniel Essex, Sean Erickson, Shoko Nelson, Spencer Belsvik, Spencer Johnson, Taylor Lundeen and Trevor Simpkins

Renton: Chad Dewan, Charles Herzog, Christopher Ohlinger, Justin Quinn, Nicole Buchheit, Stephen Carras, Timothy Kuzan and William Gruenes

Sammamish: Alyssa Charlston, Camille Gomez, Christopher Martin, Courtney Johnston, Erik Hawes, Erika Ikstrums, Jacob Hamilton, Mike Brewster and Taylor Parker

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College News

May 25, 2010

Local students graduate from college

-Rachel Policar, a 2006 graduate of Skyline High School, graduated from Arizona State University on May 13, 2010. Policar graduated summa cum laude, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a double major of vocal performance and musical theater. She will be attending the Manhattan School of Music in New York City to pursue a master’s degree in classical voice this fall.

– Katlin L. Veyette, of Issaquah, was among about 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees from the University of Northern Colorado during spring 2010 graduation ceremonies May 7-8. Veyette earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in special education, graduating cum laude.

-Andrew Hunt, of Issaquah, graduated May 2, 2010, from the University of Portland with a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication.

Local student honored at IUB

Mayah Shlomit, of Issaquah, was recently recognized for sustained academic excellence with the designation of Founders Scholar at Indiana University Bloomington. To qualify, an undergraduate student must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or above by the end of the fall term immediately preceding the honors convocation.

Student makes UW dean’s list

Brittney Blustein, a 2006 graduate of Skyline High School, was named to the dean’s list for the University of Washington’s winter quarter. To qualify, students must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (out of 4).

Liberty grad receives scholarship to EWU

Emily Hustad, a 2004 graduate of Liberty High School, has been awarded the J. Eugene and Vee Fletcher Scholarship for $1,075 for the 2010-11 academic year at Eastern Washington University.

The award is given to a graduate student with a major in reading and a 3.5 or better grade point average.

Hustad, the daughter of Ken and Judi Hustad, of Bend, Ore., is studying to earn her masters degree in education in literature.

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