NEW — 3:40 p.m. Sept. 25, 2015
Several local high school seniors were among about 16,000 semifinalists for the annual National Merit Scholarship.
The high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million next spring.
The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2878 recently awarded scholarships in its 16th annual program for high school seniors based on their community service/volunteer activities.
Our readership has surely noticed that local sports coverage hasn’t been the same since Bob Taylor left The Issaquah Press a few years ago.
Just like every other business, money dictates how we do things, and we’ve had to cut back on reporting staff and editorial space. It’s unfortunate, because the people and organizations who comprise our communities deserve better. I never knew Taylor, but from what I’ve heard, his work was greatly valued and proved irreplaceable after his retirement.
By Brian DalBalcon
Seventeen students who are residents of Issaquah will graduate as part of Eastside Catholic High School’s class of 2015.
The residents are top row, from left to right, are Samuel Brakken, Clayton Dungey, Matthew Williams, Mathew Maximo and Cameron Cronk; middle row, from left to right, are Colton Mahovlich, Kathryn Reiff, Kyra Didier, Nicole Musser and Morgan Clark; bottom row, from left to right, are Kiera Schild, Mckenna George, Hannah Johnson, Ashley Blanton and Kaitlyn Carmody. Not pictured are Nicole Costello and Cody Baker.
The graduation ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. June 8 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. A Baccalaureate Mass will be held June 5 at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish. This will be the 33rd graduating class for Eastside Catholic with 171 students participating in the ceremony. Ninety-eight percent of graduates will attend 72 different colleges in the fall. One hundred and forty two seniors will graduate with honors and two students, Tinuola Dada and Amali Fernando, were named National Merit Scholars.
With a combination of late bedtimes and early school start times, drowsy driving puts teenage students at a high risk for car accidents.
Eastside Catholic High School
Teenagers who get less than nine hours of sleep are one-third more likely to be involved in a car accident than teenagers who sleep for nine or more hours, according to statistics from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The Eastside Catholic Girl-Up Club’s mission is to raise funds to provide the tools girls in developing countries need to acquire an education.
Kate Christensen, Fiona Madden, Sienna Colburn and Meredith Troy founded the Girl-Up Club to combat the gender inequality still deeply ingrained in our world.
Andres Rincon, senior
“I think that it can actually be pretty hard for guys, too, because there’s a pressure to not be able to express our feelings, to become closer with other people and to pursue our true interests. I also am bothered by how constricted women are in certain situations with what they’re able to achieve.”
Emma Abraham, junior
“At my last high school, I had a really bad experience with gender stereotypes, but coming to Eastside Catholic has been better because we all see ourselves as equal. Unfortunately, gender stereotypes are common in high schools because the guys think they’re better than the girls and the girls think they’re better than the guys.”
Amey Sharma, senior
“I’ve only had negative experiences with gender stereotypes. For example, I wanted to wear my flower crown when I was going to hang out with my friends, but my mother wouldn’t let me wear it because she thinks that only girls can wear them and I got into a massive argument with her about it and how gender stereotypes are dumb.”
Megan Freer, sophomore
“As a child, I was enrolled in ballet and given dolls to play with simply because I am a girl, although that is what I naturally drifted toward as well. I have also been told multiple times that as a girl interested in the STEM fields, there will always be a job available to me, due to the scarcity of women in those fields.”
Logan Allan, sophomore
“Gender stereotypes have influenced my life by limiting ways that I could express myself because it wouldn’t be ‘ladylike.’ I didn’t feel comfortable admitting that I liked ‘Star Wars’ in elementary school because it wasn’t a girly thing to like in the eye of society.”
Ian Page, senior
“My experience with gender stereotypes at Liberty has thankfully been rather small. The only thing that comes to mind when I think about gender roles is the expectation to ask girls to homecoming and to prom — it’s challenging for people to work up that courage and there is no way to go against the grain with girls asking guys.”
Arjun Kumar, junior
“I have found gender stereotypes toward men to be weak enough to overcome relatively easily. However, I have had to put in a lot more effort toward overcome the gender stereotypes that exist toward girls.”
Lasya Reddy, junior
“My whole life, being Indian, I have been subjected to stereotypes regarding each and every aspect of my life. I was always expected to be the one to participate and be No. 1 at everything. My brother, though he was expected to work hard, was given more leniency when it came to the product of his work.”
Among student athletes, the pressure to do drugs, both recreational and performance-enhancing, may seem to run high.
However, the opposite is actually true. The pressure not to take part in drug use, due to strong punishments and repercussions, keeps athletes clean and less liable to the harmful effects of drugs.
What do you think about the legalization of marijuana?
Ryan Nguyen, LHS junior
“I believe that incrimination based on drug-possession is wrong; addiction to drugs is a medical problem, and one should not become a criminal because of it. Therefore, I believe that the legalization of marijuana can change society’s view toward drug-users as not criminals but as people with a health issue.”
Rachael Russel, LHS senior
“I think it’s pointless that marijuana has been legalized because people had access to it before, so legalizing it really didn’t change much.”
Kalyn Crickmore, IHS senior
“I think that marijuana should be legalized for medical use, but I don’t really see the necessity of having it for recreational use.”
Dylan Martorano, IHS junior
“I think it’s great that marijuana has been legalized! As long as the drug is being used safely, I’m happy to see that it could be of importance to so many people in Washington.”
Claire Wright, ECHS junior
“I don’t care because it doesn’t really affect me. I don’t really think it matters what other people do.”
Marek Kossik, ECHS senior
“It’s good because it takes business away from drug cartels and gives money to the state government.”
Angela Shi, SHS freshman
“I don’t approve of it, and I feel like marijuana should still be illegal because it can cause lifelong consequences that are detrimental to your health.”
Manu Sharma, SHS junior
“I feel that legalization is fine as long as it doesn’t affect others. To smoke marijuana is a choice that someone makes, and it is necessary to be respectful of that choice.”
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