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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Local youth soccer players shine all the way to nationals

July 3, 2012

Midfielder Giovanni Sanchez, of Issaquah, evades Concorde Fire’s defense during a March 23 game in Las Vegas. Eastside FC went on to finish the game with a 2-0 win against the 2011 National Champs. Photo courtesy of Eastside FC

While the high school soccer season has long been over, local members of the Eastside FC 94 Red team still have a full dance card.

After defeating 63 teams to take the Washington State Cup championship for the sixth time in nearly as many years and winning the US Youth Soccer National League Red Division, the players are busy gearing up for the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Championships July 24-29.

“We were all celebrating and jumping up and down,” said Kaleb Strawn, a senior at Skyline High School and a defender for Eastside FC. “It felt good that all our hard work throughout the year paid off and we made it to our main goal of the season.”

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Issaquah students graduate from Eastside Catholic High School

July 3, 2012

The following students from Issaquah graduated June 10 from Eastside Catholic High School.

Students from Issaquah graduated June 10 from Eastside Catholic High School. Contributed

Back row: Sebastian Van Coevorden, Christian Dold, Josh Jacobs, Alex George, Chase Deiglmeier, Jimmy Winslow, Sam Breed, Chase Buhner, Evan Gordon, Matt Callans

Front row: Ellie Hitchings, Emily Derus, Maddie Moritz, Jillian Nichols, Marlena Norwood, Kate Benecke, Katie Sutherland, Shannon Graves, Grace Hayden, Alina Hitchings

Not pictured: Richard Davidson and Garrett deCillia

Celebrate Independence Day in Issaquah with parade

June 26, 2012

Fireworks are banned in Issaquah and surrounding areas, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day.

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Nationwide child porn sting led agents to former bus driver

June 19, 2012

Federal agents learned about a former Issaquah School District bus driver trading child pornography online in a nationwide sting, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced June 8, about a month after federal agents arrested the driver on school district grounds.

The agency’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate arrested the former bus driver and former Eastside Catholic High School teacher Andrew Bernard Rekdahl, 29, and 189 other suspects in the effort, dubbed Operation Orion. The sting targeted the possession, receipt, transportation, distribution, advertisement or production of explicit images or videos.

Rekdahl, 29, faces child pornography charges after federal prosecutors said the Carnation resident shared images and videos of boys online from his home computer. Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested Rekdahl at a school district facility May 10 after a monthslong sting operation.

Operation Orion occurred last month, although the agency started recording evidence of Rekdahl sharing child pornography in January. Read more

College News

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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Nationwide sting led agents to former Issaquah School District bus driver

June 11, 2012

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Federal agents caught a former Issaquah School District bus driver and former Eastside Catholic High School teacher and 189 other suspects in nationwide child pornography sting, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced June 8.

The agency’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate arrested Andrew Bernard Rekdahl, 29, in the effort, dubbed Operation Orion. The sting targeted the possession, receipt, transportation, distribution, advertisement or production of explicit images or videos.

Rekdahl, 29, faces child pornography charges after federal prosecutors said the Carnation resident shared images and videos of boys online from his home computer. Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested Rekdahl at a school district facility May 10 after a monthslong sting operation.

Operation Orion occurred last month, although the agency started recording evidence of Rekdahl sharing child pornography in January.

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Local high school students rev up Relay for Life fundraisers

May 22, 2012

Relay — ‘a   way to live’

Iman Baghai Issaquah High School

The death of a loved one to cancer is why most people partake in the annual Relay for Life fundraising event. But Michael Cecil, a junior at Issaquah High School, has a unique and inspiring story with regards to how and why he is a “relayer.” Cecil’s mother has been diagnosed with five rare kinds of cancer throughout his life and has survived each diagnosis.

His mother’s diagnosis inspired Michael to get into Relay as a way for him and his siblings to “do something about (their) mom’s cancer.” He didn’t view it as a way of giving back, but rather as a way of “fighting back” the terrible disease that has haunted his family.

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Former Issaquah School District bus driver set to appear in court for child porn

May 22, 2012

The former Issaquah School District substitute bus driver and former Eastside Catholic High School teacher involved in a child pornography case is due in court soon.

Andrew Bernard Rekdahl, 29, faces child pornography charges after federal prosecutors said the Carnation resident shared explicit images and videos of boys online from his home computer.

The preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 24 at the Seattle federal courthouse before Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue.

Department of Homeland Security agents arrested Rekdahl at a school district facility May 10 after a monthslong sting operation.

Rekdahl faces one count each of possession and distribution of child pornography. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

In January, an agent noticed a user named Hboyandy sharing explicit videos through a file-sharing website. Then, using a publicly available software program, the agent identified the IP address of Rekdahl’s computer. The investigation continued until the May 10 arrest.

Federal agents said no evidence exists to indicate any inappropriate or illegal activities occurred as Rekdahl worked for the district.

District administrators asked parents concerned about the incident to email DriverConcerns@issaquah.wednet.edu.

Substitute bus driver, a former teacher, arrested for child porn

May 15, 2012

Andrew Rekdahl

Issaquah School District and Eastside Catholic High School officials sought to reassure parents and students May 11 after federal agents arrested a substitute bus driver for the Issaquah district and former Eastside Catholic teacher for possession of child pornography.

Andrew Bernard Rekdahl, 29, faces child pornography charges after federal prosecutors said the Carnation resident shared explicit images and videos of boys online from his home computer.

Department of Homeland Security agents arrested Rekdahl at a school district facility May 10 after a monthslong sting operation.

Federal prosecutors charged him with one count each of possession and distribution of child pornography. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

Rekdahl served as a substitute bus driver for more than a dozen routes throughout the school district between Nov. 14 and May 10 and as a science teacher at Eastside Catholic in Sammamish from 2005 to June 2010.

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