Patriots wrap up spring ball

June 24, 2014

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School offensive players huddle to hear the call on the next play from scrimmage June 17 during the final spring practice for the Patriots.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School offensive players huddle to hear the call on the next play from scrimmage June 17 during the final spring practice for the Patriots.

As the Liberty High School football team wrapped up its spring practices June 17, not much looked different on the Patriots’ field.

Music blared, whistles sounded and footballs flew into the outstretched hands of open receivers.

This season will be different, though, for all Liberty sports teams, as they prepare to move from the 3A to 2A level.

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A band of free spirits

February 23, 2010

Michelle Dvorak

The best part about being in a band, Nick Luempert said, “is jamming with friends.” For Neil Gregerson, it’s making music and “figuring out how to put the pieces together.”

The two seniors started their band, Masters and Johnson, during the summer of their sophomore year at Issaquah High School. You can catch them playing at a number of music venues, including the Old Firehouse in Issaquah, and at art galleries, such as the Ursa Minor in Seattle. Read more

Author pens leadership guide for white men

December 1, 2008

Corporate trainer, coach and consultant Chuck Shelton, of Sammamish, compiled the biggest obstacles white leaders have faced in his 20 years in his new book, ‘Leadership 101 for White Men.’ Photo by David Hayes.

Corporate trainer, coach and consultant Chuck Shelton, of Sammamish, compiled the biggest obstacles white leaders have faced in his 20 years in his new book, ‘Leadership 101 for White Men.’ Photo by David Hayes.

Chuck Shelton knows he’s got a hard sell ahead of him with his new book. Just the title alone is enough to turn heads — “Leadership 101 for White Men: How to Work Successfully with Black Colleagues and Customers.”

“Most of the time, the first reaction in people is they’re intrigued,” said Shelton, a Sammamish Plateau resident since 1989. “Then, they look at me and ask, ‘What could you possibly know about the subject?’

“African-Americans see the title and generally laugh,” he added. “Then, they quiz me to check my credentials.”

It boils down to what Shelton has learned in the past 20 years as a corporate trainer, coach and consultant. Essentially, he’s a leadership developer who has helped executives from some of the region’s biggest corporations, from Microsoft and Key Bank to Safeco and Comcast.

In his research of the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, Shelton found that there are nearly six million white men in leadership jobs in the United States. White men used to be in charge in more than half the jobs. Now, that number is down to 38 percent. Shelton said he has seen estimates that by 2050, there will be no ethnic majority at all in the U.S. Read more