Rotary Club honors students of the month

March 1, 2011

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its students of the month for February.

Isabelle Chu

Isabelle Chu

-School: Issaquah High School

-Category of recognition: music

-Parents: Lawrence and Janet Chu

-Sponsoring teacher: Doug Longman

-Achievements: 4.0 grade point average, National Merit commended status

-Athletics: two black belts in martial arts

-Activities: principal cellist of the Evergreen Philharmonic and formal principal of Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra; second in state for large ensemble (2009)

-Scholastic activities: biology (and pursue that in college); National Honor Society executive board

-Hobbies: playing cello in orchestra and small ensemble/chamber groups; photography, fashion and traveling

-Outside school affiliations: Universal Energy Martial Arts; Eastside Chamber Choir and Orchestra; Sapor Dei Quartet; volunteer at Clark Elementary School

-Future goals: attend a four-year liberal arts college; dream school is Amherst or Princeton; still undecided on a career

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Girl Scouts offer app to locate cookie sales spots

February 26, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 26, 2011

Girl Scouts fanned out across the region Friday to offer Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and the rest to the cookie-craving public.

Cookie sales continue at many locations in Issaquah and beyond through March 13. Use the Cookie Locator to find cookie booths.

Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, Lemon Chalet Cremes, Thank U Berry Munch and Dulce de Leche all cost $4 per box, payable by cash or check.

Finding a cookie booth is easier nowadays, thanks to the Cookie Locator smart phone app.

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Learn about Girl Scout Camp at free kickoff

January 25, 2011

At summer camp, Girl Scouts can explore their region by sea kayaking, horseback riding, marine biology and mountain biking.

Girl Scouts of Western Washington invites families with girls entering grades one through 12 to visit its camp registration kickoff day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 5 at Camp River Ranch, 33300 N.E. 32nd Street, Carnation.

Prospective campers and their families can participate in camp activities, including archery, crafts and s’more making. They can also meet with directors of Girl Scout summer camps — Girl Scout Camp River Ranch, Girl Scout Camp Robbinswold and Girl Scout Camp St. Albans — who will be on hand to assist with on-site registration, answer questions and help girls choose the best camp to fit their needs.

Girls do not have to be Girl Scouts to attend the camps.

Register before Feb. 2 online at

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Who’s News

November 30, 2010

Girl Scout Troop, University House team for food donations

Girl Scout Troop 42669

Girl Scout Troop 42669 teamed with the University House of Issaquah for its autumn food drive. The troop of 11 seventh-graders from Pine Lake, Beaver Lake and Issaquah middle schools went to University House on Nov. 1 with their Halloween costumes and collected 467 pounds of food donations and $157 for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. Read more

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Scouts invited to LEGO challenge

November 2, 2010

Girl Scouts of Western Washington invites local troops to participate in its newest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math challenge.

Thanks to program seed money from Girl Scouts of the USA, the Motorola Foundation, Bentley Systems Inc. and individual donors, Girl Scouts of Western Washington will support three new teams’ participation in FIRST LEGO League.

Girls in sixth through eighth grades, whether they are Scouts or not, can participate in the league. Teams will design, build and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology and connect their experiences to real-world math and science concepts.

Teams should meet between 35 hours and 70 hours before the Dec. 4 regional competition.

Each Girl Scouts of Western Washington team will have a laptop, robot kit and field map. The organization will cover selected team registration and competition fees.

The cost for each girl is $125, with financial assistance available. E-mail to learn more.

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Girl Scouts host open houses

September 7, 2010

Local Girl Scout troops are hosting informational meetings or open houses. Learn more by calling 641-1126. Middle and high school troops are welcoming new girls as well. All events are from 7-8 p.m.

Information meetings (all take place in school multipurpose rooms)

-Newcastle Elementary — Sept. 23

-Clark and Issaquah Valley elementary — Sept. 27, Clark multipurpose room

-Apollo Elementary — Sept. 28

-Cougar Ridge and Sunset elementary — Sept. 29, Cougar Ridge multipurpose room

-Briarwood and Maple Hills elementary — Sept. 30, Briarwood multipurpose room Read more

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Teen runs youth summer camp for third year

August 31, 2010

Event profits go to cancer research

Campers trickle in during a song at the Sun Shine Day camp Aug. 13. More than 30 children, potty trained to 8 years old, registered for the weeklong camp. By Tim Pfarr

Many summer camps cost parents hundreds of dollars or exclude children younger than 5 or 6. Such is not the case for Sun Shine Day Camp, the brainchild of 13-year-old Maywood Middle School student Sada Adams, which benefits leukemia and lymphoma research.

For the third year, Adams organized and managed the weeklong camp for children, potty-trained to 8 years old. For $15 – $20, children were treated to five days of songs and games from morning until early afternoon. Read more

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Gold Stars

June 29, 2010

Lee Xie

Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus World Studies student Lee Xie received the Global Citizen certificate from the World Affairs Council for her essay about Latin America. Her essay, “Latin America’s Biggest Crisis,” was selected from among submissions from third- through 12th-graders from throughout the nation.

The essay contest is designed to promote discussion among community members about ways individuals can positively contribute to the global community. This year, the essay topic was: “If you were a journalist on an international assignment, where would you like to go, what issue would you cover and why?”

Her mother, teacher Caroline Friesen, Principal Dana Bailey and Superintendent Steve Rasmussen presented Lee with her award in mid-May.

Chloe Chow

Sunny Hills Elementary School student Chloe Chow, 9, was awarded a Paul Robeson Award for her high academics and dedication to ballet.

Chow was nominated through Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Sunny Hills. She was given her award at the 23rd annual ceremony in early May.

There were 750 winners this year. The award is given in honor of Paul Robeson who was lauded in life for his intelligence, work ethic and multiple skills: professional athlete, lawyer, bass-baritone concert singer, stage and film actor, writer and social activist, according to the King County award website.

Girl Scouts from Troop 3802

Liberty High School Girl Scouts from Troop 3802 went on a senior trip to celebrate their Bridging to Adults ceremony, the culmination of the girls’ community service and life lessons learned through Scouts.

The girls went on a cruise to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Mexico to celebrate. It took them three years to raise the $14,000 they needed to go.

Many of their fundraisers were held in conjunction with various community service projects they did. The girls have been in Scouts for many years: Allison Adams, 14 years; Shelby Harding, 13 years; Tori Kraft, 12 years; Callie Weber, 12 years; and Deanna Morse, 7 years.

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Bike fair hones safe riding skills

June 8, 2010

The Optimist Club of Issaquah hosts its fifth annual Bike Safety Fair this weekend.

Issaquah Valley Elementary School is hosting one day of the two-day event June 12. Newport Heights Elementary School hosts the event on June 13.

It’s open to students in kindergarten through fifth grades.

Students can bring their bicycles for free tuneups by Sports Authority, get identification cards and get properly fitted for helmets. Because helmets are a priority to the Bellevue and Issaquah police departments, officers will help fit children with helmets and teach them the rules of the road, said Miho Reed, a club member and organizer for the event. Read more

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American Association of University Women honors local female students

May 18, 2010

The American Association of University Women, Issaquah Branch, on April 22 honored nine outstanding high school women scholars who excel in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Issaquah High School

Kathleen Moore — mathematics

Kathleen Moore

Among the seven science and math courses Moore will complete this year are Advanced Placement physics, chemistry, biology and calculus. Moore has also been recognized for excellence in American literature. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Robotics Club. Outside of school, Moore has counseled at the Girl Scout day camp for six years and works at the local food bank. After high school, Moore plans to attend a four-year university and work toward a degree in math, science or engineering.

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