July 19, 2011
Local students make WSU honor roll
The following students were recently named to Washington State University’s president’s honor roll for the 2011 spring semester. To qualify, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine graded hours in a single term and earn a grade point average of 3.75 or earn a 3.5 cumulative grade point average based on 15 cumulative hours of graded work.
July 12, 2011
Friends of Youth names new CEO
The board of directors of Friends of Youth recently promoted its chief operating officer, Terry Pottmeyer, to chief executive officer, replacing retiring CEO Joan Campbell.
The move will be effective Aug. 1.
Pottmeyer joined Friends of Youth, which has an office in Issaquah, in 2010.
She has held a number of high-profile roles at Friends of Youth, including chief program officer and chief operating officer.
Dentist’s office supports local charities
For the 11th consecutive year, Dr. Theresa Cheng has given a percentage of her March revenue to organizations that support women in honor and support of International Women’s Day, March 8.
This year, she donated more than $3,000 to the Eastside Domestic Violence Program, Eastside Baby Corner and Women’s Veteran Group.
Learn more about International Women’s Day at www.internationalwomensday.com.
July 5, 2011
Local students earn law degrees
Wesley Foreman, a 2003 graduate of Issaquah High School, has earned a Juris Doctor from the law school at Gonzaga University, in Spokane.
Foreman, who graduated from Western Washington University in 2007, served summer internships with the King County Prosecutor’s Office and worked in elder law at the Law Clinic at Gonzaga University for the past two years. He plans to pursue a career in estate planning and elder law in the Seattle area.
Adam Neilson, of Sammamish, received a Juris Doctor degree May 7 from Washington and Lee University School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University.
June 28, 2011
The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team went 1-4 at the Palouse Summer Series last week.
The tournament was held at the home baseball fields of Washington State University and Lewis-Clark State University.
Lakeside’s lone victory came June 23 when the club played two games. Earlier in the day, Lakeside lost to the Rips Brewers, 11-6, in Lewiston, and then hustled to Pullman where the club defeated the Seattle Stars Gold team, 9-4.
In the contest with the Seattle Stars Gold, Newport’s Dan Altchech had four hits and Issaquah’s Brandon Mahovlich had two hits.
In the game with the Rips Brewers, Mahovlich had four hits, one a home run, and drove in three runs. Skyline’s Jimmy Sinatro had three hits.
Lakeside opened the tournament June 22 with a 3-2 loss to the Puget Sound Roxx. Skyline graduate Connor Lawhead pitched well for Lakeside, not allowing an earned run in six innings.
On June 24, Lakeside lost a slugfest to the Lewis-Clark Twins, 9-8. Altchech, Sinatro and Newport’s Kyle Goemmer each had two hits.
Lakeside played its final game June 25, falling to Taylor Baseball, 7-3. Goemmer had two hits to lead Lakeside.
May 17, 2011
Betsy Sanford named Star teacher of the week
Star 101.5 and KOMO TV visited Maple Hills Elementary School May 12 to award Betsy Sanford with the Teacher of the Week award.
Curt Kruse, STAR afternoon DJ, and the Star 101.5 crew brought gift bags and treats for each student, including Teacher of the Week T-shirts. Sanford was awarded a plaque and check for $100, as well as a 1-in-24 chance of winning a 2011 VW Jetta.
Comcast awards scholarships
The Comcast Foundation recently named Paige A. Nulliner, of Issaquah, as one of 91 recipients in Western Washington and Spokane in its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program in 2011.
The program provides one-time, $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools and who serve as models for their fellow students.
Nulliner attends Skyline High School and plans to attend the University of San Diego.
Issaquah resident passes state bar exam
Sean Nyberg, of Issaquah, passed the Washington State Bar Exam.
A graduate of Issaquah High School, Nyberg earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Washington and his juris doctor degree from Gonzaga University. He works at the law firm O’Brien, Barton, Joe & Hopkins PLLP.
Local historian honored
Robert E. Ficken, of Issaquah, has been awarded the Robert Gray Medal by the Washington State Historical Society.
Throughout his distinguished writing career and his work as an independent historian, Ficken has produced some highly regarded works about Washington’s history, and he has shared his knowledge through conferences and workshops about the state’s heritage.
The highest award bestowed by the Washington State Historical Society, the Robert Gray Medal recognizes distinguished and long-term contributions to Pacific Northwest history through demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: teaching, writing, research, historic preservation and service to local historical societies.
The award will be presented to Ficken at the noon luncheon of the annual meeting of the Historical Society on June 18 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.
Arjun Kumar to compete in National Geographic Bee
Arjun Kumar, a seventh-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, will represent Washington at the 23rd annual National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., May 24-25.
Arjun is one of only 54 students remaining in the nationwide competition, culled down from more than 5 million participants. The top 10 finalists will compete in the May 25 final round, moderated by “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and taped for later airing on the National Geographic Channel.
Local seniors awarded Overlake scholarships
Four local high school girls were awarded Overlake Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarships for 2011.
Each winner will receive a certificate of merit and a monetary award to be applied toward her educational goal. The winners are:
- Eastside Catholic High School — Mackenzie Brown
- Issaquah High School — Mackenzie Bauer
- Liberty High School — Megan Bales
- Skyline High School — Paige Haas
Issaquah resident joins ‘The Dori Monson Show’
Jessica Gottesman, of Issaquah, has joined “The Dori Monson Show” as a news anchor and regular contributor.
Gottesman previously anchored at CBS Radio’s all-news 1010 WINS in New York City. She also spent a decade in financial news covering Wall Street as a television and radio anchor for Bloomberg.
Gottesman joined 97.3 KIRO FM in 2010 as an afternoon anchor, and since moving to Issaquah she has covered everything from the capture of the Barefoot Bandit to the Cal Brown execution (Washington’s first since 2001) and the passing of the voice of the Mariners, Dave Niehaus.
Gottesman has won numerous Murrow, Associated Press and New York State Broadcaster awards, and a Gracie Allen Award for Best Major Market anchor from American Women in Radio and Television. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell and her law degree from Fordham.
April 26, 2011
Issaquah students receive garden club grants
The East Lake Washington District of Garden Clubs recently awarded more than $3,000 to local classrooms or horticulture and environmental studies.
Receiving the local grants were:
The Tiger Mountain Community High School students of teacher Mitra Kundu (about 100 alternative students and 21 developmentally disabled students served by A.C.T.) received $400 for adding raised beds to their growing area that includes a small green house.
The Grand Ridge Elementary School students of teacher Rebecca Rappin asked for funds to obtain more equipment for composting additional cafeteria food waste for making soil amendments to use in their vegetable and flower beds.
April 12, 2011
Local students make OSU honor roll
The following students have made the Scholastic Honor Roll for winter term at Oregon State University. To qualify, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work.
Issaquah: 3.5 grade-point average or better: Joseph Camporeale, Devin O’Donnell and Sarah Roberts
Newcastle: 3.5 GPA or better: Jocelyn McNeil
Sammamish: 4.0 average: Kristin N. Nikaitani
Sammamish resident makes Gonzaga president’s list
Evan I. Bull, of Sammamish, earned placement on the Gonzaga University president’s list for the 2010 fall semester. The president’s list requires students to earn a 3.7 to 4.0 GPA for the semester.
March 29, 2011
Local students graduate from the University of Idaho
The following students from Issaquah recently graduated from the fall 2010 commencement ceremony at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho:
Benjamin Lavigne, Bachelor of Science in accounting and doctorate in education; David Xiong, Bachelor of Science in business; Christopher Pelchat, Bachelor of Science in marketing.
Local students make Gonzaga president’s list
Kuylie R. Clark, Michael D. Johnson and Monica M. Zender, all from Sammamish, have earned placement on the president’s list for fall 2010 semester at Gonzaga University, in Spokane.
To qualify, a student must earn a 3.7 to 4 grade point average for the semester.
February 15, 2011
Finnegans celebrate golden anniversary, share a lifetime of tales
After spending 50 years together, raising five children and helping Issaquah’s handicapped adult community, Leo and Rose Finnegan have a lifetime of stories to share.
The two grew up in Montana and attended grade school together, but it was not until they crossed paths at a funeral that romantic sparks flew.
The two had already moved into early adulthood, with Rose earning her nursing degree and Leo studying engineering at Gonzaga University and the University of Notre Dame.
Leo’s grandmother passed away in summer 1960, and Rose’s mother, who knew the family, took Rose with her to the wake.
“For some reason, we just clicked,” Rose said. “We had an awful lot in common. We felt like we knew each other very well.”
By that summer, Leo proposed and they married Jan. 28, 1961.
“It was probably my grandmother’s doing,” Leo said.
The young couple moved frequently in their early years, from Colorado to Idaho to Michigan to Montana, and finally to Issaquah.
August 10, 2010
Brett Withers, a former Gonzaga University runner, and Edward Strickler, a former Seattle Pacific University, runner set course records Aug. 7 at the Grand Ridge Trail Run at Issaquah’s Grand Ridge Park.
Withers, a Woodinville High School graduate, took first place in the 5-mile run in a course-record time of 35 minutes, 58 seconds. Karen Demgimi, who was the first-place woman, set a new mark for women with a time of 45:43.
Strickler, a Seattle resident, set a new mark in the half-marathon with a time of 1:42:30. Rebecca Buchanan, who finished third overall and was the first-place woman, set a record for women with a time of 1:44:28.
Kyle McCoy won the 50K race with a course-record time of 5:03:46. Sarah Crosby-Helms was first for the women with a record time of 5:48:50.