College News

July 3, 2012

Local students graduate from college

Jillian Abendroth and Lindsay McCallister, of Issaquah, and Katherine Eastham, of Renton, all recently graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees from Whitworth University, in Spokane.

Wesley Carter, of Renton, graduated May 20 from Clark University, in Worcester, Mass., with a Master of Arts in international development and social change.

The following students graduated June 12 from Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pa.:

  • Renton: Matthew Goodrich, Master of Business Administration
  • Sammamish: Jillian Neary, Bachelor of Arts with high honors

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June 19, 2012

Local students graduate

Stephanie Matza, of Sammamish, recently graduated from the School of Science and Engineering with a Master of Science at Tulane University, in New Orleans.

Samuel Pfeifer, the son of Cindy and Jerry Pfeifer, of Issaquah, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Amy Jackson, a 2003 graduate of Skyline High School, graduated from Willamette University’s joint degree graduate program on May 13, earning a Juris Doctorate and master’s in business administration. Read more

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February 28, 2012

Althea Saldanha graduates from BU

Althea J. Saldanha, of Issaquah, recently graduated from Boston University with a Master of Science in computer information systems.

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Local man joins Occupy Seattle protest

November 15, 2011

The ongoing demonstrations at Occupy Seattle and other Occupy Wall Street-inspired rallies launched a national discussion about economic and social equality.

The local demonstration also attracted Reece Allawatt, a Sammamish resident, Eastside Catholic High School alumnus and recent Gonzaga University graduate.

“It’s like the Constitution says. It’s ‘we the people.’ We’re the ones who have the power,” he said. “If we don’t like the way that our representatives are representing us as a people, then we have the right to voice our dissent.”

In between LSAT preparation and part-time jobs, Allawatt joined the crowd at Occupy Seattle.

“Some of us Occupys have real jobs that we actually have to take part in,” he quipped.

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Wedding: Alberts, Deaton

November 15, 2011

Sarah Alberts and Christopher Deaton

Sarah Alberts, of Sammamish, and Christopher Deaton, of Bothell, were married Sept. 4, 2011, at Shilshole Bay Beach Club in Seattle.

The Rev. Jay Smith officiated.

The bride, daughter of Bruce and Debbie Alberts, of Sammamish, is a 2005 graduate of Skyline High School and a 2009 graduate of Gonzaga University.

Kari Alberts, sister of the bride, was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Lauren Beckwith, Jen Cottrell, Megan Durkin and Kaitlyn Warter. Flower girls were Lucy and Keely O’Harra.

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Salmon Days lawsuit could hinge on public safety

August 23, 2011

The legal challenge to city rules for leafleting at the Salmon Days Festival is focusing attention on unfettered freedom of expression in public places.

The lawsuit presents hurdles to the plaintiff, a Snoqualmie man, and the city, constitutional scholars said. The case is rooted in past court decisions about limits on freedom of expression and the steps governments can enact to limit such acts.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Paul Ascherl said Issaquah police officers threatened to arrest him for handing out Christian literature in places outside the pair of downtown “expression areas” on festival grounds last year. Ascherl relocated to the “expression areas” after police and a festival official intervened.

“The suit presents some cognizable First Amendment arguments,” said David Hudson, a First Amendment scholar at the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Salmon Days featured “expression areas” near downtown festival entrances last year. The areas hosted local political parties and candidates for office.

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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.

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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.

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July 5, 2011

Local students earn law degrees

Wesley Foreman

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.

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Lakeside Recovery baseball goes 1-4 in tourney

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.

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