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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.

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Who’s News

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.

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College News

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.

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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.

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50 years and counting, couple celebrates milestone

February 15, 2011

Finnegans celebrate golden anniversary, share a lifetime of tales

Leo and Rose Finnegan spoil their black Lab, Murphy, as they retell stories about their 50-year marriage and how they raised five children. Contributed

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.

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Former college runners set records

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.

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College News

August 3, 2010

Local students make deans’ lists

-Matthew Glenn, of Issaquah, and Charles Wang, of Sammamish, were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2010 semester at Washington University in St. Louis.

-Jessica L. Klein, a sophomore from Issaquah, was among the 784 students named to the Gonzaga University dean’s list for spring semester 2010. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.69 grade point average to be listed.

Student named to Phillips Academy honor roll

Minymoh Anelone, of Issaquah, a member of the class of 2012, has been named to the honor roll at Phillips Academy, in Andover, Mass., for the spring term. To qualify, students must maintain at least a 5-point grade average on a 6-point scale.

Issaquah students graduate

-Laura Marks, of Issaquah, graduated July 30 from Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, Calif., with a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies.

-Elisabeth Jeremica, of Issaquah, graduated in June from DePaul University, in Chicago, with a Bachelor of Music degree from the School of Music. She also was named to the dean’s list for the 2010 spring quarter. To qualify, full-time students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above on a 4-point scale.

-Brian Birch, a 2000 graduate of Liberty High School, graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine on June 5. Birch, the son of Chuck and Julie Birch, of Issaquah, will complete his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, in pediatrics.

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July 20, 2010

Local students receive scholarships

Residents from the Issaquah area were among 5,400 students to be awarded about $30 million in scholarship support from the University of Idaho for the 2010-11 academic year. The students are:

Issaquah: Alicia Hensen, Alyssa Schultz, Carly Overton, David Erickson, David Xiong, Jessica Balbiani, Kelle Agassiz, Kevin Baker, Megan Gilchrist, Nathaniel Essex, Sean Erickson, Shoko Nelson, Spencer Belsvik, Spencer Johnson, Taylor Lundeen and Trevor Simpkins

Renton: Chad Dewan, Charles Herzog, Christopher Ohlinger, Justin Quinn, Nicole Buchheit, Stephen Carras, Timothy Kuzan and William Gruenes

Sammamish: Alyssa Charlston, Camille Gomez, Christopher Martin, Courtney Johnston, Erik Hawes, Erika Ikstrums, Jacob Hamilton, Mike Brewster and Taylor Parker

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Wells Fargo names local manager as area private banker

July 6, 2010

Sue Nadon has been named a private banker for Wells Fargo.

Nadon’s specialization is in assisting high-net-worth customers with their current and future financial services needs.

In addition, she coordinates the involvement of Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group specialists in the investment management and trust and estate services areas. She works with clients in Pine Lake, Klahanie and Sammamish Highlands.

Nadon has worked in financial services for 30 years and recently worked as vice president and premier banker with Bank of America’s Wealth Management team in Bellevue. The Washington native originally earned her Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gonzaga University.

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July 6, 2010

Local students graduate from college

The following local students graduated from Gonzaga University June 16: Jeffrey Allbaugh, of Issaquah, Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration; Michelle Miller, of Issaquah, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; and Joshua Hamblen, of Sammamish, Bachelor of Science.

Ana Siller, of Issaquah, has graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the university’s College of Arts & Sciences, with majors in communication and sociology.

Matthew D. Holze, of Issaquah, recently graduated with a Doctorate of Philosophy in mathematics at Boston University in May.

Tanya W Li, of Bellevue, graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology with a Master of Science degree in information science and technology. Read more

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