Skyline students rake in change for Invisible Children

December 20, 2011

The Mincin family collected tiles and turned them into custom-made coasters. They sold about 100 four-packs, raising about $1,200 during Skyline High School’s second annual Invisible Children Awareness Week. By Lauren Mincin

Lauren Mincin spent her morning Dec. 15 counting 3,000 pennies, demonstrating her dedication to a cause near and dear to her family’s heart.

The mother of two Skyline High School students, juniors Emily and Haley Mincin, counted even more than that $300, as the morning-drop-off collection and in-class change drive that happened earlier in the week brought in about $1,600 for Skyline’s second annual Invisible Children Awareness Week Dec. 12-16.

In all, the week of fundraising and spreading awareness earned approximately $5,200 for Invisible Children, the Mincins said. The 2010 efforts garnered about $4,600 for the cause.

“The energy from last year is how we were able to do it well this year,” Emily Mincin said after most of the tallying was done.

Part of the event’s increased success, Emily and Haley said, was because they partnered with their school’s Associated Student Body leaders to spread the word and get people more involved in supporting the cause of freeing child-soldiers in Uganda from the Lord’s Resistance Army.

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Skyline High School gives back

December 13, 2011

Hall Monitor By Monica Chon Skyline High School

Skyline High School is often referred to as a wealthy school, filled with spoiled and selfish students. However, during the week of Dec. 4, the students proved that these ignorant stereotypes were untrue by raising money for Make a Wish Foundation and Northwest Harvest during a spirit week.

The purpose of high school spirit weeks is usually to entertain the school and brighten up the students. Skyline’s spirit week had the same intention, in addition to giving back to the community.

Like most spirit weeks, each day of the week had a different theme, such as flannel day, winter wear day, and blanket or Snuggie day. And what is a spirit week without activities? Skyline hosted its annual Unplugged Acoustic Night as well as a Winter Wonder Night, filled with games and yummy food. All of the proceeds went to the Make a Wish Foundation.

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Local high schools’ club activities get into full swing

October 25, 2011

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Pingpong brings out competitive side of members

“Ping. Pong.”

The sound echoes around the commons as pairs of people play in heated matches of table tennis, or as it’s more commonly known, ping-pong. Next week, Issaquah High School’s Ping-Pong Club will compete against each other for the titles of Master Ping and Disciple Pong.

• The club was founded last year by a group of pingpong fanatics, led by Pranav Mellacheruvu. They meet every Friday to play pingpong and sometimes compete. Tournaments are frequent, regimented affairs, with strict rules and even a small entry fee.

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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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Leaders of tomorrow are taking charge today

February 22, 2011

You don’t need to look far to see the impact of Issaquah teens’ service projects.

By Iman Baghai

Beaver Lake Middle School’s annual South African Humanitarian Project, a youth-run initiative, raises truckloads of school supplies for African orphanages each year.

Skyline High School’s Katie Mincin recently organized an Invisible Children Awareness Week that earned more than $4,000 in donations for the global nonprofit.

Beat writer Kim Bussing and classmate Kaileen Dougherty, of Issaquah High School, are holding a Destination Imagination event March 5 at the Pacific Cascade Freshmen Campus, where younger kids have the chance to participate in science fair type activities, acting and the arts.

Last year, Bussing and Dougherty raised $900 for Haiti by selling concessions at the event. This year, they plan to donate the earnings to Seattle Children’s.

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Students aim to raise profile during Invisible Children event

December 14, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 14, 2010

Skyline High School students intend to make Invisible Children Awareness Week difficult to ignore.

Organizers planned a series of fundraisers for the week in order to raise money for Invisible Children, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization set up to promote education in Uganda.

Invisible Children Awareness Week includes T-shirt sales throughout the week, plus a change drive Tuesday during the boys basketball game against Liberty High School.

Wednesday includes a change drive competition among first-period classes. The drive continues at the girls basketball game against Redmond High School.

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Liberty students embrace Ugandan counterparts

November 16, 2010

At age 19, Okema James Laula isn’t much older than the students at Liberty High School, but he has already lived through a civil war, lost his father in an attack when he was 3 months old and, when his family had nothing, worked odd jobs near his home in Uganda to put himself through school.

Now, in his gap year before college, Laula is traveling the United States, raising awareness about problems facing Ugandan students through the nonprofit organization Invisible Children.

About 400 students listened to Laula’s story Oct. 28 in Liberty’s theater, where they watched a documentary, “Go!” that followed a group of American students who traveled to Uganda to meet the students Invisible Children supports. Read more

Invisible Children founder brings message here

April 6, 2010

Jacob Acaye, of Northern Uganda, was abducted when he was 11 and forced into a life of violence as a child soldier in the Lord’s Resistance Army.

The rebel force, led by Joseph Kony and made up of mostly youths like Acaye, has terrorized the people of Uganda and neighboring nations for 23 years, according to the Invisible Children organization.

But Acaye is one of the fortunate ones. Now 19, he tours the United States with the organization that exists, in part, due to his harrowing life story.

Acaye and a group of Invisible Children volunteers visited Skyline High School March 25 to educate the student body about the children caught up in the ongoing conflict in Uganda.

“After, they feel touched and feel it really has changed their mind,” Acaye said of the feedback he receives from students.

The organization’s presentation consists of viewing a documentary film about the children affected by the conflict, as well as inspirational talks from Acaye and other volunteers.

Jacob Acaye speaks to Skyline students March 25 about his journey out of oppression as a child soldier.

By Christopher Huber

The early-morning assembly capped a week of raising awareness for the cause. Read more