Afraid no more — courage, strength define Issaquah’s Fight the Fear event

November 18, 2014

Issaquah High School junior Aanya Nigam is done being silent.

By Greg Farrar One of 20 students from the audience onstage takes her turn in a demonstration gouging an assailant’s ‘eyes’ with thumbs on a blue foam block held by Karin Walen, Issaquah High School art teacher.

By Greg Farrar
One of 20 students from the audience onstage takes her turn in a demonstration gouging an assailant’s ‘eyes’ with thumbs on a blue foam block held by Karin Walen, Issaquah High School art teacher.

She’s done feeling fear, embarrassment and shame for a past incident that doesn’t deserve it, and she’s intent on speaking up, so others know they don’t have to experience those emotions.

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Editorial — Sex assault education is not just for girls

November 18, 2014

On a chilly November evening, in a room filled with more than 200 of her peers, Issaquah High School junior Aanya Nigam was the face of courage.

Nigam went before an audience of her peers and told them she was a survivor of sexual assault.

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High schools revive ‘Almost, Maine’ that almost wasn’t

November 18, 2014

They say there is no such thing as bad publicity.

By David Hayes Junior Joey Askew (left) and sophomore Lindsey Guajardo rehearse a scene from Issaquah High School’s Performing Arts Department’s production of ‘Almost, Maine.’

By David Hayes
Junior Joey Askew (left) and sophomore Lindsey Guajardo rehearse a scene from Issaquah High School’s Performing Arts Department’s production of ‘Almost, Maine.’

Issaquah High School has joined the bandwagon of other secondary drama programs across the United States that are producing the hot property “Almost, Maine.”

The play by John Cariani features several short vignettes about ordinary people finding relationships in unexpected places of one small town.

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Tia Hedman wins poetry slam

November 18, 2014

About 50 people attended the fifth annual Issaquah Teen Poetry Slam to hear teens express themselves.

Some entrants in the contest read original poems; others shared works from their favorite poets.

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Fight The Fear Issaquah School District Event

November 17, 2014

Game On — Local athlete keeps the competitive edge at every level he plays lacrosse

October 21, 2014

Whether it’s coincidence, or a sign of some greater forces at work, the color yellow seems to follow Issaquah High School graduate Kevin Powers.

By Tor Jernudd Above, Kevin Powers chases an opponent for Team Sweden during its game against South Korea. Powers finished the tournament with the third most goals and fourth most points. Below, Powers poses with his award after being selected to the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship Presidents team, given to the top 10 best players competing outside the Blue Division.

By Tor Jernudd
Above, Kevin Powers chases an opponent for Team Sweden during its game against South Korea. Powers finished the tournament with the third most goals and fourth most points. Below, Powers poses with his award after being selected to the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship Presidents team, given to the top 10 best players competing outside the Blue Division.

Powers, 21, donned the navy blue and yellow of the Swedish National Lacrosse team at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship in July. In high school, Powers was a standout player in the purple and gold of Issaquah. He continued his success in San Rafael, California, where he is in his senior year wearing the — once again — navy blue and yellow of Dominican University.

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Writer hones craft with book of poems

October 21, 2014

Ben Hobbs figures he has always been a creative person.

Ben Hobbs

Ben Hobbs

Whether it was writing lyrics for music project in high school or putting other thoughts from pen to paper, he has always allowed his brain to go off on creative tangents. However, sometimes it was to the detriment of current surroundings.

“I’ve actually found myself doodling during class when I should have been doing other things, like paying attention,” he admitted.

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College news roundup — week of Oct. 22

October 21, 2014

Local students make deans’ lists

Alex Hansen, 2013 graduate of Issaquah High School, University of Chicago, 2013-14 school year

Issaquah residents Nathan Gibson, Stephen Okamoto and Stephanie Teramoto, along with Newcastle resident Nathan Gibson and Sammamish residents Grace Blanchard, Kathleen Crandall and Tyler White, Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, California, 2014 spring term

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Civil savior — Scout spearheads Civil War gravestone restoration project

September 30, 2014

Nearly 112 years after his death, Civil War infantryman Allan Day has gotten a new gravestone, thanks to a local Boy Scout project.

Day, born in October 1831, died Nov. 7, 1902, in Issaquah. He served in Co. K, 43rd Wisconsin Infantry in the Civil War. His stone over the years had turned a dark gray, and his information was illegible.

That has happened to most of the 18 gravestones of known Civil War veterans buried in Issaquah’s Hillside Cemetery. All of them need to be replaced.

By Kathleen R. Merrill Above, Boy Scouts (from left to right) Jerry Lin, Adam Bussey, Lucas Dolliver, James Adkins, Joel Ruegsegger, René Loredo (of Flintoft’s Funeral Home) and Garrett Pomeroy kneel to work on replacing Civil War veteran Allan Day’s gravestone at Hillside Cemetery.

By Kathleen R. Merrill
Above, Boy Scouts (from left to right) Jerry Lin, Adam Bussey, Lucas Dolliver, James Adkins, Joel Ruegsegger, René Loredo (of Flintoft’s Funeral Home) and Garrett Pomeroy kneel to work on replacing Civil War veteran Allan Day’s gravestone at Hillside Cemetery.

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School board holds study session about Tiger Mountain’s future

September 30, 2014

After months of discussion, questions and public criticism, the Issaquah School Board is still trying to decide the long-term fate of Tiger Mountain Community High School.

The board met with several district administrators Sept. 24 in a roundtable-format study session. Much of the two-hour meeting was spent addressing concerns about what happens to students if the district’s plan to close the alternative school next year is approved.

The board held two public hearings on the matter earlier in September, but a timeline for making a decision hasn’t been announced.

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