Prescription drugs category (second place) — ‘IHS Above the Influence’

April 22, 2015

Issaquah High School student Erin Burdette earned second place in the prescription drugs category for the “IHS Above the Influence” video.

A safe space: Equal Club

April 22, 2015

High school is one of the most difficult times for teenagers when it comes to expressing their sexuality.

Zoe Buchli Issaquah High School

Zoe Buchli
Issaquah High School

Thankfully, there are clubs like Equal Club at Issaquah High School to provide students with a safe environment for talking about gender identification.

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The Beat — Teen Talk

April 22, 2015

Andres Rincon, senior “I think that it can actually be pretty hard for guys, too, because there’s a pressure to not be able to express our feelings, to become closer with other people and to pursue our true interests. I also am bothered by how constricted women are in certain situations with what they’re able to achieve.”

Andres Rincon, senior
“I think that it can actually be pretty hard for guys, too, because there’s a pressure to not be able to express our feelings, to become closer with other people and to pursue our true interests. I also am bothered by how constricted women are in certain situations with what they’re able to achieve.”

Emma Abraham, junior “At my last high school, I had a really bad experience with gender stereotypes, but coming to Eastside Catholic has been better because we all see ourselves as equal. Unfortunately, gender stereotypes are common in high schools because the guys think they’re better than the girls and the girls think they’re better than the guys.”

Emma Abraham, junior
“At my last high school, I had a really bad experience with gender stereotypes, but coming to Eastside Catholic has been better because we all see ourselves as equal. Unfortunately, gender stereotypes are common in high schools because the guys think they’re better than the girls and the girls think they’re better than the guys.”

Amey Sharma, senior “I’ve only had negative experiences with gender stereotypes. For example, I wanted to wear my flower crown when I was going to hang out with my friends, but my mother wouldn’t let me wear it because she thinks that only girls can wear them and I got into a massive argument with her about it and how gender stereotypes are dumb.”

Amey Sharma, senior
“I’ve only had negative experiences with gender stereotypes. For example, I wanted to wear my flower crown when I was going to hang out with my friends, but my mother wouldn’t let me wear it because she thinks that only girls can wear them and I got into a massive argument with her about it and how gender stereotypes are dumb.”

Megan Freer, sophomore “As a child, I was enrolled in ballet and given dolls to play with simply because I am a girl, although that is what I naturally drifted toward as well. I have also been told multiple times that as a girl interested in the STEM fields, there will always be a job available to me, due to the scarcity of women in those fields.”

Megan Freer, sophomore
“As a child, I was enrolled in ballet and given dolls to play with simply because I am a girl, although that is what I naturally drifted toward as well. I have also been told multiple times that as a girl interested in the STEM fields, there will always be a job available to me, due to the scarcity of women in those fields.”

Logan Allan, sophomore “Gender stereotypes have influenced my life by limiting ways that I could express myself because it wouldn’t be ‘ladylike.’ I didn’t feel comfortable admitting that I liked ‘Star Wars’ in elementary school because it wasn’t a girly thing to like in the eye of society.”

Logan Allan, sophomore
“Gender stereotypes have influenced my life by limiting ways that I could express myself because it wouldn’t be ‘ladylike.’ I didn’t feel comfortable admitting that I liked ‘Star Wars’ in elementary school because it wasn’t a girly thing to like in the eye of society.”

Ian Page, senior “My experience with gender stereotypes at Liberty has thankfully been rather small. The only thing that comes to mind when I think about gender roles is the expectation to ask girls to homecoming and to prom — it’s challenging for people to work up that courage and there is no way to go against the grain with girls asking guys.”

Ian Page, senior
“My experience with gender stereotypes at Liberty has thankfully been rather small. The only thing that comes to mind when I think about gender roles is the expectation to ask girls to homecoming and to prom — it’s challenging for people to work up that courage and there is no way to go against the grain with girls asking guys.”

Arjun Kumar, junior “I have found gender stereotypes toward men to be weak enough to overcome relatively easily. However, I have had to put in a lot more effort toward overcome the gender stereotypes that exist toward girls.”

Arjun Kumar, junior
“I have found gender stereotypes toward men to be weak enough to overcome relatively easily. However, I have had to put in a lot more effort toward overcome the gender stereotypes that exist toward girls.”

Lasya Reddy, junior “My whole life, being Indian, I have been subjected to stereotypes regarding each and every aspect of my life. I was always expected to be the one to participate and be No. 1 at everything. My brother, though he was expected to work hard, was given more leniency when it came to the product of his work.”

Lasya Reddy, junior
“My whole life, being Indian, I have been subjected to stereotypes regarding each and every aspect of my life. I was always expected to be the one to participate and be No. 1 at everything. My brother, though he was expected to work hard, was given more leniency when it came to the product of his work.”

Issaquah mother Relays for more time

April 21, 2015

When doctors diagnosed Issaquah mom Sheila Cecil with a rare sarcoma in 2000, her three children were just 5, 9 and 10 years old.

“For a long time, I remember thinking, ‘I’m not going to be here for them, to see them grow up,’” she said.

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Off The Press — Influence the Choice videos amaze, inspire

April 21, 2015

There were 11 winners, but if you ask me, everyone who entered the 2015 Influence The Choice Student Video Contest were winners.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

In this year’s contest, from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 260 students participated in producing 100 videos. Those entries represented 959 creating hours!

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Julia Bamba will lead Issaquah’s new alternative high school

April 21, 2015

Julia Bamba, an assistant principal at Issaquah High School, will become principal at the Issaquah School District’s new alternative high school, set to open in fall 2016.

Julia Bamba

Julia Bamba

Bamba will begin working immediately to help plan the development of the new school, a district news release stated.

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Public invited to Mostly Americana fundraising concert

April 21, 2015

The eighth annual Mostly Americana Dessert Concert will be at 7 p.m. May 2 at Issaquah High School.

The concert features hundreds of the top choir singers from Issaquah High, Pacific Cascade Middle and Issaquah Middle schools.

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Prescription drugs category (third place) — ‘The Choice in Your Hands’

April 21, 2015

Issaquah High School student Rachel Herbst earned third place in the prescription drugs category for her “The Choice in Your Hands” video. Learn more about the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition contest here: http://bit.ly/1Hm2q3B.

Drivers beware of construction work on Second Avenue Southeast

April 14, 2015

Drivers should prepare for changes along Second Avenue Southeast as the Issaquah School District starts construction on a new Issaquah Middle School campus.

The contractor has begun pre-construction work, although the majority of construction will take place during the summer break.

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Trails club announces scholarship opportunity

April 14, 2015

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club annually sponsors the Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship, available to this year’s graduating seniors at Hazen, Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools.

The top prize is a $1,000 scholarship, with second place getting $500 and third place receiving $250. The deadline is May 1.

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