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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Community news roundup — graduates, military, scholarships, National Merit, Associated Students

September 23, 2014

Local students graduate from Seattle Pacific University

Issaquah: Jenive Brooks, Bachelor of Arts, psychology; Heather Clauson-Sells, Doctor of Education, doctoral studies in education; Pallavi Dua, Master of Science, information systems management; Joanna Harmon, Master of Arts, teaching; Jaclyn Kopson, Master of Arts, business administration management; Madison Maloney, Master of Arts, industrial and organizational psychology; Abigail Platter, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts, art; Daniel Schafer, Master of Science, information systems management; Kristina Schwartz, Master of Arts, teaching; Kerry Truell, Master of Education, literacy; and Tara Walker, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science, mathematics

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Valedictorian launches new law firm

September 23, 2014

Christina Asavareungchai Park recently launched her own law firm, Park Business Law PLLC.

Park focuses on helping entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses with the motto, “Small business law, made simple.”

Park previously worked as an attorney for two large law firms in Seattle, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Stoel Rives LLP.

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Public hearings begin for possible school closure

September 16, 2014

The Issaquah School Board has yet to set a date for when it will consider closing Tiger Mountain Community High School, but it began a public comment period last week that brought dozens of impassioned people out in defense of the alternative school.

The first public hearing regarding the possible closure of Tiger Mountain was held Sept. 10 and generated comments from students, parents and teachers. The public comment period was scheduled to last 50 minutes, but went nearly an hour longer as more than a dozen people spoke about the issue, the vast majority supporting ideas to keep it open.

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Fan frenzy for football

September 16, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar The high school football season is well underway for students, cheerleaders and fans from Liberty (top), Issaquah (above) and Skyline (right) as the grandstands become noisy with cheers and chants, and band music fills the air throughout the school district.

Photos by Greg Farrar
The high school football season is well underway for students, cheerleaders and fans from Liberty (top), Issaquah (below) and Skyline (right) as the grandstands become noisy with cheers and chants, and band music fills the air throughout the school district.

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Eagles make a racket at tennis match

September 16, 2014

By Greg Farrar Sam Reardon, Issaquah High School senior, gets an intense bead on the ball in a volley against Ryan Ludeman, of Tahoma, during their Sept. 10 tennis match. Reardon won the top-seed match, 6-1, 6-0. The Eagles won the exhibition, 5-1. Reardon also battled back to win a hard-fought Sept. 12 match against Bellevue’s Dexter Chen by a score of 0-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.

By Greg Farrar
Sam Reardon, Issaquah High School senior, gets an intense bead on the ball in a volley against Ryan Ludeman, of Tahoma, during their Sept. 10 tennis match. Reardon won the top-seed match, 6-1, 6-0. The Eagles won the exhibition, 5-1. Reardon also battled back to win a hard-fought Sept. 12 match against Bellevue’s Dexter Chen by a score of 0-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.

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