Arthur Jepsky retires from U.S. Army Reserve

July 15, 2014

U.S. Army Reserve Col. Arthur S. Jepsky has retired from the Army Reserve after serving honorably for 32 years.

Jepsky was last serving as Assistant Chief of Staff for Support Operations with 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), McGarity U.S. Army Reserve Center, Pa.

Contributed Col. Arthur S. Jepsky, retiring after 32 years of service, receives the Legion of Merit in a Celebration of Service ceremony.

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Col. Arthur S. Jepsky, retiring after 32 years of service, receives the Legion of Merit in a Celebration of Service ceremony.

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Issaquah, Skyline high school players make All-State team

July 15, 2014

Two local baseball players were named to the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association’s All-State team.

Mitchell Morimoto, an Issaquah High School outfielder, made the first team. The recently graduated senior also received first-team All-KingCo 4A honors earlier this summer.

Skyline High School pitcher Drew Lunde received second-team honors. Lunde, who also graduated in June, was previously named first-team All-KingCo 4A.

Zack Overstreet qualifies for junior world golf championships

July 8, 2014

Zack Overstreet, an Issaquah High School junior in the fall, has qualified for the Junior World Golf Championships.

The prestigious tournament, which Tiger Woods won five times as an amateur in his youth, is July 14-18 at Torrey Pines South Course, in San Diego, Calf.

By Greg Farrar Zack Overstreet, Issaquah High School golfer, tees off at Wayne Public Golf Course against Bothell. Overstreet led Issaquah with a 3-over 37 on nine holes in the match Oct. 9, 2013, against the Cougars.

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Zack Overstreet, Issaquah High School golfer, tees off at Wayne Public Golf Course against Bothell. Overstreet led Issaquah with a 3-over 37 on nine holes in the match Oct. 9, 2013, against the Cougars.

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Getting students on the ‘write’ path to college

July 8, 2014

Startup turns tech award into access to higher education

Essay Mentors wants to help provide access to college and it is receiving the attention it needs to do just that.

Five years ago, founder Barak Rosenbloom began helping a few kids write a better college application essay. Before he knew it, word of mouth spiraled into him owning an Issaquah-based business.

By Peter Clark Barak Rosenbloom (right) assists Issaquah High School senior Bryce Magee with composing a college application essay. Rosenbloom began local startup Essay Mentors to open college access to a greater number of students through improving their essays.

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Barak Rosenbloom (right) assists Issaquah High School senior Bryce Magee with composing a college application essay. Rosenbloom began local startup Essay Mentors to open college access to a greater number of students through improving their essays.

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Issaquah grad Brielle Bray named pitcher of the year

July 8, 2014

Brielle Bray, a pitcher for the Bellevue College softball team was selected by opposing coaches as the North Region Pitcher of the Year for 2014.

She also won the award in 2013.

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Superintendent presents formal plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School

July 1, 2014

Superintendent presents formal plan to close school permanently

The Issaquah School District has started a 90-day process that could result in the permanent closure of Tiger Mountain Community High School.

Superintendent Ron Thiele presented his rationale for the closure at the Issaquah School Board’s June 26 meeting. Several Tiger Mountain students and parents were in attendance, and some provided their reasons for keeping the alternative school open.

The idea to close Tiger Mountain first began circulating in February, and the board adopted an official school closure policy in April.

District administrators have cited the school’s declining enrollment numbers, low test scores and low attendance figures as factors behind the closure plan.

They’ve been working to design a new alternative high school, which would open in a new location, and likely under a different name, at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

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Go Fourth and celebrate at parade, Heritage Day

July 1, 2014

From history lessons to soccer, Issaquah will have many opportunities for those wanting to celebrate America this Fourth of July.

While the events will largely resemble last year’s, organizers hope the tried-and-true celebrations will offer the same level of community involvement and entertainment. Both the Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day will take place in downtown.

The Swedish Hospital Kids ‘n Pets Parade will kick off the day, beginning at 11 a.m. It will wind its way down Front Street North and East Sunset Way before ending at Veterans’ Memorial Field.

“We will have a lot of the traditional favorites come back,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Director of Festivals Robin Kelley said.

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All-KingCo baseball teams announced

July 1, 2014

The 2014 KingCo Conference baseball teams were announced after the season finished last month. Coaches made the selections.

Class 4A

First team: 3B Jason Santiago, senior, Skyline; OF Cole Blackburn, senior, Skyline; OF Mitchell Morimoto, senior, Issaquah; P Drew Lunde, senior, Skyline

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Andrew Kemmerer named top athlete at Edmonds Community College

June 24, 2014

Andrew Kemmerer, a 2012 Issaquah High School graduate, was named the 2013-14 Male Athlete of the Year at Edmonds Community College.

Kemmerer helped the Tritons baseball team win the 2014 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship. He was a two-year starter at pitcher, and led the NWAACC in wins in his final season.

He’ll continue playing baseball next year for Central Arkansas University.

Issaquah School District Graduations / June 2014

June 18, 2014

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