Reclaiming ‘May Madness’ for caring

May 27, 2014

Madeline Wells Issaquah         High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah
High School

After last year’s fiasco with the infamous “May Madness” competition, Issaquah High School is responding by reclaiming the name.

This year, May has been dedicated to a series of service projects and events geared toward creating a more caring and unified student body.

“Our hope for ‘May Madness’ was to create a new perspective for the student body,” said Amanda Levenson, a student involved in Associated Student Body. “We wanted students to look around, see how other people are hurting, and understand each other better and how they should interact.”

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Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps continues

May 27, 2014

Azan Sarosh Liberty         High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty
High School

Liberty High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps has been instructing high school students in military training since 2002.

NJROTC provides incoming freshman with the opportunity to take it as an alternative to physical education, offering benefits of military training with “absolutely no military obligation,” according to the school’s NJROTC website. After the closing of the program at Issaquah High School, Liberty became the only school in the district offering NJROTC, but that has led to only one student transferring to Liberty to join the program.

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Teen Talk

May 27, 2014

What are your plans for the summer?

Liberty High School

“I plan on playing basketball, and balancing track, mostly staying in shape and doing ASB camps and activities.”

 Danielle Demps, junior

 

“I plan on taking the opportunity to indulge myself in many foods so I can store up fat for the winter.”

 Bi Dao, junior

 

Issaquah High School

 

“I’ll be interning at Microsoft this summer, basically working 9 to 5 every day

 Megan Chen, senior

 

“I’m going to be an intern at Triumph Aerospace in Redmond.”

Spencer Tickman, junior

 

Skyline High School

 

“I am interning at the University of Washington through UW ALVA’s GenOM (Genomics Outreach for Minorities) project this summer. I will be working in a lab with a professor, doing my own research and conducting my own experiments.”

 Jon Yee, senior

 

“I’ll be going to Taiwan to take an SAT class while visiting family, too.”

 Jessica Ma, sophomore

 

Eastside Catholic High School

“I am going to visit colleges, and spend as much time with my friends as possible.”

 Hannah Johnson, junior

 

“I am going on vacation in Europe, specifically Ireland and England.”

Maggie McKay, senior

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Talk About It — Bullying over the Internet is easier than in person

May 27, 2014

Jacob Brunette Issaqauh         High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaqauh
High School

Students at Issaquah High School pride themselves on their kindness and the inclusive atmosphere of their school. Yet, in the few instances where IHS makes the national news, it always seems to be for something that totally contradicts that positive self-image: Racist tweets directed toward students at Garfield High School or the sexist “May Madness” competition are the two major examples that come to mind.

And while Issaquah certainly has the most prominent profile in that regard, neither Skyline, Liberty, nor Eastside Catholic is free of bullying either. The question is, how can schools that pride themselves on being friendly, welcoming places still be host to such negative behavior?

A major explanation comes in the rise of social media. While the stereotypical view of bullying is that of bullies beating up kids for lunch money, in reality, that hasn’t been accurate for a long time.

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Local students nominated for Emmy Awards

May 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 22, 2014

Music videos are a form of storytelling, and four Skyline High School students decided to weave a story of their own around a well-known song.

Students Damian Banki, Jeremy Millar, Langston Nichols and Andrea Gomez acted in, filmed and edited a three-minute, 46-second video set to the background of Coldplay’s “Paradise.”

Their work was recently nominated for a student Emmy Award by the Northwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Their adaptation of “Paradise” is one of six nominations in the music video category, and they’ll have a chance to win the award at the 51st annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards on June 7 in Seattle.

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Marine Corps, Vietnam shaped Jerry Pearson’s servant nature

May 21, 2014

In a small box that’s usually tucked away in his home library, Issaquah attorney Jerry Pearson has several keepsakes from his three-year stint in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Among the items are a set of dog tags made to commemorate three of his fellow Marines; a brass dragon head he found in a village; and the two Purple Hearts he was awarded for combat-related wounds in Vietnam.

The dragon head, in particular, brings back a flood of memories for Pearson, who was born in Seattle before moving to Issaquah as a small child in 1951. He associates it with Ron Dexter and Lester Bell, two members of the Fifth Marine Division who were shipped to the jungles of Southeast Asia and never came home.

By Neil Pierson Issaquah native Jerry Pearson, surrounded by legal texts at his Pearson Law Firm office, is more than 40 years removed from his duties as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

By Neil Pierson
Issaquah native Jerry Pearson, surrounded by legal texts at his Pearson Law Firm office, is more than 40 years removed from his duties as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Totally tubular

May 20, 2014

IHS alum to play for prestigious symphony

 

Andy Abel makes notes in a piece of music he is rehearsing on his tuba. By Keiji Hiramoto

Andy Abel makes notes in a piece of music he is rehearsing on his tuba. By Keiji Hiramoto

Issaquah High School alumni Andy Abel’s musical aspirations took a major leap forward after receiving an unexpected phone call from the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center.

“I was not expected to get in,” Abel said. “But when I got the call from (associate director of student affairs) Michael Nock, I tried to be very professional about it and called him back an hour later and said, ‘Yes, I would love to accept the fellowship position.’”

Abel, a Sammamish resident and now a freshman at the University of Washington, was awarded the Juliet Esselborn Geier Memorial Fellowship to study and perform with the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts this summer.

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Issaquah girls win state lacrosse title in a thriller

May 20, 2014

Katie Bucy got a second chance and made the most of it, scoring the game winner May 16 with under a minute remaining to give Issaquah an 11-10 victory over Lake Sammamish and its first Washington high school girls state lacrosse championship.

Bucy, a Skyline High School senior who will play next year at Missouri’s Lindenwood University, delivered the winner on a free-position shot after a goal just seconds earlier was disallowed on a shooting-space violation.

“That’s the biggest goal ever,” Bucy said while celebrating with teammates from Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty high schools. “It was hit or miss, and this one was a hit.”

The shot beat Lake Sammamish goaltender and Eastlake freshman Kristene Nickel low and to the left, opposite of where she wanted to go with the shot.

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Plucky students meet ukulele master

May 13, 2014

Riley Frasier’s mother could hardly keep her 7-year-old from popping out of his seat.

Every time world-renowned ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro started plucking a symphonic range of sound few others have ever drawn out of the short, four-stringed instrument, Riley had to stamp his feet, rock his head so hard his glasses could barely stay on his nose and strum the air.

And who could blame him? Certainly not other fans of Shimabukuro’s ukulele solos, an eclectic and international audience that includes the likes of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder and the Queen of England (who has shaken Shimabukuro’s hand).

By Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times Jake Shimabukuro plays ‘This Land Is Your Land’ with dozens of students from Sunny Hills Elementary School, among them Ellie Lindley, Natalie Anderson and Mia Rogers in the front row.

By Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times
Jake Shimabukuro plays ‘This Land Is Your Land’ with dozens of students from Sunny Hills Elementary School, among them Ellie Lindley, Natalie Anderson and Mia Rogers in the front row.

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WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble to perform at Issaquah High School spring concert May 14

May 12, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. May 12, 2014

The Washington State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will make a special appearance at Issaquah High School’s spring concert at 7 p.m. May 14.

The concert is at Issaquah High School Theater, at 700 Second Ave. N.E. The community is invited to attend; admission is free.

The WSU Wind Ensemble will treat concertgoers to favorites such as “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Overture to Strike Up The Band.” Also performing are Issaquah High School’s Jazz, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.

The WSU Ensemble is on its spring tour and is scheduled to perform at Benaroya Hall on May 15.

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