To the Editor

July 29, 2014

 

Relay for Life

Group is still needing   funds to make its goal

On May 31, members from our community took to the track at Issaquah High School for Issaquah’s 2014 Relay For Life. As always, it was those involved who made this year’s Relay For Life an outstanding event and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

“Thank you” doesn’t seem enough for what the community gave to Relay For Life this year. We are so grateful for: the planning team made of volunteers who spent the year organizing the event; the team captains and team members who raised money and awareness for cancer research during the Relay season; our day of event volunteers who helped set up and prepare; and our sponsors and community businesses that made generous donations.

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Issaquah grad heads to Cambodia with the Peace Corps

July 22, 2014

Scan through any English dictionary, or take the modern route and type it into Google, and the definition of idealism is along these lines: “the attitude of a person who believes that it is possible to live according to very high standards of behavior and honesty.”

Described mainly as a theory, idealism in practice is far easier said than done. But some people find it easier than others. Take Chelsea Stone, 23, for example.

After graduating from Gonzaga University in Spokane in 2012 with a degree in biology, the 2009 graduate of Issaquah High School continued her education at Drexel University in Philadelphia, receiving her master’s degree in public health, with specialties in biostatistics and epidemiology.

A lot of big words and hard work, but how does that make her an idealist?

Contributed As part of her master's thesis for Drexel University, Chelsea Stone worked in the Haitian community, gathering research regarding pediatric asthma.

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As part of her master’s thesis for Drexel University, Chelsea Stone worked in the Haitian community, gathering research regarding pediatric asthma.

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Lakeside Recovery’s season ends at Legion district tournament

July 22, 2014

Lakeside Recovery had a largely successful regular season of Double-A American Legion baseball, but the end came surprisingly quick at last week’s Area 1 South District tournament.

Lakeside Recovery — comprised of 17-and-under players from Skyline, Issaquah and Newport high schools — opened the tourney with an 11-1 loss to Juanita, and didn’t find its groove in the next game either, suffering a season-ending 5-1 loss to the Monroe Legends on July 17 at Eastlake High School.

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery pitcher Jack Rooney keeps his team in the game for five innings.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery pitcher Jack Rooney keeps his team in the game for five innings.

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Local students get Alpha Rho scholarships

July 22, 2014

The Alpha Rho chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa has awarded its annual scholarships of $1,000 to Skyline High School senior Madison Laycock and Issaquah High School senior Cassidy Crickmore to help them further their education.

Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding.

Issaquah soccer team takes second at nationals

July 22, 2014

The Issaquah Soccer Club Gunners U-15 girls team finished second at the National Premier League Finals in Greensboro, N.C., July 10-14.

In the qualifying round, the Gunners defeated a team from New Jersey, ranked 17th in the nation, 3-1. In order to continue to advance in the tournament, the girls needed to score five times in a July 12 game against a Mississippi squad.

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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.

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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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.

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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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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