May 27, 2014
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.”
May 27, 2014
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.
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
May 27, 2014
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.
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.
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.
May 20, 2014
IHS alum to play for prestigious symphony
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.
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.
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).
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.