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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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

Ten years of advice at the speed of light

June 17, 2014

In keeping with the tradition of previous years, this is the condensed, edited commencement speech I heard from a student or adult at graduation that, in my opinion, stood out from the rest. Enjoy!

— Greg Farrar


Tom Haff, Faculty Speaker

Physics teacher

Issaquah High School


Hey, gang. This is going to be really hard for me, because they only gave me six minutes.

Let’s say that you stepped outside of Key Arena and you traveled close to the speed of light, like 99.99999 percent the speed of light, for those six minutes, and you came back still wearing your cap and gown. But the earth’s clock will have gone by for 10 years. I calculated those.

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Former Issaquah teacher dies

June 17, 2014

Longtime Issaquah High School teacher Frances Crelly passed away peacefully at her Seattle home May 5.

Crelly influenced generations of Issaquah students, beginning at the school in 1944 and retiring in 1983. She started as an English teacher, taught art, directed school plays and ultimately retired as a Spanish instructor.

“Words seem to be inadequate to recount the hundreds of lives you have touched in your 39 years as a classroom teacher, confidant, adviser, director and friend to young people at Issaquah High,” Issaquah School Board members said in a letter upon her retirement.

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Soccer clubs bring collegiate talent

June 3, 2014

Issaquah residents won’t have to go far this summer to watch some top-shelf soccer talent from across the region and world.

Issaquah High School is the primary home stadium for the Puget Sound Gunners FC and ISC Gunners FC, men’s and women’s teams that develop elite college-aged players with professional aspirations.

“This will allow fans to witness a standard of college players live and in the flesh,” the teams’ general manager Gwynne Williams said.

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