Teens receive young filmmaker award

June 4, 2013

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Matt Wells and Chase Helgeson

The film “Laser Rabbit” and Issaquah Middle School eighth-graders Matt Wells and Chase Helgeson received the Michael J. Rima youth-filmmaker award in the 2013 3-Minute Masterpiece digital film contest, presented by The Seattle Times and the Seattle International Film Festival.

The film features Helgeson and Flash the Rabbit, along with Wells. The story begins with a cute white rabbit arriving by UPS, but things take a dangerous turn when the rabbit reveals supernatural powers.

“Laser Rabbit” was shown at a public screening of the 11 3-Minute Masterpiece contest winners May 18 at the SIFF at Uptown Cinema. Another screening of “Laser Rabbit” was held May 27 at SIFF as part of FutureWave Shorts, a program showcasing a selection of the best films from the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, the largest youth film festival in the world.

Watch “Laser Rabbit” at www.issaquahpress.com. You can also see “Laser Rabbit” and other Matt Wells video creations at his YouTube channel, AngryFlash.

Refinancing saves school district $2 million

April 30, 2013

Taking advantage of recent low interest rates, the Issaquah School District saved more than $2 million April 24 when it refinanced 21.17 million of bonds originally sold in 2004.

The district also sold $55 million worth of new bonds that day.

Seattle-Northwest Securities assisted in the sale. Refinancing more than $21 million of old bonds meant the interest rate went down from 5.25 percent to 1.27 percent, meaning that about $2 million will be saved over the next six years.

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Carnivore studies teach lessons in real-life science at Issaquah Middle School

February 19, 2013

There are more than two dozen territorial carnivores that call the Issaquah area home, and for the past four months the sixth-grade life science students at Issaquah Middle School have been leading their own investigations into these wild neighbors.

Since the end of September, the students have been learning about the local critters, ranging from raccoons and skunks to coyotes and bears, and developing scientific studies to find out how the animals use resources in the Issaquah community to meet their needs. The children teamed with staff from the Woodland Park Zoo and Western Wildlife to put the scientific method to use — asking questions, doing background research, forming and testing hypotheses, analyzing data and reporting their conclusions.

“I think it was interesting, because there was a lot to talk about since we have a lot of carnivores living in the area,” Engu Fontama said.

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Special Olympics tourney is set for Feb. 10

February 5, 2013

The Issaquah Community Center will host the 2013 Special Olympics King County Regional basketball tournament beginning with opening ceremonies at 8 a.m. Feb. 10.

Games tip off at 8:30 a.m., with matches taking place at the Issaquah Community Center, Issaquah High School, Issaquah Middle School and Clark Elementary School.

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Issaquah man develops sudoku-inspired game to teach math skills

January 22, 2013

Victor Zou (right), the creator of Sukugo, poses with his wife and business partner Lucy Lu and a Sukugo game board, in their Issaquah home. Sukugo is a family-friendly board game that can help develop a child’s math skills, Zou said. By Christina Corrales-Toy

Issaquah resident Victor Zou first tried sudoku on a long bus ride while headed for a company retreat. He was intrigued by the numbered logic puzzle, but put off by the solitary and bland nature of the game. Sudoku, he said, could be so much more.

So, Zou set out to create a product that could be the centerpiece of family game night and challenge kids and adults alike to use both sides of their brains. The result is Sukugo, a versatile and colorful sudoku board game that develops users’ logic and reasoning.

“Our left brain is really good at math, numbers and logical reasoning, but our right brain is more about color and creative thinking, so I wanted to combine these two together to really make an enjoyable game,” he said.

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Issaquah High School student arrested for shooter hoax

January 15, 2013

Issaquah police arrested a man Jan. 9 for falsely reporting a shooter on the Issaquah High School campus, prompting a swift police response and lockdowns at Issaquah High and other nearby schools.

Investigators said the 18-year-old Sammamish man, a student at Issaquah High, reported seeing a man with a gun in the school’s upper parking lot at about 10:05 a.m. Jan. 9. Police rushed to the scene to investigate and provide security at Issaquah High and nearby campuses.

Meanwhile, school administrators placed the school and Tiger Mountain Community High, Issaquah Middle and Clark Elementary Schools on lockdown.

The lockdown lasted for about 45 minutes as police investigated the report.

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Police arrest Sammamish man for Issaquah High School shooter hoax

January 10, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 10, 2013

Issaquah police arrested a student Wednesday for falsely reporting a shooter on the Issaquah High School campus, prompting a swift police response and lockdowns at Issaquah High and other nearby schools.

Investigators said the 18-year-old Sammamish man, a student at Issaquah High, reported seeing a man with a gun in the school’s upper parking lot at about 10:05 a.m. Police rushed to the scene to investigate and provide security at Issaquah High and nearby campuses.

Meanwhile, school administrators placed the school and Tiger Mountain Community High, Issaquah Middle and Clark Elementary Schools on lockdown.

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Hoax prompts lockdown at downtown Issaquah schools

January 9, 2013

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 2013

School administrators put Issaquah High and Tiger Mountain Community High schools into lockdown Wednesday, and Clark Elementary and Issaquah Middle schools into modified lockdown, after a student made a false report about a threat.

The hoax led police presence at Issaquah High as administrators and investigators attempted to determine the credibility of the information.

In a lockdown, students remain inside classrooms with the doors locked. The modified lockdown at Clark Elementary and Issaquah Middle meant students had to stay inside school buildings.

The lockdown at Issaquah High and Tiger Mountain Community High lasted for a few minutes.

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Student musicians rank among top performers statewide

December 4, 2012

Dozens of local students are among the state’s top performers that have been chosen to participate in one of the Washington Music Educators Association’s 2013 All-State Honor or one of the National Association for Music Education’s All-Northwest performing groups.

The group of school musicians from throughout the state and region will rehearse and perform in concert under the direction of world-renowned conductors. The All-State high school honor groups and the All-Northwest groups will meet in Portland, Ore., Feb. 14-17. Junior All-State groups, grades five through eight, will meet in Vancouver, Wash., on Feb. 16.

This year’s group includes students from all five of the district’s middle schools and all three of the district’s traditional high schools.

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Who’s News

November 20, 2012

Nicholas Co

Boy Scout Nicholas Co earns Eagle rank

Nicholas Co recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

His Eagle Scout service project was repurposing an unusable space at Issaquah Middle School, contributing nearly 100 hours of service to his community.

Co is the student body president of Issaquah High School, an active member of National Honor Society and he runs as a member of the cross-country and track teams. He is a passionate volunteer of King County Search and Rescue, and was recognized as last year’s Top 5 Youth Responder.

Co plans to study engineering after graduating in June.

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