Naomi Florsheim wins Teen Poetry Slam

April 1, 2014

The fourth annual Issaquah Teen Poetry Slam, hosted by the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board, was held March 2 at the Issaquah Coffee Co.

Naomi Florsheim, an eighth-grader at Issaquah Middle School, won first place.

Teachers Christine Boas, from Skyline High School, and Henry Level, from Liberty High School, served as judges. They determined the first-, second- and third-place winners, who received gift cards for the Issaquah Coffee Co.

About 15 middle and high school students from Issaquah attended and participated, bringing their poetry to life.

 

Advisory board tackles youth substance abuse

March 25, 2014

Although drug abuse is a widely discussed topic, few dig deeper into the underlying causes, the reasons why youths would start risking their health by using dangerous substances.

Today’s generation of teenagers are faced with unprecedented challenges on a daily basis: family conflicts, rigorous schoolwork, bullying, peer pressure and sky-high parental expectations, just to name a few.

Not knowing how to deal with and manage the stress and emotions that result from these issues often leave teenagers in a dangerous predicament.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

Viewing drugs or alcohol as the only way to cope with their distress, many young people practice this harmful behavior and put their lives at risk. Easy access to illegal substances and a lack of understanding of the effects drugs have on their developing bodies further push teens toward substance abuse.

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Teen poetry slam returns March 2

February 25, 2014

The Issaquah Youth Advisory Board’s fourth annual Issaquah Teen Poetry Slam is from 3-5 p.m. March 2 at the Issaquah Coffee Co., 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., in Gilman Village.

Previews of all entry materials and consent forms must be submitted by March 1.

Learn more by calling Cathy Jones at 837-3300.

Celebrate at whimsical winter storytime Saturday

December 12, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 12, 2013

The Issaquah Youth Advisory Board hosts a Whimsical Winter Storytime.

This family event is from 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall and Police Department, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Enjoy enchanting stories and crafts to warm hearts and cookies to warm tummies.

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Youth board to host Glitz & Glam night

March 26, 2013

Elementary school girls can express their glamorous side at the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board’s Glitz & Glam night from 6-9 p.m. May 17 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Girls in kindergarten through third grade can spend the night doing hair, makeup and crafts.

Registration fee is $20. Learn more at https://iplay.issaquahwa.gov/Start/start.asp, or call 837-3300.

 

Issaquah High School senior explores energy industry at USC camp

November 20, 2012

When Issaquah High School senior Alex Hansen was tasked with a project to find a solution to combat the waste associated with plastic bottles, he thought outside of the box.

Hansen and a small group of other students from across the country suggested employing a sort of hypothetical bacteria that would have the ability to eat plastic and turn it into a substance that is more environmentally friendly.

“I personally researched a lot about these weird bacteria, I forget their name, but apparently they are being looked into as having the possibility to eat plastic and turn it into a material that is more decomposable,” he said. “It’s not really plausible yet, but it was fun.”

It was all part of Hansen’s summer visit to the University of Southern California for the weeklong USC/Chevron Frontiers of Energy Resources Camp.

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Summer job provides more than a paycheck

July 31, 2012

Recent Issaquah High School graduate Maria Dalzell isn’t bagging groceries or working retail this summer.

Maria Dalzell

Instead, she is busy meeting CEOs, sitting in on board meetings and getting a first-hand look at how nonprofit organizations function through her paid internship at Seattle Goodwill.

Dalzell is among a handful of Puget Sound-area teens selected to participate in the Bank of America Student Leaders program. The program awards community-minded teens from across the country with an eight-week paid internship at a local charitable organization and a July trip to Washington, D.C., for a weeklong Student Leadership Summit.

During a time when the teen unemployment rate in Washington state is among the highest in the nation, Bank of America’s Student Leaders program and Summer Youth Employment Initiative provide meaningful summer work for teens.

“Youth unemployment is a big deal, especially since there are many more adults in the field looking for jobs,” Dalzell said. “What’s really special about programs like this is that it’s not just a job that you get over the summer, it’s a job that really prepares you for the big world, prepares you for college and prepares you for life.”

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Issaquah Youth Advisory Board seeks fresh faces by May 18

May 8, 2012

City leaders need tweens and teens to serve on the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board during the 2012-13 school year.

The panel fosters advocacy, community service and youth representation on local boards and committees.

Students must live within the Issaquah School District boundaries in order to apply for the board. The school district stretches from Preston to Newcastle and from Sammamish to Renton.

Organizers intend to include members representing each middle and high school in the district.

The panel also welcomes home-schooled and private school students living inside district boundaries.

Find the application on the municipal website, www.ci.issaquah.wa.us/Files/2012-2013IYABapplication.pdf. The application deadline is May 18.

Contact city Recreation Coordinator Cathy Jones at 837-3317 or cathyj@ci.issaquah.wa.us to learn more.

The upcoming year represents the 17th anniversary for the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board. Past projects include hosting a daylong Issaquah Youth Summit, collecting more than 1,200 pounds of food for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and organizing a middle school dodgeball tournament.

Issaquah Youth Advisory Board seeks fresh faces

April 15, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. April 15, 2012

City leaders need tweens and teens to serve on the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board during the 2012-13 school year.

The panel fosters advocacy, community service and youth representation on local boards and committees.

Students must live within the Issaquah School District boundaries in order to apply for the board. The school district stretches from Preston to Newcastle and from Sammamish to Renton.

Organizers intend to include members representing each middle and high school in the district.

The panel also welcomes home-schooled and private school students living inside district boundaries.

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Who’s News

January 31, 2012

Brian Ruggles is named athlete of the month

Brian Ruggles

Senior Brian Ruggles was named Issaquah High School Booster Club Red Robin Athlete of the Month.

Ruggles is swim team captain. His coach, Laura Halter, wrote in her nomination letter that Brian “has been an outstanding leader so far this season. He is hard working and very dedicated to his sport training in the off-season almost daily. He leads by example in and out of the pool, always demonstrating good sportsmanship and respect for all other athletes, coaches and volunteers.

“He appreciates everything that people do to make our program successful and he is a main ingredient in that success. The younger athletes look up to him and really enjoy his sense of humor and attitude.”

He has been a district qualifier for the past three years and a state qualifier last year, and is on pace to do so again this year. Ruggles has also been involved in many activities, such as the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board for the past three years. He is serving as the Outreach chairman and is in charge of publicity for all of the board’s events.

Ruggles has helped tutor the high school physics review session and also tutored other students in Spanish, math and general homework. He earned his lifeguard certification and worked last summer as a lifeguard and swim instructor, as well as helped coach some team practices. Ruggles has also won a contest for the design of his K’nex roller coaster model.

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