Deadline is approaching for girls’ scholarships

March 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 6, 2015

The Issaquah Women’s Club will offer $1,000 scholarships to graduating senior girls from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools, and from Echo Glen and Tiger Mountain alternative schools.

Get information about requirements and the official form for Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline at www.issaquahwomensclub.org/scholarships. Get information, and the official form for Echo Glen and Tiger Mountain schools, by seeing a counselor or adviser.

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The Beat — Teen Talk

February 24, 2015

Should colleges base their admissions on standardized test scores?

Raman Kaur, senior, LHS “No, because you can’t wrap up 12 years worth of education in one test score.”

Raman Kaur, senior, LHS
“No, because you can’t wrap up 12 years worth of education in one test score.”

Hayley Murdoch, senior, LHS “No. Colleges should base their admissions on GPA, references and essays, because they show the long-term improvement and intelligence of the student.”

Hayley Murdoch, senior, LHS
“No. Colleges should base their admissions on GPA, references and essays, because they show the long-term improvement and intelligence of the student.”

Sabrina Loos, sophomore, SHS “Yes … standardized tests remain the same through every school district, nationwide. Therefore, they provide the only unbiased way to compare students academic ability, regardless of different grading scales or teacher leniency.”

Sabrina Loos, sophomore, SHS
“Yes … standardized tests remain the same through every school district, nationwide. Therefore, they provide the only unbiased way to compare students academic ability, regardless of different grading scales or teacher leniency.”

Paul Kim, junior, SHS “No, because, in my opinion, they do not accurately depict the intelligence of the student, and it takes credit away from the achievements that students have received in their school work.”

Paul Kim, junior, SHS
“No, because, in my opinion, they do not accurately depict the intelligence of the student, and it takes credit away from the achievements that students have received in their school work.”

Tristana Leist, senior, ECHS “Colleges should use standardized testing as a baseline but not as a factor carrying more than 30 percent of the weight in the application. All colleges should conduct personal interviews as part of the admissions process.”

Tristana Leist, senior, ECHS
“Colleges should use standardized testing as a baseline but not as a factor carrying more than 30 percent of the weight in the application. All colleges should conduct personal interviews as part of the admissions process.”

Jack Morgan, junior, ECHS “Absolutely not, because standardized tests don’t test how smart you are. They only test how much money you have to pay for prep courses.”

Jack Morgan, junior, ECHS
“Absolutely not, because standardized tests don’t test how smart you are. They only test how much money you have to pay for prep courses.”

Namrata Chintalapati, junior, IHS “Standardized tests present an extremely narrow depiction of a student’s abilities, because privileged children have the resources to prepare for tests like the SAT or ACT better, and that therefore skews the representation of how ‘smart’ a student is.”

Namrata Chintalapati, junior, IHS
“Standardized tests present an extremely narrow depiction of a student’s abilities, because privileged children have the resources to prepare for tests like the SAT or ACT better, and that therefore skews the representation of how ‘smart’ a student is.”

Kunal Gupta, senior, IHS “For me, my ACT score was a way to show college that I am knowledgeable separate of what they see from my GPA.”

Kunal Gupta, senior, IHS
“For me, my ACT score was a way to show college that I am knowledgeable separate of what they see from my GPA.”

Liberty athlete earns scholar athlete award

February 17, 2015

Liberty High School senior Quinn Magendanz was one of eight area athletes honored at the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards banquet Feb. 8.

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Rotary Club honors students of the month

February 10, 2015

These seniors are Rotary Club of Issaquah Students of the Month.

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Four Patriots sign on National Letter of Intent day

February 10, 2015

Four Liberty High School students will officially continue their athletic careers at the next level.

Soccer players Morgan Childs, Kelley Johnson, Michael Duvall, and golfer Dexter Simonds all made their commitments official on signing day Feb. 4.

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Daddy Daughter Dance is Feb. 10

February 7, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 7, 2015

Calling all daddy-daughter elementary school duos!

Share a fun evening of dancing and bonding from 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Liberty High School Commons, 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton.

Come dressed to impress. Pictures will be available for purchase at the event sponsored by the Liberty High School class of 2018.

Learn more by contacting Steve Darnell at 837-4846 or darnells@issaquah.wednet.edu.

Liberty dismantles Interlake on senior day

January 27, 2015

By Greg Farrar Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School senior guard, draws a blocking foul from Interlake senior Adriana Cottle during the second quarter Jan. 23. Demps had a game- and season-high 20 points.

By Greg Farrar
Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School senior guard, draws a blocking foul from Interlake senior Adriana Cottle during the second quarter Jan. 23. Demps had a game- and season-high 20 points.

As Liberty senior Cherelle Demps took the starting tipoff position in Friday’s game against Interlake, she paused for a moment to reflect. Read more

Skyline, Liberty stadiums move closer to reality

January 20, 2015

The long-awaited Skyline High School stadium improvement plan may be closer to reality, after the Issaquah School Board received an update at its Jan. 14 meeting.

Steve Crawford, the Issaquah School District’s director of capital projects, told board members the bidding process for potential contractors on the stadium construction projects at both Skyline and Liberty high schools would open this week.

The Skyline project, budgeted at nearly $6.5 million, was approved by voters in an April 2012 bond measure. Since, members of the school’s football boosters club have criticized the project, saying school district officials aren’t interested in an alternate design that would have a concrete grandstand and increased storage space, and be more cost-effective.

Construction, scheduled to last a few months, has been delayed multiple times, including twice in the past year. Read more

High School Sports Start the New Year

January 13, 2015

New blog hopes to reach teens with mental health, drug issues

December 30, 2014

With topics ranging from managing panic attacks to managing eating disorders, a new blog site for Issaquah- and Sammamish-area students already is covering a lot of ground.

“‘Mindfulness’” should have been the 2014 Word of the Year, because I’m seeing it everywhere. There’s even a new magazine called ‘Mindful,’ available on newsstands…”

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