Patriots tennis dominates the Totems

March 31, 2015

Liberty High School senior Sadie Demme was the last singles player to leave the tennis court March 26.

By the time her match against Sammamish’s Jessica Jou finished, most of the doubles teams were wrapping up their games.

By Greg Farrar Sadie Demme, Liberty High School senior No. 2 singles player, returns a volley to Jessica Jou, of Sammamish, during their long two-set tennis match March 26 at Tibbetts Valley Park. Demme won, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.

By Greg Farrar
Sadie Demme, Liberty High School senior No. 2 singles player, returns a volley to Jessica Jou, of Sammamish, during their long two-set tennis match March 26 at Tibbetts Valley Park. Demme won, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.

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Clearing the smoke about drug users

March 25, 2015

The negative stereotypes that label drug users as mindless and problematic are too generalized for such a diverse group of people.

Megan So Liberty High School

Megan So
Liberty High School

*Jason Smith is a Liberty High School student and substance abuser. He acknowledges the negatives of doing drugs.

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The Beat — Teen Talk

March 25, 2015

What do you think about the legalization of marijuana?

Ryan Nguyen, LHS junior “I believe that incrimination based on drug-possession is wrong; addiction to drugs is a medical problem, and one should not become a criminal because of it. Therefore, I believe that the legalization of marijuana can change society’s view toward drug-users as not criminals but as people with a health issue.”

Ryan Nguyen, LHS junior
“I believe that incrimination based on drug-possession is wrong; addiction to drugs is a medical problem, and one should not become a criminal because of it. Therefore, I believe that the legalization of marijuana can change society’s view toward drug-users as not criminals but as people with a health issue.”

Rachael Russel, LHS senior “I think it’s pointless that marijuana has been legalized because people had access to it before, so legalizing it really didn’t change much.”

Rachael Russel, LHS senior
“I think it’s pointless that marijuana has been legalized because people had access to it before, so legalizing it really didn’t change much.”

Kalyn Crickmore, IHS senior “I think that marijuana should be legalized for medical use, but I don’t really see the necessity of having it for recreational use.”

Kalyn Crickmore, IHS senior
“I think that marijuana should be legalized for medical use, but I don’t really see the necessity of having it for recreational use.”

Dylan Martorano, IHS junior “I think it’s great that marijuana has been legalized! As long as the drug is being used safely, I’m happy to see that it could be of importance to so many people in Washington.”

Dylan Martorano, IHS junior
“I think it’s great that marijuana has been legalized! As long as the drug is being used safely, I’m happy to see that it could be of importance to so many people in Washington.”

Claire Wright, ECHS junior “I don’t care because it doesn’t really affect me. I don’t really think it matters what other people do.”

Claire Wright, ECHS junior
“I don’t care because it doesn’t really affect me. I don’t really think it matters what other people do.”

Marek Kossik, ECHS senior “It’s good because it takes business away from drug cartels and gives money to the state government.”

Marek Kossik, ECHS senior
“It’s good because it takes business away from drug cartels and gives money to the state government.”

Angela Shi, SHS freshman “I don’t approve of it, and I feel like marijuana should still be illegal because it can cause lifelong consequences that are detrimental to your health.”

Angela Shi, SHS freshman
“I don’t approve of it, and I feel like marijuana should still be illegal because it can cause lifelong consequences that are detrimental to your health.”

Manu Sharma, SHS junior “I feel that legalization is fine as long as it doesn’t affect others. To smoke marijuana is a choice that someone makes, and it is necessary to be respectful of that choice.”

Manu Sharma, SHS junior
“I feel that legalization is fine as long as it doesn’t affect others. To smoke marijuana is a choice that someone makes, and it is necessary to be respectful of that choice.”

Students place at regional History Day competition

March 25, 2015

Students from across the Eastside descended on Liberty High School on March 14 for the 2015 regional History Day competition.

History buffs from local school districts showed off their exhibits, performances, papers and websites.

Liberty’s participation in the contest has grown over the years, buoyed by the success of its students qualifying for the national competition in Washington, D.C.

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Patriots drop match to rival Highlanders, 2-1

March 25, 2015

The Hazen High School student turnout was small.

Not more than a dozen students made the very short trip to Liberty High School March 19, where their boys soccer team took on the rival Patriots.

Even with their lack of numbers, the cheers that emanated from the section after the game ended in a 2-1 Hazen victory were deafening.

By Greg Farrar Hector Cervantes (left), Hazen High School junior defender, and Liberty sophomore forward Ethan Diaz collide as Cervantes kicks the ball away during the first period of their March 19 soccer match. Hazen won the nonleague game, 2-1.

By Greg Farrar
Hector Cervantes (left), Hazen High School junior defender, and Liberty sophomore forward Ethan Diaz collide as Cervantes kicks the ball away during the first period of their March 19 soccer match. Hazen won the nonleague game, 2-1.

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Artists win Washington State PTSA awards

March 20, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 20, 2015

Congratulations to the following students whose works of visual and performing art are being recognized at the Washington State PTA Convention Reflections reception.

First-place winners advance to the National PTA competition. Second- and third-place winners have placed second and third place, respectively, in the state for their category. All state finalists’ works will be on display April 17-19 at the Washington State PTA Convention at the Bellevue Hyatt.

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Liberty High School hosts STARtalks March 20

March 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 19, 2015

Inspired by TED Talks, Liberty High School will present its second annual STARtalks on March 20.

Each 10-minute STARtalk will speak to concerns and strategies for managing polluted stormwater runoff. The framework is based on the new STAR Community Rating System for ranking the sustainability of cities nationwide.

STARtalks will be offered three times during the day, at 7:30 and 9:05 a.m., and at 12:50 p.m. Each 45-minute assembly features experts from the field as well as student speakers with a new group of three speakers presenting in each time slot.

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Reflections art contest winners announced

March 17, 2015

The Issaquah School District announced this year’s Reflections art contest winners, who will have a chance to compete at the state level this spring. Students in every grade are eligible to compete in several different categories.

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Students join Aerospace Scholars Program

March 17, 2015

Several local students were recently accepted into the first phase of the 2014-15 Washington Aerospace Scholars Program at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

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Donations fuel unique, powerful options for Issaquah students

March 10, 2015

At Maywood Middle School, a robotics club allows students to build motorized submarines that are tested in an above-ground pool before they enter a competition this spring.

Up the road at Liberty High School, technical education teacher Gary McIntosh has a room filled with students learning to make guitars. They’ll not only shape, paint and polish the guitars before the end of the semester, they’ll also make them fully functioning electric instruments.

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