Oscar Myre passes on the tradition

May 13, 2014

By Jill Myre  Three generations of Oscar Myres get together for a photo at Oscar V’s first soccer game, coached by Oscar III and IV. (And yes, they won.)

By Jill Myre
Three generations of Oscar Myres get together for a photo at Oscar V’s first soccer game, coached by Oscar III and IV. (And yes, they won.)

Singer Shirley Ellis introduced the country to “The Name Game” with her “Bonana fanna fo” rime scheme designed to turn any name into a poem. (Google it. Your kids will love it.)

But everyone faced with the birth of a baby must play a name game of sorts. Shall we look for something new, something unique? Shall we maintain a tradition, or even maybe a unique tradition?

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Liberty’s renovation is the talk of earth-friendly buildings

May 13, 2014

Liberty High School students are keenly aware their school is undergoing a major modernization project, but they might not know the intricate details about the new building’s environmental friendliness.

Liberty’s renovation was part of a large-scale discussion at the school last month when the school’s Sustainability Ambassadors hosted three assemblies about green-building practices.

The discussions, titled STAR Talks (Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating) were designed to give the student body a taste for what the new wave of building standards look like, particularly in regard to schools.

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Teen Talk: How has substance abuse affected your school or community?

April 22, 2014

Liberty High School

Alina Nguyen, senior

“It has caused many people I know in my community to grow distant from relationships and hide from their responsibilities or problems.”
Christine Dao, junior

“I’ve witnessed families being torn down due to it.”

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Peas, princes & patriot players

April 22, 2014

Award-winning Liberty High School theater program presents ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

There are overbearing mothers, and then there is “Once Upon a Mattress’” Queen Aggravain, alone in an altogether different stratosphere of dysfunction.

Photos by Sarah Edmonds Above, Queen Aggravain, played by Liberty High School senior Hailey Gumm, looks on in shock, while King Sextimus, senior Marcus Milyko, doesn’t seem amused in the Patriot Players’ production of ‘Once Upon a Mattress.’

Photo by Sarah Edmonds
Queen Aggravain, played by Liberty High School senior Hailey Gumm, looks on in shock, while King Sextimus, senior Marcus Milyko, doesn’t seem amused in the Patriot Players’ production of ‘Once Upon a Mattress.’

“Like her name suggests, she’s aggressive,” said Liberty High School senior Hailey Gumm, the one tasked with portraying her in the Patriot Players’ spring musical. “She definitely is a little bit crazy, but I think the crazy people are the fun ones. They are the meat of the show.”

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Officer Montalvo helps keep students safe

April 22, 2014

Drugs are available worldwide to countless people, but are they available to students in high school as well?

For students at Liberty High School, it’s not that easy to get them. School resource officer Dave Montalvo is Liberty’s most important measure against unsafe drug usage among students.

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

Montalvo patrols school parking lots and helps students through an online Q & A found on Liberty’s homepage. Montalvo’s mission is “to develop a partnership between law enforcement and the school community that provides a safe environment in which teachers, students, parents and the community can fulfill the mission and goals of the school district.”

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Liberty senior will run for the Redhawks

April 22, 2014

Liberty High School senior Collin Olson, of Newcastle, announced April 11 that he will run cross-country and track and field at Seattle University next year.

He was a member of coach Mike Smith’s historic cross-country team this year. The Liberty boys team made its first state appearance in school history last fall.

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Let’s Talk About It: Healthy Youth Survey shows increase in substance abuse

April 22, 2014

The prevalence of substance abuse among teenagers is skyrocketing, as more youths are being challenged by emotional, mental and social difficulties.

In October 2012, the Issaquah School District conducted its fifth biennial Healthy Youth Survey among Issaquah sixth-, eighth-, 10th-, and 12th-graders. The anonymous survey asked about students’ physical activity and nutrition, drug abuse, emotional health and other “risky behaviors.” Questions regarding substance abuse made up more than half of the survey.

Noela Lu  Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

Today’s high school students experience laborious amounts of homework, time-consuming extracurricular activities and elevated parental expectations. As teenagers begin entering high school, some resort to substance abuse to cope with the additional stress and responsibility they didn’t face in middle school.

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Ten Issaquah schools named achievement award winners

April 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 22, 2014

The state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and Board of Education announced the 2013 Washington Achievement Award winners April 15, and 10 Issaquah School District schools made the cut.

The awards are selected annually using two academic indexes. A total of 413 schools statewide were chosen this year in six categories: overall excellence, high progress, reading growth, math growth, extended graduation rates and English language acquisition.

Issaquah schools that earned awards in overall excellence included all three comprehensive high schools — Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline — as well as four elementary schools: Cougar Ridge, Discovery, Endeavour and Newcastle.

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Liberty student wins ‘Influence the Choice’ video contest

April 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 16, 2014

Liberty High School junior Ashton Herrild took home the top prize in the Drug Free Community Coalition’s 2014 “Influence the Choice” student video contest.

Herrild’s two-minute video encouraged peers to “live for the nights you’ll never forget,” rather than “the nights you won’t remember,” and live a drug-free life. His overall win came with a prize of $800.

More than 100 Issaquah School District students worked to submit 54 videos encouraging their peers to say no to prescription drugs, alcohol and marijuana. The students spent an estimated 400 hours crafting the videos.

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Recycled crayon business embodies Earth Day message

April 15, 2014

Local mom Regan Wong found a nifty way to repurpose the contents of that long forgotten box, tucked away in a closet, filled to the brim with broken, sometimes wrapperless crayons.

The vibrant coloring tools undoubtedly lived a life of usefulness at one point, but rather than letting them sit on a shelf reminiscing about the good old days of elementary school, or letting them rot in a landfill, Wong is turning them in to something environmentally friendly and beautiful.

Wacky Crayons takes used crayons, melts them down and, using food-grade molds, crafts new, multicolored drawing tools in various shapes and sizes.

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage. At left, Wacky Crayons come in fully compostable packaging and include a variety of shapes, from flowers to the Millennium Falcon. Photos By Christina Corrales-Toy

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage.
Photo contributed

“We didn’t invent this, but we’re sort of perfecting it along the way,” Wong said.

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