Two area students win $2,500 scholarships

August 13, 2013

Katherine Nelson, a 2013 graduate of Liberty High School, and Erika Speckhardt, a 2012 graduate of Issaquah High School, were recipients of a $2,500 scholarship from the Boeing Employees Credit Union Foundation for the 2013-14 school year.

Nelson and Speckhardt were among 50 scholarship winners from the state chosen for their dedication to community service leadership and academic success.

Nelson, who was a competitive swimmer at Liberty, served as a mentor for the Maple Hills Marlins, a youth swim team based in Renton. She was a team captain at Liberty and has worked as a lifeguard, gaining many skills to become a confident leader.

Speckhardt, who attends Seattle University, participated for three consecutive years in a 10-day humanitarian project in Romania. The project allows teenagers of various backgrounds and nationalities to work together and serve underprivileged villagers.

 

Freaky feat

July 16, 2013

Liberty High School graduate Tim Lincecum throws no-hitter

After seven years in Major League Baseball, Liberty High School product Tim Lincecum has accumulated his fair share of accolades.

By Greg Farrar Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants Cy Young award-winning pitcher and former Liberty High School star, makes his pitching debut at Safeco Field June 16, 2012.

By Greg Farrar
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants Cy Young award-winning pitcher and former Liberty High School star, makes his pitching debut at Safeco Field June 16, 2012.

The San Francisco Giants pitcher has won two Cy Young Awards, given to baseball’s best pitcher, two World Series championships and has appeared in four all-star games. He had not, however, thrown a no-hitter, despite the fact that he had come close a few times.

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Schools honored for ‘green’ behavior

July 9, 2013

Three Issaquah School District schools earned recognition in June from the King County Green Schools program for their successful conservation practices during the 2012-13 school year.

Skyline High School was honored with a Level 3 Green Schools award — the highest honor the program gives — for reducing waste, improving recycling practices, and engaging in energy and water conservation activities.

Apollo Elementary School and Liberty High School earned a Level 2 award. Thirty-nine schools in 13 school districts across the county earned Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 distinctions.

 

 

Patriot Players score top theater award

June 18, 2013

A month after the Liberty High School Patriot Players took audiences on a journey through Oz, they returned to the stage again, accepting a top honor at the 5th Avenue Theatre Awards June 11.

In what has become an annual tradition for the successful performing arts program, Liberty drama students joined more than 2,000 of their peers from across the state at the show that is likened to the high school version of the Tony Awards.

“It’s a big deal, because it’s like if state football met the Tonys for drama,” Liberty sophomore Lorrin Hunt said.

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Issaquah School District graduations / June 13, 2013

June 18, 2013

Newcastle singer joins elite company

June 4, 2013

Newcastle singer Jaylyn Andrus performs at the 2012 Jack and Jill Honoree Ball, which celebrates local high school students’ accomplishments and presents them to society. By Jack Storms

Newcastle singer Jaylyn Andrus performs at the 2012 Jack and Jill Honoree Ball, which celebrates local high school students’ accomplishments and presents them to society.
By Jack Storms

Unlike most teenagers, Liberty High School senior Jaylyn Andrus loves a good opera, and for her, the bloodier the production, the better.

“I love the drama in operas,” she said. “There are some funny ones, but my favorites are the ones where everyone dies.”

One day, Jaylyn envisions herself performing in the very productions she has grown to admire, and she is well on her way, gaining acceptance into one of the top college music programs and earning national recognition for her vocal talents.

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Liberty’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’ scores 11 drama nominations

June 4, 2013

The Liberty High School production of “The Wizard of Oz,” garnered an impressive 11 nominations from The 5th Avenue Theatre’s annual awards that recognize musical theater at high schools across the state.

The program received nominations for Outstanding Overall Musical, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Scenic Design, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Stage Crew, Outstanding Lobby Display and Outstanding Performance by a Chorus.

Madison Smith was recognized for her role as the Wicked Witch with a nomination in the Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Non-Singing Role category, while Eric Spradling-Reim, as the Scarecrow, received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

Girls tennis teams are double trouble at state

June 4, 2013

Jenny Adams (left) and Kristy Braunston, Liberty High School doubles tennis team, pose with their second-place medals, after losing to Mercer Island at the 3A state championships in Richland. Contributed

Jenny Adams (left) and Kristy Braunston, Liberty High School doubles tennis team, pose with their second-place medals, after losing to Mercer Island at the 3A state championships in Richland. Contributed

The top doubles tennis teams from Liberty and Issaquah high schools had a lot in common this season.

Both teams paired a senior with a junior. Issaquah’s girls team consisted of senior Sam Garrard and junior Kelsey Wilson, while Liberty had a similar duo of senior Kristy Braunston and junior Jenny Adams.

The teams each took second place at the KingCo championship. Garrard and Wilson finished second to Garfield in the 4A tournament, while Braunston and Adams fell to Mercer Island in the 3A competition.

Finally, in what was a rematch of the KingCo championship for both teams, each earned second-place medals in the state tournament.

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Local athletes win at state track championships

May 28, 2013

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School teammates (from left) Ashby Brown, Hiron Redman, Romney Noel and Alex Olobia link arms and display their 4x400-meter relay medals after winning second place with a time of 3 minutes, 20.42 seconds during the 3A state track and field championships May 25 in Tacoma.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School teammates (from left) Ashby Brown, Hiron Redman, Romney Noel and Alex Olobia link arms and display their 4×400-meter relay medals after winning second place with a time of 3 minutes, 20.42 seconds during the 3A state track and field championships May 25 in Tacoma.

Immediately after Liberty High School track stars Alex Olobia and Hiron Redman competed in the last race of their high school careers, the seniors embraced as they shook off the disappointment of a second-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay at the state track and field championship.

“Bellevue had just that much more, just a little bit more,” Redman said. “He just got me by a 30th of a second. That’s it.”

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Liberty teachers honored for their hard work

May 28, 2013

Liberty High School teachers Debbie Sutton and Sarah Duran were selected as Liberty’s Outstanding Educators for the 2012-13 school year, according to a press release from the school.

The teachers were selected and recognized as teachers or educators who have gone above and beyond the normal expectations of their job to enhance the education of Liberty students.

The teachers were nominated by Liberty High School students.

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