College News

January 10, 2012

Local students make OSU honor roll

The following students were named to the Scholastic Honor Roll fall term at Oregon State University. To qualify, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of coursework and earn a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

Issaquah: Sarah Jacobi and Devin O’Donnell

North Bend: Shanna Holland

Preston: Carter Michell

Renton: Sarah Baker, Lauren Sewell and Alexander Van

Sammamish: Kristin Nikaitani (4.0 average), Chris Dallas, Kyla Krueger and Ian Smith

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College News

July 19, 2011

Local students make WSU honor roll

The following students were recently named to Washington State University’s president’s honor roll for the 2011 spring semester. To qualify, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine graded hours in a single term and earn a grade point average of 3.75 or earn a 3.5 cumulative grade point average based on 15 cumulative hours of graded work.

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Adrian Sampson composes a mound miracle

June 28, 2011

Skyline grad overcomes Tommy John surgery, gets drafted by Florida Marlins

Adrian Sampson pitches one of his games for Bellevue College this spring on the way to a 6-2 record and a 1.87 earned-run average. By Rich Dworkis/BC Athletics

The excruciating pain in his elbow was matched by the agonizing ache in his heart. Adrian Sampson thought his baseball career might be over two years ago. Read more

College News

June 21, 2011

Lauren Baba earns Fulbright scholarship

Lauren Baba, of Issaquah, has earned a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to study at the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Baba’s research emphasis is on health outcomes for aboriginal populations in Canada and the United States.

The Issaquah High School 2007 valedictorian recently graduated from Houston’s Rice University with a health sciences and policy studies degree.

She plans to pursue post-graduate degrees in public health, public policy or indigenous studies. Her long-term goal is to work as a community health consultant for American Indian tribes or to make health policy at the federal level.

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Who’s News

June 21, 2011

Marlena Norwood accepted to UC Berkeley summer program

Eastside Catholic High School junior Marlena Norwood was accepted into the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine and Health Care at University of California, Berkeley.

In the 10-day conference, students will witness how to suture and perform a craniotomy demonstration, practice drilling into model skulls, participate in simulated clinical rounds and determine the identity of mystery “outbreak” diseases. They’ll also visit with physicians and researchers.

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College News

April 12, 2011

Local students make OSU honor roll

The following students have made the Scholastic Honor Roll for winter term at Oregon State University. To qualify, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work.

Issaquah: 3.5 grade-point average or better: Joseph Camporeale, Devin O’Donnell and Sarah Roberts

Newcastle: 3.5 GPA or better: Jocelyn McNeil

Sammamish: 4.0 average: Kristin N. Nikaitani

Sammamish resident makes Gonzaga president’s list

Evan I. Bull, of Sammamish, earned placement on the Gonzaga University president’s list for the 2010 fall semester. The president’s list requires students to earn a 3.7 to 4.0 GPA for the semester.

College News

December 28, 2010

Student makes OSU honor roll

Kristin N. Nikaitani, a freshman student from Sammamish studying merchandising management, was recently named to the Scholastic Honor Roll with a straight-A average for the fall term at Oregon State University.

To be on the honor roll, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work.

Curtis should be Skyline’s toughest test

November 26, 2010

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Nov. 26, 2010

The toughest test of the season for the Skyline High School football team could come Saturday in the Class 4A state semifinals. The Spartans, hoping for a three-peat, meet the Curtis Vikings at 7:30 p.m. in the Tacoma Dome.

Skyline enters the game with a 11-1 mark while Curtis is 12-0. The Tacoma Dome is a favorite venue for both teams. The Spartans certainly have fond memories of playing in the T-Dome. Skyline has won two straight 4A state championships in the Tacoma Dome, as well as capturing the 4A title in 2005, and 3A crowns in 2000 and 2007.

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College News

July 20, 2010

Local students receive scholarships

Residents from the Issaquah area were among 5,400 students to be awarded about $30 million in scholarship support from the University of Idaho for the 2010-11 academic year. The students are:

Issaquah: Alicia Hensen, Alyssa Schultz, Carly Overton, David Erickson, David Xiong, Jessica Balbiani, Kelle Agassiz, Kevin Baker, Megan Gilchrist, Nathaniel Essex, Sean Erickson, Shoko Nelson, Spencer Belsvik, Spencer Johnson, Taylor Lundeen and Trevor Simpkins

Renton: Chad Dewan, Charles Herzog, Christopher Ohlinger, Justin Quinn, Nicole Buchheit, Stephen Carras, Timothy Kuzan and William Gruenes

Sammamish: Alyssa Charlston, Camille Gomez, Christopher Martin, Courtney Johnston, Erik Hawes, Erika Ikstrums, Jacob Hamilton, Mike Brewster and Taylor Parker

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Schools finance officer is PTSA Educator of the Year

June 1, 2010

At their annual luncheon May 20, members of the districtwide Issaquah Parents, Teachers and Students Association awarded Jacob Kuper, the Issaquah School District’s chief executive of finance and operations, their Educator of the Year Award.

Jacob Kuper, the Issaquah School District’s chief executive of finance and operations, received the districtwide Parents, Teachers and Students Association Educator of the Year Award from President Heather Gillette. By Sara Niegowski

“Our Educator of the Year award is important, because it goes to someone who goes above and beyond at the district level to not just be a steward of educating our children, but to someone that educates our community and families about the educational process,” PTSA President Heather Gillette said.

“Jake has been instrumental in that through his financial management, but also by making the community aware of what is going on at the district and state levels financially,” she said.

The luncheon, at Tibbetts Creek Manor, is an end-of-the-year celebration for PTSA members and district officials.

It’s Kuper’s strength in strong fiscal management that has enabled the district to weather unprecedented economic cutbacks from the state and federal governments, Gillette said. Without that leadership, children wouldn’t have the same education they have in Issaquah.

“By managing resources and advocating for funding of public education, I believe we can provide every child with an education that will ensure they have the opportunity to be successful,” said Kuper, a father of two. “I believe education is the bedrock of our society and that is why I am so passionate about it.”

Kuper graduated from Eatonville High School in 1998 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in business and accounting from Oregon State University in 2002. In 2006, he earned his master’s in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University.

After graduation, he went to work for the state Auditor’s Office, where he conducted audits on government entities, including school districts, which gave him a better understanding of how to responsibly manage them financially. Read more

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