March 27, 2012
Eagles booster club honors athletes of the month
The Issaquah High School Booster Club honored Fletcher Martin for the February and Anna Fairhart for the March Red Robin Scholar Athlete awards.
The award is given to a senior who has shown outstanding accomplishments both as an athlete and as a student at Issaquah High and in the Issaquah community.
Martin has participated in varsity basketball for two years, varsity golf and freshman football. He also received Honorable Mention All-King County in basketball as a junior. He has maintained a 3.9 grade point average while taking Advanced Placement calculus and honors English.
January 31, 2012
Brian Ruggles is named athlete of the month
Senior Brian Ruggles was named Issaquah High School Booster Club Red Robin Athlete of the Month.
Ruggles is swim team captain. His coach, Laura Halter, wrote in her nomination letter that Brian “has been an outstanding leader so far this season. He is hard working and very dedicated to his sport training in the off-season almost daily. He leads by example in and out of the pool, always demonstrating good sportsmanship and respect for all other athletes, coaches and volunteers.
“He appreciates everything that people do to make our program successful and he is a main ingredient in that success. The younger athletes look up to him and really enjoy his sense of humor and attitude.”
He has been a district qualifier for the past three years and a state qualifier last year, and is on pace to do so again this year. Ruggles has also been involved in many activities, such as the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board for the past three years. He is serving as the Outreach chairman and is in charge of publicity for all of the board’s events.
Ruggles has helped tutor the high school physics review session and also tutored other students in Spanish, math and general homework. He earned his lifeguard certification and worked last summer as a lifeguard and swim instructor, as well as helped coach some team practices. Ruggles has also won a contest for the design of his K’nex roller coaster model.
November 22, 2011
Kayla Foremski named scholar athlete of the month
Kayla Foremski, a senior at Issaquah High School, has been selected as the Red Robin Scholar Athlete of the Month by the Issaquah Booster Club and Red Robin Restaurant.
Laura Halter, Issaquah swim and dive coach, nominated Foremski, writing, “Kayla is one of the main reasons the swim team at IHS is the current KingCo sportsmanship award winner. She has always demonstrated great sportsmanship towards all of the other teams, their coaches and all officials. She is currently the captain of the team and has been doing a fabulous job all season. She is especially skilled in her communication with her team and coaches. She is often found watching and cheering on all of her teammates at the meets. She leads by example in the pool by taking her workouts very seriously and making sure everyone is working together.”
Foremski qualified for three events at the district meet. She dropped time in all her events, and her 200 freestyle relay team finished first overall.
Foremski also participates in club lacrosse. She joined the lacrosse team her freshman year and plays defense and midfield.
May 10, 2011
Three seniors receive $1,000 scholarships
The Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa has selected three Issaquah School District seniors to receive a $1,000 scholarship.
The recipients for the Alpha Rho scholarship for 2011 are Caitlyn Chaffin, of Issaquah High School; Madison Birdsall, of Liberty High School; and Arianna Romo, of Liberty High School.
Alpha Delta Kappa is an international organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding. Members of the Alpha Rho Chapter are retired and/or practicing teachers in the Issaquah School District.
The chapter has been offering between one and three $1000 scholarships since 1976.
February 22, 2011
Together Center announces board of director changes
Barbara de Michele, of Issaquah, has been named chairwoman of the Together Center board of directors. She is the executive director of the Issaquah Community Network.
De Michelle takes over for longtime chairman John Spangenberg, of Kirkland, who has been named chair emeritus.
John Rittenhouse, a manager at Microsoft from Issaquah, is now vice chair.
Also joining the board of directors is Donna Batter, of Issaquah, a fundraising consultant.
Together Center is a nonprofit organization that helps the needy find food, shelter, medical and dental care, child care assistance, youth and family counseling, and more.
December 28, 2010
Elks donate to Compassion House
On Dec. 18, Elks Poker League Directors David Hayes (left) and Jeff Wood (right) help and Dave Wallbom, chairman of the Elks board of directors, present checks of $1,147, from tournament donations, and $1,000, from members’ Friday night poker donations, to Rick McCarty, president of Compassion House, and Bonnie Karmouch, of Compassion House.
Sarah Hanna named scholar athlete of the month
Sarah Hanna, a senior at Issaquah High School, has been selected by the Issaquah Booster Club and Red Robin Restaurant as the Red Robin Scholar Athlete of the month for November.
Hanna was a four-year starter on the IHS volleyball team. In 2010, she earned a First Team All KingCo award, and helped lead the girl’s volleyball team through the state tournament three out of the past four years, placing second at state in 2010.
In addition to excelling in athletics, Hanna has a 3.9 grade point average. She is a member of the Honor Society and tutors students at IHS. Her exceptional SAT scores earned her a position as a National Merit Scholar finalist.
Kiwanis collects hundreds of coats for food bank
The Kiwanis Club’s community coat and shoe drive collected several hundred coats and about 150 pairs of shoes for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.
Community members dropped off their donations at The Issaquah Press, US Bank, Foot Zone, KeyBank (Issaquah and Snoqualmie Ridge branches), Eastside Audiology, Hilton Garden Inn, Eastridge Church and Starbucks during the month of November.
Kiwanis Club volunteers then collected the donations for delivery to the clothing bank, where the items will be distributed to needy individuals and families.
November 9, 2010
Trivia champions crowned
Issaquah Rotary Trivia Night on Oct. 26 at Malarkey’s raised $1,600 for the Issaquah Friends of Youth At Risk program.
The top three teams donated their prize money to the charity. The winning team crowned “Trivia Champions of Issaquah” included members Christine and Charles Chi and Shannon and Richard McVay. Read more
April 6, 2010
Clark science fair winners
Sixteen Clark Elementary School students were awarded with science fair ribbons for their extraordinary projects.
The science fair was Feb. 25; more than 240 students participated. Congratulations kindergartners Vincent Mejia and Ruby Kresge; first-graders Aidan Sutton and Shreya Ayelasomayajula; second-graders Maverick Mendoza and Amelia Dolbeare; third-graders Hunter Bentzen, Marianna Babourina and Jack Hansen; fourth-graders Alex Brewer, Zachary VanDyke, Ben Pydych and Noah Theines; and fifth-graders Julianna Bernado, Brynne Burkhalter and Zak Graber.