College News — honors, deans’ lists, president’s list, graduations

May 12, 2015

Amy Spens wins Bowdoin College honor

Amy Spens, of Issaquah, recently received the Bowdoin Theater and Dance Department’s 2015 William H. Moody ‘56 Award at the college’s Honors Day ceremony held May 6 at Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine.

Spens is earning a major in anthropology and biology.

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College News — graduates, honors, scholarships, spring break, dean’s lists

March 17, 2015

Seth Hartman receives ROTC scholarship to WSU

Seth Hartman, a 2014 graduate of Issaquah High School, has received an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship to attend Washington State University.

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Four Patriots sign on National Letter of Intent day

February 10, 2015

Four Liberty High School students will officially continue their athletic careers at the next level.

Soccer players Morgan Childs, Kelley Johnson, Michael Duvall, and golfer Dexter Simonds all made their commitments official on signing day Feb. 4.

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Community news roundup — graduates, military, scholarships, National Merit, Associated Students

September 23, 2014

Local students graduate from Seattle Pacific University

Issaquah: Jenive Brooks, Bachelor of Arts, psychology; Heather Clauson-Sells, Doctor of Education, doctoral studies in education; Pallavi Dua, Master of Science, information systems management; Joanna Harmon, Master of Arts, teaching; Jaclyn Kopson, Master of Arts, business administration management; Madison Maloney, Master of Arts, industrial and organizational psychology; Abigail Platter, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts, art; Daniel Schafer, Master of Science, information systems management; Kristina Schwartz, Master of Arts, teaching; Kerry Truell, Master of Education, literacy; and Tara Walker, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science, mathematics

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Soccer clubs bring collegiate talent

June 3, 2014

Issaquah residents won’t have to go far this summer to watch some top-shelf soccer talent from across the region and world.

Issaquah High School is the primary home stadium for the Puget Sound Gunners FC and ISC Gunners FC, men’s and women’s teams that develop elite college-aged players with professional aspirations.

“This will allow fans to witness a standard of college players live and in the flesh,” the teams’ general manager Gwynne Williams said.

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College News

August 21, 2012

Local student makes SLU honor roll

Stephen Connelly, of Issaquah, was recently named to the spring 2012 semester honor roll at Southeastern Louisiana University, in Hammond, La.

To qualify, students must earn a 3 to 3.19 grade point average.

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Engagement: Cowen, Ficken

July 31, 2012

Brian Ficken and KC Cowen

KC Cowen and Brian Ficken recently announced their engagement to be married on Nov. 3, 2012, in Seattle.

Surrounded by the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, Brian popped the question on a snowshoeing trip in February.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Bruce and Barb Cowen, of Issaquah. KC is a 2004 graduate of Issaquah High School and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in communications in 2008. She is employed at a local family foundation and resides in Seattle.

The future groom is the son of Dean and Kathy Ficken, of Bellevue. Brian graduated from Newport High School in 2003 and from Seattle Pacific University in 2007 with a degree in business, with a concentration in finance. He is employed with a financial advising firm in Bellevue.

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Engagement: Cowen, Ficken

July 24, 2012

KC Cowen and Brian Ficken recently announced their engagement to be married on Nov. 3, 2012, in Seattle.

Surrounded by the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, Brian popped the question on a snowshoeing trip in February.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Bruce and Barb Cowen, of Issaquah. KC is a 2004 graduate of Issaquah High School and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in communications in 2008. She is employed at a local family foundation and resides in Seattle.

The future groom is the son of Dean and Kathy Ficken, of Bellevue. Brian graduated from Newport High School in 2003 and from Seattle Pacific University in 2007 with a degree in business, with a concentration in finance. He is employed with a financial advising firm in Bellevue.

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Engagement: Laughlin, Gavica

July 17, 2012

Joseph Gavica and Juliana Laughlin

Juliana Laughlin, of Milton, Wash., and Joseph Gavica, of Bonney Lake, announced their engagement to be married Jan. 12, 2013, at the Edgewood Bible Church, in Edgewood.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Keith and Stacy Laughlin, of Issaquah. Juliana is a 2005 graduate of Issaquah High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2008 from Seattle Pacific University. She works as a revenue agent for the Internal Revenue Service.

The future groom is the son of Joe Gavica, of Reno, Nev., and Debbie Hughes, of Bonney Lake. Joseph is a 1999 graduate of West Auburn High School. He works as an apprentice electrician at Kanon Electric.

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Runners break course record at 10-mile leg of trail run series

July 10, 2012

Beating the course record by nearly two and a half minutes, Seattle resident Eddie Strickler crossed the finish line of the latest installment of the Cougar Mountain Trail Run series July 7 with a time of 1 hour, 14 minutes and 54 seconds.

Iliana Sach (right), the first woman to cross the finish line at the 10-mile Cougar Mountain Trail Run on July 7, narrowly beats her husband Eric Sach. By Christina Lords

The previous record for the 10-mile run was held by Matt Messner’s 2006 time of 1:17:28.

Strickler, a 28-year-old software engineer who ran track and field and cross country for Seattle Pacific University, said he participated in each of the Cougar Mountain Trail Runs last year and plans to run in each of the five events this year.

This was Strickler’s first first-place win in the Cougar Mountain series.

“I probably run five days a week,” he said. “For me, it’s a good switch from sitting at a desk all day.”

Keegan Symmes, the race’s second-place finisher, and Gareth Jones, the runner who took third place, also beat the course record with times of 1:16:20 and 1:17:23, respectively.

“I love the park,” Strickler said. “I’ve run out here since being in college. I just love the trails … on a day like this you just want to get out into the woods and enjoy the day.”

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