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.

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.

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.

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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A plant steals the show in Liberty High School’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

April 24, 2012

Pam Edmonds (left) is Audrey and Tucker Goodman is Seymour in Liberty High School’s production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’ By Tom Corrigan

This is likely to be the only play put on by any high school where the actors have a good chance of being upstaged by a plant.

A very lively, talking, singing plant, but still a plant.

Liberty High School is presenting the musical spoof “Little Shop of Horrors” at the school starting April 27. There are five more shows through May 5.

For those who don’t know, “Little Shop” is based on the exceptionally cheesy, cult horror movie of the same name. At its center is a plant that feeds on human blood. In the musical, it’s all tongue in cheek, of course.

“It’s definitely been an experience,” said senior Sheady Manning-Bruce, 17, who actually plays the plant, Audrey II.

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College News

March 27, 2012

Student earns master’s degree from Saybrook University

Pam Heeke, of Issaquah, received her Master of Arts degree in organizational systems: leadership and organization development on Jan. 22 from LIOS Graduate College of Saybrook University.

Heeke owns Philomena, a coaching and consulting company based in Renton.

Heeke will teach at the artEAST Summer Workshops at the Hailstone Feed Store. Her classes include a Modern Day Muses one-day introductory workshop July 15 and Introduction to SoulCollage on Aug. 13.

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Cory Hutsen is a hot scorer for Seattle Pacific University

January 24, 2012

Skyline High School grad Cory Hutsen, a redshirt freshman, has been a hot scorer for the Seattle Pacific University men’s team lately.

Entering this week, he had scored in double figures in five straight games. On Jan. 21, Hutsen scored 13 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, but Seattle Pacific lost to Montana State-Billings, 86-77. He scored 13 points Jan. 12 when the Falcons downed Central Washington, 76-49.

For the season, Hutsen is averaging 6.8 points. Although he has not been a starter, Hutsen has played in all of Seattle Pacific’s 18 games.

Liberty graduate Chrissy Hughes inspires girls through GoGirlGo! program

November 22, 2011

Chrissy Hughes, Liberty High School graduate and Seattle Pacific University senior, visits a GoGirlGo! session in Redmond last week, where she interned over the summer as part of her exercise science major. By Greg Farrar

The Women’s Sports Foundation’s GoGirlGo! program has supported more than 3,000 girls in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties in becoming active, healthy and confident since January 2010, according to Seattle Director Sherri Gazzit.

The Seattle office is one of four branches in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and New York City.

Nationally, the program has set its sights on getting 1 million girls healthy, active and confident. The 2-year-old Seattle office is already contributing significantly to the effort.

GoGirlGo! encourages girls to get active by providing volunteers with a free curriculum that enables them to lead groups of girls in activities and discussions about physical, mental and emotional health.

“It’s a free curriculum that gets girls talking abut issues that are a barrier to getting involved in activity or that come up as they get older in our society,” said Issaquah resident Chrissy Hughes, a student at Seattle Pacific University and GoGirlGo! intern.

The program is designed so each session begins with a famous female athlete’s story regarding the session’s theme. Topics include body image, movement, physical activity, drugs and alcohol, nutrition and bullying.

Stories are followed by discussions, and then relevant activities. Sessions conclude with some sort of physical activity that allows the group to try a new form of exercise every week.

Hughes, who graduated from Liberty High School three years ago, talked about the ways girls in Issaquah may benefit from GoGirlGo!

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College News

August 2, 2011

Local students honored

Laura Blauman and Daniel James, of Bellevue, and Christopher Scott, of Sammamish, were recently named to the dean’s list at Savannah College of Art Design for the spring quarter 2011. To qualify, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Matthew Smith, a senior from Issaquah, is on the spring 2011 honor roll in the School of Business at the University of Kansas. He is the son of Matthew and Karen Smith, of Issaquah, and is a graduate of Skyline High School.

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