Community news roundup — schools, high school, college, dean’s lists, scholarships

August 26, 2014

National Merit Scholarship

Five local high school seniors are among its collegiate-sponsored winners for the 2014 scholarship program of the National Merit Scholarship Corp.:

  • Catherine Ball, Issaquah High School, is pursuing a degree in computer programming at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
  • Grant Vaska, Issaquah High School, will attend Washington University in St. Louis, Minn.
  • Kathleen Park, of Sammamish, will pursue a degree in communications at Wheaton College near Chicago.
  • Shanchen Pu, of Sammamish, will pursue a degree in medicine at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
  • Nikila Vinugopal, of Sammamish, will pursue a career in dance at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

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Gunners shutout Lane United

July 1, 2014

Puget Sound Gunners midfielder Justice Duerksen had no choice but to score in the June 27 contest against Lane United FC. Family pride was on the line.

His younger sister, in town from California for a local soccer tournament, had scored a couple of goals that morning, and his whole family, including mom Betsy, an All-American player herself at Boston College, made it to Issaquah High School to watch him play.

“Oh yeah, I knew I had to go get a goal, too,” he said.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Kevin Cook (left), Puget Sound Gunners defender, sprints for the ball, while a Lane United FC defender attempts to hold him back.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Kevin Cook (left), Puget Sound Gunners defender, sprints for the ball, while a Lane United FC defender attempts to hold him back.

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Skyline duo listed among top prep soccer players

July 1, 2014

Jason Twaddle lived in Madrid for the first seven years of his life, and the Spanish influence on his soccer game is undeniable.

Twaddle, who recently graduated from Skyline High School, had levels of success during his prep career that rivaled those of famed Spanish strikers like David Villa and Fernando Torres.

He leaves as the Skyline program’s all-time leading scorer, piling up 76 points (33 goals, 10 assists), and will continue playing this fall at Seattle University.

By Neil Pierson Spartans Jason Twaddle (left) and Nick Morgan were recently honored as all-state selections by the Washington State Soccer Coaches’ Association.

By Neil Pierson
Spartans Jason Twaddle (left) and Nick Morgan were recently honored as all-state selections by the Washington State Soccer Coaches’ Association.

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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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Girls tennis titles on the line at KingCo

May 20, 2014

Jasmine Ye (left) and Julia Lioubarski, Skyline High School doubles partners, are on the court May 13 having a successful run during the Class 4A KingCo Conference girls tennis championships. By Neil Pierson

Jasmine Ye (left) and Julia Lioubarski, Skyline High School doubles partners, are on the court May 13 having a successful run during the Class 4A KingCo Conference girls tennis championships. By Neil Pierson

The 28 singles players and 28 doubles teams that converged on the Skyline High School tennis courts last week knew they’d have to be on top of their games.

At the Class 4A KingCo Conference girls tennis championships, only the two finalists in singles and doubles were guaranteed berths into the state tournament, while the third-place finisher had to win a crossover match with a Wesco Conference foe to get there.

As it turned out, the competition wasn’t the only thing that proved daunting over the course of the three-day event. Eighty-degree temperatures greeted the players in the afternoons, making fitness even more vital.

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Liberty senior will run for the Redhawks

April 22, 2014

Liberty High School senior Collin Olson, of Newcastle, announced April 11 that he will run cross-country and track and field at Seattle University next year.

He was a member of coach Mike Smith’s historic cross-country team this year. The Liberty boys team made its first state appearance in school history last fall.

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Students find joy and meaning in volunteering

February 21, 2014

For Taylor Woo, a particular memory stands out from her time working at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Woo, a Liberty High School junior, serves as a volunteer patient care liaison at the hospital, one of the largest in the Northwest. One day, she was asked to speak with an 8-year-old boy who’d been in a car accident with his parents and younger sister.

The boy was responsive, but his sister lay in coma in an adjacent bed.

Above, left, Taylor Woo, a junior at Liberty High School, helps a visitor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Top right, Issaquah High School senior Robin Lustig volunteers with organizations like Friends of Youth, the Issaquah Community Network and the Drug Free Community Coalition. Above, right, Skyline High School senior Jonathan Yee helps fellow students through the school’s Key Club and Link Crew, and also works with Treehouse, an organization that supports foster children.

Taylor Woo, a junior at Liberty High School, helps a visitor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

“You can hear the heart monitor just beeping to her heart, and it was so hard to see,” Woo said. “It was sad how he couldn’t really comprehend what was happening with his parents.

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Dave Reichert wins another term in Congress

November 13, 2012

Dave Reichert

Redistricting ended almost a decade of close challenges for control in the 8th Congressional District, as voters re-elected Republican Dave Reichert by a comfortable margin after a campaign unlike other recent contests for the seat.

In a landslide, Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican, defeated Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield, a nonprofit professional and adjunct instructor at Seattle University.

Reichert held on amid vigorous challenges from Democrats in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, but redistricting last year reshaped the district. The state commission responsible for redrawing the political map snipped Eastside cities from the district and added Eastern Washington communities.

The result created a seat observers said is reliably Republican — and offered little suspense as Election Day came to a close. Reichert led by 18 points in the initial election night results and continued to hold a commanding lead.

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Dave Reichert outpaces Karen Porterfield to represent Issaquah in Congress

November 6, 2012

Karen Porterfield

Dave Reichert

UPDATED — 11:10 p.m. Nov. 6, 2012

Dave Reichert is poised to return to Washington, D.C., to represent Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District.

Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican, faced Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield, a nonprofit professional and adjunct instructor at Seattle University.

Reichert led, 59 percent to 41 percent, in the initial results released Tuesday night.

The district stretches from Auburn to Issaquah, and then across the Cascades to Ellensburg and Wenatchee.

“We toured cities from Eatonville to Chelan, and I heard the same thing, ‘We’ve got to get the economy moving again,’” Reichert said at the GOP election night celebration in Bellevue. “I’m in a good position to do that in the Ways & Means Committee.”

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Wedding: Germani, Mendoza

October 30, 2012

Angelica and Pablo Mendoza

Angelica Marie Germani and Pablo Alejandro Mendoza, both of Redmond, were married Sept. 2, 2012, in Woodinville.

The Rev. Clemente Salazar officiated.

The bride is the daughter of David and Evangeline Germani, of Issaquah. The matron of honor was Lisa Lopez, of Sunnyside.

Angelica is a 1999 graduate of Liberty High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Seattle University in 2004.

The groom is the son of Abdon and Barbara Mendoza, of Arica, Chile, and Seattle. The best man was Lazaro Lopez, of Sunnyside.

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