Hoops coaches pick all-conference teams

March 10, 2015

KingCo Conference basketball coaches recently announced their selections for the 2014-15 all-conference teams. Local selections are listed below.

KingCo 4A boys

MVP: Ty Gibson, Issaquah

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Fundraiser for accident victim is March 17

March 10, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 10, 2015

A fundraiser will be held March 17 for Ryan Concannon, a 2009 Skyline High School graduate who sustained a traumatic brain injury from a bicycle crash in September 2012.

Concannon has been living in a donated home in Issaquah for the past several months, and funds are needed to help him with physical therapy and moving to a permanent home later this year.

The fundraiser will take place at the Team Ryan house, 26615 S.E. 37th St., Issaquah. The event starts at 6 p.m., with a live auction to follow at 7:45 p.m. Registration costs $100, and can be done online at www.hope4ryan.com.

The live auction includes several vacation packages, Seahawks and Mariners tickets, wine baskets and more. There is also an online auction for those who cannot attend the fundraiser.

Deadline is approaching for girls’ scholarships

March 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 6, 2015

The Issaquah Women’s Club will offer $1,000 scholarships to graduating senior girls from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools, and from Echo Glen and Tiger Mountain alternative schools.

Get information about requirements and the official form for Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline at www.issaquahwomensclub.org/scholarships. Get information, and the official form for Echo Glen and Tiger Mountain schools, by seeing a counselor or adviser.

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Family fight — Skyline sophomore Relays for her mom

March 3, 2015

Emily and Lori Kargl sat down in an Issaquah coffee shop last Friday and started rattling off names.

Contributed Emily (left) and Lori Kargl walk the track at the 2014 Issaquah Relay for Life. The Issaquah mother and daughter are actively involved in the American Cancer Society fundraiser. Lori, the mother of Skyline High School sophomore Emily, is a 22-year cancer survivor.

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Emily (left) and Lori Kargl walk the track at the 2014 Issaquah Relay for Life. The Issaquah mother and daughter are actively involved in the American Cancer Society fundraiser. Lori, the mother of Skyline High School sophomore Emily, is a 22-year cancer survivor.

First, a grandmother, and then a soccer coach. Next, a neighbor, followed by a family friend. All of them, acquainted or not, were connected through a shared battle of a debilitating disease.

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The Beat — DECA will showcase student skills at state

February 24, 2015

Technically defined, DECA is a business and marketing club whose mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

But at Skyline High School, DECA becomes as much as about leadership, innovation and teamwork skills as business skills. With a total of 276 members, Skyline DECA is both the largest academic organization in the Issaquah School District and one of the biggest in the state.

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The Beat — Teen Talk

February 24, 2015

Should colleges base their admissions on standardized test scores?

Raman Kaur, senior, LHS “No, because you can’t wrap up 12 years worth of education in one test score.”

Raman Kaur, senior, LHS
“No, because you can’t wrap up 12 years worth of education in one test score.”

Hayley Murdoch, senior, LHS “No. Colleges should base their admissions on GPA, references and essays, because they show the long-term improvement and intelligence of the student.”

Hayley Murdoch, senior, LHS
“No. Colleges should base their admissions on GPA, references and essays, because they show the long-term improvement and intelligence of the student.”

Sabrina Loos, sophomore, SHS “Yes … standardized tests remain the same through every school district, nationwide. Therefore, they provide the only unbiased way to compare students academic ability, regardless of different grading scales or teacher leniency.”

Sabrina Loos, sophomore, SHS
“Yes … standardized tests remain the same through every school district, nationwide. Therefore, they provide the only unbiased way to compare students academic ability, regardless of different grading scales or teacher leniency.”

Paul Kim, junior, SHS “No, because, in my opinion, they do not accurately depict the intelligence of the student, and it takes credit away from the achievements that students have received in their school work.”

Paul Kim, junior, SHS
“No, because, in my opinion, they do not accurately depict the intelligence of the student, and it takes credit away from the achievements that students have received in their school work.”

Tristana Leist, senior, ECHS “Colleges should use standardized testing as a baseline but not as a factor carrying more than 30 percent of the weight in the application. All colleges should conduct personal interviews as part of the admissions process.”

Tristana Leist, senior, ECHS
“Colleges should use standardized testing as a baseline but not as a factor carrying more than 30 percent of the weight in the application. All colleges should conduct personal interviews as part of the admissions process.”

Jack Morgan, junior, ECHS “Absolutely not, because standardized tests don’t test how smart you are. They only test how much money you have to pay for prep courses.”

Jack Morgan, junior, ECHS
“Absolutely not, because standardized tests don’t test how smart you are. They only test how much money you have to pay for prep courses.”

Namrata Chintalapati, junior, IHS “Standardized tests present an extremely narrow depiction of a student’s abilities, because privileged children have the resources to prepare for tests like the SAT or ACT better, and that therefore skews the representation of how ‘smart’ a student is.”

Namrata Chintalapati, junior, IHS
“Standardized tests present an extremely narrow depiction of a student’s abilities, because privileged children have the resources to prepare for tests like the SAT or ACT better, and that therefore skews the representation of how ‘smart’ a student is.”

Kunal Gupta, senior, IHS “For me, my ACT score was a way to show college that I am knowledgeable separate of what they see from my GPA.”

Kunal Gupta, senior, IHS
“For me, my ACT score was a way to show college that I am knowledgeable separate of what they see from my GPA.”

Class 4A Region 2 Wrestling Tournament

February 17, 2015

To the Editor — week of Feb. 4, 2015

February 3, 2015

Safety

Do something about Skyline students crossing street

My husband and I have become increasingly concerned for Skyline High School’s student safety for those students using Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church’s parking lot during school hours.

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Charity Circle has Skyline students smiling about volunteer work

January 27, 2015

By Neil Pierson Members of Charity Circle, a volunteer organization comprised of high-school and middle-school students from Sammamish, gather together during a Jan. 14 meeting at Sammamish City Hall.

By Neil Pierson
Members of Charity Circle, a volunteer organization comprised of high-school and middle-school students from Sammamish, gather together during a Jan. 14 meeting at Sammamish City Hall.

Teenagers might have some negative stereotypes about volunteer work, but the leaders of a Sammamish organization are trying to dispel the notion that unpaid labor is dreary and challenging. Read more

Skyline, Liberty stadiums move closer to reality

January 20, 2015

The long-awaited Skyline High School stadium improvement plan may be closer to reality, after the Issaquah School Board received an update at its Jan. 14 meeting.

Steve Crawford, the Issaquah School District’s director of capital projects, told board members the bidding process for potential contractors on the stadium construction projects at both Skyline and Liberty high schools would open this week.

The Skyline project, budgeted at nearly $6.5 million, was approved by voters in an April 2012 bond measure. Since, members of the school’s football boosters club have criticized the project, saying school district officials aren’t interested in an alternate design that would have a concrete grandstand and increased storage space, and be more cost-effective.

Construction, scheduled to last a few months, has been delayed multiple times, including twice in the past year. Read more

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