Youth rowers headed to nationals

June 10, 2015

Skyline High School students Isaac Beeman and Adam Rockett qualified for the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships, held June 12-14 in Sarasota, Florida.

Contributed The Sammamish Rowing Association’s Varsity Men’s +8 was one of two championship boats at May’s Northwest regional meet that included local athletes. Pictured above (from left to right): Head coach Steven Freygang, Josh Warnick, Nathan Lewis, Chris Tzekov, Christian Rouhana, Madison Mariani, Elijah Maesner, Tennyson Federspiel, Sam Halbert, Peter Arata and assistant coach Dennis Ferrer.

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The Sammamish Rowing Association’s Varsity Men’s +8 was one of two championship boats at May’s Northwest regional meet that included local athletes. Pictured above (from left to right): Head coach Steven Freygang, Josh Warnick, Nathan Lewis, Chris Tzekov, Christian Rouhana, Madison Mariani, Elijah Maesner, Tennyson Federspiel, Sam Halbert, Peter Arata and assistant coach Dennis Ferrer.

Beeman and Rockett were part of a team that won the gold medal during U.S. Rowing’s Northwest Regional Youth Championships, May 15-17 in Vancouver, Washington.

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Local athletes named to all-league teams for spring sports

June 10, 2015

Several spring sports have announced their 2015 all-league and all-conference selections following the completion of the regular season. League coaches select the teams.

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Editorial — Celebrate safely this graduation season

June 3, 2015

You did it, grads!

You endured the tests, the homework, the projects, the classes, the early start times and the occasional sleepless night to get to this point — right here, right now, the finish line is in sight.

Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high school seniors will receive their diplomas June 12 at Safeco Field. Tiger Mountain Community High School seniors will celebrate graduation June 11 at the school.

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State Track and Field Championships

June 2, 2015

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Let’s Talk About It — Beware the dangers of texting while driving

May 27, 2015

In an era dominated by technology, texting has become the go-to method of fast communication. Especially for teenagers, texting is present everywhere in our lives: when we’re at school, when we’re hanging out with friends, when we’re talking to parents and when we’re driving.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

The truth of the matter is that if someone were to say, “Don’t text while driving” and another person were to say, “Don’t drink while driving”, the latter person would be taken more seriously. It’s easy to downplay the dangers of texting, emailing or calling when driving because of the perceived benign nature of the cell phone compared to other substances, such as alcohol.

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The Beat — Drunken driving is not a good I.D.E.A.

May 27, 2015

Skyline High School students have built a reputation for being the drinkers of the district. In the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey, 23 percent of Skyline seniors reported binge drinking. These rates of youth alcohol abuse translate to more underage drunken drivers.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

In the past four years, there have been 233 DUI arrests in Sammamish, 40 percent of which were underage, according to the Sammamish Police Department. These are the tip of iceberg. The average drunken driver will drive 80 times before his or her first arrest, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Thirteen percent of Skyline students reported having ridden in the past month with a drunken driver.

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Twin brothers to receive Eagle Scout award

May 27, 2015

Lucas and Ryan Tjom, 16, of Boy Scout Troop 636, were honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony May 16 at Community Church of Joy in Sammamish.

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To earn Scouting’s highest award, Lucas earned 32 merit badges, served in a variety of leadership roles including patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and librarian. He also completed a major community service project, installing light poles at his church, Community Church of Joy.

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Committee approves $518 million school bond proposal

May 12, 2015

A committee of parents, principals and other educational leaders has approved a plan that would ask Issaquah School District voters for more than a half-billion dollars to build four new schools and modernize several others.

At a May 6 meeting, the district’s bond feasibility and development committee approved a package that would raise $518.5 million in voter-approved funds. The bond measure would likely appear on ballots in spring 2016.

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Relay For Life 2015

May 12, 2015

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District students to perform at Benaroya Hall May 8

May 6, 2015

NEW — 4:25 p.m. May 6, 2015

Students from nine state high schools will be among the young musicians to perform in the Ten Grands Seattle concert at Benaroya Hall May 8.

All are medalists from the WIAA/WMEA State Solo & Ensemble Contest held April 24, and four of them hail from the Issaquah School District.

Skyline High School student Tommy Lin (string bass) is the only of the five that gets to participate as an on-stage performer.

Issaquah High School students Bryan Hanner (baritone), Elizabeth Moore (mezzo) and Skyline students Jennifer Jeon (violin) and Lin (string bass) will perform as ensembles in a pre-concert VIP reception. Read more

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