School renames gym after beloved teacher, coach

June 17, 2014

Chuck Lee has left a lasting legacy for his colleagues and students at Beaver Lake Middle School, with or without any kind of tribute on their part.

Lee, 58, died Feb. 6 after a decadelong battle with cancer. He’d made an impression on countless individuals during his teaching and coaching career in the Issaquah School District, which spanned 24 years.

The Beaver Lake community mourned Lee’s passing, holding a remembrance ceremony earlier this spring where students and teachers spoke of their favorite memories with Lee. He spent 13 years at the school, teaching math and coaching basketball.

By Neil Pierson One of Chuck Lee’s favorite activities was the annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which gave him license to don a funny hat and an eye patch.

By Neil Pierson
One of Chuck Lee’s favorite activities was the annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which gave him license to don a funny hat and an eye patch.

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Jake Heaps transfers to Miami for senior season

June 17, 2014

The University of Miami announced June 15 that former Skyline High School quarterback Jake Heaps has signed a financial aid agreement and will transfer to the Atlantic Coast Conference school for his senior season — his third college team.

Heaps will be immediately eligible and is expected to compete for the starting job for the Hurricanes, who ended the spring with an uncertain quarterback situation. Projected starter Ryan Williams tore his ACL in April and is not expected to be ready for the start of the season.

Heaps spent the past two years at Kansas, starting nine games last season. He will graduate at the end of June, making himself eligible for the 2014 season for what will be his redshirt senior season.

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Public is invited to seventh annual Skills & Drills on the Hill football event this weekend

June 13, 2014

NEW — 2 p.m. June 13, 2014

Skyline High School is hosting the seventh annual Skills & Drills on the Hill event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14-15.

Twenty high schools from around the state are scheduled to participate in the clinic, which involves a series of simultaneous seven-on-seven passing drills on eight different fields.

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Local tennis players medal at state

June 3, 2014

For the second straight year, an Issaquah High School tennis player took second at the 4A state championships.

Last year, it was the doubles team of Sam Garrard and Kelsey Wilson, but this year it was singles player Jack Suh who earned the second-place medal. Suh won three straight games before losing to Newport’s Jason Lui in the title match.

Liberty High School senior Jenny Adams ended her career with another medal performance. A year after she teamed with Kristy Braunston to take second in the doubles tournament, she placed fourth in the singles state competition.

The Skyline High School doubles team of Jasmine Ye and Julia Lioubarski finished eighth in the 4A tournament.

Skyline’s outfielder named to all-area baseball team

June 3, 2014

Skyline High School senior Cole Blackburn was named to The Seattle Times’ All-Area baseball team.

Blackburn, an outfielder, had a solid season at the plate, batting .365 with four home runs, three triples and seven doubles. He stole 10 bases and had a fielding percentage of .971.

He helped the Spartans (13-10 overall) capture the KingCo Conference Crown Division title.

Blackburn will play football next year at the University of Redlands in California.

Local soccer players make All-Area team

June 3, 2014

Boys soccer players from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools were named to The Seattle Times’ All-Area team.

Liberty’s Colton Ronk, Skyline’s Jason Twaddle and Issaquah’s Saif Kerawala were all honored.

Ronk, a senior, recorded nine goals and seven assists for Liberty, and was a key reason the Patriots won the KingCo 3A/2A regular-season title for the second straight year. He’ll play at Highline Community College next year.

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Relay For Life 2014

June 3, 2014

Community is invited to attend tri-high school science fair June 3

May 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 30, 2014

It’s like no other high school science fair you’ve experienced before.

The Issaquah School District invites the community to attend the Tri-High Physic Symposium from 4-8 p.m. June 3 at Liberty High School, 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton. There is no charge to attend.

Visualize more than 600 students from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools sharing fascinating research in kinematics, dynamics, energy and work, momentum, and wave behavior.

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Beaver Lake looking to dedicate gym to teacher

May 27, 2014

Beaver Lake Middle School is seeking to name its gymnasium Chuck Lee Court, after one of its teachers who lost his battle with cancer this year.

Principal Stacy Cho made the proposal at the Issaquah School Board’s May 14 meeting, and the board is expected to adopt the plan at its May 28 meeting.

Lee spent more than three decades teaching and coaching in the community, at Beaver Lake and Skyline High School. Peers and students lauded him for not only teaching fundamentals, but for being a strong role model and developing character among children, Cho wrote in a letter to the board.

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Donna Hood hired as Skyline High School’s new principal

May 27, 2014

The Issaquah School District has announced that Donna Hood, an assistant principal at Liberty High School, will begin serving as the new principal at Skyline High School effective July 1.

Hood has a long history of academic and teaching excellence, beginning with her degrees in English and German at Long Island University in New York.

She earned a Fulbright scholarship and went on to study for a year at a university in Salzburg, Austria. She earned a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Washington in 2000, and became a National Board Certified teacher in 2005 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue.

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