September 24, 2013
This summer, Rachel Catterall and Megan O’Brian achieved something none of their peers at Skyline High School can claim.
The two seniors won gold-medal honors in July at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s National Leadership Conference in Nashville. Thousands of students attended the event, but a relatively small percentage did as well as Catterall and O’Brian.
Projects that qualify for nationals are scored with a rubric — a point-based system that looks at the quality of each component. The points are converted into a percentage, and students earn medals based on their scores.
August 27, 2013
With the start of the 2013-14 school year on the immediate horizon, students at Skyline High School are looking to make an impression on their first days back in the classroom.
Eight students from Skyline participated in a popular and long-running leadership camp known as Mount Adams, one of six camps held over the summer with the support of the Association of Washington School Principals.
August 20, 2013
Skyline grad uses art to pay it forward
Karan Sunil’s infatuation with art began at an early age, and he’s developed his gifts to the point where one of the most prestigious schools in the country wants him to study there.
Sunil, who graduated from Skyline High School in June, will soon be headed to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he plans to work toward an art production career in film or television.
“I don’t know yet whether that’s animation, whether that’s storyboarding or character design,” he said. “That’s something I’ll have to discover and figure out.”
August 20, 2013
Coming off a sixth-place finish in 2011 at the Class 4A state volleyball tournament, the Skyline High School Spartans felt 2012 would be a season for them to challenge for a championship.
It didn’t quite work out that way. Skyline had a dominating regular season, and then beat Newport to capture the KingCo Conference tournament title. At state, however, the Spartans got off to a slow start, losing to Union in straight sets. They beat Wenatchee to stay alive for a trophy, but were swept out of the tourney at the hands of Auburn Riverside.
It was an experience that this year’s four seniors — including reigning all-conference selections Crystal Anderson and Molly Mounsey — may use for motivation.
August 13, 2013
Bellevue Bulldogs JC football team gives local players a second chance
For most high school football athletes, their career on the gridiron ends when the last of the Friday night lights flicker to darkness.
Some go on to play the sport at the collegiate level and beyond, but that isn’t an option for the majority. The itch to get on the field, tackle an opponent and be a part of a unique brotherhood is not easily tossed aside, though.
August 6, 2013
Racing career accelerating for Skyline student Andrew Evans
When Andrew Evans is strapped into the seat of his 1,600 cc Spectrum Honda and is breezing down a straightaway at 140 mph, life is perfect.
“It’s a passion, and I love doing it,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”
July 30, 2013
Skyline High School’s football players know how good they have it. They live in Sammamish, one of the most affluent cities in the state, and they don’t have to worry about where they’re going to sleep each night or where their next meal will come from.
But the Spartans have been learning firsthand that many people aren’t so fortunate.
Skyline’s players perform community service activities each year, and on July 13, they spent time at Redwood Family Church in Redmond helping homeless people relocate their tents.
July 9, 2013
Three Issaquah School District schools earned recognition in June from the King County Green Schools program for their successful conservation practices during the 2012-13 school year.
Skyline High School was honored with a Level 3 Green Schools award — the highest honor the program gives — for reducing waste, improving recycling practices, and engaging in energy and water conservation activities.
Apollo Elementary School and Liberty High School earned a Level 2 award. Thirty-nine schools in 13 school districts across the county earned Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 distinctions.
June 25, 2013
Sena Camarata, the dean of students at Hazen High School, will join the staff at Skyline High School as an assistant principal July 1.
Camarata recently earned her principal certification and a graduate degree in educational leadership from the University of Washington. Skyline Principal Lisa Hechtman said in a press release that Camarata has been “instrumental in coordinating and leading professional development, helping teachers make their lessons more accessible and rigorous for all students.”
June 25, 2013
Quarterback battle, roster turnover remain unresolved
Offseason training is crucial for most high-school football programs, but it seems especially true for the Skyline Spartans considering their first-game opponent.
Skyline will try to win its third straight Class 4A state title this fall, and in terms of preparing itself for the postseason, the Spartans couldn’t have picked a better in-state test for the opening week. They’ll face the defending 3A champion Bellevue Wolverines at the Emerald City Kickoff Classic on Sept. 7 at the refurbished Husky Stadium.
“You’re playing a team that, in some publications, was the No. 1 team in the nation last year,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said about Bellevue.