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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High School Class Officers 2014-2015

August 26, 2014

Summer workouts prepare team for slog through soccer season

August 19, 2014

The Skyline High School girls soccer team has its sights set on another deep run in the state playoffs, but it’s the work they’re doing during the summer that may hold the key to success.

Dozens of Spartans soccer players have been preparing for the 2014 season — which officially stars Aug. 25 with tryout sessions — by spending their summer in the weight room.

They’re not working without guidance. Skyline brought in Kevin Chiles, a professional sports development coach, for a series of twice-a-week workouts that started in mid-July and finish during the week of tryouts.

By Neil Pierson  Parklyn Neil (left) and Alyssa D’Mello, Skyline High School athletes, perform squats with dumbbells during a summer workout session at the school Aug. 6.

By Neil Pierson
Parklyn Neil (left) and Alyssa D’Mello, Skyline High School athletes, perform squats with dumbbells during a summer workout session at the school Aug. 6.

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Past, upcoming stars collide at Skyline football camp

July 29, 2014

Jimmy Battistoni, an incoming eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, practices his quarterbacking skills during a July 24 flag-football scrimmage at Skyline High School’s Future Champs Camp.By Neil Pierson

Jimmy Battistoni, an incoming eighth-grader at Beaver Lake Middle School, practices his quarterbacking skills during a July 24 flag-football scrimmage at Skyline High School’s Future Champs Camp.By Neil Pierson

There were roughly 140 players on the field at Skyline High School, but it was easy to form a consensus about who their favorite football player was.

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Lakeside Recovery’s season ends at Legion district tournament

July 22, 2014

Lakeside Recovery had a largely successful regular season of Double-A American Legion baseball, but the end came surprisingly quick at last week’s Area 1 South District tournament.

Lakeside Recovery — comprised of 17-and-under players from Skyline, Issaquah and Newport high schools — opened the tourney with an 11-1 loss to Juanita, and didn’t find its groove in the next game either, suffering a season-ending 5-1 loss to the Monroe Legends on July 17 at Eastlake High School.

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery pitcher Jack Rooney keeps his team in the game for five innings.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery pitcher Jack Rooney keeps his team in the game for five innings.

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Local students get Alpha Rho scholarships

July 22, 2014

The Alpha Rho chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa has awarded its annual scholarships of $1,000 to Skyline High School senior Madison Laycock and Issaquah High School senior Cassidy Crickmore to help them further their education.

Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding.

Issaquah soccer team takes second at nationals

July 22, 2014

The Issaquah Soccer Club Gunners U-15 girls team finished second at the National Premier League Finals in Greensboro, N.C., July 10-14.

In the qualifying round, the Gunners defeated a team from New Jersey, ranked 17th in the nation, 3-1. In order to continue to advance in the tournament, the girls needed to score five times in a July 12 game against a Mississippi squad.

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Issaquah, Skyline high school players make All-State team

July 15, 2014

Two local baseball players were named to the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association’s All-State team.

Mitchell Morimoto, an Issaquah High School outfielder, made the first team. The recently graduated senior also received first-team All-KingCo 4A honors earlier this summer.

Skyline High School pitcher Drew Lunde received second-team honors. Lunde, who also graduated in June, was previously named first-team All-KingCo 4A.

Superintendent presents formal plan to close Tiger Mountain Community High School

July 1, 2014

Superintendent presents formal plan to close school permanently

The Issaquah School District has started a 90-day process that could result in the permanent closure of Tiger Mountain Community High School.

Superintendent Ron Thiele presented his rationale for the closure at the Issaquah School Board’s June 26 meeting. Several Tiger Mountain students and parents were in attendance, and some provided their reasons for keeping the alternative school open.

The idea to close Tiger Mountain first began circulating in February, and the board adopted an official school closure policy in April.

District administrators have cited the school’s declining enrollment numbers, low test scores and low attendance figures as factors behind the closure plan.

They’ve been working to design a new alternative high school, which would open in a new location, and likely under a different name, at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

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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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