Students take charge at summer camp

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.

Contributed Eastside Catholic School and Skyline High School students form plateaus with their hands as they enjoy time together at the Mount Adams leadership camp in July.

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Eastside Catholic School and Skyline High School students form plateaus with their hands as they enjoy time together at the Mount Adams leadership camp in July.

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The art of philanthrophy

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.

Contributed Artist Karan Sunil (right) shows off his ‘Seattle Nightscape’ piece alongside Bipasha Mukherjee, who bought the painting during Sunil’s charity art show at Sammamish City Hall on Aug. 3.

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Artist Karan Sunil (right) shows off his ‘Seattle Nightscape’ piece alongside Bipasha Mukherjee, who bought the painting during Sunil’s charity art show at Sammamish City Hall on Aug. 3.

“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.”

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Spartan duo hopes to spark veteran volleyball squad

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.

By Neil Pierson Crystal Anderson (left) and Molly Mounsey are hoping to make their senior seasons with the Skyline High School volleyball team a special one.

By Neil Pierson
Crystal Anderson (left) and Molly Mounsey are hoping to make their senior seasons with the Skyline High School volleyball team a special one.

It was an experience that this year’s four seniors — including reigning all-conference selections Crystal Anderson and Molly Mounsey — may use for motivation.

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Back in the game

August 13, 2013

Bellevue Bulldogs JC football team gives local players a second chance

Dalton Darlington (right), Liberty High School graduate and defensive lineman/linebacker, blocks an offensive lineman Aug. 6 during a team drill. Photo by Greg Farrar

Dalton Darlington (right), Liberty High School graduate and defensive lineman/linebacker, blocks an offensive lineman Aug. 6 during a team drill. Photo by Greg Farrar

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.

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Playin’ with Hot wheels

August 6, 2013

Racing career accelerating for Skyline student Andrew Evans

Contributed Andrew Evans sits with his open wheel F1600 Spectrum Honda. The Skyline High School student is considering a career in racing as his successful summer nears its end.

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Andrew Evans sits with his open wheel F1600 Spectrum Honda. The Skyline High School student is considering a career in racing as his successful summer nears its end.

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.”

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Skyline football players lend helping hand to tent city move

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.

Contributed Skyline High School football players connect poles to help construct tents at Redmond Family Church July 13.

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Skyline High School football players connect poles to help construct tents at Redmond Family Church July 13.

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.

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Schools honored for ‘green’ behavior

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.

 

 

Skyline hires new assistant principal

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.”

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Questions remain for Spartans as spring football kicks off

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.

By Neil Pierson Kilton Anderson, Skyline High School senior quarterback transfer from Florida, lofts a pass during a spring football team camp June 20 at Skyline Stadium.

By Neil Pierson
Kilton Anderson, Skyline High School senior quarterback transfer from Florida, lofts a pass during a spring football team camp June 20 at Skyline 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.

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Spartan Kaleb Strawn’s soccer career is starting to soar

June 18, 2013

Kaleb Strawn has never been able to physically dominate opponents on the soccer pitch. Instead, he uses intelligence and speed to make the other team miserable.

This spring, the 5-foot-7 Strawn led the Skyline Spartans to their first undefeated KingCo Conference season. The central midfielder supplied a single-season school record for points with his 11 goals and 13 assists, and it helped him lock up an NCAA Division II collegiate scholarship offer from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey.

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