Off The Press — Influence the Choice videos amaze, inspire

April 21, 2015

There were 11 winners, but if you ask me, everyone who entered the 2015 Influence The Choice Student Video Contest were winners.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

In this year’s contest, from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 260 students participated in producing 100 videos. Those entries represented 959 creating hours!

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Who’s News — scholarships, championships, programs

April 21, 2015

Liberty senior receives scholarship to EWU

Diego Prado, a Liberty High School senior, received a $3,000 Presidential Scholarship to Eastern Washington University for the 2015-16 academic year.

To qualify, students must have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.8 or higher, above a 1,250 SAT or a 28 or better ACT score.

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High school students go back to preschool

April 14, 2015

Deep within Skyline High School, there’s a room that serves as a quasi-laboratory for preschool students trying to learn vital social and academic skills, and high-school students looking to take the first steps on a possible career path.

The Skyline preschool has been around for many years, but some parents might not be aware of its existence, said Michelle Campbell, the program’s lead teacher.

The upcoming closure of the Sammamish Learning Center, a popular preschool that has been operating for 20 years, is forcing families to look elsewhere to fulfill their children’s early-learning opportunities.

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Trails club announces scholarship opportunity

April 14, 2015

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club annually sponsors the Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship, available to this year’s graduating seniors at Hazen, Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools.

The top prize is a $1,000 scholarship, with second place getting $500 and third place receiving $250. The deadline is May 1.

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Role model shows recovery is possible

March 25, 2015

Most substance abusers think recovery is impossible, or simply not worth it. Jerry Blackburn tells his story to prove everyone wrong.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

He started abusing substances as a teenager, and understands the painful downward cycle of addiction.

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The Beat — Hot List

March 25, 2015

Movie: ‘The Imitation Game’ 

Beat ListImitationGameStarring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game” has received a wide array of popularity recently. The movie is based on the true story of the life of British genius Alan Turing, who was instrumental in cracking the codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. Called “absolutely heart-wrenching” by many critics, the film’s ability to capture the suspense and emotion of WWII and portray the epic and tragic life of Turing made many deem it deserving of an Oscar.

 

 

Album: 

‘Smoke & Mirrors’ by Imagine Dragons

Beat ListImagineDragons 2015Released in February, Imagine Dragons’ new album, “Smoke + Mirrors” has been an absolute hit for fans. This 13-song album brings a more techno-sound from the band but maintains the pop aspect. Hit singles such as “I Bet My Life” and “Shots” have been featured on the radio and have climbed their way to the top of the Billboard charts.

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The Beat — Teen Talk

March 25, 2015

What do you think about the legalization of marijuana?

Ryan Nguyen, LHS junior “I believe that incrimination based on drug-possession is wrong; addiction to drugs is a medical problem, and one should not become a criminal because of it. Therefore, I believe that the legalization of marijuana can change society’s view toward drug-users as not criminals but as people with a health issue.”

Ryan Nguyen, LHS junior
“I believe that incrimination based on drug-possession is wrong; addiction to drugs is a medical problem, and one should not become a criminal because of it. Therefore, I believe that the legalization of marijuana can change society’s view toward drug-users as not criminals but as people with a health issue.”

Rachael Russel, LHS senior “I think it’s pointless that marijuana has been legalized because people had access to it before, so legalizing it really didn’t change much.”

Rachael Russel, LHS senior
“I think it’s pointless that marijuana has been legalized because people had access to it before, so legalizing it really didn’t change much.”

Kalyn Crickmore, IHS senior “I think that marijuana should be legalized for medical use, but I don’t really see the necessity of having it for recreational use.”

Kalyn Crickmore, IHS senior
“I think that marijuana should be legalized for medical use, but I don’t really see the necessity of having it for recreational use.”

Dylan Martorano, IHS junior “I think it’s great that marijuana has been legalized! As long as the drug is being used safely, I’m happy to see that it could be of importance to so many people in Washington.”

Dylan Martorano, IHS junior
“I think it’s great that marijuana has been legalized! As long as the drug is being used safely, I’m happy to see that it could be of importance to so many people in Washington.”

Claire Wright, ECHS junior “I don’t care because it doesn’t really affect me. I don’t really think it matters what other people do.”

Claire Wright, ECHS junior
“I don’t care because it doesn’t really affect me. I don’t really think it matters what other people do.”

Marek Kossik, ECHS senior “It’s good because it takes business away from drug cartels and gives money to the state government.”

Marek Kossik, ECHS senior
“It’s good because it takes business away from drug cartels and gives money to the state government.”

Angela Shi, SHS freshman “I don’t approve of it, and I feel like marijuana should still be illegal because it can cause lifelong consequences that are detrimental to your health.”

Angela Shi, SHS freshman
“I don’t approve of it, and I feel like marijuana should still be illegal because it can cause lifelong consequences that are detrimental to your health.”

Manu Sharma, SHS junior “I feel that legalization is fine as long as it doesn’t affect others. To smoke marijuana is a choice that someone makes, and it is necessary to be respectful of that choice.”

Manu Sharma, SHS junior
“I feel that legalization is fine as long as it doesn’t affect others. To smoke marijuana is a choice that someone makes, and it is necessary to be respectful of that choice.”

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Students promote coffee for cancer research fundraiser

March 25, 2015

For nearly three years, Ryan Lentz has tried to get others to embrace a simple concept — do something for others while doing an everyday activity.

There are about 210 million coffee drinkers in the U.S., Lentz said, and he’s aiming to land 50,000 of them as monthly subscribers to Callie’s Coffee, named for his 10-year-old daughter who created the business.

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Artists win Washington State PTSA awards

March 20, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 20, 2015

Congratulations to the following students whose works of visual and performing art are being recognized at the Washington State PTA Convention Reflections reception.

First-place winners advance to the National PTA competition. Second- and third-place winners have placed second and third place, respectively, in the state for their category. All state finalists’ works will be on display April 17-19 at the Washington State PTA Convention at the Bellevue Hyatt.

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Corrections

March 17, 2015

In the March 11 story, “Resource officer change creates friction at Issaquah High School,” the new resource officer, Det. Diego Zanella, was incorrectly identified.

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