The Beat — Teen Talk

February 24, 2015

Should colleges base their admissions on standardized test scores?

Raman Kaur, senior, LHS “No, because you can’t wrap up 12 years worth of education in one test score.”

Raman Kaur, senior, LHS
“No, because you can’t wrap up 12 years worth of education in one test score.”

Hayley Murdoch, senior, LHS “No. Colleges should base their admissions on GPA, references and essays, because they show the long-term improvement and intelligence of the student.”

Hayley Murdoch, senior, LHS
“No. Colleges should base their admissions on GPA, references and essays, because they show the long-term improvement and intelligence of the student.”

Sabrina Loos, sophomore, SHS “Yes … standardized tests remain the same through every school district, nationwide. Therefore, they provide the only unbiased way to compare students academic ability, regardless of different grading scales or teacher leniency.”

Sabrina Loos, sophomore, SHS
“Yes … standardized tests remain the same through every school district, nationwide. Therefore, they provide the only unbiased way to compare students academic ability, regardless of different grading scales or teacher leniency.”

Paul Kim, junior, SHS “No, because, in my opinion, they do not accurately depict the intelligence of the student, and it takes credit away from the achievements that students have received in their school work.”

Paul Kim, junior, SHS
“No, because, in my opinion, they do not accurately depict the intelligence of the student, and it takes credit away from the achievements that students have received in their school work.”

Tristana Leist, senior, ECHS “Colleges should use standardized testing as a baseline but not as a factor carrying more than 30 percent of the weight in the application. All colleges should conduct personal interviews as part of the admissions process.”

Tristana Leist, senior, ECHS
“Colleges should use standardized testing as a baseline but not as a factor carrying more than 30 percent of the weight in the application. All colleges should conduct personal interviews as part of the admissions process.”

Jack Morgan, junior, ECHS “Absolutely not, because standardized tests don’t test how smart you are. They only test how much money you have to pay for prep courses.”

Jack Morgan, junior, ECHS
“Absolutely not, because standardized tests don’t test how smart you are. They only test how much money you have to pay for prep courses.”

Namrata Chintalapati, junior, IHS “Standardized tests present an extremely narrow depiction of a student’s abilities, because privileged children have the resources to prepare for tests like the SAT or ACT better, and that therefore skews the representation of how ‘smart’ a student is.”

Namrata Chintalapati, junior, IHS
“Standardized tests present an extremely narrow depiction of a student’s abilities, because privileged children have the resources to prepare for tests like the SAT or ACT better, and that therefore skews the representation of how ‘smart’ a student is.”

Kunal Gupta, senior, IHS “For me, my ACT score was a way to show college that I am knowledgeable separate of what they see from my GPA.”

Kunal Gupta, senior, IHS
“For me, my ACT score was a way to show college that I am knowledgeable separate of what they see from my GPA.”

Class 4A Region 2 Wrestling Tournament

February 17, 2015

To the Editor — week of Feb. 4, 2015

February 3, 2015

Safety

Do something about Skyline students crossing street

My husband and I have become increasingly concerned for Skyline High School’s student safety for those students using Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church’s parking lot during school hours.

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Charity Circle has Skyline students smiling about volunteer work

January 27, 2015

By Neil Pierson Members of Charity Circle, a volunteer organization comprised of high-school and middle-school students from Sammamish, gather together during a Jan. 14 meeting at Sammamish City Hall.

By Neil Pierson
Members of Charity Circle, a volunteer organization comprised of high-school and middle-school students from Sammamish, gather together during a Jan. 14 meeting at Sammamish City Hall.

Teenagers might have some negative stereotypes about volunteer work, but the leaders of a Sammamish organization are trying to dispel the notion that unpaid labor is dreary and challenging. Read more

Skyline, Liberty stadiums move closer to reality

January 20, 2015

The long-awaited Skyline High School stadium improvement plan may be closer to reality, after the Issaquah School Board received an update at its Jan. 14 meeting.

Steve Crawford, the Issaquah School District’s director of capital projects, told board members the bidding process for potential contractors on the stadium construction projects at both Skyline and Liberty high schools would open this week.

The Skyline project, budgeted at nearly $6.5 million, was approved by voters in an April 2012 bond measure. Since, members of the school’s football boosters club have criticized the project, saying school district officials aren’t interested in an alternate design that would have a concrete grandstand and increased storage space, and be more cost-effective.

Construction, scheduled to last a few months, has been delayed multiple times, including twice in the past year. Read more

Seniors use their business smarts to help charities

January 13, 2015

When Arjun Narayan began researching search engine concepts, he discovered the humongous profits he could tap into.

By Greg Farrar Skyline High School seniors (from left) Parker Ciambrone, Arjun Narayan and Justin Zhong have collaborated to create Fundify, a search engine that donates 70 percent of its profits to charities.

By Greg Farrar
Skyline High School seniors (from left) Parker Ciambrone, Arjun Narayan and Justin Zhong have collaborated to create Fundify, a search engine that donates 70 percent of its profits to charities.

Google alone makes about $50 billion per year from advertising, money that trickles in from millions of online searches taking place every day.

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High School Sports Start the New Year

January 13, 2015

Skyline High School Red Cross Club has Jan. 12 fundraiser

December 23, 2014

During the holidays, it’s important to be thankful for everything you have and remember there are people less fortunate than you. It’s important to remember to give back.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

Skyline High School’s Red Cross Club is holding a fundraiser Jan. 12 to raise money for the Red Cross Measles & Rubella Initiative. The initiative essentially raises money for children and families in Africa — who don’t necessarily have access to immediate health care — to allow them to get measles and rubella vaccinations.

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Area athletes chosen as all-conference picks

November 26, 2014

KingCo Conference coaches recently announced their all-conference selections for all sports during the 2014 fall season. Listed below are the selections from Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools.

KINGCO 4A

FOOTBALL

Defensive MVP: Cameron Saffle, Skyline

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Mental health services offered at schools

November 26, 2014

The Oct. 24 school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School has raised awareness of the importance of mental health services offered at schools.

Noela Lu Skyline         High School

Noela Lu
Skyline
High School

“While school shootings are rare, we do have to prepare for the possibility,” Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele wrote in an email to parents.

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