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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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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‘The Freak’ throws another no-hitter

July 1, 2014

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum threw his second-career no-hitter June 25, defeating the San Diego Padres, 4-0.

Lincecum, a 2003 Liberty High School graduate known as “The Freak” because of his unorthodox delivery, needed just 113 pitches to put away the Padres, compared to the 148 he used to no-hit the same team nearly a year ago.

Tim Lincecum

Tim Lincecum

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Cancer survivor sets sights on Ironman Canada

June 24, 2014

To the untrained eye, Paul Weigel, 44, seems like your typical Issaquah resident — a healthy, hardworking family man with an unquenchable thirst for fitness and the great outdoors.

While most use the summer months for leisure, Weigel spends his time training to compete in the Ironman Canada competition in July in Whistler, British Colombia.

Contributed Paul Weigel takes his first steps with his daughter Natalie, 4, after cancer surgery.

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Paul Weigel takes his first steps with his daughter Natalie, 4, after cancer surgery.

Self-described as “5-foot-10 and about 200 pounds,” Weigel arrives for an interview in a tan T-shirt, green khaki pants and running shoes. A bike sits securely latched atop his car, which he said was in need of a tune-up.

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Soccer clubs bring collegiate talent

June 3, 2014

Issaquah residents won’t have to go far this summer to watch some top-shelf soccer talent from across the region and world.

Issaquah High School is the primary home stadium for the Puget Sound Gunners FC and ISC Gunners FC, men’s and women’s teams that develop elite college-aged players with professional aspirations.

“This will allow fans to witness a standard of college players live and in the flesh,” the teams’ general manager Gwynne Williams said.

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Local soccer players make All-Area team

June 3, 2014

Boys soccer players from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools were named to The Seattle Times’ All-Area team.

Liberty’s Colton Ronk, Skyline’s Jason Twaddle and Issaquah’s Saif Kerawala were all honored.

Ronk, a senior, recorded nine goals and seven assists for Liberty, and was a key reason the Patriots won the KingCo 3A/2A regular-season title for the second straight year. He’ll play at Highline Community College next year.

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Community is invited to attend tri-high school science fair June 3

May 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 30, 2014

It’s like no other high school science fair you’ve experienced before.

The Issaquah School District invites the community to attend the Tri-High Physic Symposium from 4-8 p.m. June 3 at Liberty High School, 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton. There is no charge to attend.

Visualize more than 600 students from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools sharing fascinating research in kinematics, dynamics, energy and work, momentum, and wave behavior.

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Marine Corps, Vietnam shaped Jerry Pearson’s servant nature

May 21, 2014

In a small box that’s usually tucked away in his home library, Issaquah attorney Jerry Pearson has several keepsakes from his three-year stint in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Among the items are a set of dog tags made to commemorate three of his fellow Marines; a brass dragon head he found in a village; and the two Purple Hearts he was awarded for combat-related wounds in Vietnam.

The dragon head, in particular, brings back a flood of memories for Pearson, who was born in Seattle before moving to Issaquah as a small child in 1951. He associates it with Ron Dexter and Lester Bell, two members of the Fifth Marine Division who were shipped to the jungles of Southeast Asia and never came home.

By Neil Pierson Issaquah native Jerry Pearson, surrounded by legal texts at his Pearson Law Firm office, is more than 40 years removed from his duties as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

By Neil Pierson
Issaquah native Jerry Pearson, surrounded by legal texts at his Pearson Law Firm office, is more than 40 years removed from his duties as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Totally tubular

May 20, 2014

IHS alum to play for prestigious symphony

 

Andy Abel makes notes in a piece of music he is rehearsing on his tuba. By Keiji Hiramoto

Andy Abel makes notes in a piece of music he is rehearsing on his tuba. By Keiji Hiramoto

Issaquah High School alumni Andy Abel’s musical aspirations took a major leap forward after receiving an unexpected phone call from the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center.

“I was not expected to get in,” Abel said. “But when I got the call from (associate director of student affairs) Michael Nock, I tried to be very professional about it and called him back an hour later and said, ‘Yes, I would love to accept the fellowship position.’”

Abel, a Sammamish resident and now a freshman at the University of Washington, was awarded the Juliet Esselborn Geier Memorial Fellowship to study and perform with the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts this summer.

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