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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Here’s to getting to know you — at long last

April 1, 2014

I’ve been working for this newspaper for 10 months, so it seems high time I got around to introducing myself.

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never been a big fan of reporters who write about themselves, even in opinion pieces. My job is to tell your stories, not my own. But hey, most people are a little curious about the guy hanging around the school board meetings and the high-school football games, so I’m happy to oblige.

Neil Pierson Press reporter

Neil Pierson
Press reporter

I grew up in Spokane and matriculated to the fine institution of Washington State University to get my journalism degree. Basically, it’s the only school I ever wanted to attend because half my family did as well. My dad, aunt and uncle all earned pharmacy degrees in Pullman. For three years, I lived in the same dormitory my grandfather did in the 1940s.

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College News

April 1, 2014

Washington State University announces fall graduates

Congratulations are in order for Washington State University’s recent graduates from the 2013 fall semester.

Issaquah: William Chan, Bachelor of Science in general biological sciences; Brittany Davis, Bachelor of Science in psychology; Dallas Dyer III, Bachelor of Science in economic sciences; Griffin Fujioka, Bachelor of Science in computer science; Michelle Ireland, Bachelor of Science in civil engineering; Elaina Shawver, Bachelor of Science in civil engineering; Nathan Ivie, Bachelor of Arts in social sciences; Carly Mackinnon, Bachelor of Arts in sport management; Mikayla Neves, Bachelor of Arts in communication; and Austin O’Neil, Bachelor of Arts in communication

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Seattle and beyond

February 18, 2014

Architect’s prolific career sparked by tour of duty in Japan

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The Washington State Convention Center. The King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. All buildings people know and may have interacted with.

Phillip Jacobson was the TRA Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Interiors firm’s partner-in- charge and design partner for (left) the University Hospital G, H and I wings, exterior shown here, 1995;  partner-in-charge and design partner for (middle) the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, 1990; and  design partner for (right) the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 1988.

Phillip Jacobson was the design partner for (right) the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 1988.

What you might not know is that the man who designed those buildings lives right here in Issaquah.

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Open-records training could be legislated

February 11, 2014

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would send public officials and employees to what amounts to open-records school.

House Bill 2121 would require public officials and employees to undergo training on open government laws under the state’s Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act.

When the public’s right to know is “stymied” by a public records officer, Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) said, “it’s not a pleasant thing to deal with.” Pollet is the main sponsor of the bill, and advocated for a similar bill last year.

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Skyline’s Peyton Pelluer plays among top 100

January 15, 2013

Peyton Pelluer, a Skyline High School senior linebacker, played in the nationally televised Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Jan. 4, in which the East team eventually topped out the West, 17-14.

Pelluer was among 100 high school athletes from across the country handpicked to play in the game at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The game is sponsored annually by the U.S. Marine Corps and aired on the NFL Network.

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Issaquah holiday activities offer fa-la-la fun

November 27, 2012

Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army’s Toy ‘n’ Joy drive through Dec. 14, accepts new, unwrapped gifts for children up to age 14, or shoppers can chose a gift request tag item in the store and put it in the donation barrel in the store. The Issaquah Bartell is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Learn more at www.bartelldrugs.com.

Toys for Troops seeks donations for Christmas presents for children of service members. Drop off donations through Dec. 15 at the Issaquah Police Station, 130 E. Sunset Way, or make financial donations at www.operationbaldeagle.org.

Small Works Holiday Exhibition, through Dec. 29, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., 392-3191, www.arteast.org

Downtown Issaquah holiday lights work party, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, meet at Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St., a lunch break at noon features donated pizza from Flying Pie Pizza, call 391-1112 to volunteer

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Liberty fades to finish fourth in state soccer tourney

November 20, 2012

Kali Youhgdahl (left), Liberty High School junior forward, has her jersey grabbed by Holy Names senior defender A.J. Fischer while attacking the goal during the first period of their state 3A consolation final Nov. 17 in Puyallup. By Greg Farrar

A Liberty High School girls soccer squad that breezed through the regular season to win the KingCo 3A with a 12-0-1 mark, and automatically punch its ticket to the state tournament as the conference winner, could not have met with worse fortune in the semifinal round of the state tournament.

In the semifinals held at Puyallup High School’s Sparks Field on Nov. 16, against Columbia River, Liberty was cruising along and it seemed as though it had secured a surefire 1-0 victory, courtesy of a Tara Johnson goal scored in the first half off a Katie Noonan assist.

Suddenly in the contest’s 69th minute, the Chieftains took one of their two kick-and-a-prayer shots on goal they strung together during the entire game. It somehow got past one of the leading net minders in the state to knot the tally at one all.

The Chieftains shored up their defense to keep Liberty at bay the rest of the way in regulation, and after a pair of five-minute overtime periods yielded no winner, the semis shifted into a shootout scenario, from which Columbia River emerged as the game’s winner.

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Bellevue College trustees select president

November 13, 2012

Bellevue College trustees selected a Portland Community College administrator Nov. 5 to lead the local institution.

The choice of David Rule to lead the largest community college in Washington came as Bellevue College envisions a campus in the Issaquah Highlands. City officials said college administrators intended to select a permanent president before delving deeper into the plan.

Rule, president of Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus, oversees 26,000 students.

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Wedding: Carter, Fruge’

November 13, 2012

Matt Fruge’ and Lauren Carter

On Aug. 10, 2012, a lovely wedding took place at Fort Worden, in Port Townsend, uniting Lauren Carter and Matt Fruge’. A reception followed at the USO hall.

The bride is the daughter of Bill and Teri Carter, of Ferndale. The maid of honor was Jenny Ringwood. The bridesmaids were Beth Tonachel, Alissa Mead and Rachel Edelstein. The bridesman was her brother, Troy Carter.

The groom is the son of Dwight and Linda Fruge’, of Issaquah. The best man was Ross Kristof. The groomsmen were brothers Martin and Adam Fruge’ and good friends Chris Homanics and Jeff Linder.

Matt and Lauren honeymooned in Italy. They also enjoyed a 12-day cruise to Greece, Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro.

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