Local 4-H programs could receive $100,000 to continue

June 27, 2012

NEW — 4:30 p.m. June 27, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine asked for $100,000 on Wednesday to continue county support for 4-H youth programs.

Constantine sent a budget request for the funds to the King County Council for approval. The measure is meant to continue 4-H programs through 2012. The proposal calls for dollars to continue horseback riding, county fair exhibitions and other 4-H programs.

The proposal also aims to re-appropriate $16,000 in funding from last year to Washington State University, the county’s partner in 4-H programs.

“More than 10,000 young people in King County gain valuable life experiences through 4-H, and this funding will keep the program going in collaboration with our partners at WSU Extension,” Constantine said in a statement.

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Skyline’s Peyton Pelluer chooses Washington State University

June 26, 2012

Skyline High School linebacker Peyton Pelluer verbally committed to Washington State University on June 18.

Pelluer will be a senior at Skyline this year, coming off an impressive 122 solo tackle campaign. His decision to become a Cougar was based on his comfort level with the coaching staff and the potential of the program.

“I felt comfortable around the coaches,” he told The Seattle Times last week. “They’re awesome and I built a strong relationship with them. That was key in my decision. But, really, I saw a lot of potential in the program. They need a lot of players to come in there and help the program get back to its old glory.”

His father Scott Pelluer was a four-year starting linebacker for Washington State from 1978-81 and played in the National Football League for five years with the New Orleans Saints.

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Former Issaquah basketball star’s University of Washington Swagga looms large

June 12, 2012

Jon Brockman, former University of Washington basketball player, models the Swagga Suit, a onesie devleoped by Issaquah High School graduate Gillian Pennington. By Gillian Pennington/SWAG

For Issaquah High School grad and soon-to-be University of Washington grad Gillian Pennington, there is no such thing as a lack of enthusiasm.

Her approach to everything in life seems to be one where going full speed is not fast enough, and there’s never a time where fun will be sacrificed.

This work hard, play hard attitude has brought her — and business partners Josh Brewer and Elaina Tursi — great success recently, as their start up company SWAG (also known as Sweet Washington Athletic Gear) has become what seems like an overnight success.

But like success, there were plenty of bumps in the road.

Pennington is a senior at the UW and as an entrepreneurship major, one of the final classes she must take is the two-quarter course Creating a Company. Within the first two weeks the students must assign themselves groups, come up with a company idea and start the process of getting it off the ground.

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College News

June 5, 2012

Carly MacKinnon receives scholarships from WSU 

Carly MacKinnon, the daughter of Leeanna and John Hayes, of Issaquah, was awarded a $1,000 College of Education Scholarship and a $500 Virginia L. Shaw Alumnae Scholarship at Washington State University.

Students receiving these awards must be certified into the College of Education and must demonstrate academic excellence and professional promise.

MacKinnon, a 2010 graduate of Liberty High School, plans to graduate from WSU In May 2014 with a degree in sport management and business. She is a member of the WSU Women’s Rugby Team, member of the Sport Club Federation Council for University Recreation and has been listed on the President’s Honor Roll.

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Reading skills programs available for children, adults

May 29, 2012

The Washington State University Center for Distance and Professional Education will offer eight reading skills programs for 4-year-olds through adults in Issaquah. Tuition and materials fees vary by program level.

Early summer session begins the week of June 21 and a late summer session begins the week of July 28.

Reading programs for younger students build comprehension, and students learn the phonics and fluency skills they need to become strong readers. Programs for older students and adults are geared toward improving comprehension and study skills, vocabulary and speed reading. The skills taught in the classes reinforce the importance of reading for pleasure and developing a lifelong love of books.

The programs have been offered as a service to the community by the Washington State University Center for Distance and Professional Education since 2004. The programs are taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development.

Call 888-201-2448 toll free from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for information about the reading programs or to register.

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May 22, 2012

Local students graduate from WWU 

The following Western Washington University 2012 winter quarter graduates earned their bachelor’s or master’s degrees and were awarded diplomas.

Issaquah: Kendra Lyndon, Bachelor of Arts, music; Mora Shaw, Bachelor of Arts, communication; and Jennifer Thompson, Bachelor of Arts, English literature emphasis

Newcastle: Ryan Gaines, Bachelor of Arts, economics

Renton: Timothy Chi, Bachelor of Science, kinesiology (pre-physical therapy specialization); and Scott Warlick, Bachelor of Arts, general studies

Sammamish: Nicholas Abraham, Bachelor of Arts, economics/environmental studies; Alison Grinberg, Bachelor of Arts, business administration (marketing); and Karissa Sakai, Bachelor of Arts, general studies

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May 8, 2012

Local student receives scholarships from WSU

Deven Tokuno, the daughter of Darla and Rik Tokuno, of Bellevue, was awarded a $1,000 April Seehafer Scholarship and a $1,500 Basil and Ella Jerard Scholarship by the Washington State University Department of English.

The April Seehafer Scholarship is given to undergraduate women majoring in composition, professional writing or literary studies, who are of sophomore standing or above, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate financial need.

The Basil and Ella Jerard Scholarship is given to outstanding, full-time English majors who demonstrate financial need and merit.

Tokuno graduated from Issaquah High School in 2009 and plans to graduate from WSU in May with a degree in English and zoology. She is the Student Bookstore Corp. vice chairwoman, president of the Student Alumni Ambassadors and the chief editor for the Landscapers Literary Journal.

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May 1, 2012

Local students earn Eagle Scout rank

Ian Engelbeck, a senior at Skyline High School, and Douglas Dietzel, a 2011 Skyline graduate and student at Washington State University, have earned the highest honor in Boy Scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout.

Engelbeck has been involved in Scouting since 2000 and joined Troop 636 in 2005. He has been a camp counselor at Camp Parsons on Hood Canal for the past two summers and will work there again this summer. His Eagle Service Project involved planning, supervising and organizing volunteers to build an observation deck at the Evans Creek Preserve in Sammamish.

Dietzel has been involved in Scouting since 1999 and joined Troop 636 in 2004. His Eagle Service Project involved planning, supervising and organizing volunteers to build a shelter at the preschool playground at Faith United Methodist Church.

Both Scouts were honored at a ceremony at Faith United Methodist Church on March 11.

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Engagement: Van Cise, Mathieson

April 24, 2012

Lisa Van Cise and Joel Mathieson

Lisa Van Cise and Joel Mathieson, both of Shoreline, recently announced their engagement to be married in May in Seattle.

The bride-to-be, the daughter of Shari and Rick Van Cise, of Issaquah, is a 2000 graduate of Skyline High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications in 2004 from Washington State University. She is the weather anchor at King 5 TV.

The future groom, the son of Anne Devine, of Niantic, Conn., is a 1998 graduate of East Lyme High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in graphic communications in 2006 from Rhode Island College. He is a broadcast engineer at Fisher Communications.

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Gaining ground for Puget Sound by building rain gardens

April 17, 2012

12,000 Rain Gardens campaign aims to curb pollution, create beautiful landscapes

A completed rain garden must be maintained through ongoing mulching, weeding and watering as needed and the avoidance of fertilizer and pesticides. By Stewardship Partners

As more than 14 million pounds of toxins enter the Puget Sound each year, two Washington entities are working hard to curb the contamination — 12,000 times over.

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