Issaquah student is among finalists in Boston waterfront design contest

March 26, 2013

Western Washington University sophomore Tai Geng, of Issaquah, and a team of five other industrial design majors at Western are among 20 finalists out of 170 entries from around the world still competing in Boston’s Street Seats Design Challenge.

As part of an independent study with professor of Engineering Technology Arunas Oslapas, the students designed a concept for a park bench for the Fort Point Channel in South Boston’s Innovation District. Judges for the event consist of Boston business owners, industry professionals and design experts.

Contributed Issaquah’s Tai Geng is among 20 finalists from around the world competing in a design challenge in Boston.

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Issaquah’s Tai Geng is among 20 finalists from around the world competing in a design challenge in Boston.

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Former resident named managing editor

March 26, 2013

Garrett Rudolph, formerly of Issaquah, became managing editor of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle on March 1.

Rudolph spent the past five years as the sports editor of the Woodburn Independent in Woodburn, Ore.

Garrett Rudolph

Garrett Rudolph

Rudolph grew up in Issaquah and graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in English in 2003.

College News

February 19, 2013

Local students graduate from WWU

The following students graduated in the fall 2012 quarter at Western Washington University:

Issaquah: Devin Amrine, Sarah Beaulieu, Jeff Boser, Ryan Boser, Kian Farahani, Ryan Houser, Erika Monroe, Cory Rydell and Vinay Thakorial

Renton: Nicholas Kenney and Olivia Schach

Sammamish: Jeff Berky, Bryce Coffin, Jordan Gould, Jennifer Smith and Austin Strand

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Engagement: Laux, Corrigan

January 29, 2013

Joe Corrigan and Miranda Laux

Miranda Laux and Joe Corrigan, both of Seattle, announce their engagement to be married April 16, 2013.

The bride-to-be, the daughter of John and Laurel Laux, of Issaquah, is a 2004 graduate of Issaquah High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 2008 and a Master of Social Work in 2010 at Eastern Washington University.

The future groom, the son of John and Cindy Corrigan, of Auburn, is a 2003 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in business at Western Washington University in 2008.

Engagement: Laux, Corrigan

January 8, 2013

Joe Corrigan and Miranda Laux

Miranda Laux and Joe Corrigan, both of Seattle, announce their engagement to be married April 16, 2013.

The bride-to-be, the daughter of John and Laurel Laux, of Issaquah, is a 2004 graduate of Issaquah High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 2008 and a Master of Social Work in 2010 at Eastern Washington University.

The future groom, the son of John and Cindy Corrigan, of Auburn, is a 2003 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in business at Western Washington University in 2008.

Community mourns longtime sports editor Bob Taylor

January 1, 2013

Robert L. “Bob” Taylor, former longtime sports editor of The Issaquah Press, died Christmas Eve morning, Dec. 24, 2012, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was 63.

Bob Taylor

Taylor, of Renton, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, and was battling that and leukemia at the time of his death. He wrote about his illness many times in The Press.

He married his wife, the former Pauline Namit, who he called his best friend, in 1976, and she was his main caregiver in his last years. He was very proud of his son, David, 34, a University of Washington graduate. Family meant everything to him. He also loved his dog Katie.

Taylor was half Finnish and proud of his heritage. He was born Oct. 4, 1949, in Vancouver, Wash., to Hilda (Kopra) and Layton Taylor, and raised on a farm in Southwest Washington.

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Community mourns former sports editor Bob Taylor

December 28, 2012

NEW — 3:05 p.m. Dec. 28, 2012

Robert L. “Bob” Taylor, former longtime sports editor of The Issaquah Press, died Christmas Eve morning, Dec. 24, 2012, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He was 63.

Bob Taylor

Taylor, of Renton, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, and was battling that and leukemia at the time of his death. He wrote about his illness many times in The Press.

He married his wife, the former Pauline Namit, who he called his best friend, in 1976, and she was his main caregiver in his last years. He was very proud of his adult son, David, a University of Washington graduate. Family meant everything to him. He also loved his dog Katie.

Taylor was half Finnish and proud of his heritage. He was born Oct. 4, 1949, in Vancouver, Wash., to Hilda (Kopra) and Layton Taylor, and raised on a farm in Southwest Washington.

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More students venture into digital classroom for online courses

November 20, 2012

Matthew McSweeney, 17, works at his online math course after school at Skyline High School. He says he finds math easier now that he’s learning about it online. By Lillian O’Rorke

Matthew McSweeney spends a lot of time on the computer, so when the senior at Skyline High School failed geometry last year his parents suggested he give math class another go, but instead online.

Fast-forward to fall semester and McSweeney is less than half way through his online course but is already three weeks ahead in the material.

“Some people think it’s hard, but for me I think it’s easier, because I just learn better through a computer,” he said, explaining that he has a hard time concentrating in class because it’s hard to ignore all the other things going on around him. “So, instead, I can work at home and not have to hear other students and it’s more personal.”

It also helps, he added, that the credit retrieval course in basic math explains everything with digital pages full of step-by-step instructions that he can review anytime he has questions.

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Wedding: McManus, Schaffer

November 20, 2012

Kelly McManus and Noah Schaffer

Kelly Ann McManus and Noah Martin Schaffer, both of New York City, were married Oct. 6, 2012, at the Tribeca Grill, in New York City.

Cory Labanow officiated. A reception followed at the Tribeca Grill.

The bride, the daughter of Rich and Karen McManus, of Issaquah, is a 2004 graduate of Issaquah High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2008 from Western Washington University. She is currently a student at Hunter College School of Social Work.

The groom is the son of Eric and Gretchen Schaffer, of Pondicherry, India, and Fairfield, Iowa, respectively. He is a 2000 graduate of Willistone Northhampton High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Iowa in 2005, and master’s and doctorate degrees in usability in 2009 from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He works at Human Factors International.

The couple honeymooned in Barbados.

College News

November 6, 2012

Liberty grad is Harvard College Scholar

Jay Chakravarty, the 2011 valedictorian of Liberty High School and a student at Harvard University, has been designated a Harvard College Scholar.

Students of the sophomore, junior and senior classes in the top 10 percent of their respective classes are designated Harvard College Scholars.

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