Issaquah High School graduates embark on trip of a lifetime

October 2, 2012

The transition between college graduation and the rest of one’s life can be an uncertain time as students enter the job market and walk down the path to true adulthood.

So, three recent Western Washington University graduates with strong Issaquah roots decided that now was as good a time as any to head off on the trip of a lifetime, before a career gets in the way.

Matt Benson, Justin Kay and Andrew Baer have been friends since elementary school and the three have remained close through their time at Pine Lake Middle School, Issaquah High School and finally, Western Washington University.

The 2008 Issaquah grads will travel to Europe on a monthlong excursion, visiting England, France, Germany, Spain, and possibly the Netherlands and Italy.

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Personal stories define Referendum 74 discussion

September 25, 2012

Dana Alixander (left) and partner Sage Alixander stand on the staircase of their Sammamish home with their California-issued marriage license and photographs chronicling their life together. By Greg Farrar

In the moments before the state Senate voted on a landmark same-sex marriage bill Feb. 1, Dana Alixander joined other supporters in the gallery overlooking the chamber.

“I was there, waiting for history to happen — and terrified that it wouldn’t,” she said in a recent interview.

Legislators, after impassioned debate, passed the bill and sent the measure to the state House of Representatives for consideration. In February, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the legislation as supporters looked on from the packed State Reception Room at the Capitol.

The measure, Referendum 74, goes before voters on the November ballot. Opponents to the same-sex marriage law gathered enough voter signatures to put the measure before the electorate.

R-74 is the centerpiece in a high-dollar, high-profile contest in the national battle between same-sex proponents and foes.

Alixander headed to Olympia to support marriage rights — a long-running fight for the Sammamish resident and partner of 22 years, Sage. (In 2008, Sage and Dana got married in California before Proposition 8 outlawed same-sex marriages there.)

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Skyline alumnus wins Bellingham Amateur golf tournament

September 11, 2012

After a weekend on the links at Lake Padden golf course, Jake Webb, a 2008 graduate of Skyline High School, took first place at the Bellingham Amateur golf tournament.

Webb, a redshirt senior for the team at Western Washington University, was the only golfer out of the tournament’s 33 Division I players to play all three rounds under par. The first day out, he shot a 70 and improved that score by one stroke the following day with a 69. Webb finished the final round Sept. 3 at 71 to bring his tournament total to 210.

This was not the first time he shot a 210 at the Bellingham Amateur. Last year, Webb ended with the same total. However, it was still one stroke behind the lead and he went home in second place. But this time around, he secured the victory with a four-stroke lead over fellow Western Washington player and second-place finisher Craig Crawford.

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College News

August 21, 2012

Local student makes SLU honor roll

Stephen Connelly, of Issaquah, was recently named to the spring 2012 semester honor roll at Southeastern Louisiana University, in Hammond, La.

To qualify, students must earn a 3 to 3.19 grade point average.

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Skyline High School graduate, Olympic cyclist Tela Crane, races for gold

July 24, 2012

Tela Crane, a 2004 Skyline High School graduate now riding for the USA Cycling Team, sets the national record for the 200-meter event during time trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. By Sandra Wright Sutherland

Under the scorching June 22 Colorado sun, Tela Crane zoomed around the velodrome, reaching 45 mph on her bike. After finishing the flying 200-meter sprint, Crane had a smile on her face.

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College News

July 17, 2012

Students receive scholarships

The following local students received scholarships from the University of Idaho for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Issaquah: Alicia Hensen, Carly Overton, David Erickson, Jeffrey Crocker, Jessica Balbiani, Kelle Agassiz, Kevin Baker, Mary Cooper, Megan Gilchrist, Nathaniel Essex, Nikolaus Landdeck, Sean Erickson, Shoko Nelson, Spencer Johnson, Taylor Lundeen, Trevor Simpkins and Walter Bennett

Renton: Chad Dewan, Charles Herzog, Christopher Ohlinger, Stefan Richardson and Stephen Carras

Sammamish: Camille Gomez, Christopher Martin, Courtney Johnston, Erika Ikstrums, Jacob Hamilton, Jeffrey Discolo, Mike Brewster and Tyler Woods

Western Washington University student Teresa Micheletti, daughter of Joe and Tami Micheletti, of Issaquah, received a $1,250 Margaret Green Siegley scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. The scholarship is awarded to incoming theatre arts students.

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July 10, 2012

Local students earn scholarships

Western Washington University student Hayley Beck, daughter of David and Carol Beck of Bellevue, has accepted an $8,793 Mildred M. Bain Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year at Western Washington University, in Bellingham. Beck graduated from Issaquah High School in 2011 and is majoring in science education.

Benjamin Crowther, son of David and Mary Crowther, of Bellingham, received a $1,000 WWU Associated Students Diversity Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. Crowther, a 2009 graduate of Skyline High School, is a senior with a 3.6 grade point average and is working toward a degree in Queer Identity as Shaped by Legal and Ethical Discourse in the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

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Engagement: Cote, Goldfarb

June 12, 2012

Lucia Cote and Daniel Goldfarb

Lucia Marie Cote and Daniel Mark Goldfarb, both of West Seattle, recently announced their engagement to be married Sept. 22 at the Sahalee Club, in Sammamish.

The bride-to-be, the daughter of Mark and Claudia Cote, of Issaquah, is a 2003 graduate of Skyline High School. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2007 and works as a program coordinator at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The future groom, the son of Dave and Judy Goldfarb, of Issaquah, also graduate from Skyline in 2003. He earned a degree at the University of Washington in 2006. He is the chief executive officer of WaSOUND.

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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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Newcastle author pens children’s book after bout with heart failure

May 15, 2012

Carolyn Banguero (right), Newcastle resident and ‘Paolo’s Adventures’ author, signs a book for a fan at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park. Contributed

Newcastle resident Carolyn Banguero had just been flown halfway across the United States in a small medical plane to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio after being diagnosed with heart failure — the same hospital where her father had died with the same condition 25 years before.

That was a Wednesday.

She was to be hooked up to an IV with medication, a breathing tube and a medical device that would force her heart to pump.

“It was freaky,” she said. “I had never even broken a bone.”

By Monday, the Federal Way School District teacher was told by doctors to be ready to receive a heart transplant because her heart was only doing about 6 percent of the work it should be doing.

She was only 31.

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