Youthful Highlanders eye league title

August 30, 2013

The Hazen High School varsity football team breaks from its rally huddle Aug. 22 at the end of afternoon practice.

The Hazen High School varsity football team breaks from its rally huddle Aug. 22 at the end of afternoon practice.

The Hazen High School football team’s 2012 season was a mostly up-and-down affair, resulting in a 5-5 record, but the team put together one of their most complete efforts in the final playoff loss to Ferndale.

The Highlanders are trying to capture that moment in a bottle for 2013, building on the positives that came with that game, Hazen head coach Drew Oliver said.

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Patriots aim to reclaim tradition

August 30, 2013

No one was unluckier than the Liberty Patriots football team last year. An already thin-in-numbers squad was hit with injury after injury in 2012.

As the injuries piled up, so too did the losses in a tough KingCo 3A/2A Conference, on the way to a 3-7 record.

Luckily, things are already looking up for the Patriots as they prepare for the 2013 campaign with a much larger turnout than last year, which should help with depth, longtime Liberty coach Steve Valach said.

Greg Farrar Nate Solly, Liberty High School sophomore quarterback, kicks footballs Aug. 23 during a Patriot team practice.

Greg Farrar
Nate Solly, Liberty High School sophomore quarterback, kicks footballs Aug. 23 during a Patriot team practice.

“We have about 25 more kids than last year,” he said.

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Bulldogs JC football preps for inaugural season

August 30, 2013

For most high school football athletes, their career on the gridiron ends when the last of the Friday night lights flicker to darkness.

Some go on to play the sport at the collegiate level and beyond, but that isn’t an option for the majority. The itch to get on the field, tackle an opponent and be a part of a unique brotherhood is not easily tossed aside, though.

Greg Farrar Dalton Darlington (right), Liberty High School graduate and defensive lineman/linebacker, blocks an offensive lineman Aug. 6 during a Bellevue Bulldogs practice.

Greg Farrar
Dalton Darlington (right), Liberty High School graduate and defensive lineman/linebacker, blocks an offensive lineman Aug. 6 during a Bellevue Bulldogs practice.

The Bellevue Bulldogs junior college football team hopes to provide the relief to that itch, and encourage athletes to remain in school while continuing their career.

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School districts put bond money to use

August 30, 2013

Greg Farrar Construction workers continue to demolish the old and create the new at Liberty High School, with a new commons, auxiliary gym and science lab ready for students, but many classes are being held in portables this school year.

Greg Farrar
Construction workers continue to demolish the old and create the new at Liberty High School, with a new commons, auxiliary gym and science lab ready for students, but many classes are being held in portables this school year.

Voters in the Issaquah and Renton school districts are starting to see the results of the April 2012 bond measures they approved more than a year ago.

About 70 percent of voters supported Issaquah’s $219 million bond measure, while Renton’s $97 million bond received the support of more than 60 percent.

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Music pioneer reflects on his time as a Highlander

August 30, 2013

When Harley Brumbaugh snaps his fingers to the beat of a song, it has the authoritative click of a seasoned music instructor leading his students to success.

It’s the exact same snap countless Renton School District students heard as Brumbaugh led music programs at McKnight Middle School, and established one at Hazen High School in the 1960s.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Harley Brumbaugh, who started Hazen High School’s music program, now lives in North Bend with his wife Cathy, but he still holds Highlander keepsakes, like the record his Hazen Studio Singers made as students.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Harley Brumbaugh, who started Hazen High School’s music program, now lives in North Bend with his wife Cathy, but he still holds Highlander keepsakes, like the record his Hazen Studio Singers made as students.

Today, Hazen High School is home to one of the best vocal music programs in the state, but none of it would have happened if it weren’t for Brumbaugh, the man tasked with creating a music department at what was a brand new school in 1968.

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Student leaders pave the way for Patriot Way

August 30, 2013

Liberty High School students are used to driving down 168th Avenue Southeast to get to school every day, but soon, that road will cease to exist as they know it.

After months of work put in by the Liberty Associated Student Body, the familiar road traveled by countless members of the Patriot community will officially be rebranded as Patriot Way.

Contributed Students and faculty from Liberty High School join the Metropolitan King County Council after the council unanimously approved legislation changing the name of the street in front of the school to Patriot Way.

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Students and faculty from Liberty High School join the Metropolitan King County Council after the council unanimously approved legislation changing the name of the street in front of the school to Patriot Way.

The new Patriot Way sign is expected to be installed soon. The school will celebrate the accomplishment at an assembly Sept. 6 with King County Councilman Reagan Dunn in attendance.

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Essentials

August 30, 2013

Issaquah

First day: The Issaquah School District’s first day of school is Sept. 4. Get the bell times for your school at http://bit.ly/ISDbelltimes.

District website: The main district web address is www.issaquah.wednet.edu.

Verify enrollment: If you have not registered or still need assistance, contact your school directly.

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Hazen selects interim principal

August 30, 2013

Randy Taylor will take over as Hazen High School’s interim principal for the 2013-2014 school year, replacing John Kniseley, who accepted a position at Kentwood High School.

Taylor most recently served as principal of Mount Si High School for six years, and also spent five years as the Auburn High School principal.

Randy Taylor

Randy Taylor

He holds master’s degrees in education and school administration from Central Washington University. In 2003, the Washington Library Media Association named Taylor the High School Principal of the Year.

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Newcastle students graduate from UW

August 30, 2013

The following students graduated from the University of Washington:

Joshua Smith, Bachelor of Arts, political science; Lauren Colyer, Bachelor of Science, biology, and Bachelor of Arts, comparative literature; Eleanor McCarthy, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Virgil Hodge, Bachelor of Arts, business administration (accounting); Jiaqi Liang, Bachelor of Arts, business administration

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Newcastle students graduate from WWU

August 30, 2013

The following students graduated from Western Washington University:

Hunter Frerich, Bachelor of Science, industrial design; Sarah Laws, Bachelor of Arts in education, general science: elementary; Alejandro Milla, Bachelor of Arts, business administration; and Stuart Tsuchida, Bachelor of Science, mathematics.

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