Issaquah Schools Foundation fundraiser lunch tops $617,000

June 4, 2015

Almost 900 community members attended the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s 17th annual Nourish Every Mind Luncheon on May 14 at the Issaquah Community Center and donated $617,000 for local schools.

The program featured several students and educators who spoke passionately about the foundation’s impact on education.

Newcastle resident Ashton Herrild described how the foundation’s Healthy Youth Initiative helped him redefine himself in his recovery from drug addiction and find his calling as a filmmaker. Through the Influence the Choice video contest, a program of the Healthy Youth Initiative’s Drug Free Community Coalition, Ashton has produced several videos aimed at reducing youth substance abuse.

Clark Elementary School educator Shaun Cornwall and fifth-grade students Cole Pak and Ajay Santiago told attendees about Scratch Programming Clubs, introducing elementary students to computer science through a simple, web-based programming language. Read more

Local students make honor roll and dean’s list

April 30, 2015

The following students earned collegiate academic honors:

  • Katherine Kerstetter, a 2014 Liberty High School graduate, made Southern Methodist University’s Honor Roll with High Distinction during fall quarter.
  • Newcastle resident Junice Marino made the winter 2015 dean’s list at Eastern Washington University.
  • Newcastle resident Justyn Jacobs made the winter term honor roll at Oregon State University.
  • Newcastle residents Olivia Hirschey and Sarah Gardner made the Central Washington University winter term honor roll.

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Exemplary seniors receive Washington Scholars Award

April 30, 2015

The Washington Student Achievement Council and the Association of Washington School Principals recently announced the names of 654 Washington Scholars from 263 high schools this year.

The award represents the highest academic honor conferred by the state of Washington and is awarded to students who demonstrate the educational excellence and civic commitment so vital to the future of the state.

The local winners were:

Hazen High School — Andrea Dao, engineering; Tudi Le, pre-medicine

Liberty High School — Quinn Magendanz, computer science engineering; Signe Stroming, international relations

Hazelwood PTSA offers scholarships

April 2, 2015

The Hazelwood Elementary School PTSA is offering two $1,000 college scholarships to graduating high-school seniors who attended the Newcastle primary school.

Former Mustangs who are part of the class of 2015 and hold at least a 3.0 grade point average are eligible to apply for the awards. The $1,000 scholarships are applied toward the winners’ first-year tuition at any accredited university.

Required application materials, due April 17, include a high-school transcript, letter of recommendation and more.

Application materials are available at and in the counseling offices at Hazen, Lindbergh, Newport and Renton high schools.

Rotary clubs honor top students, teachers

April 2, 2015

The Issaquah and Renton rotary clubs honored the following people as students or teachers of the month:

Tudi Le Hazen, December

Tudi Le
Hazen, December

Jessi Traughber McKnight teacher, December

Jessi Traughber
McKnight teacher, December

Spencer Chin Hazen, January

Spencer Chin
Hazen, January

Travis Savala Hazen teacher, December

Travis Savala
Hazen teacher, December

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Patriot Players present ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

April 2, 2015

The Patriot Players want to take you back to the Roaring ‘20s.

Liberty High School’s drama program will present a tale of the time “when the champagne flowed while the caviar chilled and all the world was a party.”

Audiences are invited to see the school’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” April 24-25, 30 and May 1-2 in the Landback Auditorium.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is a parody of American musical comedies of the 1920s, according to a Liberty news release. It follows a neurotic narrator as he leads the audience through a fictional 1928 musical in his dingy apartment.

Seattle actor and 2006 Liberty High School graduate Danny Kam will return to his alma mater to direct the production. Choir teacher Robin Wood will serve as vocal director, while longtime Liberty drama teacher Katherine Klekas will produce. Read more

Geography mastery

February 6, 2015

Apollo, Newcastle crown geography bee champs


Ever since he was little, which, admittedly, wasn’t too long ago, Apollo Elementary School fourth-grader Arthur Gwozdz often found himself staring at a globe. Read more

Tracey Naylor takes over at Hazelwood

February 6, 2015

When Hazelwood Elementary School students returned from winter break, a new face greeted them at the door.

Tracey Naylor officially began her duties as the school’s new principal Jan. 5, replacing interim-Principal Judy Busch. Busch came out of retirement while the district found a permanent replacement for Principal Cindy Farnsworth, now at Meadow Crest Early Learning Center.

Tracey Naylor

Tracey Naylor

Naylor, a graduate of Columbia University and American University, comes to Hazelwood from Campbell Hill Elementary School, where she served as the assistant principal. Read more

Howling for the Harvest

November 7, 2014


Liberty SRO honored as best in the state

October 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Deputy Dave Montalvo, Liberty resource officer, is greeted warmly by a visiting graduate near the grandstand student section as he patrols a Sept. 12 football game.

By Greg Farrar
Deputy Dave Montalvo, Liberty resource officer, is greeted warmly by a visiting graduate near the grandstand student section as he patrols a Sept. 12 football game.

Deputy Dave Montalvo has had his fair share of assignments in a 27-year career with the King County Sheriff’s Office. Read more

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