Renton Tech names new president

July 2, 2015

Dr. Kevin D. McCarthy is the new Renton Technical College president.

McCarthy is the vice president of instruction at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. He previously served in the administration at Bellevue College and Blue Mountain Community College in Oregon.

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Dr. Kevin D. McCarthy

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Local author/artist Dana Sullivan hosts classes

June 15, 2015

NEW — 12:55 p.m. June 15, 2015

Newcastle News readers see local author/illustrator Dana Sullivan’s work featured monthly in a cartoon accompanying Pat Detmer’s column.

Now, you can learn from the man himself in two upcoming classes.

The first is a picture book illustration class offered June 23-July 28 at the Kirkland Arts Center. The six-week intensive boot camp that will leave you with a finished book dummy suitable for submission. Need not be an artist, just a willingness to work and stretch your imagination. Learn more here.

The second class is geared toward teens. Sullivan will take students step-by-step through the process of turning your original idea into a graphic novel. Drawing skills are not necessary, but imagination is a must, Sullivan said.  Read more

Local athletes get ready for the next level

March 5, 2014

Four Hazen High School students announced plans to continue their athletic endeavors in college at a signing day ceremony Feb. 5.

Hazen soccer standouts Gabby Brower and Chelsea Delgado will play the sport in college after leading this year’s team to its first outright Seamount League title since 1992, and a state tournament appearance.

Brower will play at Western Washington University, while Delgado will suit up at Bellevue College.

Contributed Hazen High School athletes (from left) Chelsea Delgado, Quadir Griffin and Gabby Brower signed to colleges Feb. 5.

Hazen High School athletes (from left) Chelsea Delgado, Quadir Griffin and Gabby Brower signed to colleges Feb. 5.

Hazen football standouts Joe Glaefke and Quadir Griffin will also continue their athletic careers in college. The all-league performers will both play at Everett Junior College.

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Newcastle dancers shine in Nutcracker performance

December 1, 2011

Cornerstone Studio offers fresh take on an old classic

As Amie Tabiando dances around the room, she clutches a plush Eeyore stuffed animal lovingly to her chest.

Her smile widens as she reveals him to a cluster of smaller children surrounding her lithe frame. Tabiando lifts Eeyore up and down, twirling and sashaying with him wherever she goes.

Emma Mason, of Newcastle, strikes a pose as the part of Fritz during the 2010 Cornerstone Studio production of ‘The Nutcracker’ at Bellevue College. Contributed

But soon she’ll trade that Eeyore in for a more well-known prop for one of the holiday season’s most beloved ballets — a Nutcracker.

She, along with more than 60 of the Cornerstone Studio’s 200 students, can be found at the Newport Hills studio every Saturday and Sunday gearing up for their annual holiday performance, putting in long hours on top of their regularly scheduled dance classes.

Lea Lo, studio owner and artistic director, said the studio’s performance of the ballet is an affordable, family-friendly activity with something for every audience.

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Newcastle man helps win debate championship

May 6, 2011

Newcastle man Samuel Pizelo helped lead Bellevue College to a national championship in the Novice National Parliamentary Debate Association competition in Gresham, Ore., in March.

The team — now in its second year — also earned superior marks in speaking.

Pizelo, the team’s president, thanked the Bellevue College faculty for its support, as its last-minute, out-of-pocket donations funded the team’s trip. The donations came in just 24 hours before the competition.

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