America the beautiful

July 31, 2014

Eastside residents become U.S. citizens at Newcastle Library

By Greg Farrar Immigrants from around the world, who passed citizenship tests and renounced allegiances to the countries of their birth, take the oath of allegiance from officials of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services July 23 during a naturalization ceremony at the Newcastle Library.

By Greg Farrar
Immigrants from around the world, who passed citizenship tests and renounced allegiances to the countries of their birth, take the oath of allegiance from officials of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services July 23 during a naturalization ceremony at the Newcastle Library.

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AAUW honors Hazen juniors

July 2, 2014

The American Association of University Women honored three Hazen High School juniors with Certificates of Excellence.

Constance La, a scholar-athlete and a Washington Aerospace Scholar, was recognized for Excellence in Technology; Tudi Le, who plays piano and tutors others in violin, was recognized for Excellence in Science; and Sarah Sherrod, a three-sport athlete and mentor of freshman students, was recognized for Excellence in Mathematics.

The AAUW Scholars Program recognizes and encourages young women who excel in the areas of science, math and technology to pursue careers in these fields.

Hazen’s Joe Glaefke plays in East/West all-star game

July 2, 2014

Hazen High School football star Joe Glaefke represented the Highlanders at the 2014 East vs. West All-State Game on June 27.

The rosters consisted of graduated seniors from 3A and 4A schools across the state, with teams split by region.

Glaefke, a linebacker, played on the West team, alongside players from high schools such as Skyline, Mount Si, Eastlake and Mercer Island.

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Local athletes, coaches make all-league teams

July 2, 2014

Coaches in both the Seamount and KingCo 3A/2A conferences selected their all-league teams for the 2014 spring sports season.

 Baseball

KingCo 3A/2A

First team: UT Lorin Archibald, senior, Liberty

Honorable mention:

Liberty — Chase Vanek, Tyler Haselman, Michael Heath and Torey Anderson

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Local athletes make all-state team

July 2, 2014

Liberty High School midfielder Colton Ronk added another postseason honor to his arsenal.

Ronk, a now-graduated senior, was named to the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association All-State 2014 Spring Soccer First Team.

The midfielder was a key reason the Patriots won the KingCo 3A/2A regular-season soccer title for the second straight year. Ronk recorded nine goals and seven assists for Liberty. He’ll continue his career at Highline College.

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Hazen and Liberty High School Graduations / June 2014

June 18, 2014

Local schools celebrate 2014 graduates

June 6, 2014

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School seniors cheer during last year's graduation ceremony at Safeco Field.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School seniors cheer during last year’s graduation ceremony at Safeco Field.

As another school year comes to a close, local public high schools are getting set to celebrate the class of 2014 with annual commencement ceremonies. Read more

Summer events lined up

June 5, 2014

Fireworks will again grace the Newcastle skies this Fourth of July, and this time for more than a few minutes.

Attendees at last year’s Independence Day celebration at Lake Boren Park will remember that technical difficulties shortened what was supposed to be a 12-minute fireworks display.

The Olympia-based company Entertainment Fireworks Inc. took full responsibility for the problems, City Manager Rob Wyman said last year. Newcastle will contract with the company again for its 2014 fireworks show, with assurances the issues won’t occur again.

“I have spoken with the owner multiple times on the phone and he has assured me 200 percent that we will not have the problem again,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle’s community activities liaison. “They’ve got a very, very experienced pyrotechnician that’s going to be working with us.” Read more

Renton School Board honors Hazen seniors

June 5, 2014

The Renton School Board recognized 12 outstanding Hazen High School seniors at its May 14 meeting.

Brooks Jacobs, Alan Yeh, Bahari Watkins, Daniel Snitkovskiy, Malcolm Mitchell, Alisha Piazza, Arden Phu, Kirsten Donno, Cindy Hanson, Kylie Magar, Emma Tuschhoff and Jessica Carey were honored for their academic achievement, leadership, co-curricular involvement, citizenship, community service and contributions to their classmates and school.

Hazen students named AP Scholars

June 5, 2014

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Thirty-eight Hazen High School students earned Advanced Placement Scholar recognition for their hard work and accomplishments in the school’s college-level courses and for their individual high scores on AP exams.

AP college-level courses and exams are offered to high school students through the College Board. American colleges and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on AP exams.

While many Hazen students scored a perfect 4 on their AP exams, twenty Hazen students received AP Scholar recognition for receiving a minimum score of 3 on three or more AP exams; 15 Hazen students received AP Scholar with Honor awards for averaging a score of at least 3.25; and three Hazen students received AP Scholar with Distinction honors for averaging a score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams.

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