Owen-Osborne wedding

July 30, 2015

TeriJayne Owen, daughter of Terrence Jay and Deanne Owen, of Grand Coulee, and David Samuel Osborne, son of Kendall Joseph and Linda Joy Osborne, of Sammamish, were married on June 13, 2015, in Snohomish.

David Osborne and TeriJayne Owen

David Osborne and TeriJayne Owen

The Owen-Osborne wedding was held in the historic and beautiful Belle Wedding Chapel with Stephen P. Hall, M.D., acting in the role of minister and officiating the ceremony.

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Skyline duo shows off its knack for crime-scene investigation

July 23, 2015

High-school students who are interested in having careers in business, marketing or finance often use the organization of DECA to build their skills and make connections.

Contributed Skyline High School students Sonia Grutzius (left) and Elliot Chinn sport their winning medals for the HOSA-Future Health Professionals competition.

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Skyline High School students Sonia Grutzius (left) and Elliot Chinn sport their winning medals for the HOSA-Future Health Professionals competition.

For students looking to become doctors, nurses or veterinarians, there’s also a national body that might be lesser known than DECA, but is just as vital at providing an educational outlet.

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Community news — deans’ lists, presidents’ lists, honor roll, faculty honor, graduates, scholarship

July 23, 2015

Deans’ lists

  • John Perkins, of Sammamish, spring semester, Carroll College, Montana
  • The following Sammamish students were named to the Gonzaga University dean’s list for the spring 2015 semester: Alexander Belleba, James Black, Kristina Boswell, Lindsey Brown, Aaron Gram, Alyssa Hawkinson, Julia Hormuth, Erica Horn, Mary Jenkins, Kennedy King, Spencer Larsen, Mitchell Neale, Mark Rawson, Julie Singsaas, Tyler Wales, Makenzie Ware and John Wilcox.
  • Keira Howe, of Sammamish, spring semester, Hofstra University, New York
  • Stephanie Munoz, of Sammamish, spring semester, Denison University, Ohio
  • Justin Pacholec, of Sammamish, spring semester, St. Olaf College, Minnesota
  • Connor Menninger and James Nielsen, of Sammamish, spring semester, Montana State University
  • The following students were named to the Washington State University president’s honor roll for the spring 2015 semester: Lisa Gaviglio, Thomas Hanan, Emily Hayes, Mackenzi Hirayama, Brittany Hogan, Nicholas Howard, Christina Hsiao, Paige Kallander, Haley Kirk, Mary Kraft, Olivia Krueger, Diana McGrail, Laura Pankiewicz, Steven Pankiewicz, Daniel Parducci, Natalie Payton, Thomas Pelluer, Barrett Porter, Heather Rife, Travis Snider, Leda Solaimani, Christopher Son, Alexandra Staikos, Jeremy Stavig, Abigail Student, Amelia Student, Derek Tempel, Matthew Thompson, Anna Vinson, Crystal Waters, Brady Wigton, Rachel Wismeth-Johnston and Jaxon Wolfe.
  • Sydney Helton and Katherine Slyngstad, both of Sammamish, spring semester, Boston University, Massachusetts
  • Alexander Gibson, of Sammamish, spring, Wake Forest University, North Carolina
  • Stephanie Copehaver, of Sammamish, spring semester, Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho
  • Ingrid Johansen, of Sammamish, spring semester, State University of New York at Oswego
  • The following Sammamish students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at Eastern Washington University in Cheney: Jennifer Bresley, Ryan de Coup-Crank, Courtney Duda, Sarah Gaston, Brayden Hansen, Jacob Hvass, Deven Kent Dobias, Peter Kim, Diana Rambow, Agapia Rumpel, Dominic Sblendorio, Connell Totten, Sarah Uptagraft and Nicholas Washburn.
  • Bryan Cassill, of Sammamish, spring semester, Linfield College, Oregon
  • Richard Wang, of Sammamish, spring semester, Washington University, Missouri
  • Sakura Dallaire, Eastlake High School grad, spring semester, Northeastern University, Boston
  • Ryder Roedel, Eastlake High School grad, spring semester, The College of Wooster, Ohio

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Local grad gives family trifecta

July 23, 2015

Contributed Jim Blackett, a 2011 graduate of Skyline High School, holds his Phi Beta Kappa award from Occidental College. Jim graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics, summa cum laude, from Occidental College in Los Angeles in May. Jim Blackett was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. This fall, Jim will travel to Mexico to teach English for the upcoming school year. This summer, Jim has an internship with the Gallagher Group in Los Angeles. On the right is Jim’s mother, Cathy Trost Blackett, wearing her PBK key. Cathy also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Macalester College in Minnesota. To make it a family PBK trifecta, Jim is holding his great-grandfather’s PBK key. Olin W. Blackett graduated in 1917 from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, also with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. Olin Blackett went on to earn his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and then taught business statistics for 30 years at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The Blacketts have lived on the Sammamish Plateau for 20 years.

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Jim Blackett, a 2011 graduate of Skyline High School, holds his Phi Beta Kappa award from Occidental College. Jim graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics, summa cum laude, from Occidental College in Los Angeles in May.
Jim Blackett was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. This fall, Jim will travel to Mexico to teach English for the upcoming school year. This summer, Jim has an internship with Arthur J. Gallagher in Los Angeles.
On the right is Jim’s mother, Cathy Trost Blackett, wearing her PBK key. Cathy also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Macalester College in Minnesota.
To make it a family PBK trifecta, Jim is holding his great-grandfather’s PBK key. Olin W. Blackett graduated in 1917 from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, also with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. Olin Blackett went on to earn his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and then taught business statistics for 30 years at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
The Blacketts have lived on the Sammamish Plateau for 20 years.

Electrical engineer aims to enhance atmosphere at Seahawks’ games

July 16, 2015

The Seattle Seahawks are well-known for having some of the rowdiest fans in the National Football League — they twice set the Guinness World Record in 2013 for the noisiest outdoor stadium — but Sammamish resident Jason Rubadue thinks he can take an already overwhelming atmosphere to another level.

By Neil Pierson Sammamish resident Jason Rubadue, an electrical engineer for Texas Instruments, has branched out recently by founding FanFlare, targeting football fans with a wearable flashing light that responds to crowd noise.

By Neil Pierson
Sammamish resident Jason Rubadue, an electrical engineer for Texas Instruments, has branched out recently by founding FanFlare, targeting football fans with a wearable flashing light that responds to crowd noise.

Rubadue, an electrical engineer with Texas Instruments for the past 15 years, began working two years ago on a small light-emitting diode display that responds to crowd noise. He calls it FanFlare, and the product is now selling online at www.fanflare.com for $29.99.

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Volunteers lend helping hands to plateau resident with two broken arms

July 16, 2015

Former Air Force officer Roger Chapanis noticed the young girl in the backyard of his Sammamish home stooped over and apparently playing with something in the dirt.

Contributed Sammamish resident Roger Champanis got help from volunteers after breaking both of his arms this spring.

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Sammamish resident Roger Champanis got help from volunteers after breaking both of his arms this spring.

When he walked outside, the girl showed him the salamander she had discovered in the overgrown garden.

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Klahanie man is curling royalty

July 9, 2015

From the point of view of the average American, curling might seem a somewhat fringe sport. If it weren’t, Klahanie’s Tom Violette probably would be a certified superstar.

Violette has been part of any number of state and national championship teams, most recently helping bring home the gold in the World Senior Curling Championship held in Sochi, Russia.

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By Tom Corrigan Tom Violette wears the jersey from the senior world champion curling team, showing off a few of the medals he has won in his long, successful curling career. The center medal is for the 2015 world championship.

 

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Eagle Scouts celebrate personal and troop milestones

July 2, 2015

Being a Boy Scout generally includes the reward of making lifelong friends, and for five Sammamish teenagers, there’s little doubt they’ve formed lasting bonds ahead of their next adventures.

Three of the teens — Drew Valdez, Matthew Dulski and Konrad Peterson — have known each other since kindergarten, when they joined Cub Scout Pack 545, based at McAuliffe Elementary School.

By Neil Pierson Sammamish residents (from left) Konrad Peterson, Daniel Wilson, Jacob Curtis, Drew Valdez and Matthew Dulski held a joint Court of Honor ceremony June 5 after earning their Eagle Scout ranks. They are part of Boy Scout Troop 571, of Sammamish, which now boasts 100 Eagle Scouts in its history.

By Neil Pierson
Sammamish residents (from left) Konrad Peterson, Daniel Wilson, Jacob Curtis, Drew Valdez and Matthew Dulski held a joint Court of Honor ceremony June 5 after earning their Eagle Scout ranks. They are part of Boy Scout Troop 571, of Sammamish, which now boasts 100 Eagle Scouts in its history.

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Gifting group looks to open new free store this fall

June 25, 2015

It’s a common refrain no matter where you live: People have countless items they never use cluttering up their garages, bedrooms, kitchens and yards, and are looking for a place to get rid of them.

Contributed Several local children, including Mat Kat Lemonade Stand owners Madisyn Bauerle (back row, far left) and Katheryn Chernik (back row, far right) are involved with the Greenhouse Gifting Group, which aims to provide a place to donate and collect various household items free of charge.

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Several local children, including Mat Kat Lemonade Stand owners Madisyn Bauerle (back row, far left) and Katheryn Chernik (back row, far right) are involved with the Greenhouse Gifting Group, which aims to provide a place to donate and collect various household items free of charge.

There are plenty of charity groups that will accept those items — some even offer pick-up service — but the items are usually resold for a profit.

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Nathan Lee takes home $8,000 top prize in e-Piano Junior Competition

June 25, 2015

Nathan Lee, 13, of Sammamish, earned first place in this year’s e-Piano Junior Competition, capturing the top prize of $8,000 in the international event held June 10-16 in Minnesota that showcased the talent of some of the world’s best classical pianists ages 17 and younger.

Contributed Sammamish’s Nathan Lee, 13, won this month’s e-Piano Junior Competition in Minnesota.

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Sammamish’s Nathan Lee, 13, won this month’s e-Piano Junior Competition in Minnesota.

The e-Piano Junior Competition, described by some as “where prodigy meets technology,” exclusively uses Yamaha’s Disklavier reproducing pianos in qualifying rounds and in the finals. This groundbreaking technology enables auditions and preliminary rounds to be conducted online, which explains the “e” in the title of the competition.

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