Klahanie man prepares for Mount Everest climb

February 17, 2015

Four years ago, Dennis Broadwell came within about 2,000 vertical feet of the top of the world before making the difficult decision to turn around.

Contributed Klahanie resident Dennis Broadwell uses a ladder to cross a crevasse on Mount Everest in 2011. Broadwell is leading another expedition to the world’s highest mountain starting in March.

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Klahanie resident Dennis Broadwell uses a ladder to cross a crevasse on Mount Everest in 2011. Broadwell is leading another expedition to the world’s highest mountain starting in March.

This spring, the Klahanie resident is planning to make a second attempt at summiting Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak at 29,029 feet.

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Scouts’ rite of passage marks big achievement

February 10, 2015

The 15 boys who stood on the stage were mostly solemn, but some of them allowed grins to creep across their faces as they absorbed the magnitude of the moment.

By Neil Pierson Alex Hammingh is adorned with a new scarf and his Arrow of Light award, signifying his transition into Boy Scouts during a Feb. 3 ceremony at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

By Neil Pierson
Alex Hammingh is adorned with a new scarf and his Arrow of Light award, signifying his transition into Boy Scouts during a Feb. 3 ceremony at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

Cub Scout packs across the country hold annual transition ceremonies for 11- and 12-year-olds who’ve fulfilled the requirements to join Boy Scouts. Cub Scout Pack 682, which draws its members from Issaquah and Sammamish, honored its graduating fifth-graders Feb. 3 at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

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Charity Circle has students smiling about wide range of volunteer work

January 27, 2015

By Neil Pierson Members of Charity Circle, a volunteer organization comprised of high-school and middle-school students from Sammamish, gather together during a Jan. 14 meeting at Sammamish City Hall.

By Neil Pierson
Members of Charity Circle, a volunteer organization comprised of high-school and middle-school students from Sammamish, gather together during a Jan. 14 meeting at Sammamish City Hall.

Teenagers might have some negative stereotypes about volunteer work, but the leaders of a Sammamish organization are trying to dispel the notion that unpaid labor is dreary and challenging. Read more

New blog hopes to reach teens who struggle to cope with mental health, drug issues

January 27, 2015

With topics ranging from managing panic attacks to managing eating disorders, a new blog site for Issaquah- and Sammamish-area students already is covering a lot of ground.

“‘Mindfulness’” should have been the 2014 Word of the Year, because I’m seeing it everywhere. There’s even a new magazine called ‘Mindful,’ available on newsstands…”

In that blog entry for Mission Mental, Barbara de Michele, director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation Healthy Youth Initiative, goes on to say mindfulness is closely aligned, but not quite the same as meditation. Still, she talks about it helping reduce anxiety, aiding in physical healing and helping recovery from addiction.

Started about two months ago by the Healthy Youth Initiative, the Mission Mental blog doesn’t have a huge number of entries so far. But de Michele said the entries that have been posted each have received more than 200 hits in a fairly short amount of time. Read more

Spanish ceremony marks girl’s transition to young adulthood

January 13, 2015

“For me, it reaffirms her commitment to the Catholic Church, to living the way she was brought up to live,” dad Larry Roybal said.

By Greg Farrar Miranda Roybal holds a gift Bible and gift kneeling pillow, and sits next to Owen Stoutt, her best friend and one of the members of her Court of Honor, during her quinceanera Mass held Jan. 10 at Eastlake Catholic School.

By Greg Farrar
Miranda Roybal holds a gift Bible and gift kneeling pillow, and sits next to Owen Stoutt, her best friend and one of the members of her Court of Honor, during her quinceanera Mass held Jan. 10 at Eastlake Catholic School.

“It’s just to say, ‘You’ve kind of hit the big time,’” said mom Heidi Roybal, noting daughter Miranda, 15, needs now to get ready for college and will soon be able to drive, among other adult responsibilities.

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Biking community rallies around humanitarian organization

January 13, 2015

A few years ago, Sammamish resident Stacy O’Daffer was looking for a Christmas gift for her husband, an avid cyclist, when something unusual caught her eye.

Contributed Dan Austin, founder and executive director of the 88bikes Foundation, interacts with children during a visit to the African nation of Mozambique.

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Dan Austin, founder and executive director of the 88bikes Foundation, interacts with children during a visit to the African nation of Mozambique.

O’Daffer was perusing a magazine when she stumbled across an article about the 88bikes Foundation, a nonprofit group that donates bicycles to girls and women around the world, particularly those who are victims of human trafficking.

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Student philanthropist

January 6, 2015

Contributed Ian Frank, a seventh-grade student at Inglewood Middle School, organized a holiday food drive as part of a class assignment from English teacher Tamara Schaefbauer. With the help of a few friends, Frank was able to collect a load of canned goods that was given to Eastside Fire & Rescue personnel in Sammamish. The items were distributed to needy local families.

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Ian Frank, a seventh-grade student at Inglewood Middle School, organized a holiday food drive as part of a class assignment from English teacher Tamara Schaefbauer. With the help of a few friends, Frank was able to collect a load of canned goods that was given to Eastside Fire & Rescue personnel in Sammamish. The items were distributed to needy local families.

Eastlake High School alum travels the world telling stories, helping children

December 23, 2014

Casey Walker wasn’t sure what to do with the bachelor’s degree in English she earned four years ago, but a lot of prayer and perseverance have led her to something she calls “the dream job of all dream jobs.”

Contributed Eastlake High School alum Casey Walker (left), is the screenwriter for the Eloy Project, a six-member team that is traveling the world and making a documentary film about orphans. The film is tenatively scheduled for release next fall.

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Eastlake High School alum Casey Walker (left), is the screenwriter for the Eloy Project, a six-member team that is traveling the world and making a documentary film about orphans. The film is tenatively scheduled for release next fall.

Walker is a Sammamish native and a product of Lake Washington schools, having graduated from Eastlake High School in 2006. She stayed close to home for her undergraduate work at the University of Washington, but knew in her heart there was a deeper calling than working the usual 9-to-5 job.

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Math club keeps Pine Lake Middle School students engaged

December 16, 2014

The stereotypical math classroom evokes images of students taking dreary quizzes with bored or frustrated looks on their faces.

By Neil Pierson Pine Lake Middle School math club students Ananta Ranganathan and Daniel Hong (from left) work on team-based tests during a Dec. 9 club meeting. The academic club has 73 students enrolled this year.

By Neil Pierson
Pine Lake Middle School math club students Ananta Ranganathan and Daniel Hong (from left) work on team-based tests during a Dec. 9 club meeting. The academic club has 73 students enrolled this year.

Walk into the multipurpose room at Pine Lake Middle School on a December afternoon, however, and the picture changes drastically. Students are cheerfully sharing problem-solving techniques and appear to be learning at an exponential rate.

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Eastlake grad flies with Navy patrol squadron ‘War Eagles’

December 16, 2014

A 2005 Eastlake High School graduate and Seattle native is serving with Patrol Squadron Sixteen, also known as the “War Eagles.”

By Navy Office of Community Outreach Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk, a 2005 graduate of Eastlake High School, is serving with the U.S. Navy’s “War Eagles” squadron and is piloting some of the newest maritime patrol aircraft in the military.

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Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk, a 2005 graduate of Eastlake High School, is serving with the U.S. Navy’s “War Eagles” squadron and is piloting some of the newest maritime patrol aircraft in the military.

Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk is a pilot with VP-16, a Jacksonville-based squadron that operates the Navy’s newly designed maritime patrol aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon.

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