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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Local holiday display tabbed among the tops in Seattle area

December 16, 2014

A national real estate brokerage firm based in Seattle, Redfin has listed the spots they believe have the most outstanding holiday lighting displays, company Communications Specialist Kafia Hosh said.

For the Seattle area, Redfin named six displays as among the best, including Sammamish’s Heritage Hills neighborhood, which Redfin describes as being known for its bright lights. Also look out for the first cul de sac from the Northeast 28th Street entrance boasting one of the largest local displays.

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Sammamish woman has a passion for helping children and families

December 9, 2014

Cheryl Buettemeier’s face lights up when she begins talking about the success stories she has witnessed during her 30-year career as a speech language pathologist.

Image provided by Radford Creative Sammamish resident Cheryl Buettemeier, a speech language pathologist at Boyer Children’s Clinic in Seattle, was honored in November at the organization’s annual fundraiser auction with the first North Star Award for advocacy efforts.

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Sammamish resident Cheryl Buettemeier, a speech language pathologist at Boyer Children’s Clinic in Seattle, was honored in November at the organization’s annual fundraiser auction with the first North Star Award for advocacy efforts.

Several years ago, she worked with a young boy who sustained a head injury after falling down stairs while being carried by his mother.

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Local children are performing in ‘Nutcracker’

December 3, 2014

Pacific Northwest Ballet is celebrating the last year of its one-of-a-kind Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak “Nutcracker” that has been dazzling Northwest audiences for the past 31 years and 15 Sammamish kids are in the production.

The local kids and their roles are Carmen Callahan, Fighting Mice Woman; Ana Laura Hiciano, Tall Servant; Evelyn Li, Infantry; Charlotte Nash, Fighting Mice Woman; Addison Boll, Scrim Mouse; Emerson Boll, Toy Theater Girl; Ana Paula Lanzara, Scrim Mouse; Rachael Morgan, Cavalry; Audrey Stuck, Infantry; Rena Wang, Artillery; Charlotte Stuck, Scrim Mouse; Isabella Chavez, Chinese Attendant; Joan Theresa Munoz, Cavalry; Victoria Pearson, Tall Servant; and Isobel Pearson, Fighting Mice Woman.

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Community news

November 26, 2014

Hung Nguyen, of Sammamish, earned a master’s degree of computer science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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