August 5, 2014
At just 24 years old, Daniel Peng is an extensive world traveler, and he’s headed back to foreign lands for the better part of the next year.
Peng grew up in Sammamish and Issaquah, and graduated from Skyline High School in 2008. He’s crisscrossed the globe as a collegiate student and young professional, and he recently earned a prestigious honor that will allow him to spend nine months in China. Read more
August 2, 2014
New: Aug. 2, 3:19 p.m.
Rich Belcher’s oldest son, Mitchell, estimates his father has interacted with more than 21,000 students during his 41-year career as a teacher and coach.
Belcher stopped coaching high-school boys basketball seven years ago, compiling 414 wins during stops at two California schools and two more in Washington – Newport and Eastlake. He was inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in 2011, and took Eastlake to the state tournament three times in nine seasons. Read more
July 31, 2014
Amol Garg is an unusually motivated 14-year-old, and his inner fire fueled another noteworthy accomplishment this summer.
Garg, who will be a Skyline High School freshman in September, has been actively involved around Sammamish for years. He volunteers with a youth-centered charity that uses arts and crafts projects as inspiration, has achieved the rank of Life Scout with Troop 677, and founded a Toastmasters-type club to help fellow children improve their public-speaking and leadership skills. Read more
July 31, 2014
When Hari Rajan graduates from Skyline High School next June, there may not be much celebration. That’s because he’s planning to have an even larger academic challenge in front of him.
Rajan is a star student at Skyline, and his major interest is biology. His passion for the inner workings of life is leading him toward a career as a doctor, and he’s planning to apply to some prestigious medical schools – Northwestern, Duke, Johns Hopkins and Pennsylvania, among others – in the coming year. Read more
July 28, 2014
Hot showers and cold drinks are among the things John and Emily Ball have in abundance at home that they didn’t have during a two-week stay in Fiji.
John Ball, a Sammamish resident and Microsoft employee, and his daughter, an Eastlake High School senior-to-be, traveled to the South Pacific island nation last month. They were part of a 25-member crew with Humanitarian Experience for Youth, a Utah-based nonprofit organization that serves impoverished areas in 10 nations around the globe. Read more
July 20, 2014
New: July 20, 2:51 p.m.
Rob Gullette has the same pursuits as many of his fellow retirees: He enjoys playing golf, visiting with his grandchildren and spending the winter months in a warmer climate.
But Gullette, 67, who has lived in Sammamish since 1988, also keeps busy in nontraditional fashion. He’s the author of the “Apollo Evolutions” series, which debuted in 2012 with the publication of “Waking Apollo,” and continues with its sequel, “Lyra’s Silence,” later this year.
July 19, 2014
New: July 19, 11:18 a.m.
Sara Jensen’s job is to get children interested in reading, and she found an effective book series to accomplish that task.
Dozens of children have been coming to the Sammamish Library since January, when Jensen, a children’s services librarian, began leading a book club on the “Harry Potter” saga.
About 30 boys and girls, most between the ages of 10-13, attended the book club’s June 19 meeting. They were there to talk about the sixth book, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” but a guest leading a special activity might have been the real reason behind the attendance surge on the first day of summer vacation for Lake Washington and Issaquah district students.
July 5, 2014
New: July 5, 3:45 p.m.
Evans Creek Preserve is one of Sammamish’s newest parks, and it’s quickly becoming one of the best thanks to diligent efforts from a large volunteer force.
A group of 10 people – including seven community members and representatives from the city and the Washington Trails Association – joined together June 19 for a trail-building outing at the preserve, which encompasses more than 200 acres just outside the northern city limits. Read more
June 22, 2014
New: June 22, 10:14 a.m.
If Chris Tarkir hadn’t been tenacious, he likely never would have landed what he calls his “dream job” with Eastside Fire & Rescue.
“It’s about believing in yourself, and probably the biggest characteristic a person has to have is that you can’t take no for an answer,” Tarkir told a group of students during a June 5 visit to Beaver Lake Middle School’s !MPACT after-school program.
Four of the Issaquah School District’s five middle schools offer !MPACT as a safe haven for students with working parents. The program generally runs until 6 p.m. on weekdays, and costs between $95 and $230 a month depending on how often a child attends. Read more
June 21, 2014
New: June 21, 2:30 p.m.
Bill Doerrfeld and Vineet Rastogi are intimately familiar with the typical college-student conundrum: How do you maintain peace with your roommates?
Doerrfeld and Rastogi graduated from Skyline High School a year apart – Doerrfeld in 2009, Rastogi in 2010 – and both earned their undergraduate degrees this month from the University of Washington. They’re hunting for jobs, but they’re also hoping to turn an ingenious idea into a possible money-maker. Read more