Community news

November 26, 2014

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

Teen girls combat bullying on World Kindness Day

November 25, 2014

Claire Wright was miserable. Fellow students threw basketballs at her in physical education class, she wasn’t invited to participate in activities with other girls and one bully in particular kept pestering her.

By Rochelle Wright Counselor Lisa Daniel (from left) and high-school students Claire Wright and Swarathmika Kakaviya speak to Carson Elementary School students Nov. 13 during World Kindness Day.

By Rochelle Wright
Counselor Lisa Daniel (from left) and high-school students Claire Wright and Swarathmika Kakaviya speak to Carson Elementary School students Nov. 13 during World Kindness Day.

“I started getting headaches and stomachaches, and never wanted to go to school because I just didn’t feel safe there anymore,” Wright recalled.

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Center stage

November 25, 2014

Contributed  Ryan Vlahovich performs a song during the second Sammamish Teen Talent Show, held Nov. 8 at the EX3 Sammamish Teen Center. The show, emceed by Will Flash and co-produced by Denine Monet and Frances Garcia Hoffman, featured 54 performers in a variety of acts, including singing, rap, a cappella, instrumentals and martial arts.

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Ryan Vlahovich performs a song during the second Sammamish Teen Talent Show, held Nov. 8 at the EX3 Sammamish Teen Center. The show, emceed by Will Flash and co-produced by Denine Monet and Frances Garcia Hoffman, featured 54 performers in a variety of acts, including singing, rap, a cappella, instrumentals and martial arts.

Eastlake drama has plenty of laughs planned for soap opera-based show

November 18, 2014

Anyone unfamiliar with the soap opera-based play, “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” might be thrown off by the title. It’s not strictly a murder mystery — it’s also a comedy that pokes fun at day-time television programs.

By Neil Pierson Eastlake High School drama students Will Eames, left, and Chandler Gerdes rehearse a scene from the school’s performance of “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” which runs from Nov. 20-22.

By Neil Pierson
Eastlake High School drama students Will Eames, left, and Chandler Gerdes rehearse a scene from the school’s performance of “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” which runs from Nov. 20-22.

The Eastlake High School drama club has spent most of the fall learning the complex performance written by Don Zolidis. First-time director Rick Eames, who has experience as a semiprofessional actor, said he likes the play’s mix of humor and intrigue. It might best be described as a cross between the movies “Soapdish” and “Clue,” he said.

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Fantastic fun run

November 11, 2014

Contributed McAuliffe Elementary School held its annual Challenger Chase Fun Run Oct. 10, with 491 students and the entire staff donning bright yellow T-shirts to run the course. The school set a new record by raising $56,000.41, breaking the old mark of $52,433. The race included live music from DJ Brooklyn Dicent, and members of the Eastlake High School cheer squad helped fuel the runners to the finish line. All of the funds go toward educational materials and programs at McAuliffe. ‘I’m blown away by the support and generosity of our community,’ Principal Brady Howden said. ‘Fifty-six thousand dollars is an unbelievable amount, and it will greatly help us provide a safe, fun and educational school experience for our students.’

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McAuliffe Elementary School held its annual Challenger Chase Fun Run Oct. 10, with 491 students and the entire staff donning bright yellow T-shirts to run the course. The school set a new record by raising $56,000.41, breaking the old mark of $52,433. The race included live music from DJ Brooklyn Dicent, and members of the Eastlake High School cheer squad helped fuel the runners to the finish line. All of the funds go toward educational materials and programs at McAuliffe. ‘I’m blown away by the support and generosity of our community,’ Principal Brady Howden said. ‘Fifty-six thousand dollars is an unbelievable amount, and it will greatly help us provide a safe, fun and educational school experience for our students.’

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Sammamish student honored at Johns Hopkins ceremony

November 11, 2014

Bilal Hamid, a Sammamish resident who attends Evergreen Middle School in Redmond, was honored Oct. 19 in Baltimore as one of the brightest middle-school students in the world.

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Shining stars: Girl Scouts earn prestigious honor

November 11, 2014

Less than 6 percent of all Girl Scout troops earn a Silver Award for outstanding community service, but one of those troops resides in Sammamish.

By Neil Pierson Girl Scout Troop 43734 in Sammamish recently earned a Silver Award, the highest honor for a troop of middle-school students. Pictured in the front row are, from left, Taylor Mallalieu, Catherine Goto, Taylor DeRouen, Leeza Polyakova and Erin Kim. In the back row are Emma Wells, Brooke Stuart, Liz Tacchetti and Grace Kirby.

By Neil Pierson
Girl Scout Troop 43734 in Sammamish recently earned a Silver Award, the highest honor for a troop of middle-school students. Pictured in the front row are, from left, Taylor Mallalieu, Catherine Goto, Taylor DeRouen, Leeza Polyakova and Erin Kim. In the back row are Emma Wells, Brooke Stuart, Liz Tacchetti and Grace Kirby.

Troop 43734, a group of Sammamish residents who attend Inglewood Middle School, Eastside Catholic School and Bear Creek School in Redmond, recently earned the Silver Award after a long process of planning and activities.

The final piece to earning the award came this fall when the girls visited Carson Elementary School and spoke to second- through fourth-grade classes.

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Community news — week of Nov. 12

November 11, 2014

• Samuel Olmstead, of Sammamish, graduated from Eastern Oregon University, in La Grande, Oregon, during the 2013-14 academic year with a Bachelor of Science in biology.

• Ryan Mullen, of Sammamish, received the Continuing Student Merit Scholarship for the fall 2014 semester at Fort Lewis College, in Durango, Colorado. Mullen is majoring in geology.

KJ Eames goes through hell and back to write first novel

November 4, 2014

It wasn’t all sunshine and daisies for KJ Eames in her first attempt to become a published author, and she’s starkly honest about what truly drove her down that path.

Contributed KJ Eames, a 2012 graduate of Eastlake High School, recently published her first novel, “The Hellstrider Cycle: Diviner,” the first of a planned four-book series.

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KJ Eames, a 2012 graduate of Eastlake High School, recently published her first novel, “The Hellstrider Cycle: Diviner,” the first of a planned four-book series.

Eames, 21, graduated from Eastlake High School in 2012, in the midst of what she calls “an emotionally abusive and manipulative relationship.” It took her another year to physically remove herself from the situation, and the better part of the past year was spent in psychological recovery, a process that included the penning of her first novel, “The Hellstrider Cycle: Diviner.”

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Community news

November 4, 2014

Derek Hallgrimson, of Sammamish, graduated from Western Washington University on June 14 with an international business major and economics minor.

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