Eastlake sophomore finds inspiration at space camp

September 16, 2014

Lucas Timmerman has spent much of life learning about various math and science concepts, and he took a big step over the summer toward a career in those fields.

By Neil Pierson Lucas Timmerman, an Eastlake High School sophomore, took his math and science inclinations to a new level over the summer at Camp KAOS, an astronaut and space training program.

By Neil Pierson
Lucas Timmerman, an Eastlake High School sophomore, took his math and science inclinations to a new level over the summer at Camp KAOS, an astronaut and space training program.

Timmerman, a sophomore at Eastlake High School, attended Camp KAOS, a weeklong astronaut and space training program in June at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas.

The camp’s education program features five levels for students entering seventh through 12th grades. Timmerman participated in the second level, Space 201, which focuses on advanced lessons in space shuttle systems, space science, physiology and microgravity science.

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Ingrid Johansen gets SUNY scholarship

September 9, 2014

Ingrid Johansen, of Sammamish, was awarded a Destination SUNY Oswego Scholarship of $8,000 a year. The scholarship goes to high-achieving students from outside New York state.

David Berfield displays love for family in ‘Kinfolk’ exhibit

September 3, 2014

By chance, Sammamish residents will be some of the last people to see David Berfield’s enameling work displayed in public.

By Neil Pierson Artist David Berfield chats with a visitor to his Kinfolk exhibit at the Sammamish Commons Gallery on Aug. 21. Berfield, who lives on Bainbridge Island, will have dozens of his steel and glass portraits on display in Sammamish until Sept. 15.

By Neil Pierson
Artist David Berfield chats with a visitor to his Kinfolk exhibit at the Sammamish Commons Gallery on Aug. 21. Berfield, who lives on Bainbridge Island, will have dozens of his steel and glass portraits on display in Sammamish until Sept. 15.

Berfield has made his name over the past 35 years by creating art from ceramics and enamel. However, he’d never done a public exhibit until “Kinfolk” debuted near his home on Bainbridge Island earlier this year. A connection to Barbara Jirsa, a Sammamish arts commissioner, brought the work to the Sammamish Commons Gallery inside City Hall in May, and it’ll be displayed through Sept. 15.

Berfield was in attendance at an Aug. 21 reception, where he had the opportunity to meet and greet several dozen visitors, and explain his techniques and inspirations.

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LocoMotive makes tracks in the local music scene

August 24, 2014

New: August 24, 11:14 a.m.

Like a lot of rock bands, LocoMotive members have a favorite hangout after they’ve performed at Snoqualmie Valley gigs. Even thought they frequently play at a local pub and restaurant, their hangout of choice isn’t a bar. It’s the local frozen yogurt shop.
The five-member band, all middle and elementary school students, range in age from 10 to 14 and include Tom Guilbert-Newell of Sammamish.
In recent months they’ve appeared at the Radio Duvall event, the Tanner Jeans Bike Rodeo and the Finapalooza at Finaghty’s in Snoqualmie and at a fundraiser for the Mount Si High School Jazz Band. Read more

Eastlake alum flying high with Civil Air Patrol

August 21, 2014

New: Aug. 21, 12:42 p.m.

Like many teenagers, John Hughes got into an activity because his friends were doing it, and more than a decade later, Hughes is the one who has become a leader and positive influence.
During his sophomore year at Eastlake High School, Hughes got involved with the Civil Air Patrol, a nationwide body of civilian aviators who have served as the official auxiliary branch of the U.S. Air Force since 1948. Read more

Skyline alum Daniel Peng taking skills to China

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

Beloved teacher, coach Belcher bids Eastlake High a final fond farewell

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

Sammamish teen Amol Garg completes the ride of his life for charity

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

Skyline senior learning through high-quality apprenticeship

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

Father-daughter duo donate time and supplies to Fiji

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

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