City buys former Mars Hill Church for $6.1 million

March 25, 2015

Three community colleges have asked to have until Sept. 15 to complete a viability study that could lead to the opening of a community or vocational college in the former Mars Hill Church building.

With a letter of interest from the schools in hand, the Sammamish City Council acted unanimously March 17 to authorize City Manager Ben Yazici to purchase the vacant two-story building at 120 228th Ave. N.E. for $6.1 million.

The schools involved are Cascadia and Bellevue colleges, along with the Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

By Greg Farrar The former Mars Hill Church building, 120 228th Ave. N.E., has a new owner, the city of Sammamish.

By Greg Farrar
The former Mars Hill Church building, 120 228th Ave. N.E., has a new owner, the city of Sammamish.

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Students promote coffee for cancer research fundraiser

March 25, 2015

For nearly three years, Ryan Lentz has tried to get others to embrace a simple concept — do something for others while doing an everyday activity.

There are about 210 million coffee drinkers in the U.S., Lentz said, and he’s aiming to land 50,000 of them as monthly subscribers to Callie’s Coffee, named for his 10-year-old daughter who created the business.

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Two Sammamish residents travel to USA hockey championships

March 25, 2015

Sammamish residents Cameron Bowers and Kellen Hoke will represent Washington at the USA Hockey Youth National Championships, March 26-30 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Bowers, who attends Eastlake High School, and Hoke, who attends Beaver Lake Middle School, play for the Junior Thunderbirds, a 14U bantam team with the Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association.

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Coaches announce all-league boys, girls basketball teams

March 10, 2015

KingCo Conference and Metro League basketball coaches recently announced their selections for the 2014-15 all-league teams. Local selections are listed below.

KingCo 4A boys

First team: Jordan Lester, Eastlake; Robert Biegaj, Skyline

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Career path focus helps Eastlake DECA club prosper

February 24, 2015

For many of the Eastlake High School students attending next month’s state DECA competition, the experience will be about much more than winning or losing.

One of the main purposes of the event, March 5-7 in Bellevue, is to make connections and spark a future in the business world, whether a student is interested in marketing, entrepreneurship or finance.

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Local Athletes at State Wrestling and Swimming

February 24, 2015

Eastlake High School students advance in art competition

January 13, 2015

Four Eastlake High School students have qualified for the Washington State PTA’s 2015 Reflections art competition.

The students are Jessica Birchfield (visual arts), Melissa Birchfield (literature), Heather Keyser (photography) and Liam Thrun (photography).

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Lake Washington School District teachers earn national certificates

December 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 30, 2014

Ten teachers from Sammamish-area schools were among 28 educators in the Lake Washington School District who recently achieved National Board Certification status from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Seven of the teachers are from Eastlake High School: Darin Fisher (English, language arts); Kathrine Hauser (math); Jenine Hutsell (English, language arts); Jennifer Macchiarella (English, language arts); Rebecca Nelson (English, language arts); Sarah Norris (English, language arts) and Mariana Timofte (math).

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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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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.

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.

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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