King County honors local schools at Earth Heroes ceremony

May 10, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 10, 2015

Eastlake High School and the Issaquah School District were recognized for their conservation efforts during King County’s annual Earth Heroes at School ceremony on May 5.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Pat McLaughlin, the county’s solid waste division director, presented the awards to several individual students, teachers and schools.

This year, the program recognizes actions in waste reduction, reuse or recycling; food-waste prevention or food-waste collection for composting; household hazardous waste prevention or management; and climate change education or greenhouse gas emission reductions.

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Eastlake seniors celebrate their future plans

May 5, 2015

May is the last full month high-school seniors will spend with each other, and Jordan Lim wanted to find a special way for Eastlake High School’s class of 2015 to reminisce.

About a month ago, Lim pitched the idea of a Senior Destination Day to leadership teacher Don Bartel, and after getting approval, she quickly organized an after-school get-together for the school’s 430-plus seniors on May 1.

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Eastlake musical tackles old favorite, ‘Legally Blonde’

April 21, 2015

Fans of actress Reese Witherspoon likely have her ditzy spin as California girl Elle Woods in the 2001 movie “Legally Blonde” etched in their memories.

By Neil Pierson Eastlake High School junior Leticia Monteiro, center, plays the leading role of Elle Woods in the school’s production of ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical,’ from April 23-25.

By Neil Pierson
Eastlake High School junior Leticia Monteiro, center, plays the leading role of Elle Woods in the school’s production of ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical,’ from April 23-25.

The Eastlake High School students who will reprise the story of Woods’ journey from Malibu shopaholic to Harvard Law School student are definitely influenced by the original movie, but they’re also making some distinctions in “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” which opens at the school this week.

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Eastlake High School earns state achievement award

April 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 21, 2015

Eastlake High School is one of 12 schools in the Lake Washington School District that has earned a Washington Achievement Award for overall excellence from the state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Lake Washington, the state’s sixth-largest public school district, received more awards than any district statewide. A total of 41 awards will be given at 24 schools in categories such as overall excellence, high progress, and growth in reading and math.

All award-winning schools will be honored during an April 28 ceremony April 28 at Spanaway Lake High School in Pierce County.

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Friendly fire — Football coaches build a chummy rivalry in the heart of Sammamish

April 16, 2015

Don Bartel and Mat Taylor coach rival football teams located only a mile apart, so that might give them reasons to not like each other.

By garpigs4/Youtube Eastlake High School football coach Don Bartel applauds on the sideline after a play by his team during a 2013  postseason victory over Union, of Camas.

By garpigs4/Youtube
Eastlake High School football coach Don Bartel applauds on the sideline after a play by his team during a 2013
postseason victory over Union, of Camas.

The truth is, Bartel and Taylor are close friends who live near each other in North Bend, talk on the phone nearly every day, and spend time together when they’re not busy with the year-round task of managing a high-school football program.

Taylor, who has won four state titles in his first seven seasons at Skyline High School, and Bartel, who’s entering his third season at Eastlake High School, have known each other for more than a decade, dating back to their time as assistants at Skyline under former coach Steve Gervais.

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Eastlake alum takes top honors

April 14, 2015

Contributed Sammy Naluai, a 2012 graduate of Eastlake High School, was recently named a recipient of the NCAA Elite 89 award. The award aims to recognize the essence of being a student-athlete — men and women who reached the pinnacle of competition in their sport while also achieving high academic standards. Naluai, a member of women’s basketball team at George Fox University in Newburg, Oregon, won the award after helping the Bruins reach the Division III Final Four this season. She averaged 8.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game as the Bruins finished with a 32-1 record. Naluai, a junior, is studying marketing and business management, maintains a 3.8 grade-point average and mentors girls through Young Life.

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Sammy Naluai, a 2012 graduate of Eastlake High School, was recently named a recipient of the NCAA Elite 89 award. The award aims to recognize the essence of being a student-athlete — men and women who reached the pinnacle of competition in their sport while also achieving high academic standards. Naluai, a member of women’s basketball team at George Fox University in Newburg, Oregon, won the award after helping the Bruins reach the Division III Final Four this season. She averaged 8.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game as the Bruins finished with a 32-1 record. Naluai, a junior, is studying marketing and business management, maintains a 3.8 grade-point average and mentors girls through Young Life.

Eastlake students win at Teen CEO competition

April 7, 2015

Eastlake High School students Riley Kendall and Anthony Humay won prizes at the recent Teen CEO competition through the Lake Washington School District.

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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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