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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A Very Merry Sammamish Holiday Celebration

December 10, 2014

High-school musicians chosen for all-star groups

December 9, 2014

Fifty-two high-school music students from the Lake Washington School District have been accepted to the National Association for Music Education’s All-Northwest groups and the Washington Music Educators Association’s All-State groups for 2015.

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Editorial — Take the pledge to keep teens sober

December 3, 2014

Your teens are having some friends over, and it’s almost the end of the school year, which they’re celebrating, so you buy them some beer. What’s the harm?

Aside from being illegal, underage drinking is a huge public health problem.

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youths in the United States, more than tobacco and drugs, and is responsible for more than 4,300 underage drinking deaths per year, according to the national Centers for Disease Control.

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Start the season with Very Merry Sammamish, breakfast with Santa

December 3, 2014

NEW — Noon Dec. 4, 2014

Sammamish residents can kick off their holiday season with two events featuring the Jolly Old Elf himself.

The second annual Very Merry Sammamish event will kickstart the holiday season from 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Sammamish City Hall and the Sammamish Commons Plaza, 801 228th Ave. S.E.

And local Kiwanis clubs are among the sponsors of two chances to have breakfast with Santa Claus on Dec. 6.

A Very Merry Sammamish is an expanded version of the tree-lighting ceremony put on in past years, said Joanna Martin, city recreation supervisor.

The event takes place inside and outside City Hall.

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Parents pledge to make parties alcohol- and drug-free

November 26, 2014

How many parents know and understand what is happening in the community with teens and their choices to use alcohol, marijuana and other drugs?

The Eastlake High School PTSA hosted a Plateau Parent Night last month to bring parents up to date regarding alcohol and other drug trends, as well as the growing numbers of teen depression within the community.

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Sammamish running store hosts fundraising Turkey Trot

November 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 22, 2014

Local runners and walkers can get their Thanksgiving festivities off to a healthy starts at the third annual Plateau Runner Turkey Trot.

Proceeds from the run benefit Eastlake High School’s Marty O’Connor Scholarship Fund for student athletes.

The 4-mile, family friendly run starts at 9 a.m. Nov. 29. The flat route begins and ends at Plateau Runner, the locally owned and operated specialty running store on the Sammamish Plateau.

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