Eastlake musical goes after stereotypes

April 12, 2014

New: April 12, 11:14 a.m.

When the Eastlake High School drama club takes the stage April 24, it’ll be reinforcing some stereotypes about teenagers while breaking down others.

Eastlake’s annual spring musical, directed by Rachelle Horner, takes aim at the highly popular and recognizable “High School Musical,” a story that gained fame through the Zac Efron- and Vanessa Hudgens-led Disney films of 2006-08. Read more

Eastlake forensics club preaches the power of words

March 27, 2014

Eastlake High School senior Ross Coken believes there’s a virtual color wheel of people who comprise forensics – the world of speech and debate teams.

Coken was one of 10 Eastlake team members who competed at the state forensics tournament, held March 15 at the University of Puget Sound. Although no one reached the finals in their respective events, the Eastlake club qualified a record number of participants for state and has quadrupled its membership over the past three years.

The Eastlake High School speech and debate team sent 10 members to the March 15 state forensics tournament at the University of Puget Sound. Pictured above are team members who won trophies at an event at Newport High School earlier in the year – from left, Lauren Vasquez, Katie Vasquez, Colton Hemphill, Madelyn Mendlen, Greg Lauer, Andy Mohajeri and Ryan Holmdahl.  Contributed

The Eastlake High School speech and debate team sent 10 members to the March 15 state forensics tournament at the University of Puget Sound. Pictured above are team members who won trophies at an event at Newport High School earlier in the year – from left, Lauren Vasquez, Katie Vasquez, Colton Hemphill, Madelyn Mendlen, Greg Lauer, Andy Mohajeri and Ryan Holmdahl. Contributed

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Entrepreneurs push community service needs at Eastlake

January 17, 2014

At Eastlake High School, members of the DECA club are involved in community service projects at various points of the year, and last week was one of those times.

DECA is a national organization for high school and college students looking to boost their business and marketing skills. At Eastlake, students try to find causes in their own back yard they can use for both altruistic and personal gain. Read more

2013 Year in Sports: Lots to rejoice at Eastlake, Skyline

December 29, 2013

New: Dec. 29, 12:52 p.m.

There may have been a few disappointments in 2013 for prep sports teams on the plateau, but the year wasn’t without a large number of impressive achievements.

Sure, the Skyline High School football and girls soccer teams came up short in their quests for a third straight state championship. The football team won the KingCo Crown Division title before losing its state playoff opener to Federal Way, while the soccer team also won a conference title before falling to rival Issaquah in the state quarterfinals. Read more

Eastlake’s red-hot attack burns Roosevelt, 51-21

November 5, 2013

One year ago, the Eastlake Wolves’ football season ended in the KingCo Conference playoffs with a 43-36 loss to the Roosevelt Roughriders.

When the teams met this year Nov. 1 in another loser-out playoff game, the Wolves were determined not to let history repeat itself.

Eastlake defenders Jack Farr (12), Ryan Meinhardt (19), Justin McOmber (5), John Monahan (59) and Mark Whitley (35) tackle a Roosevelt ball carrier during the Wolves’ 51-21 win Nov.  1.  Photo by Corky Trewin

Eastlake defenders Jack Farr (12), Ryan Meinhardt (19), Justin McOmber (5), John Monahan (59) and Mark Whitley (35) tackle a Roosevelt ball carrier during the Wolves’ 51-21 win Nov. 1. Photo by Corky Trewin

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Eastlake’s Jacob Berg sings his way toward stardom

October 2, 2013

Jacob Berg isn’t interested in stealing the limelight. When it comes to singing, the Eastlake High School junior simply likes to blend in.

“I like singing, but I don’t really like to solo sing,” Berg said. “I don’t want to go out there and do a big song by myself. I like the idea of a group – big harmonies.”

Jacob Berg, a junior at Eastlake High School, is one of 350 students from across the country who will be performing with an all-nation honor choir this month in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Neil Pierson

Jacob Berg, a junior at Eastlake High School, is one of 350 students from across the country who will be performing with an all-nation honor choir this month in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Neil Pierson

Berg will have the chance to do what he loves on one of the biggest stages imaginable for a high-school student. The National Association for Music Education selected Berg in July for its All-Nation Mixed Choir, a 350-member all-star ensemble that will meet Oct. 27-30 in Nashville, Tenn. Read more

Area students take charge as leaders at summer camp

August 28, 2013

With the start of the 2013-14 school year on the immediate horizon, several students at Eastside Catholic School and Skyline High School are looking to make an impression on their first days back in the classroom.

Fifteen students from Eastside Catholic, and another eight from Skyline, participated in a popular and long-running leadership camp known as Mount Adams, one of six camps held over the summer with the support of the Association of Washington School Principals.

Students from Eastside Catholic School and Skyline High School form plateaus with their hands as they enjoy time together at the Mount Adams leadership camp in July. Contributed

Students from Eastside Catholic School and Skyline High School form plateaus with their hands as they enjoy time together at the Mount Adams leadership camp in July. Contributed

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Eastlake’s Lewis has big-time football plans at UW

July 15, 2013

Drew Lewis is the kind of football player most NCAA Division I schools covet. The Eastlake High School senior is fast, so many opponents won’t catch him in the open field, but he’s also big enough – 6-foot-2, 190 pounds – to run over tacklers in a crowd.

Eastlake High School senior Drew Lewis had interest from several big-name schools, but has chosen to give an oral commitment to the University of Washington for the 2013 season.  Photo by Neil PIerson

Eastlake High School senior Drew Lewis had interest from several big-name schools, but has chosen to give an oral commitment to the University of Washington for the 2013 season. Photo by Neil PIerson

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Lake Washington School Board approves Eastlake scoreboard

July 3, 2013

Sports fans at Eastlake High School will get to spend the next 10 years checking out a high-tech scoreboard, and an ad for Evergreen Ford.

The Lake Washington School Board June 24 unanimously approved allowing the scoreboard, after giving it a lukewarm reception June 3. The board also decided it needed to tackle the issue of advertising and find better ways to hear about upcoming proposals. Read more

Eastlake cheer team passing on spirited traditions

July 3, 2013

For many of the Eastlake High School cheerleaders who helped lead last week’s junior cheer camp, the experience was a role reversal from past years.

“A lot of our girls who are cheering now were Junior Wolves who went to these camps,” said Eastlake head coach Stacey Horton, “so it’s really fun to see it kind of come full circle. Now they’re the ones leading the camps.”

Carly Aldrich, an Eastlake High School senior and a varsity cheer squad team captain, leads a group of Junior Wolves last week during the cheer camp.  Photo by Stacey Horton

Carly Aldrich, an Eastlake High School senior and a varsity cheer squad team captain, leads a group of Junior Wolves last week during the cheer camp. Photo by Stacey Horton

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