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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Eastlake drama has plenty of laughs planned for soap opera-based show

November 18, 2014

Anyone unfamiliar with the soap opera-based play, “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” might be thrown off by the title. It’s not strictly a murder mystery — it’s also a comedy that pokes fun at day-time television programs.

By Neil Pierson Eastlake High School drama students Will Eames, left, and Chandler Gerdes rehearse a scene from the school’s performance of “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” which runs from Nov. 20-22.

By Neil Pierson
Eastlake High School drama students Will Eames, left, and Chandler Gerdes rehearse a scene from the school’s performance of “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” which runs from Nov. 20-22.

The Eastlake High School drama club has spent most of the fall learning the complex performance written by Don Zolidis. First-time director Rick Eames, who has experience as a semiprofessional actor, said he likes the play’s mix of humor and intrigue. It might best be described as a cross between the movies “Soapdish” and “Clue,” he said.

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KJ Eames goes through hell and back to write first novel

November 4, 2014

It wasn’t all sunshine and daisies for KJ Eames in her first attempt to become a published author, and she’s starkly honest about what truly drove her down that path.

Contributed KJ Eames, a 2012 graduate of Eastlake High School, recently published her first novel, “The Hellstrider Cycle: Diviner,” the first of a planned four-book series.

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KJ Eames, a 2012 graduate of Eastlake High School, recently published her first novel, “The Hellstrider Cycle: Diviner,” the first of a planned four-book series.

Eames, 21, graduated from Eastlake High School in 2012, in the midst of what she calls “an emotionally abusive and manipulative relationship.” It took her another year to physically remove herself from the situation, and the better part of the past year was spent in psychological recovery, a process that included the penning of her first novel, “The Hellstrider Cycle: Diviner.”

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Eastlake assistant baseball coach earns state award

October 21, 2014

Mark Hawksworth, an assistant baseball coach at Eastlake High School, was recently chosen as the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association’s 2014 Assistant Coach of the Year.

Hawksworth, who runs the Eastlake program’s pitching staff, has lived in Sammamish for more than 25 years and has three children who’ve graduated from the school. His son, Blake, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and played for them and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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