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PAGE C6 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SCHOOLS WEDNESDAY JANUARY 14, 2009 GOLD STARS Mangy Brown Manny Brown, Liberty High School's wrestling coach, helps the community by helping his wrestlers understand the importance of vol- unteerism. Each wrestler must complete six hours of community service before obtaining a varsity letter from the school. To help the students, Brown organizes volun- teer trips to places like the Renton Food Bank for the team to volun- teer their time. Shea Bell Shea Bell, a 6-year-old kinder- gartner at Clark Elementary School, raised $125 for the King County Humane Society, by asking friends and family to donate to the cause instead of buying birthday presents. The money Shea raised at her birthday party purchased cat and dog food, treats, cat litter and a few toys. When she went to drop off the donations, Shea also went through and gave each adoptable animal a scratch behind the ears. "It is very easy to be- come engulfed with 'stuff,'" her mother Julie Bell said. "I am proud of Shea for forgoing more 'stuff' and helping out with a wor- thy cause." Greg Gauthler Greg Gauthier, a 17-year-old Liberty High School senior, is not only a gifted actor who devotes himself to the Liberty drama pro- gram, but his director, Katherine Klekas, often sees him backstage helping other students with their math and science homework subjects he excels in. He also tu- tors through the Honor Society. "He's just really unselfish with his time," Klekas said. "But manages to keep his grades high and par- ticipate in all the drama activi- ties." Greg has been accepted to Tulane and Drexel universities to continue his studies after high school. Wright Noel When one of Liberty High School's science teachers, Alisa Jeremica, got a flat tire on her way home from school late one night in December, Wright Noel, a 17-year-old junior at the school, pulled up beside her and changed her tire. Wright doesn't even have Jeremica as a teacher. He did it out of the goodness of his heart Project is,_ a tribute to Chihuly On Jan. 8, Newcastle Elemen- tary School fifth-graders brought their art projects to the school's commons for display. The assign- ment: Select an artist, make a poster about the artist's career covering a timeline, plus draw/paint/create a reproduction of one of the artist's more memo- rable works, and also create your own artwork in the style similar to the artist you depicted. Jack Ryan, 10, of Newcastle, chose Seattle glass artist Dale Chi- huly. Jack had seen his work lo- cally and the respiring display at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. As part of the assignment, each student had to get comments from others about their opinion of the artists' works. Jack wrote a letter to Chihuly, and created a fact sheet, Correcting a common C ONTRIBUTED Jak RFan, Newcastle Elementary School fifth grader, stands before his art project in tribute to Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly. He used ShrinkT Dinks to recreate a Chihuly work (below). misconception about the artist, thought. Chihuly was in a very The famous glass blower didn't severe car accident in 1976 in go blind by being hurt while cre- England that caused him to lose ating an art piece, as is popularly his sight in one eye. Jack created a tlmeline and wrote about Chihuly's famous Millennium artwork, commis- sioned by then-President Bill Clinton and now residing in the Clinton Library in Arkansas. But Jack was stumped about how he would make a glassworks project to recreate the Millennium piece, and then how could he make an art piece of his own. He certainly didn't know how to blow glass. A family friend who's an artist had the solution, suggesting using Shrinky Dinks, a craft product where you can cut and color on paper but then bake in the oven. After about 90 seconds, the paper shrinks in size and can be curled and twisted, and dries to look like acrylic. Jack, with the help of his mother, designed, cut, colored and baked numerous pieces. He then laid out the pieces and cre- ated his own "glass" original in the shape of a vase and flowers. All 74 students from Newcas- tle's fifth grade got to view each other's art and rate each other's work. Additionally, teachers from other grades brought in their stu- dents to view the art displays, making it a true artist fair. C ONTltIBUTED Pine Lake Middle School sixth-grader Wesley Esko holds a globe he won after winning the school's geography bee. Geogra bee winner moves on to state finals Six Pine Lake Middle School students vied for a chance to shine at the state geography tournament Jan. 7. Students began practicing in the school's Geography Club, which met weekly beginning in November, to play geography games, learn about resources and practice answering ques- tions, Karin Daar, a teacher at Pine Lake Middle School, wrote in an e-mail. Students interested in the competition competed in pre- liminaries Dec. 9, and six par- ticipants continued on to the fi- nal Jan. 6. After rounds of ques- tions involving current events, tourism, history, recreation, in- terpretation of maps, and U.S. and world geography, the six contestants were whittled down to just two -- Eric Schroeder, an eighth-grader, and Wesley Esko, a sixth-grader. After three rounds of champi- onship questions, however, Wesley was the last student standing, earning him a chance to take the state written exam. If Wesley scores in the top 100 students with his written exam, he will compete against 99 other sttidents at the state com- petition April 3. That could earn him a place at the national com- petition in Washington, D.C., hosted by Alex Trebek, the host of the game show "Jeopardy!" Construction proves students are built of stern stuff BY MICHEI, LE ERICKSON line Spartans. We still support each other as much as possible. Everything from sports to drama gets a huge turnout each time. Skyline is an overly peppy school. Even if the roof got blown off, we would still bleed green and silver; we are still Spartans. The Beach Boys said "Be true to your school," and before this year I thought it meant be true to where you went to school, the city or the building you learned in. I , 11, Hall Monitor Micholle Erickson Sllloo Hip School have realized that even though my school isn't the same as it was Skyline High School has been under construction for most of this year. Some students may say that this had made the 2008-09 school year the worst in the his- tory of Skyline. But ffyou look at Skyline and its students, you can't see it. There is no evidence that the construction has affected the spirits of the Sky- when I started attending, the pride I have for the Spartans has- n't changed. Our school has been reduced to a pile of rubble with a few work- ing classrooms surrounded by portable classrooms. It is sad to see the front of the school covered in scaffolding and plastic tarps. But the show of Spartan pride that goes on for every spirit day proves that even though our school is in pieces, the Spartan As the walls fall, Spartan spirit stands tall. Spartan spirit survives structural splintering. power is stronger than ever. It's not the physical building that makes the students spirited, but the students themselves that bring the spirit to the school. Facing 0000.other Bad Report Card? Your child may need help with reading, math -. or study skills. Our specially trained teachers and personal attention can give your child the boost he or she needs to do well this school year. If your child is unmotivated, lacks confidence, or has weak basic skills, our certified teachers and  individualized programs help children frustration and failure and get them on the to success in school.  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