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PAGE C6 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SCHOOLS WEDNESDAY~ JANUARY 28~ 2009 GOLD STARS Allison Adams and Shelby Harding Allison Adams and Shelby Harding, Liberty High School jun- iors, res- cued two yellow Labs during the Decem- ber snowstorm. The two girls were playing in the snow when they spotted the dogs and real- ized they weren't from the neighborhood. The girls spent the next two days calling friends in the area and one lucky call to a friend in an adjoining neigh- borhood resulted in finding the dogs' home. The owners were out of town and the dogs had gotten loose. The girls returned the two dogs to a friend of the family who watched over them until the owners came home. Gadn Rusk Gavin Rusk, a 16-year-old sophomore at Issaquah High School, has cooked, cleaned, done the laundry, run the family farm and a chicken business, and chauffeured his mother, Mary Rusk, a Clark Elementary School teacher, to her doctor ap- pointments after brain surgery. And he's done it all, while ex- celling in school. "He has been a prince," Mary said. "I would not have made it without him!" Haida Ikeda Haida Ikeda, a senior at Is- saquah High School, has been se- lected as the November Red Robin Scholar Athlete of the Month by the Issaquah Booster Club and Red Robin Restaurant. Eagles soccer coach Tom Bunnell nominated Haida, writ- ing, "Haida is a wonderful stu- dent athlete who participates in two sports and maintains a phenomenal grade point aver- age, (cumulative 3.88). Haida consistently marked the best forwards in the state and was a major reason the girls soccer team made its fifth straight trip to the state tournament." Ikeda has speed both on the soccer field and the track. In spring, she runs the 1600 and ran in the 2008 4 by 4 state championship relay for the IHS track team. She is secretary for the Na- tional Honor Society, tutors stu- dents in Spanish and is also in- volved in the school's Hiking Club. She has interests in Span- ish and biology and is unde- cided on a college for next year. Kicking up a good time at the Hoedown Schools in focus This week-- Pine Lake Middle School BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER pine Lake Middle School eighth-grader Annika Dy- bevik really likes to line dance. She's been doing it practically since birth, thanks to her siblings who attended the school. Actually, she has attended the Pine Lake Hoedown event with her parents and siblings since she was about 6 months old, she said as she stood with friends in the school's gymnasium between songs. That makes it her 13th time, longer than anyone else who came to the Jan. 23 event, according to physical ed- ucation teacher Roy Cress, who an- nounced her milestone during the hoedown. "I like how everybody, dances and that there's so many people here," she said. The hoedown, which drew about 900 people, was the school's large- scale community event of the year, and dancing was just one aspect of the fun-filled night. "I always say the sight is like try- ing to set the Guinness world record for square dancing," Princi- pal Roy Adler said about cranuning 1,000 people in the gym. Families came to enjoy a dinner of baked potatoes, salad, chili and cookies from the kitchen; students, all dressed in Western garb, sold bandanas and cowboy hats at the general store; and a photographer awaited middle schoolers at the BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Pine Lake Middle School students twirl around during the square dancing portion of the Pine Lake hoedown Jan. 23. Barnyard Photo Booth. Some lucky raffle winners even went home with Wii or Xbox game consoles, a Zune music player or candy baskets. The festivities were a culmina- tion of PTSA planning and.the physical education department's three-week dance unit. The sixth- to eighth-graders learned to swing, line, western and square dance. It's awkward for the sixth- graders, but the seventh-graders re- luctantly embrace it, Cress said. By the time the students reach eighth grade, they get antsy with excite- ment for the hoedown, he said. "It's so good to see middle-school kids engage in that type of activity," Adler said. "The parents just look at that and think, 'Wow.'" The Pine Lake Hoedown has steadily grown in the past 15 years or so, teachers and administrators said. Now, teachers bring their families, and the commons and gym buzz with electricity as hun- dreds of students dance to the Elec- tric Slide. BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Sixth-grader Julie Coutant shows off her color-changing cowboy hat (above). Students, parents and School staff dressed up in their best western attire (left) for the annual hoedown. "This is like home for us," said Brent Jaye, a recent transplant from elano, Texas, who spent the evening dancing with his two young daughters. His wife, Shanda Jaye, a Spanish and P.m. teacher, said she enjoyed the familiar country music at the event. "All the kids really love it," she said. "It's nice to see all the turnout." Reach Reporter Christopher Huber at 392- 6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press, com. Testin.g season kicks off with Stanford 10 Between now and the end of the school year, Is- saquah School District stu- dents will engage in several types of state and federal exams. Testing begins with the Stanford 10 Achievement test, designed for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. Testing is from Feb. 2-9. Testing for the state re- quired Washington Lan- guage Proficiency test also begins Feb. 2. The test is given to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Testing concludes March 6. Washington Assessment of Student Learning reading and writing testing begins for students in ninth through 12th grade March 16-19. Those students take their math WASL April 13 and 14 and science WASL April 20 and 21. Students in grades three through eight will take the WASL April 13-14. Alternatives to standard- ized tests for students are the Washington Alternate Assessment System Portfolio for the Washington Assess- ment of Student Learning or the Stanford 10 Testing checklist. Other tests are: Second-graders- Cognitive Abilities Test March 24-April 1. High schoolers -- Advanced Placement course testing May 4-15. Second-graders- Developmental Reading As- sessment May 20-June 5. High schoolers -- International Baccalaureate course testing is in May and June. High schoolers -- SAT and ACT testing is available year-round. Final exams are all the buzz at Issaquah High School BY HUNTER DEIGLMEIER For the past week, students at Issaquah High School have been abuzz with one topic: final exams. Many students feel the pressure from these exams as the date comes closer and closer, as they try to cram in some last-minute studying before their 90-minute test. 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