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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2009 * C3 GOLD STARS Kaileen Dougherty and Amelia Meigs Kaileen Dougherty, 15, and Amelia Meigs, 14, Pacific Cas- cade Freshman Campus stu- dents, raised $800 Feb. 24 for Children's Hospital and Re- gionai Medical Center in Seattle. The two girls sold conces- sions at the regional Destina- tion ImagiNation tournament. "I am very proud of their bright minds and hard work that put together such a suc- cessful fundraising effort for such a great cause," Blythe Meigs wrote in an e-mail. Barbara Holland Barbara Holland, a 12-year bus driver for the Issaquah School District, pulled out all the stops to ensure Bryce Magee, a sixth-grader at Pine Lake Middle School, received his backpack. Bryce thought he'd forgotten his backpack at his bus stop, so Holland pulled off the road to let him retrieve it. To the boy's cha- grin, the backpack was nowhere to be found, so he got on the bus and continued to school. At school, a girl riding the bus admitted she'd seen someone kick the backpack into some bushes at a house near the bus stop. Holland drove back to the stop and joined Bryce's dad, Bill Magee, to search for it. When they couldn't find it, Holland looked over the fence of the house and located the backpack. Holland went to wake the owners of the home so she could get the backpack to Bryce at school. Police Department Explorers Trevor Howland, 18, Mar- shall Griffin, 18, Nick Emerick, 17, Alex Anderson, 16, Adam Baumgardner, 18, and Erik Rasmussen, 18, placed fifth in the statewide Law Enforcement Tactical Competition in Federal Way, Feb. 21-22. The team placed second in the pistol orientation, the bus assault and felony stops sce- narios, and placed third in the Hogan's Alley scenario, an air- soft shooting competition. "This group has been work- ing together for quite a while now and we are really seeing them work together as a team," said Detective Ryan Raulerson. Gold Stars is an opportunity for the community to highlight all accomplish- ments by Issaquah students. Send a few sentences giving the student's name, age, grade and school, and good deed to clusebrink@isspress.com. BY CHANTEI, LE LUSEBRINK tudents in Issaquah High School's DECA club are getting a real- world education in marketing by volun- teering their services to a non- profit organization aimed at sav- ing music programs in schools. This year, students in Is- saquah's Distribution Education Club of America program jumped at the chance to help the Snow- man Foundation promote its sec- ond annual Ten Grands benefit for student music education pro- grams. "Music brings enjoyment to life," said Denis Chang, an or- chestra student and member of DECA heading up the project. "For me, it is a way to get my mind off things. I have six peri- ods and one to play my music and forget about my problems. "All the money from this, other than the money we get to keep for DECA, goes to fund music pro- grams all over the state," he added. "It's a kids helping kids con- cept," said Kathy Fahlman De- walt, the foundation's director of marketing and business. "Having seen what DECA can do, three of my own children went through here, I knew they would have fresh ideas, and we wanted to give them the opportunity to use them and they did." To participate in the Snowman Foundation's DECA program, stu- dents have to help promote awareness of the concert by mak- ing community presentations, selling tickets to it and attracting sponsors, underwriters and donors for the concert, Fahlman Dewalt said. BY CASSANDRA TENORIO elcome to planet high school. Em- bark on an adven- ture of four years filled with mo- ments both good and bad. Wel- come to insecurity; welcome to pressure. Welcome to the awk- ward stage. 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Issaquah (42s) n1.sso7 Bret Tauscher i580 N~N Gilman Bird Ste 6 IssaqL~h (42S) 394.03H www.edwardjones.com ~vlember SIPC ,4' Schools in focus This week-- Issaquah High School IF YOU GO Ten Grands 7 p.m. May 17 $40 - $120 Benaroya Hall 200 University St., Seattle www.ticketrnaster.com, click on =Ten Grands Concert," then enter the "grand" for a discount Learn more at www.snowman- foundation.org. "Working with live people and other folks in the Snowman Foun- dation helps our students learn about work in the real world of entertaining and organizing events," said Bob Payseno, the school's DECA teacher. "They will also see the good that comes out of something like this, because it directly comes back to them." A portion of their tickets and all of the members' CD sales go to the club, said Bryce Istvan, club president. The second annual Ten Grands P performance features 10 concert pianists paying 10 grand pianos simultaneously at Benaroya Hall in Seattle May 17. Michael Allen Harrison, a Port- land pianist, composer and the foundation's founder, produces the musical arrangements for the concert, which includes classical, jazz, blues, gospel, pop, contem- porary and new age genres. A special performance will include more than 200 local student choral performers. Proceeds go toward scholar- ships and grants, and purchasing materials, supplies and instru- ments for music programs. Locally, organizations like Vil- lage Theatre, Cougar Ridge Ele- mentary School, Seattle Chil- dren's Theatre, the 5th Avenue Theatre, the Bellevue Youth Sym- phony and the Washington Music Educators Association have bene- fited from foundation funds, Fahlman Dewalt said. By tapping into their school's music community, like the or- chestra, choir and band, students help spread word of the benefit to parents, grandparents and teach- ers, Chang said. "We really needed to use our sell- ing skills, since the tickets are more pricey than what students can af- ford," said Kiran Jassal, a junior and club member. "We needed to focus our efforts on parents and older people with more money and more interest in the event." Students in the districtwide au- dition orchestra, Evergreen Or- chestra, also spread the word to other campuses, Chang said. If the club generates the most promotion for the event, they earn 15 tickets and VIP passes to the benefit, where they can meet the artists. CONTRIBUTED HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEUSS Above, Maple Hills Elementary School librarian Carol Fu- jioka and students Rianna Belaire (left) and Max Szyman- ski dressed as the Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 to greet school buses March 2 in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday celebration Below, Maple* Hills Elementary School first-graders participate in the 'Drop Everything and Read' program. man year. It is the beginning and it's scary; it is the year that starts it all. These 15-year-olds who have fi- nally received the right of passage that is known as high school might be on a completely different cam- pus, but they still get the not-so-cov- eted title of "freshmen." Next comes sophomore year. Things are still scary, and they still feel awkward. They have fi- nally entered a "real" high school, moving away from the freshman Hall Monitor Cassandra Tenodo Skyline High School campus, thrown into the big bad halls of Skyline High School. They complain about homework and stress, but the worst is yet to and awkward, but not for the come. Just wait, sophomores, just same reasons. It is the thought of wait. what lies ahead that scares them Junior year arrives and, although the most. It is the end of the four upperclassmen, the insecurity years and it is time to say good- doesn't subside. The lives of the bye. 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