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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS PAGE B 7 WEI~NESDAY~ APRIL 6~ 2Oll Key Club goes extra mile For her 17th birthday, Is- saquah High School Key Club President Kaileen Dougherty celebrated by helping others. She and more than 100 Key Club members made Valentine's Day cards for Seattle Children's and made two banners that read "IHS Key Club Loves You!" that she and student Aaron Tham delivered to Aegis Liv- ing and Regency Newcastle. Key Club members who helped with theproject re- ceived a piece of homemade birthday cake. Seattle Chil- dren's staff had nothing but positive anecdotes about call- dren in hospital beds thrilled to know that some "high school kid" was thinking about them, Dougherty said. Mostly Amedcana Concert sounds at Issaquah High The community is invited to the sixth annual Mostly Ameri- cana Concert at 7 p.m. April 16 at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E. Dessert comes with the ticket, costing $16.50 online at and $20 at the door. Veterans are free and will be honored during the program. The show includes entertain- ment from hundreds of perform- ers, including the Issaquah High choir and musicians from Pacific Cascade Middle School, Issaquab Middle School and Sunset Ele- mentary School, as well as spe- cial guest choir Breath of Aire. Poet gives free show Children's poet Keun Nesbitt AW~l]#~4e a free show at 6:30 p.m. at Discovery Elementary School, 2300 228th Ave. S.E. Nesbitt will provide a family evening of poetry, jokes and fun. Sixth.grade Immunizations Students entering the sixth grade this fall have two new immunization requirements. Varicella: The school must have the date of vaccine or the date when the student had the disease, also known as chick- enpox, on file. Tdap: The school must have the date of the vaccine, and proof the student was at least 11 years old when he or she received it. Washington allows exemp- tion from vaccines for medical, personal or religious reasons. Notify the school nurse about these vaccines to ease the tran- sition to middle school. ARBOR SCHOOLS Education VVi~wt LJ'mits Toddlers - Junior High 1107 228th Ave SE Sammamish 425.392.3866 Sunday Worship 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM Sunday School for all ages 9:45 AM JOiN US FOR LENTEN DINNERS AND WORSHIP every Wednesday, March 16 - April 13 5:30- 6:30 PM Dinner ($5 suggested donation) 7:00 PM Worship Everyone Welcome! LIVING GOD'S LOVE 745 Front Street South, Issaquah Phone: 425-392-4169 Your news .. plSSAQUAI-I S.z(rn By Laura Geggel Issaquah Press reporter For Cascade Ridge Elementary School's annual science fair, fifth- ~ader Vilcram Chennai wanted to ow what materials would work best for an astronaut suit. He knew space has extreme temperatures of hot and cold, so his parents drove him to an indus- trial fabric store where he bought GORE-TEX, Thinsulate, Mylar and a rubber material called Neo- prene. Chennal grabbed a needle and thread and sewed the fabrics to- gether, using different combina- tions for each sample. Reasoning that astronauts are at least 60 percent water, he filled small jars with water and heated them to a body temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, he wrapped them in his mix-and- matched fabrics and -- just like temperatures a spaceman might encounter -- put the bottles and their coats in hot and cold envi- ronments. Every 10 minutes, he recorded the rate of their temperature in- crease or decrease. The bottle that stayed closest to the temperature of 98.6 degrees would be best suited for an astronaut, he said. The winning sample -- Mylar on the outside to deflect cold and HY GHEG FAHHAH Vlkram Chennal shows different fabric combinations in a science experiment to find out what would keep astronauts warmer. He won a best-in-classroom dbbon at Cascade Ridge Elementary School's science fair. heat, Neoprene in the middle for insulation and Thinsulate on the inside for thermal insulation -- had the slowest rate of increase quired to create an experiment, Sriram Parasurama wondered when heated and the slowest rate younger students could also enter, which tree -- a conifer or a decid- of decline when chilled, and eight classes choose to enter uous -- would perspire more wa- Chennai's project won his class' projects together, ter. Best in Show award. . "The exhibits are phenomenal," "I found two trees, one with "It was absolutely fantastic, organizer Pete Wengert said. leaves and one without leaves, and fifth-grade teacher Scott Bishop Community volunteers also I tied plastic bags around their said. "V[kram consistently finds came to Cascade Ridge's science branches for a week," he said. ways to go above and beyond. He fair: the Issaquah Valley Rock Club ARer seven days, Parasurama is very creative and an excellent shared information about rocks, found that the pine tree branch problem solver." fossils and minerals; Amgen had perspired 880 milliliters of More than 360 students partici- taught students about salmon water, while the tree with leaves Faated in Cascade Ridge's science DNA; and parents taught students persPired 2,940 milliliters, show- ir, a school record. While fourth- about space and flight, ing that leaves are like sweaty ath- and fifth-grade students were re- For his experiment, fifth-grader letes, perspiring water more than I Y Many of us have been thinking and talking about what lies be- yond high school for as long as we can remember. But now, aRer months and months of tense anticipation, the marl has come for Skyline High School's class of 2011. The verdict is in. Decisions have been made on our behalf by faceless admis- sions officers. Our future is here, and now it is our turn to be the ones making decisions. Hall Monitor Palge Suelzle Skyline High School has chosen. We now emerge from that tur- buient time, no longer in the dark about what our future holds, standing on the threshold of the rest of our lives. Before, many of us did not know what the future held for us past June 10, 2011, so it seemed like we had all the time in the world. Now, we are finaliz- ing our decisions and setting our starkly disproportionate to the ira- sights on a future that is now tan- meusity of the recipient's dreams, gible, on a life that departs from For many seniors, this spring is Seniors have been supportive of what we have always known. the culmination ofthe past 18 their friends who had to make a Skyline's class of 2011 is about years of our lives. Everything change of plans when things did- to scatter across the state, the we've been working toward be- n't go according to plan. These country and the world as a certifi- comes real with that acceptance or students are not letting them- able force to be reckoned with. rejection letter, that job offer, that selves be defined bytheir disap- Whatever our next endeavor might graduation day. pointments, but rather reinvigo- be, we only have two months leR For some, the college admis- rated by them. together before we take what we sions website loaded with a hearty Seniors have also been euphoric have learned here and apply it to "Congratulations" is there to greet over one another's tremendous the rest of our lives. Here's to you, them. For others, the mailmen de- successes and eager to know the class of 2011. We're on the final livered a slim envelope, its size path that each of their classmates stretch. DigiPen Institute ofTe hnolo p/proudly presents a two-week summer workshop ser for video game and technology enthusiasts in Grade 9 and beyond. These workshops are specially designed to introduce participants of all experience levels to the fundamentals of: Video Game Programming 3D Computer Animation Game Design Robotics Not yet in Grade 87 ProjectFUN also offers Junior Workshops in both video game design and animation for students who are in Grades 5-7. Saturday, "'"Pf, aleCtfEE JD HDRHSHDP5 INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 9931 Willows Road NE, Redmond, WA 98052 Phone: (425) 558-0299 .Toll-Free (866) 478-5236 their pine counterparts. His classmate, fifth-grader Re- gan Rodman, studied another plant-- the onion. More specifically, she wondered the best way she could cut one without crying. "When you cut onions, you break the cells, releasing their content,~ Rodman wrote on her research poster. "The gasses re- leased mix with the water in your tear ducts to form sulfuric acid, which burns, causing your eyes to sting or cry." Rodman tried a variety of inde- pendent variables. She cut an onion with various foods in her mouth -- a sugar cube, a piece of bread and a lemon. None of these helped stymie her tears. "I found out that cutfingan onion under water is the best way," she said. Hfth-grader Mikey Wilson ex- amined electromagnets. Which wire -- a 30-gauge insulated with paint or a 20-gauge insulated with plastic -- would pick up more pa- perclips when an electrical current was running through it? He hypothesized the 20-gauge wire would pick up more paper clips, because it had thicker insu- lation. His experiment supported his claim. "Ifyou are trying to make an electrical magnet, then you should get a higher auge and a more in- sulated wire, he said. Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment at www. issaquahpress, com. at Golden Ao .S By Laura Geggel Issaquah Press reporter ON m[ WEB See the full list of 2011 Golden For every strong school, there Acorn Award recipients at are strong volunteers who organ- ize cultural fairs, chaperone field trips, coordinate family fun nights, photocopy assignments and hold bank days for student deposits, creating action plans about how The Issaquah PTSA Council to ,save the environment. awarded 73 volunteers from 23 "I ve had students present to schools with Golden Acorn the City Council, Kirby said. Awards at the 2011 Recognizing "They get so excited and I think Our All-Stars reception March 29. it shows them they can have an Boy Scout Troop Pack 636 impact." started the function with a flag Pine Lake Middle School par- salute, and Issaquah PTSA Coun- ent Diane Laucius, another cil President Janine Koran wel- Golden Acorn recipient, said her corned the crowd, proudest moment happened at The ceremony had a sports Discovery. When she learned theme, with presenters dressed that the fifth-grade camp pro- in their favorite sports garb and gram would be discontinued, she giving speeches about how vol- joined other parents and rallied unteers had wowed their fans for the cause. and hit home runs for their Though the camp is not being schools, held this year, she still felt em- Jennifer Good, a parent volun- powered by her advocacy, she teer at Challenger Elementary said. School, said she began volunteer- The Golden Acorn Award is ing to meet people and promote given to PTA and PTSA members education. She organized an ice who excel in their duties, such as cream social at the beginning of organizing or helping with stu- the year, while Ruth Steck, an- dent activities. other parent volunteer, regularly snaps photos of students for the Challenger yearbook. Both women said they appreci- ated the Golden Acorn Awards, though, "You don't do it to be recognized," Good said. Third-grade Discovery Elemen- tary School teacher Tasha Kirby received an award for her work advocating that students get civi- cally involved in their community. She encourages her students to attend public meetings. Her third-graders entered the Dis- ney's Planet Challenge and are The winners are honored in two ways. First, a $65 contribu- tion to the Washington State PTA Financial Grant Program fund for higher education is made in the recipient's name. Second, the recipients receive a Golden Acorn Award pin. More than 44,000 Golden Acorn Awards have been awarded statewide since the pro- gram's inception. Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or lgeggel@issaquahpress, com. Comment at For more information, visit: http://worksho !' t