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B6 WEDNESDAY)APRIL 8) 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Bus rodeo'. They were the team to beat FROM PAGE ill time, testing and evaluations turned that around quickly. By the state competition last June, they were a team to beat. The two placed first, making history for Issaquah's bus drivers. They spent the next eight months practicing to face their na- tional competitors from states like Indiana, New York and Texas. Similar to the state competition, the two women had to take an on- line written test, which evaluated how they would handle certain emergency scenarios, how well they knew legal codes pertaining to transportation or student symp- toms and diseases, and what pro- cedures to use within the state. After, they hit the practice ob- stacle, rehearsed emergency sce- narios and pre- and post-trip eval- uations of the bus' condition with other colleagues. The practice paid off, they said. Arriving in Indianapolis, the women were ready for the judges, who play the part of special-needs students on the bus and put the drivers through various emer- gency scenarios. Judges can throw tennis shoes, or light matches on the bus -- both of which have happened be- fore -- or anything else that comes to mind, Tibbetts said. But both Patterson and Tibbetts said those things didn't happen this time. "It was a lot more laid back," Patterson said, speculating that the weather made even the judges want to go inside. "The course was bigger, so there was a lot more room to ma- neuver things," Tibbetts said. They also didn't have to worry about motion sensors, which in the Washington competition moni- tor how much the "students" are being jostled in the bus during the course. The hardest part for the two women to adjust to was the differ- ences between buses in Washing- ton and those in the Midwest. They're designed differently, Tibbetts said. For instance, the buses have a large air-condition- ing unit mounted to the ceiling in the back of the school bus. "We had to ask what it was," Patterson said. During the day, the women out- performed many of the other teams. "They work so well together and they know what the other is thinking," said Laurie Mulvihill, Issaquah's bus driver trainer. "They did a great job representing our district and our state, and we are proud of them no matter what." "We did well in the student sce- nario and didOK in emergency management, Tibbetts said. "But there was really no way to win that one." The scenario they were given was an actual emergency situation that had occurred in Florida, where a semi-truck ran into a parked bus on the highway shoulder. Of course, there were some things they didn't agree with the judges about, but they also admit- ted there were others they could have done better, Patterson said. "We could have done a little bet- ter in the pre-trip," she added. "But overall, we felt good about the performance." In the end, a team from Texas, with a transplanted New York driver won, the women said. While the rodeo was fun, both women said seeing the sights, in- cluding a Civil War monument at the city's center and the unveiling of this year's pace car at the Indi- anapolis International Speedway, was amazing as well. "We were proud to represent all the drivers here, and are so ap- preciative of the fundraising they did so we could eat and drink and see the sights and not worry about money," Patterson said. The duo is far from finished. The state competition is just around the corner in June and they're out for a repeat performance, so they can return to nationals next year in sunny Orlando, Fla. "We're ready for some sun," Patterson said. "And we'd like to beat the Texas team." EA, (;TER SERVI(:E Reach Reporter ChanteUe Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or dusebrink@iss" press.com. Comment on this article at www.issaquahpress.com. For the latest updates, go to www.issaquahpress.com. Local students honored ) Scott A. Manis and Eryn L. Mc Gowan, of Sammamish, have made the scholastic honor roll winter term at Oregon State Uni- versity. To be on the honor roll, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work. ) Victoria Carlson, of Sam- mamish, qualified for the fall 2008 semester dean's list at Bab- son College in Wellesley, Mass. Matthew Glenn, of Issaquah, was named to the dean's list for the fall 2008 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Glenn is a graduate of Is- saquah High School and is en- rolled in the university's School of Engineering & Applied Sci- ence. To qualify, stfidents must: earn a semester grade point av- erage of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least t2 graded ....... units. ) Charles Wang, of Saamish, .... ........ was named to the dean s list for ....... the fall 2008 semester at Wash- ington University in St. Louis. Wang is a graduate of Skyline High School and is enrolled in the university's College of Arts & Sciences. To qualify, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units. Sunday Worship 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM Sunday School Education Hour 9:45 AM Join us for HOLY WEEK April 5 - PALM SUNDAY 8:30am & 11:00am April 9 - MAUNDY THURSDAY 7:00pro April 10 - GOOD FRIDAY 7:00pm Apt, 12- EASTER WORSHIP 8:00am, 9:30am & 11:00am Brunch follows each Easter Service Everyone welcome! LIVING GOD'S LOVE 745 Front Street South, Issaquah Phone: 425-392-4169 www.oslcissaquah.org ST. JOSEPH CAOUC CHURCH Sacred Tridum ay Masses All are welco e celebrations: Holy ThmsdaY, April i ::,:: Mass of the Lord's Supper Good Friday, April lOd = l 1 Stations of the Cross Good Friday, April 10th 7 Service of the Lord's Passion Easter Vigil, April 1 lth 8p The Solemn Vigil Mass Easter Sunday, April 12th 8:15am, 10:am, Noon Mass of the Resurrection 220 l, Park Blvd. Issaquah 425-35516 www.sjdsquah.oq Community Church of Issaquah The congregation of the Community Church of Issaquah invites you to join them for Resurrection Sunday Services. ,i ' i Sunday Worship is at 11 a.m. , ......... ":': ' 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.) + All are welcome! Mountain Park Blvd. SW, Issaquah, 98027 (just up the hill from the Fish Hatchery) i [ Mary, QueenOfPeace I Catholic Church  Triduum and Easter Mass Schedule I [, April 9: Holy Thursday Mass at 7PM [ t T']' April 10: Good Friday I 1 t Ill Ecumenical Service at 12 noon ]i  [I  Stations of the Cross at 3PM It. I I f The Lord's Passion at 7PM [ I1 Apri111: Holy Saturday Easter Vigil at 8:30PM [ i/ ' April 12: Easter Sunday I I l Mass at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:.30AM 1121 228th Ave. SF, Sammamish (425) 391-1178 .g.org , Come experience the power, redemption and overwhelming love of Christ i:: this Easter weekend: , Good Friday Service is Friday, April 10 atTpm ..... Family Easter Service is Saturday, April 11 at 6pro Come celebrate Easter with a kid-friendly service filled with lively worship, I interactive teaching and a chance to connect as a family around e power i of the Easter message. ....  ': Easter Services are Sunday moming, April 12 at 6:00,8:15, 9:30 & llam. ' I t We invite you to share in the joy of Easter morning at SPC! All are welcome. No childcare at the 6am sunnse service. At the 8:lSam JL I service, childcare is provided for infants through 3 year olds; ' at g: 30 & llam, childcare is provided lilfSAMMAMISH' ....... f r i VRESBYTERIAN 0 nfantsthrough 1st grade. ............. ' I !HURCH ' w w w. S P c o n I i n e. o r g We'relhebrownchurchwiUlered 22522 NE Inglewood Hill Rd 425.868.5186 cmssjustofbeSammamishlabrary. e a s t,e r w o r s n i S C Sunday, April 12th lO:30am - 1 l:30am First Church of Christ, Scientist, Issaquah "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. " Psalms 91:11 ALL ARE WELCOME Child Care Provided 9806 238th Way SE Issaquah 425-392-8140 Come Celebrate Easter With Our Family Regular Sunday Worship Services 8:30 and 10 am April 12th -- Easter Sunday 6-30 am SunriseService Beaver Lake Paon {zsamsezs) 80 am Worship Service Numery Care/Children's Church 10:00 am Womhip Sewvioe Nursery Care/6--12th Grade Sunday Schoofl I 1 I 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Issaquah, WA  #1--I 4zs.39z-o00z00 00till www.faithunited.org I at Celebrate Easte[ at Eastddge! EastddooTodayicom