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THE IS SAQUAH PRE S S PAGE C6 WEDNESDAY9 APRIL 22, 2009 GOLD STARS Sunny Hills Sunny Hills Elementary School students raised $1,089 for Ginger's Pet Rescue, a non- profit organization that helps save and nourish puppy mill dogs back to health. Ginger Luke and her volun- teem, many of them Sunny Hills families, offer temporary foster homes as well as medical care and love to hundreds of animals. The students became involved when Ginger's Pet Rescue needed help with food and medical care when several Seattle-area puppy mills were shut down for operat- ing illegally. Learn more at www. gingerspetr escue, org. SwordFit students level-up Congratulations to Adam A1- Ghosien, Sabrina Al-Ghosien, Colby Beisold, Anselm Black, Conrad Black, Sebastian Black, Sarena Bloyd, Sophia Carothers- Quintana, Derrick Daffy, Riley Daggett, Payton Dean, Jessica Donaldson, Cole Everest, Max Gitelman, Amber Gude, Bran- don Gude, Sebastian Gutierrez, Chris Hutton, Oliver Linehan, Jonathan Norris, Eric eihl, Mi- randa Queen, Jackson Quintana, ] ler Runyan, Trail Sammarco, Levi Sldaroff, Jake Studebaker, Bavya Tanguturu, Divya Tanguturu, Nagaraj Tanguturn, Alessandro Welcome, Fallon Willis and Porter Willis. Each of these students has met the physical challenges and mental discipline to move up to his or her next skill level. See photos of the rest of the students at www.swordfit.org. Alex Bell Alex Bell, a senior at Liberty High School, is one of only 20 students in the nation to gain admittance to the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts this year. Bell will enter as a freshman next fall. The program started the ca- reers of directors and producers George Lucas and Ron Howard. Gold Stars high@hts accomplishments -- big or small-- by Issaquah stu- dents. Send a few sentences and the student's name, age, grade, school and good deed to clusebrink@isspress.com. Sunset Elementary School students learn while tracking him down BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK ild adventures among ancient rti- ins in Cancun," Mexico; spring training with the Mariners in Peoria, Ariz.; and rustlin' up grub in San Antonio, Texas. With all that travel, it's a wonder this student can keep up with his homework. Though fifth-grader Muscle Bob Buff Pants -- a stuffed replica of the famous cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants -. can't leave the classroom on his own, he has hit the road with several of his classmates to see parts of the world people dream of. "He's a class mascot that travels home with the teachers or the stu- dents for the weekend," said Lisa CONTRIBUTED At ieft, Sunset Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Usa Stlx poses on a beach in Maul with Muscle Bob Buff Pants. At right, fifLh-grader Scott Keilum took Muscle Bob Buff Pants on an adventure to San Antonio, Texas. Stix, a fifth-grade teacher at Sun- set Elementary School. "He has mostly traveled around town lo- cally, to kids' games or to the Seat- fie Center, but he has also traveled with students who are going out of town on vacations." C ONTRIBI.YTED Fifth-grader Kaylelgh Bangs holds Muscle Bob Buff Pants in front of the Chich~n Itzfi, an ancient Mayan temple, on a family trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Stix and her teaching partner, Gina Montgomery, share the fifth- grade class as part-time teachers. Stix specializes in writing and came up with the idea of a class mascot, not only to make the class memorable, but also to improve her students' writing proficiency. "Though it's fun, it's a way to work on their writing skills. Each student that takes him home has to write about his travels and take pictures," she said. Students ask to bring Muscle Bob home on the weekend. Or, when there is a schoolwide break, students tell other classmates where they are going and they vote who to send Muscle Bob home with, she said. The class voted to have Muscle Bob travel to New York at Thanks- giving and to the University of Schools in focus This week-- Sunset Elementary School Southern California and Maul ear- lier this year. When they return, students share their narrative adventures with the class in a presentation. They tell their story from Muscle Bob's per- spective, download photos of their adventure into their presentation and share a little about the places they went, like the culture, weather, food and geography. "The best place was Mexico, be- cause it was international and out of the country," said Naoki Kida, a student in the class who took Mus- cle Bob to Peoria for the Mariners' spring training. "I really learned about the cul- ture and it was very interesting," said Kayleigh Bangs, the student who took him to Mexico. "We went to the pyramid there, and it was really big and crumbling a little." Kayleigh and her family made sure Muscle Bob visited one of the largest Mayan pyramids at Chich6n Itz on the Yucatan Peninsula along Mexico's gulf coast. "It's just so neat to see what they come up with and not just the students who have him travel with them," Stix said. "There's every- thing from daily life, where one student showed Bob pulling a con- sequence out of their family's con- sequence jar and the 'here's what life is like at my house' to car rides, plane trips and walks along tropical beaches. "It's also been fun to see all the pictures of their families and ex- tended family, like aunts and 'S S BY ALEX TUCKER SO far I have had a great experi- ence here. One thing to note when you are Going to a new school can be a new student here is the aca- overwhelming. You wonder ffyou demic work. Issaquah High takes will make new friends, get good pride in being a good school with grades and overall enjoy the school, smart students. Issaquah High is a I moved to Issaquah last sum- school where the style and amount mer from Colorado, and I attend of work takes getting used to, but Issaquah High School as a sopho- once you get the hang of it, it will more. I have found out a lot about seem like you have been in this the way Issaquah High works, and school your whole life. Hall Monitor AlexTucker Issaquah High School If you are really having trouble, we have great teachers at this school who are typically flexible and will do whatever it takes to make sure you can be the best you can be. IHS definitely prepares you for college and the "real world." I have discovered that Issaquah students are welcoming. Generally, the students here are quite friendly and eager to make friends with new people. 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"I want to go to Texas, because I've never been there," said Caro- line Mull, another student. "It sounds like a fun place to go and it's hot." Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@iss- press.com. Comment on this article at www. issaquahpress, com. Brock O'Connor scholarship applications sought Officials with the Brock O'- Connor College Scholarship fired are accepting applications for 2009 scholarship awards. Brock O'Connor was a 1999 graduate of Issaquah High School who played base- ball for Issaquah High and lo- cal select teams. The $750 scholarship is awarded to high school baseball players who best exhibit characteris- tics like leadership, inspira- tion, teamwork, and an undy- ing love for the game of base- ball, demonstrated by O'Con- nor throughout his life. O'- Connor died June 22, 2000. Get information and an ap- plication at the Issaquah or Skyline counseling and ca- reer centers. Students must be graduat- ing seniors from either school and must have made a com- mitment to play baseball at the college level. Applications must be turned in by May 6 for Skyline students and May 20 for Issaquah students. there are many extracurricular ac- tivities, such as clubs and sports. The class selection is also great; there is something for everyone here! Even the spirit is awesome at Issaquah. Everyone goes out to sup- port our teams, and the students take great pride in our school. Issaquah High is a great place to get an education, make friends and have the high school experience. 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