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PAGE C 6 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SCHOOLS WEDNESDAY 9 MAY 6, 2o09 GOLD STARS Washington State Japanese Language speech contest Issaquah High School students Elaine Huang, Risa Fukuda, Ava Youssefl, A.J. Hoffman, Kiely Boll, William Lee and Sally Chae racked up several awards at the 27th annual Washington State Japanese Language speech con- test at the Museum of History and Industry on March 26. Huang placed first; Fuknda placed third. In addition, team members Youssefl, Hoffman, Bol, Lee and Chae placed sec- ond in their skit contest. Jordan Faires Boy Scouts from Troop 636 helped improve natural areas by adding 426 native plants of vari- ous species during the Klahanie community event April 11. Special recognition goes to Jordan Faires, who led his suc- cessful Eagle Scout project, said Bonnie Anderson, a volun- teer with the Natural Areas As- sociation of Klahanie. Jordan is a 17-year-old and senior at Shoreline High School. Hannah Brady Skyline High School senior Hannah Brady received a $1,000 President&apos;s Scholarship from Western Washington Uni- versity, awarded to the top 8 percent to 10 percent of incom- ing freshmen and transfer stu- dents. Scholarships are awarded based on superior ac- ademic achievement. During her time at Skyline, Hannah earned a 3.75 cumula- tive grade point average, is an honor roll student and volunteer with Northwest Harvest and Re- lay for Life. Hannah intends to study marketing and finance. Sammamish Christian School, Noah's Ark Preschool Students at the Sammamish Christian School and Noah's Ark Preschool collected and donated more than $665 to World Vision in March. Students in preschool through third-grade earned money by completing chores. The money will help people in developing nations or impoverished condi- tions buy basic supplies like food and medical supplies. Send your student's name, age, grade, school and good deed to clusebrink@isspress, com. Issaquah ROTC steps in line at regionals Eagles high marks fall short of quali00ng for nationals BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK ollowing orders, walking in unison and presenting the country's colors may sound like an easy task, but try it under the watchful eye of a U.S. Marine judge. "They're really tough, but they're the best," said Alex Sin- clair, a sophomore and chief offi- cer for the color guard at Issaquah High School. Meet any member from the school's Naval Junior Reserve Offi- cer Training Corps and you'll know their competitions are more than just fun and games -- it's a matter of skill, unity, precision and a lot of fun. "We've connected as a family unit," said Dean Randall, a sopho- more and platoon leader. "We learn together, we have fun to- gether and we compete together. Those skills will enhance our lives." The team recently scored high marks at the ROTC Northwest Re- gional Championships in armed and unarmed drill, physical train- ing and with their two color guard teams. "It was important, because it is only the second time in four years our unarmed drill team has made it to the event," said Dominic Custer, a senior and squad leader for the armed drill team. The armed drill team went this year and last year. For the color guard teams, it was the first time in about 13 years that both squads have been at the championships together. However, color guard team A was at the championships about three years ago, Sinclair said. The only team from Issaquah's I:: regional championships is a tough ROTC unit that didn't qualify for thing to do, the students said. the regional championships was its "To qualify, your team must air rifle team. But qualifying for the come in fourth place or better af- PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED Above, member of the Issaquah High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps color guard present the U.S. and Washington state flags at the ROTe Northwest Regional Championships held in Tacoma in April. Later, the cadets, left, display their best formation marching. ter all the local drill meet scores are announced," unit team leader Maria Quilizapa said. There are usually four local drill meets every year, she said. At each, teams receive scores that contribute to their overall ranking. At the end of meet season, teams are ranked and the top four head to the regional competition. If they place first in any of the categories, that team moves to nationals. Competing April 18 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma against teams from high schools throughout Washington and Ore- gon, the team's leaders said they were nervous but determined. Schools in focus (, This week-- Iquah High School "We compete against teams that do great things and consistently go to nationals," Qapa said. "If we get a chance to beat one of them, it's an amazing feeling." By competing against them, even if they don't win, they learn. While none of the Issaquah teams placed first, members said they're proud of what they've been able to accomplish in just a few years together. But ROTC isn't all about fun and games at local or regional drill meets; it's also about developing leadership skills for tomorrow, the cadets said. "As a person, it's helped me learn more about life-building skills, like leadership skills, team- work, hard work, and I think those will help me get further in life," Sinclair said. The program develops all facets of a student, including ensuring he or she keeps up his or her core studies and engages in physical fit- ness, and provides them the ability to lead 104 cadets. "It is important, because they work to develop a team, hone their leadership skills and they also learn to work with a diverse group of people," said Azariah Robinson, senior naval science instructor for the squad. "I've been able to see them grow over several years." Reach Reporter ChanteUe Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@iss- press.com. Comment on this story at www, issaquahpress.com. The swine flu has been greatly exaggera00-d BY LARSON CALDWELL Recently, the halls of Skyline High School have been filled with hand sanitizers, "Stay Healthy" flyers and the fear of the com- pletely overrated disease of the swine flu. Although this illness seems dangerous, it is anything but an epidemic. aal Pancake Breakfast Saturday, Play 9 8:30 to 11 a.m. Price: $5 adults $2.50 children Menu: Pancakes, Ham, Eggs, Coffee, Juice Issaquah Senior Center 75 NE Creek Way 392-2381 -So far, 141 cases of swine flu have been reported in the United States and the only death reported was an immigrant toddler in Texas. Schools like Skyline should not worry about this ailment, be- cause there have been six cases reported in King County. 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