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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS PAGE C6 WEDNESDAY~ JU]%TE 3, 2009 GOLD STARS Chds Chan Chris Chan, an 18-year-old senior at Issaquah High School, will make a 4-foot fondant cake, like those featured on The Food Network for his high school's senior breakfast for the class of 2009 prior grad- uation June 8. Uberty High School students Students at Liberty High School on April 25 helped with the school's spring cleaning. They spent a half-day sweep- ing, clearing debris and plant- ing new flowers. "A variety of groups partici- pated and our kids were amaz- ing," said Derek Heinz, an ad- ministrator at the school. "Judging from the event's at- tendance, this should easily become a great annual proj- ect." About 90 students partici- pated during their spring break. PTSA Reflections winners The following Issaquah stu- dents were rewarded for their artistic talents at the state and national PTSA Reflections awards: National winner Brian Burgess, Skyline High School senior, for his "A Closer Look" photograph National submissions Claudia Ma, a Skyline sen- ior Andrew Ruan, a first-grader at Discovery Elementary School State winners Jasmine Cheng, Sunny Hills Elementary School third-grader June Chong, Cascade Ridge Elementary School first-grader Grace Giordano, Discovery fifth-grader Liam Paup, Endeavour Ele- mentary School fifth-grader Audrey Qiu, Sunny Hills sec- ond-grader Isha Rudramurthy, Grand Ridge Elementary School kindergartener Spencer Young, Endeavour fourth-grader Gold Stars highlights 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. BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER iscovery Elementary School fifth-grader Jingyu Jenny Yang did so well in the statewide Stock Market Game that she said her morn half-joked about letting her invest the family's money. Yang and classmate Erika Shing were among about 40 Washington stu- dents recently recognized for their high marks in the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association's annual Stock Market Game. The goal of the game was to have the top portfolio value at the end of the 10- week investment period. Participating teams, with members ranging from fourth to 12th grades, started out with a virtual cash balance of $100,000. Nearly 1,000 teams and 3,300 students participated across the state. "I'm pretty happy," Yang said. "Macy's and Nike were the best." The students placed third in the ele- mentary category after finishing the game with a balance of $110,223.88 -- a 10.2 percent return. What makes Yang's and Shing's ac- complishment even more impressive is they made that money in just five weeks. They, along with the rest of teacher Jessica Daly's class joined the game about halfway through the com- petition, Daly said. Yang and Shing tallied their earnings April 24. Throughout the five-week in- vestment period, participants studied the real-world stock markets and in- vested their fake money based on news and trends. "Everything I know about stocks is from the news," Shing said. "It's like real life." The girls said they read books about money and finances, but students also learned basic financial manage- ment skills. Thegame was one of three parts of Daly's Money Savvy Kids financial liter- acy unit. Daly was able to conduct the program thanks to a grant she received from the state Department of Financial Institutions. The unit also integrated math curriculum with lessons about in- vesting and being money-savvy in gen- eral, she said. "The key thing was we weren't just emphasizing investing. We were em- phasizing saving," Daiy said. In fact, she brought in Stacy Allred, S S BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Discovery Elementary School fifth-grnders Edka Shing and Jlngyu JennyYang placed third in the elementary-level competition in the statewide Stock Market Game. Schools in focus Merrill Lynch's di- rector of Wealth Structuring Group, to work with the class on financial lit- eracy. "It's great to have This week-- Discovery Elemenm'y Sch~el somebody with that knowledge in our classroom," Daly said. "She really brought it to their level. It's unique, but I also think it's re- ally practical." They learned the concepts of bal- anced money management, giving, sav- ing and other aspects of a budget. The unit highlighted the importance of teaching youths about money matters early on. "If you look at the state of the econ- omy ... it's very clear, as a society, that we are lacking financial literacy," BY MEGAN KAMITSUKA lucky. Our current stage of construc- tion has brought this to my atten- As a senior merely days away tion even more than in past years: from graduation, I am learning to As the walls come down, the natu- appreciate all of the small things ral splendor of our surroundings is about my school before I leave it exposed. The Issaquah equation is for the last time. a combination of a deep-blue, One aspect of being an Issaquah cloudless sky; the sun shining High student that I have come to down on open-air hallways; Poe love lately is the location of our Poe Point in plain view; green campus. It only takes one glance trees lining the hillsides in all di- around while walking to class to rections; and the occasional bar- recognize that we Eagles are very rage of colorful paraglider pilots Allred said."This is going way beyond the math of money, and it's teaching you how to make smart choices." The hands-on Stock Market Game exposed the students to market volatil- ity and risk, as well, she said. "Investing isn't as easy as it looks," she said. "They want to make smart choices." It engaged students like Yang and Shing, who checked their stocks almost every day. They invested in companies like Microsoft, Safeway and others whose operations affect their day-to- day lives. "We were always surprised, every time it changes," Yang said. Yang and Shing said they were happy to win recognition for their strong returns in the Stock Market Game, but didn't make a big deal about it. They enjoyed the experience and said they want to use their newfound knowledge to keep up with the stock markets outside of school. "I know this'll last a lifetime," Shing said. BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Skyline High School produced two National Merit Scholars in the 2008- 2009 school year. Daryl Hansen and Garrett Black received word in April they achieved National Merit Scholar status, which came with various scholarships and recognition. They are among the top 8,200 stu- dents in the country who received National Merit Scholarships this year. Hansen, a member of the chess team who is preparing to travel to Poland for a world computational linguistics competition, said he re- ceived a $1,500 scholarship. Black said he is committed to the Univer- sity of Washington and plans to study chemistry and possibly music. "I thought the only people who were finalists were like 4.0," Black said. "I'm very pleased, to be hon- est." Black has maintained better than a Ganett Black Daryl Hanseo 3.7 grade point average his senior year. After gaining National Merit Scholar status, he received full-ride scholarship offers from the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Dallas. Gonzaga University also of_ fered him $60,000 in scholarships. He said he is still waiting to hear back about some UW scholarship applications. "Being (in the) top half-percent is a little ego boost, which, of course, is nice," Black said. "It validated some of the extra studying I put into the PSAT." Hansen plans to attend the UW this fall and has al- ready landed direct admission to the university's com- puter science and engineering program. Hansen said he breathed a sigh of relief when he learned he would get National Merit Scholarships. "This is actually nice, because this is so far the only scholarship money I've officially gotten," Hansen said. "It is a significant amount of money." The two are among more than 1.5 million high school juniors who took the preliminary SAT or Na- tional Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Of those, ap- proximately 16,000 students were recognized as semi- finalists. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation nar- rowed the selection down to 15,000 finalists in February and the top 8,200 finalists received the news at home in April. "It was a nice feeling of relief, of being sure about it and not having to think about it anymore," Hansen said. Reach Reporter Christopher Huber at 392-6434, ext. 242, or chu- ber@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. Hall Monitor Mepn Kamitsuka Issaquah High School spiraling toward the earth. Though students may have to bundle up to combat the cold months, there really is nothing The new cluster of portable more beautiful than Issaquah on a classrooms, on the edge of Clark spring afternoon. By this point in Elementary School's campus, the school year, the days of getting which house the English and pelted by raindrops between math classes, are refreshing and classes pale in comparison to what new -- as opposed to the leaky- we get to bask in today, ceilinged science classrooms on The construction should not be the lower campus. It is fortunate perceived as a burden: The newly that the new school will take ad- installed ramp and staircase actu- vantage of the same sort of ally gives us a chance to take in beauty that is apparent to me the view of our rolling hills, espe- even now. cially now that the view is unob- Issaquah High is only getting structed, better. The Issaquah Press goes around the world... to California! Members of the 8th grade Wolverine Philharmonic from Pine Lake Middle School took their talent and The lasaquah Press to Disneylandlast month where they performed under the direction of Molly Ewing. THE ISSAQUAH Great reading wherever you gol Subscriptions only $26 year - 392-6434 Reach 15,000 homes in Issaquah with your advertising message Call Jodey Turner for a free, no obligation consultation. 425.392.6434 ext. 231 J / ?