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PAGE C6 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SCH00LS / WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2009 GOLD STARS National Merit semifinalists Several high school students are celebrating making the semifinalist list for the competi- tive National Merit Scholarship. The semifinalists are: , Issaquah: Gretchen E. Allen, Spencer R. Hildie, Ariel C. Ja- coby, Kevin W. Lee, Tiffany W. Lira and Helen L. Liu. , Liberty: Hayley E. Grandine. , Skyline: Emily C. Baer, John B. Gerlach, Ariel U. Goh, Derrik F. Petrin and Evan J. Shieh. The students are among 16,000 semifinalists who throughout the year will com- pete for about 8,200 National Merit Scholarships totaling $36 million. The winners of the scholarships will be announced in spring. Students considered for the scholarship must have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed by their high school principal, score well on the Scholastic Assess- ment Test and submit a detailed application. Hunter Kenneweg Hunter Ken- neweg, an eighth-grader at Issaquah Middle School, is one of those children "who lights up a room when he walks in," Katie Hirshberg, a recreation coordi- nator with the city, wrote in an e-mail. This summer, he volun- teered at Camp 'Quah. Every morning, Monday through Fri- day, he would get up and ride his bike to the day camp, where he would help lead games, pick up after projects and be the judge of competitive relays. "He was always excited to be there and always responsible with communicating when he was and wasn't going to be there," Hirshberg wrote. "His maturity level while working with young campers and older counselors was beyond his years." Throughout summer, he vol- unteered 192 hours of his per- sonal time. He has also volun- teered for coimnunity events like Sixth Grade Night at the com- munity center and is part of the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board. At school, Hunter is a dedi- cated leader of WEB, a pro- gram designed to help new sixth-graders adjust to life in middle school by linking them with peers in eighth grade. "Keep your eye out for this kid, because he is going places," Hirshberg wrote. "Is- saquah is lucky to have him!" Gold Stars highlights accomplishments -- big or small-- by Issaquah stu- dents. Send a few sentences and the student's name, age, grade, school, good deed and a photograph, if possi- ble, to clusebrink@isspress.com. By ChanteHe Lusebrink Issaquah Press reporter hat happens when you open a commu- nity center up to sixth-graders from each of the Issaquah School District's middle schools? Obviously, a ton of fun and a lit- fie nervous energy. For the 170 sixth-graders, it was the first time many of them had attended a social function without their parents or siblings. But it didn't take long to find the vending machines, sugar and their friends. "I think this event is really im- portant. Organized activities are so much more positive than unorgan- ized activities," for this age group, said Katie Hirshberg, recreation coordinator for the city. "It's hard on a Friday night. Parents are tired, but we're a safe place for their teens to come and do exactly what they are supposed to do, have fun and interact with other teens." Students from Beaver Lake, Is- saquah, Maywood and Pine Lake middle schools invaded the city's community center for an all-school mixer. "I was really excited to meet new people from other schools," said Issaquah Middle School stu- dent Krissy Abboud. The night included the opportu- nity to score goals on rival schools' goalies, like Maywood Middle School student Kyle Armstrong did. Students could also take on others in a dodge ball tournament and in basketball. The teen center's pool table, foosball table and television, armed with "Rock Band," were also available. "It sounded really awesome," said Maywood student Steffan Or- tega. "I've seen a lot of my friends." Steffan and his friend and fellow Maywood student Anthony Bom- marito were playing tabl e games in the teen center lounge. "We were going to play 'Rock Band,' but then we saw there was a waiting list," Anthony said. "So, then we decided to walk around and play air hockey. "It's been really fun to see peo- ple." If athletics or table games weren't their speed, talking with new and old friends was an option. Many also chose to wander up to the arts room and work on crafts, like Issaquah Middle schoolers Lexis Cook, Elizabeth Whitehouse and Abboud. "I live down the street and we found out about it fi:om my morn," Lexis said. "I thought it sounded BY CHANTELI, E ][USEBlINK Above, Issaquah Middle School sixth-graders Krissy Abboud, Elizabeth Whitehouse and Lexis Cook (from left), spent part of their night at Sixth Grade Night at the community center, decorating door hangers for their rooms. really fun, because there is a magic act, which I'm excited for, and all my friends are here." To top off the night, Jacob Har- grave, a 1995 Issaquah High School graduate, and his wife Marti, brought their magic act, Be- yond Magic, to the center. The Hargraves had live animals, mys- terious tricks and good jokes for the teens. "They are all excited to be by themselves. It's a freedom and they get to meet kids at other schools and be out on a Friday night," said volunteer and parent Tina Abel. "But, for me, this is my first daughter to go through mid- dle school, so I wanted to see what NEXT EVENT Dlsffictwlde middle school dance 7-10 p.m. Sept. 25 Issaquah Community Center 301 Rainier Blvd. S. $5 at the door Photo identification is required for all students. all this was about." The event was the first of many at the community center this year for middle schoolers. Next up is the first districtwide middle school dance from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 25. The sixth-grade night is great, Hirshberg said, because it intro- duces students to the policies and rules at the community center be- fore the big dances. "It is a good way for them to learn our process and not be in- timidated by showing their A.S.B. card, going through the line with- out their parents, lining up at 7 BY CHAITELI, E LUSEBI{INK Above, Issaquah Middle School sixth-grader Abby Lewis shoots a round of pool with her friend Melissa Olsen, also an Issaquah sixth-grader. At left, Kyle Armstrong, a sixth-grader at Maywood Middle School, shoots for a goal in a pick- up soccer game. p.m. and going over the rules," she added: Similar to the sixth-grade night, the dances give teens a place to go other than the mall, the parking lot of a store or a park. "They need somewhere to go where there is organized activity," Hirshberg said. "It is also a great way for them to express their en- ergy by dancing with friends and running around. It's just for them, and no one tells them they can't be loud or can't listen to their music." Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. 'Twas the night before th,00 football game By Cassandra Tenorio 'Twas the night before the foot- ball game and all through the plat, every student prepared for yet an- other Skyline combat. In other words: Preparation for a football game is a big deal at Skyline High School. Of course, football games them- selves can be extremely fun, but everybody knows that half the fun comes with the preparation for the big game. Lifn.'s Healing Choices Starting Tuesday, October 6th, 7:00 pm Freedom from your Hurts, Hang-ups, and Habits Experience Hope, Healing and Happiness 8 week series with DVD & small group discussion On Thursday nights, cheerlead- ers can be found preparing treats for football players. And before go- ing to bed, they lay out their little uniforms to wear the next day at school. Then, there are the Skyline Olympians, the keepers of Sky- line's school spirit. Sometimes, they paint their faces; sometimes, they wear green capes; and some- times, they just wear crazy clothes. But at every game, they Hall Monitor Cassandra Tenorio Skyline High School are the most spirited people there. Open i n Issaquah! _ 2009-2070 School Year ages 2 112 - 6 years old Visit an Open House Sat. Sept. 12, 19 & 26 from 9-5 375 1st Place NW, Issaquah 98027 425-647-3031 Emaih norlightsmontessori@yahoo.com Find us on the web: www'nrlightsmntessri'cm Endeavour Elementary School, Issaquah 26205 Issaquah - Fall City Road Tuesday Oct. 6th thru Wednesday, Nov. 25 7:00 to 9:00 pm Sorry, No child care Football players have their own traditions. They have their team dinner the night before and they wear their jerseys to school. There is no better symbol of honor and pride in all of Skyline than that green (or white} jersey. Girls and guys alike go com- pletely insane for games; whether it be a blackout, a whiteout or just all out, students in the stands can be found wearing nothing but the craziest Spartan attire. From hats to leggings to homemade shirts, the student section will always be packed with avid Skyline football watchers. All of the students go to games for different reasons. Some have friends on the team. Some go to games due to their copious amount of school spirit. 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