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4* PAGE C6 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SCHOOLS WEDNESDA~ DECEMBER 2, 2009 GOLD STARS Eastside Football Club Eastside FC Girls 97 Blue soccer team, coached by Dan Bubar, challenged its club to see which team could collect the most food for Issaquah Val- ley Community Services. The girls made posters to promote the food drive and helped collect, sort and count donated food items before and after practice for two weeks. The girls collected more than a half-ton of food-- 1,223 pounds and 1,261 items. Bubar's team collected the most, 667 items. "It was great to have the girls involved in such a wonderful community service project," said Susan McGinnis, manager for the blue team. "They're learning the importance of teamwork both on and off the field." Ty Good, from the EFC Boys 97 White team, also made a donation of 160 items he col- lected from his neighborhood. His was the largest single player donation. Cascade Ridge community The Cascade Ridge Elemen- tary School community col- lected more than 900 books for the school's Eager Reader program, which starts in Jan- uary. School officials send out a "Huge thank you" to all the parents and students who gen- erously donated to the pro- gram. Maywood Middle School Maywood Middle School stu- dents are sharing their food with local communities. The school hosted a food and dona- tion drive for Northwest Har- vest, which ended Nov. 25. Students collected money and food essentials to make the holidays a little brighter for others this year. 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. IMPROVE YOUR GRADES NOW! Mastering the mind in battle of the brains Two Issaquah High School dubs face off for multiple sderosis fundraiser By Chantelle Lusebrink Issaquah Press reporter Some of Issaquah High School's greatest minds will face-off in a battle of the brains. Issaquah's National Honor Society and Junior State of America clubs are hosting a quiz-bowl competi- tion and they hope you'll join them to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "This is going to be a fun event," said Kevin Lee, honor society president. "It's put on by an elite group of students. And it's a chance for our organization to give the community a fun night and show adults what we can do." "We're really about debating current issues and topics that are related to us," said junior Matt Sekigima, president of the Junior State of America club. "You name it, we'll debate it. The group would like to see a packed-house at the event, Mas- ters of the Mind, Dec. 4 at the Pa- cific Cascade Freshman Campus. The idea stemmed from the Na- tional Honor Society club on cam- pus, which, in addition to achiev- ing high grades, is a community service group. The club's chapter raises money each year for the Multiple Sclero- sis Society, in memory of a former Issaquah High School and Tiger Mountain Community High School teacher, Stacie Aspey, said Amy McGinnis, the group's adviser. Aspey was diagnosed with the disease while attending Humboldt State University at age 20. Despite the pain of living with multiple sclerosis, she got up each morning, got dressed and went to work to teach thousands of stu- dents geometry and algebra. IFYOU GO Masters of the Mind 7 p.m. Dec. 4 Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, 24635 S.E. Issaquah- Fall City Road Tickets: $1 atthe door but donations are highly encouraged Proceeds go to the Greater Washington chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, www.nationa/mssociety.org/chap- ters/1/VAS findex.aspx. Issaquah has been without As- pey for three years. She died Nov. 15, 2006, at age 42, but her legacy lives on, Lee said. "I remember her from fl:eshman year," he said. "I'd come to Is- saquah High for math and she was next door to my class. I always re- member her as this really nice lady in a wheelchair who'd come into class sometimes. Later that year, she passed on and it was a shock for everyone. She was a sig- nificant part of the school." During the past two years, the school's honor society has hosted a run and walkathon in her honor. This year, the students wanted to step it up a notch, Lee said. "We wanted to start a cool tradi- tion, have fun and learn at the same time," senior Nicole Arend said. Each club will have two teams of five participants, who will compete in an enhanced "Jeopardy!"-style competition, McGinnis said. Faculty will act as judges, and students don't know what cate- gories or questions will be asked ahead of time. The competition also has a lifeline contestant, the BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Issaquah High School Junior State of America members (from left) Austin Siedentopf, Megan Schutzler and senior president Matt Sekigima, and National Honor Society members president Kevin Lee, Hannah Director and Nicole Arend are ready to face off Dec. 4 in the Masters of the Mind knowledge competition benefiting the Greater Washington chap- ter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "We'd love to see middle school students come, par- ents and adults in the com- munity. We want a big turnout to support the cause and give students a chance to show their intellectual side. We're conditioned to watch athletes. It's rare peo- ple get to see students think and apply the knowledge they're learning" - Amy ic(;ims National Honor Sode~ dub adviser school's math teacher Jonathan Ko. "We're calling it 'Go To Ko To Know,'" McGinnis said, adding that teams will have the opportu- nity to use Ko's knowledge to solve a problem. There will also be plenty of op- pormnities for audience participa- tion, she said. "We'd love to see middle school students come, parents and adults in the community," McGinnis said. "We want a big turnout to support the cause and give students a chance to show their intellectual side. We're conditioned to watch athletes. It's rare people get to see students think and apply the knowledge they're learning." The honor society members de- cided the club to match wits with was the Junior State of America; several members are part of both clubs. "They're our friends," Lee said. "But it will be a good competition." The Junior State of America club prides itself in giving students in- terested in politics and govern- ment, foreign affairs, the law and education a forum to speak out, test ideas, discuss current events and try finding solutions or taking action, Sekigima said. A $1 entrance fee is required, but participants are encouraged to donate whatever they can, McGin- Teens: Transitioning from childhood to adulthood By Jordan Sukhabut and adulthood begin? I believe childhood ends when one truly feels like an adult. When a person stops naive behavior and starts to think like the adults in his or her life, he or she becomes an adult. When a person stops finding humor in children's material funny and relates more with older mate- rial, he or she becomes an adult. It does not matter if the age transformation is gradual or sud- den; childhood's end is not de- fined, and it differs from person to person. We'certainly do not notice Teenagers. Are they children or are they adults? Determining the true age of teenagers is a dilemma. There are teenagers whose main goal is searching for fun, but there are also teenagers who focus on more serious aspects of life. We cannot classify teenagers as adults when some act like children, but we cannot classify them as children for the few that act like adults. So, where does childhood end with one-on-one, In-Home Tutoring Hall Monitor Name Issaquah High School our coming of age, and we cannot pinpoint the exact moment we re- ally became adults. Thirteen is not at all the usual age for a child to become a teenager. We believe we are and therefore reject our childhood and begin to act like the stereotypical teenagers we see in movies and television shows. But it is for that behavior that 13-year- olds should not count themselves as people close to adulthood. It is very interesting to watch classmates find themselves and achieve adulthood. 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The greater Seattle chapter serves more than 8,000 people liv- ing with multiple sclerosis, and more than 40,000 of their family members, friends and caregivers throughout western and central Washington. Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or chsebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpr ess. com. Clark Elementary School Mark your calendars for the annual Clark Elementary School Gingerbread House Night from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 3. The school provides the space and you get to play with candy and sling icing with your friends and family. Send in your order forms, so school officials can purchase enough gingerbread kits to go around. If you can volunteer e-mail jtsilva96@hotmail.com. Maywood Middle School Calling all seventh-graders. Maywood Middle School is hosting a seventh-grade ac- tivity night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Castle Ice arena, 12620 164th Ave. S.E. in Renton. Be sure to sign up. No school There will be no school for Issaquah School District stu-