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Commencement Ceremonies — June 9, 2009, Safeco Field ALL PHOTOS BY ADAM ESCHBACH





Senior class officers “My key to maintaining a high level of success was time management and organization. Learning to suc-

President Courtney Lester Vice President Katy Abel Secretary Dan Gibbs Treasurer Jenna Tollefson

cessfully balance academics, ex-


tracurricular activities, and sleep

Courtney Lester, Taryn Ohashi Daniel Yang

was imperative!” — Valedictorian Courtney Lester “In order to maintain a high level of success, I had to grudgingly accept that sleep is overrated. More importantly however, I am consistently thinking how each individual task could affect my future. This really fuels my drive to ultimately succeed.” — Valedictorian Taryn Ohashi “My favorite memories of high school are the dinners I had with my friends after a hard day at school. Nothing beats relaxing, reflecting, and relieving stress with a close group of buddies.” — Valedictorian Daniel Yang

The Issaquah Press

• Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Distinguished graduates 3.75 to 4.0 GPA Kathryn Abel Samia Ahmed Cameron Alavi Nathan Balkman Molly Bankson Nicholas Bannon Nicole Beck Erica Berthold Kyle Bichich Sarah Bonebright Peter Brook Terra Brown Alexander Cartmell Kelly Chandler Chanwei Chang Seung Choi Tara Cohen Emily Comfort Kyle Corbitt Emily David Eric Do Laura Dong Nicole Gillett Grayson Gillin Jadeyn Glauser

Ariel Hagen Kyle Hansen Haida Ikeda Stephen Jacobson Karen Kim Thomas Koho Maxwell Kolden Tanika Ladd Michelle Lee Courtney Lester Vesal Mahanian Heather Maurer Emily McCuen Kristen Meacham Heather Morris Erin Nicol Katherine Nisbet Taryn Ohashi David Primrose Milica Radic Alexandra Rawlings Elliot Rockow Larry Schneider Jr. Kayla Schwisow Kimberly Sekijima Alexander Severin Ann-Marie Stickler Ryan Tiernan Deven Tokuno Jenna Tollefson Elaine Tran Peter Tseng Jade Van Wieringen Jessica Veksler Alexander Whan Michael Woo Jason Yakabu Daniel Yang Jordan Yip

“Incredible resiliency — living on half of a campus, locker rooms in locker bays, sporting events off campus, music, yoga, art, shop all in regular classrooms. Through it all they have not only survived but prevailed. Their attitude has been one of optimism and they have had tremendous fun along the way.” — Principal Paula Phelps

Above, Kevin Baker rises out of his chair in support of a fellow classmate. At left, walking down the warning track at Safeco Field, two Issaquah seniors salute the crowd.

Student speaker Austin O’Neil addresses his classmates.

Sean Stuby hugs Assistant Principal Julie Bamba after receiving his diploma.

Above, Ryan Mix gives Jordan Koppel a hug after graduation. At right, Stephan Sukhabut lends his cap to his little sister Sydney outside Safeco Field after graduation.

Kayla Schwisow receives a teddy bear from her mom Ronda.


The Issaquah Press “In my mind, the key to success is simply determination. While at times the ever-increasing mountain of responsibility and information thrust upon high-school students may seem insurmountable, perseverance is the means to make it through. Throughout my academic career, this premise has helped me both inside and outside the classroom.” — Valedictorian Blake Johnston “My favorite memory from high school is the Spanish class trip we took to Peru. We spent nine days traveling around to Lima, Cusco, and the rainforest where we slept in open air cabins and fell asleep each night listening to parrots.” — President Roxanne Hilby

Senior class officers President Roxanne Hilby Vice President Joshua Heflin Secretary Kathryn McGuire Treasurer Kirsten Ohlendorf Senator Kelsey Werre Senator Zach Ishimitsu

Valedictorian Blake Johnston

Salutatorian Lisa Christensen

Distinguished graduates 3.75 to 3.99 GPA Allison Agnew Amanda Bard Alexander Bell Arthur Bennett Andrew Boes Leah Bowen Shannon Casey

Lisa Christensen Betsy Collins Ngoc-Khuyen Do Nathan Egge Gregory Ericksen Gregory Gauthier Sarah Goodman Thomas Haffner Roxanne Hilby Zachary Ishimitsu Christopher Kaulia Brendan Kohrn Krista Lockhart Kendall Martin Carla Mokin Kirsten Petersen Rebecca Queitzsch Pedram Shokri Kaylen Stix Aaron Stusser Cory Volk Ashley Wartena Leslie West Rachel Zimmerman

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“I have always been impressed by their sense of uniqueness and creativity. This shows in classes, halls, on the field, during performances, art exhibits, etc. They demonstrate a genuine sense of being different and I hope they carry that trait forward into the future.” — Principal Mike Deletis

Liberty High School senior Michele Kliemann sings the national anthem.

Christine Carlson and Amanda Moody enjoy themselves before stepping out on the field for graduation.

Cory Volk plays the keyboard to the song “Still Fighting On” by Ben Folds.

Zachary Ishimitsu raises his arms in excitement as he receives his diploma.

Above, Christine Carlson sporting a different kind of shades with Daniel Wekell hovering behind. At right, Krystle Carlson with diploma in hand steps down from the stage.

Exhilarated, excited and pumped are a few words to describe the emotions Liberty High School seniors were feeling.

“My mom’s faith in me helped me face the endless homework and stay awake through all-nighters, my friends helped me laugh and forget my stress, and my mindset of finding at least one good thing in every task makes them seem less tedious.” — Valedictorian Frances Hsu “Skyline has given me a rigorous workload that has taught me how to balance my time and I have learned to prioritize school with other extracurricular activities.” — ASB President Emily Hutchings

Sam Pitasky thrusts his fists into the air as he makes his way off the field.

The Issaquah Press

• Wednesday, June 17, 2009



Senior class officers

President Katherine Londgren Vice President Kimberly Lammers Secretary Lauren Hatfield Treasurer Marissa Ching

Valedictorian Frances Hsu

Salutatorian Claire Ma

Distinguished graduates 3.75 and above Lisa Abe Emily Alexander Zachary Altchech Adrienne Antonsen Stuart Ardissono Anthony Beattie Allison Beck Rachel Beck Garrett Black Hannah Brady Laura Bull Preston Burk Greggory Busch Ke’ala Cabulagan Larson Caldwell William Chandler Zhiyuan Chen Heather Chesnut Marissa Ching Emily Chu Christopher Clark Kevin Clark Paige Collins Jacob Colter Ryan Concannon McKenna Corlis William Cottrell Stephan Daghofer Cara Davis William Doerrfeld

William Dow Jordan Faires Rogers Feng Bradley Freeman Jameson Gardner Ryan Gilchrist Katrina Go Chelsea Guenette Kelsey Haas Daryl Hansen Alex Hanson Audrey Harker Lauren Hatfield Morganne Hatfield Emma Hawkins Honor Hawkins Christopher Helgeson Chia Yang Hu Emily Humphrey-Krigbaum Emily Hutchings Alyssa Jackson Lily Jiang Christian Juenke Vivian Kalumbi Colin Kamien Priya Kapoor Connie Kim Lindsey Kim Jessica Klein William Knecht Holly Knowles Jenna Kovalsky Kimberly Lammers Jeffrey Lestz Jack Li Lauren Lieu Soojung Lim Luming Lin Nicolos Lobb Aaron Robert Lumpe Claudia Ma Elise McAllister Mackenzie Miller Kristina Morozova Yuxuan Mu

“I encourage you to be aware of your actions, of your statements, of your citizenship, of your character. According to Donny Christensen, you should ‘be like the stone skipping over clear water. You don’t know how many skips you’re going to get or for how long. What’s important is how many ripples you make and how they affect the ones around you.’ You have all the power you need to impact your world. I know that your ripples will be felt far and wide.” — Principal Lisa Hechtman Quinn Nakano Haley Neary Rebecca Nevin Monica Ng Alexander Ning Tyler Ninomura Andrea Nishi Heather Nunan Leslie Peng Michelle Perry Alexandra Petroff Samuel Pitasky Laura Pitt Adrian Rembold Sarah Rizkalla Kristen Robinson Brittany Schlaegel Brian Schwartz

Above, just graduated seniors smile for pictures. Below, Britt Edlund walks up to accept her diploma.

Emily Seubert Jacob Shannon Yuguang She Radu Smintina Leah Spokoiny Anne Spung Lauren Sullivan Kelsey Tempel Kari Thompson Alexa Thorsrud Lucy Tuohy Piper Tuohy Jacqueline Uomoto Victoria Wagner Anna Waldren Kelly West Madison Wilson Sean Wilson

William Doerrfeld accepts his diploma.

Valedictorian Frances Chia Yu Hsu gives a speech to her class.

Commencement Speaker Isabela Comerford gives a rousing speech.

Katherine Johnson gives her mother Eleanor a hug after graduation.

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