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Wednesday November 13, 2013


Danielle Maletta (left), a sixth-year teacher at Eastside Catholic High School, is one of four statewide finalists for a prestigious award in mathematics instruction.

Two teachers are finalists for presidential award By Neil Pierson npierson@ BY JON BROMBERG

Firefighter Mike O’Brien is safely lowered to the ground after successfully connecting a child training mannequin to his rope system during a high angle rope rescue drill Oct. 29 on the 97-foot tall Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District water tower on 228th Avenue Southeast in Sammamish.


Above, firefighters (from left) Mike Tjosvold, Kyle Houston, Bryan Hill and Tom Craig work to haul an adult training mannequin back into position at the top of the water tower for SLIDESHOW another rescue. At right, firefighter Scott DePuy ascends the water Find more photos from Eastside tower while firefighter Terry Fire & Rescue’s rope rescue drill Cushman watches at the top. at PHOTOS BY JON BROMBERG

Local orthodontist joins Smile for a Lifetime Offers scholarship to deserving youth By Daniel Jeon Dr. Christian Manley’s orthodontist clinics have recently partnered with Smile for a Lifetime to help bring dental care to youths in need — and they need youths to help. Manley serves the Is-

saquah and Sammamish area with orthodontic care from his two clinics. It was at a professional meeting that he learned about the international nonprofit S4L, dedicated to helping children show off confident smiles. S4L was founded in 2008 to bring orthodontic care to those who are in need and cannot afford it. Its 137 chapters offer clients a scholarship that

covers the cost of orthodontia for children and teens ages 11-18. Manley, who agreed to care for six clients a year, said he is extremely excited to begin working with them. “There are so many who could really benefit from having a nice smile,” he said. “A lot of the kids are getting teased at school and they can’t do anything about it. Emotionally,

OPENING THE ARCHIVES The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection. Roughly quarterly, volunteers have a data-entry day and prep a bunch of records for upload. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at erica. maniez@issaquahhistory. org. If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email editor@

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Everybody’s Doin’ It, 1910 Postcard format of two young women (left) and two young men posed on a half-moon cut-out under an Issaquah pennant. On the moon’s chin is printed, ‘Everybody’s Doing It.’ Looks like a school dance or school event photo. Both young men are wearing dark suits with light shirts and ties that match the shirts and have fedoras over fairly short haircuts. The photos were with others found on eBay.


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Danielle Maletta has many students who have left her classroom and put their knowledge in mathematics to use in college engineering programs, but those upper-echelon students aren’t typically who fuel her desire for teaching. “What I’m really passionate about are the kids who are struggling learners in mathematics,” said Maletta, who is in her sixth year at Eastside Catholic School. “Really, my goal for them is SAT success, college math placement success, and being able to take college-level math, not necessarily that they become a math major or a physics major. My goal is to get them to the next level, and if along the way I can get them to see connections, and get them to see that math is exciting and illuminating, then I’ve won.” In October, a statewide panel of content experts and award-winning teachers recognized Maletta’s work. She was selected as a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the highest award in the U.S. for middle-school and highschool educators in those subject areas. Maletta, who is one of four finalists in math instruction, isn’t the only Sammamish-based teacher to be honored. Skyline High School’s Gretel von Bargen, a biology instructor, was chosen as one of four finalists in science instruction. Von Bargen, who’s in her 11th year at Skyline, said she has a long list of students who’ve blossomed after graduation. Among her former pupils are several physicians, five nurses, four laboratory researchers and three high-school biology teachers. However, von Bargen is quick to credit her fellow teachers and the school’s International Baccalaureate program for her own


Skyline High School’s Gretel von Bargen has been recognized as one of Washington’s top science teachers by a group of content experts and colleagues.

success. More than 65 percent of Skyline’s juniors and seniors are enrolled in IB, which is designed to foster a globally-based education and acclimate students to college standards. “Our team here has done a really excellent job of making sure students learn and are successful on the state standards,” von Bargen said, “so by the time they come to me, they have a really solid background from which I can expand and go in much more depth.” Each of the 50 states chooses a PAEMST winner for math and science in the spring, so Maletta and von Bargen will have to wait until then to see if they’re selected as Washington’s top educators. The path to being a finalist is arduous. Teachers must be nominated by someone else, then have to complete a detailed application. Von Bargen estimated the process took her 40-60 hours, from videotaping her classroom work, to writing reflective essays on her teaching, and garnering recommendations from colleagues, students and parents. “I found it a valuable use of my time,” she said. Maletta agreed the application process was time-consuming, but for See TEACHERS, Page B3

Taking science lessons at sea By Christina Corrales-Toy Maywood Middle School science teacher Marla Crouch is a morning person. She’s at her best waking up at the crack of dawn, preparing to greet the day as it comes. So, imagine the challenge that came with a 12hour, 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. shift she managed as a visiting crew member aboard the Oscar Dyson in Alaska, studying pollock, a type of a fish. Staying up through the night was a big adjustment, she admits, but the experience of working alongside scientists through National Oceanic


Marla Crouch, a Maywood Middle School teacher, handles a fish she’s never seen before, a lumpsucker, during her NOAA Teacher at Sea trip in June. and Atmospheric Administration’s Teacher at Sea program was worth it. “You get to look at sci-

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Wednesday November 13, 2013

Lacrosse players commit to college

Patriot runners finish in top 10 at state Brigette Takeuchi places fourth overall By Christina Corrales-Toy It says something about the strength of a program when its athletes and coaches are disappointed, even after a weekend in which the team posted its best performance ever at the state competition. That’s what it means to be a Liberty High School cross-country participant, where the expectations are high, but certainly attainable, Patriots coach Mike Smith said. The Liberty girls crosscountry team was determined to finish in the top four at the 2013 state competition in Pasco Nov. 9. The Patriots had a good chance, too, given they were ranked third in the state coming into the meet. As a group, the girls ran faster than last year, shaving about 20 seconds off of the 2012 squad’s team average. That team finished fifth at state, but the 2013 team, despite its improvement, finished sixth. “They ran better than the year before by a whole bunch. It’s just that everybody else ran better, too,” Smith said. The Patriots celebrated their first ever medalist, though, as freshman phenom Brigette Takeuchi took fourth overall with a time of 18 minutes, 31.79

seconds. Only one other underclassman, freshman rival Sophie Cantine, of Lakeside, finished ahead of her. Cantine, from Sammamish, and Takeuchi competed against each other as middle school students, Smith said, so the two are very familiar with each other. “She really wanted to compete with Sophie, so she’s kind of been beating herself up about it,” Smith said. “But I told her to enjoy it, you got a medal at state.” The performance earned Takeuchi an invite to the 2013 Nike BorderClash in Beaverton, Ore. The race, held at Nike headquarters, pits the top runners from Washington and Oregon against each other. Two other Liberty girls finished the Pasco course in less than 20 minutes. Sophomore Carlyn Schmidgall crossed the finish line in 19:26.18, and Takeuchi’s twin sister Kelsey finished in 19:34.43. Senior Amy Broska had a time of 20:25.77, while sophomore Anna Malesis finished just behind her in 20:26.08. Juniors Jordan Raymond and Sarah Bliesner rounded out the Liberty finishers. Liberty was hit by the See PATRIOTS, Page B5


Brigette Takeuchi, Liberty High School freshman, runs her the way to a fourth place finish in her first state championship Nov. 9.


Brianna Hodges (left) and Crystal Anderson, Skyline High School seniors, return an Eastlake volley during the first set of their KingCo 4A volleyball tournament championship match Nov. 5 in the Spartan gymnasium. Skyline won, 25-17, 25-11, 25-17.

Spartans secure third state berth in a row By Neil Pierson npierson@ When the Skyline and Eastlake volleyball teams met in a regular-season match Oct. 21, Skyline let down its guard and nearly let Eastlake back into contention. When the rival programs met again Nov. 5 in the KingCo Conference tournament with a berth into the Class 4A state tournament at stake, the Spartans didn’t let history repeat itself. Second-seeded Skyline controlled the match from start to finish, and sewed up its third consecutive state appearance with a 25-17, 25-11, 25-17 sweep of the sixth-seeded Wolves at the Skyline gymnasium. In the teams’ previous meeting, Skyline soared to a 2-0 lead before Eastlake rallied and forced a fourth set. But in the rematch, the Spartans kept their game faces on and pulled away after trailing midway through the third set. “The third game has always been a bit of a struggle for us, and so

we knew that we’ve got to come out of the gate and do our job, because we knew that these guys were not going to go quietly,” Spartans head coach Callie Wesson said. “We definitely needed to come out and play our game, and keep ourselves pumped up, and that’s what we did.” Skyline (14-2) set the tone for the match by winning nine of the first 10 points in the first set. Senior outside hitter Crystal Anderson dominated early, producing eight of her match-high 12 kills. Eastlake (9-7) struggled to formulate a consistent attack, and the Spartans’ sisterhood of Molly and Katy Mounsey caused headaches for the Wolves at the net, combining for five blocks. The Wolves entered the match on a high after rallying from two sets down for a 3-2 win against Issaquah in the Nov. 2 tourney opener. The Wolves missed chances against Skyline, striking several hits out of bounds, into the net and into the Spartans’ blockers. Other chances

were negated by Emily Anne Owen, the Spartans’ senior libero who earned the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year award. Owen didn’t have big numbers against Eastlake, finishing with 10 digs, but her on-court presence throughout the season has been invaluable for Wesson. “There’s plays that, normally, other teams would be done,” the coach said, “and she keeps it alive for us and gives us another opportunity, which is definitely key to getting rid of the ball and giving us points.” Owen said it was “awesome” to earn the nod as KingCo’s top defender. “It’s obviously a huge honor, but my teammates push me hard in practice, and that’s why I’m good,” she said. The Spartans broke free from an early deadlock in the second set, winning 20 of the last 26 points. Two big serving runs – the first from Molly Mounsey, the second See VOLLYBALL, Page B5

Skyline girls place eighth in state cross country By Neil Pierson npierson@ The Skyline High School girls cross country team capped its 2013 season with a 10th-place finish Nov. 9 at the Class 4A state championships. Skyline’s girls were making their first state appearance in eight seasons. They scored 245 to place 10th out of 16 teams in attendance. Bellarmine Prep was the 4A girls champion, followed by Camas, Tahoma and Central Valley. Skyline sophomore Maizy Brewer paced her team with a medal-winning time of 18 minutes, 27.9 seconds, good for 11th place among individuals. Senior teammate Alex Daugherty, who hadn’t competed in cross country prior to the season, finished 27th in 19:03.71. Skyline’s other scorers were junior McKenzie Deutsch (94th,

20:04.45), senior Samantha Krahling (100th, 20:10.61) and senior Caitlin McIlwain (113th, 20:28.39). Issaquah High School junior Ellie Clawson, making her third consecutive trip to state, finished 22nd in 18:55.25. The only local boy to run in the 4A championships was Issaquah sophomore Kennan Schrag, who came in 58th (16:20.26). Bi-district championships Skyline reached Pasco on the strength of a third-place performance at the district 1/2 championships, held Nov. 4 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Skyline finished neck-and-neck with rival Eastlake in the girls race, with the Wolves scoring 130 points to edge the Spartans (135) for second place. The Spartans got a pair of top10 efforts at the bi-district race. Brewer was fourth in 18:31.4 and Daugherty took sixth in 18:39.3.

Depth, however, was important, and the Spartans got key points from Deutsch (39th, 19:51.3), Krahling (41st, 19:53.5) and McIlwain (48th, 20:02.2). Krahling, running with a stress fracture in her left foot, said the girls have bonded over the past year. “We’ve just kind of been working on team mentality so we don’t run individually, we run more as a team,” she said. “Because cross country is a team sport, and if you kind of fall off a couple people, then you’re not going to make it as a team.” Brewer said the mud and 90-degree turns at Lake Sammamish made for difficult conditions, but she felt good about her own performance. “I just tried to stick with the front pack and do what I’m used to doSee SKYLINE, Page B5


Maizy Brewer, Skyline High School sophomore, nears the finish line at the Nov. 4 bi-district championships. Brewer finished fourth overall as the Skyline girls qualified for state for the first time in eight seasons.

The Eastside Catholic High School boys lacrosse program had two players give oral commitments last week to play NCAA Division I college lacrosse. Josh Matte, a sophomore goalkeeper, has orally committed to the University of Denver. Teammate Arend Broekmate, a junior defender, gave an oral commitment to Lafayatte (Pa.) College. Matte, who lives in Issaquah, isn’t eligible to sign a National Letter of Intent for two more years, but with Denver, he’d be joining a program that has made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. Last spring, Denver advanced to the semifinals before falling to top-ranked Syracuse. “Attending a great school like DU and having the opportunity to play for a legendary coach like Bill Tierney along with (assistant coaches) Matt Brown and Dylan Sherida is a dream come true,” Matte wrote Nov. 6 on the Eastside Catholic lacrosse Facebook page. As a freshman, Matte had a .722 save percentage – stopping 13 of 18 shots – in six games as a backup to Colin Shriever and Cameron Cook. Denver already has two Washington state products on its roster – senior midfielder Cole Nordstrom of Bellevue High, and sophomore midfielder Jack Pruitt of Skyline High. Broekmate, a Sammamish resident, is a two-sport athlete for Eastside Catholic. The 5-foot-10, 210-pounder also plays running back and linebacker for the school’s football team. In lacrosse, Broekmate tallied one goal and 33 ground balls during the 2013 season. “Lafayette College is an outstanding school and I’m grateful to coach Jim Rogalski and his team for bringing me to the Patriot League,” said Broekmate, who saw action in 11 games for the Crusaders last spring. Eastside Catholic finished the season with a 13-3-0 record, and advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament, where they fell to eventual state champion Bellevue.

Liberty Lacrosse Club opens registration Registration for Liberty Lacrosse Club’s spring 2014 season is now open for boys in third to twelfth grade. The club fields Liberty’s high school team, as well as youth teams for kids in elementary and middle schools. The teams pull players from southeast Issaquah, Newcastle and the Renton Highlands. Loaner gear is available for new players and limited scholarships are available upon request. Registration needs to be completed by Dec. 1 to ensure roster placement and avoid late fees; however, payment will be accepted anytime before Feb. 1. Liberty’s high school squad is entering its fifth year, while the youth program is entering its second. Register online at www. and email libertylacrosseclub@ for more information.