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By Christina Corrales-Toy O say, can you sing “The StarSpangled Banner?” If so, the Newcastle Library wants to test your patriotic pipes at its July 12 singing competition.
“The Voice of the Newcastle Library” contest will crown a local crooner, who will then get the honor of singing the national anthem at the library’s first naturalization ceremony July 23. “It’s a fun way to showcase the singing talent in our com-
munity, draw community members together and find a special singer for our naturalization ceremony,” librarian Vicki Heck said. The competition is open to anyone 13 and older. Contestants don’t have to be
By Christina Corrales-Toy About 130 residents armed with electronic voting clickers responded to poll questions at the city’s annual town hall meeting held June 3 at The Golf Club at Newcastle. Unlike the town hall in October, this meeting was less presentation-based and more about soliciting resident feedback on a variety of topics, including marijuana and Lake Boren Park improvements. The electronic voting devices allowed residents to offer real-time responses, and gave City Council members and staff a better idea of their citizens’ priorities. At the town hall, the majority of residents polled expressed hesitancy about extra pay structures to fund Lake Boren Park and road improvements. When asked if they
would support a bond to upgrade or add improvements to Lake Boren Park, 54 percent of attendees responded no, while 62 percent said no to the establishment of a $20 car-tab fee to help maintain the city’s road system. Sixty-five percent of those polled said they were not in favor of seeing marijuana processing, production or retail establishments in the city. The Newcastle City Council has considered a marijuana moratorium in the past, including shooting one down in December. The board took a look at it again in the May 6 meeting, but had tabled the discussion until July 1. City staff considers the potential for any marijuanarelated business activity in Newcastle very low due to state Liquor Control Board rules on where marijuana facilities can set up shop. Also, the state’s marijuana retail license lottery came and went without any impacts on Newcastle. In what was the most one-sided response of the See TOWN HALL, Page 5
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Hats off to the class of 2014 Hazen High School graduates throw their caps into the air after singing the school’s alma mater at the end of their ceremony June 13 at Kent’s ShoWare Center. See more photos of Hazen and Liberty high schools’ graduation ceremonies on Page 8.
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The city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration is set for Friday at Lake Boren Park. Residents can start filing into the park at 6 p.m. July 4. Vendors will serve hot dogs, kettle corn and more. Soul Siren, a band whose appearance is sponsored by The Golf Club at Newcastle, will take the park stage from 8-10 p.m. The fireworks show starts shortly after it gets dark, or at about 10 p.m. The city’s annual Independence Day celebration is able to continue this year, thanks to title sponsor AvalonBay Communities Inc. Newcastle News wants to see your photos from the Newcastle Fourth of July celebration. Email photos or video of your patriotic fun to email@example.com, tweet them to @NewcastleNewsWA or post them on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ NewcastleNewsWA.
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Newcastle Police catch car prowler A 23-year-old Renton man will be charged in connection with eight car breakins and one shed break-in that occurred in Newcastle from May 30 through June 2, according to a news release from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine. Detective Christy Marsalisi caught the man when an observant employee saw him checking vehicles in a business parking lot, Irvine said. “He later confessed to
additional crimes,” she said. “In his confession, the man told us he threw some items he did not want in the bushes.” Residents are encouraged to call non-emergency dispatch at 206-296-3311 if they find any property of value. Also, if you had items stolen from your car and did not report it, call the non-emergency number, or file a report online at www.reporttosheriff.org. The Newcastle Police
Department offers these tips to prevent future car break-ins: q Park your car in your garage. q Close all windows and lock your car; do not leave keys in the vehicle. q Remove all loose items from the vehicle, especially items of value such as laptop computers, GPS units, wallets and purses. Most reports police take are for such items that were left in plain view.
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foundation. Local vendors dispersed throughout the course will also make sure all golfers stays hydrated and fed. For those who don’t golf, an evening dinner includes appetizers, cocktails, and silent and live auctions. Learn more about the TEAM-WORKS Foundation and buy a ticket for the event at www. teamworksfoundation.org.
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Former Seattle Seahawk, and Newcastle resident, Mack Strong will host his annual charity golf tournament and dinner auction July 16 at The Golf Club at Newcastle. The event, in its seventh year, supports Strong’s TEAM-WORKS Foundation, an organization he founded with his wife Zoe to empower atrisk youths toward a better future. TEAM-WORKS partners with entities in the Northwest to offer mentoring services for disadvantaged youths and their families in indigenous, minority and impoverished communities. The nonprofit organization’s goal is to encourage kids to develop strong minds, strong bodies and strong character. A slew of local athletes and celebrities will hit the China Creek course for a day of golf benefitting the
YMCA to close for annual facility improvements The Coal Creek Family YMCA will close July 18-25, for annual cleaning and improvements. Projects planned include intensive cleaning of the pools, spa and locker rooms; resurfacing the parking lot; and deep cleaning all carpet areas. While the facility is closed, members are welcome to use neighboring facilities. The Bellevue Family YMCA, 14230 BelRed Road, Bellevue, and the Sammamish Family
Citizen groups to present about Energize Eastside Andy Wappler, Puget Sound Energy’s vice president of corporate affairs, spoke about the company’s Energize Eastside project at the April 1 Newcastle City Council meeting. Now, it’s the citizens’ turn to give their own presentations about the project. Newcastle resident Keith Hargis and the Olympus Homeowners Association offered their thoughts at the July 1 meeting. Another resident, Larry Johnson, who has been vocal about his skepticism of the project, will offer his presentation at the 7 p.m. July 15 Newcastle City Council meeting.
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Johnson’s presentation will include a panel from the Coalition of Eastside Neighborhoods for Sensible Energy, an all-volunteer coalition of residents concerned about many aspects of the Energize Eastside project. Energize Eastside, in response to the region’s growing power needs, will bring new higher capacity electric transmission lines to the Eastside.
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Then-Newcastle Mayor Ben Varon and his wife Julie hold up a plaque dedicated to the completion of the new May Creek Bridge in 2009. Coal Creek Parkway through Newcastle wasn’t always the four-lane marvel drivers see now. It took a threephase, eight-year journey to make it what it is today. The city’s largest Public Works project relieved the bottleneck through Newcastle along the regional thoroughfare that connects Renton and Bellevue by widening Coal Creek Parkway from two lanes to four lanes from Newcastle Way to Southeast 95th Way. The project included replacing the 56-year-old May Creek Bridge.
Newcastle Trails hosts work party The Newcastle Trails organization will host a work party July 26 to continue construction on the city’s CrossTown Trail. The trail will connect Coal Creek Parkway across from Lake Boren to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. The group is essentially building the trail from scratch, so work will include clearing, cull-
ing the soil of organics and contouring the trail bed. The work party starts sharply at 9 a.m. and goes until noon, though individuals can continue to work past that time, if they wish. The group meets along Southeast 81st Street, near an under-construction subdivision. Learn more about Newcastle Trails, and get precise directions to the work-party site at www. newcastletrails.org.
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Nominations come in for 2014 Diamond Awards By Imelda Dulcich Newcastle Chamber executive director
For the second year in a row, the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Diamond Awards will be an elegant evening affair, hosted at The Golf Club at Newcastle. Nominations are already coming in for the Nov. 20 ceremony that honors Newcastle’s top community members. Get to know some of the nominees below, and be sure to cast your nominations at www.newcastle-chamber.org. Jenna Boerboom — Community Leadership Award Jenna Boerboom, Newcastle Apple Physical Therapy’s former clinic director, is nominat- Jenna ed for the Boerboom Community Leadership Award for her positive attitude and devotion to the Newcastle chamber. She is actively involved on the chamber board, supporting its events and serving as a friendly point person when registering members at chamber functions. Her great attitude is an inspiration to all, her smile is infectious, and her caring attitude is felt and appreciated. In working at Newcastle Apple Physical Therapy, she has been devoted to her clients and employees, and is always willing to help in whatever way she can. Vicki Heck — Dennis Yarnell Inspiration Award Vicki Heck, a librarian at the Newcastle Library, is nominated for the Dennis Vicki Heck Yarnell Inspiration Award, because of her strong commitment to the community. Her work to thoughtfully bring all sorts of groups together within the community is an inspiration. Her energy and planning in programming to draw teens makes Newcastle a warmer place.
Heck is always looking for ways to build stronger communities, using public libraries as platforms for public discourse, community activism, intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, literacy and equal access to information (and entertainment) for all. She represents the King County Library System well, always attending events in Newcastle, showing her passion for the city.
Chris Ware — Business Award Chris Ware, owner of Dolce Vita Salon and Nail Spa, works tirelessly to provide Chris Ware benefits and education to her staff members to ensure they are fulfilled in their work. She promotes her staff and lets them shine through her posts on social media. She is also actively involved in her community and seeks ways to help other businesses. She is an active member of the Newcastle
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Christina Corrales-Toy — Customer Service Award Christina Corrales-Toy, Newcastle News reporter, demonstrates great care for the Newcastle community Christina and goes Corrales-Toy above and beyond to tell great stories to educate the public. She continues to learn about the community and goes to many events both within and around the community. Christina works to engage residents and get them involved in community events. She is ethical in her work and upholds the standards of the journalistic professionalism.
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news release. “Motorists and motorcyclists are all responsible for making sure everyone arrives home safely.” In Washington, motorcycle deaths are not steadily declining like overall traffic deaths. Motorcycles make up just 4 percent of the registered vehicles on the roads, but account for almost 15 percent of the traffic fatalities (2009-11 average). Even worse, in 2012, motorcycle fatalities accounted for 19 percent (83 out of 438) of the traffic fatalities in Washington.
On a per-vehicle-mile basis, motorcyclists are more than 30 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of cars, and five times more likely to be injured. Speeding, running off the road, and riding under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs are the main contributing factors in these crashes. Motorcyclists should always ride sober and within the posted speed limits, get the required training and endorsement, and wear DOT compliant helmets and protective gear.
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History tells us the weather this time of the year is a trick. Soon enough, the June gloom will give way to sunny skies and warm temperatures. But if this lovely weather holds (and even if it doesn’t) many Western Washingtonians will head outside, braving the cold waters and muddy hiking trails. Please, don’t let the sun lull you into contentment. As we learned recently from incidents on Mount Rainier, even experienced outdoor people, and even those with professional guides, can get into trouble. While most of us won’t be scaling mountains, it’s important to keep safety in mind no matter what your activity. When out on the water, use a lifejacket, and make sure your children do as well. This is important on local lakes and becomes even more important for those venturing out to those nearby rivers swollen and frigid with snow melt. Cold water shock only takes a couple of minutes to set in. Even safer options include frequenting bodies of water with lifeguards, at least in the early season when the water is still frigid. Kayakers, canoers and other boaters should make sure to scout the conditions before heading into any body of water. Once again, swift moving rivers can be a problem, when the speed of the water gives you little time to react. Heading out for a hike, be it for a day on a popular trail or a weekend in the backcountry, requires planning. Bring plenty of water. Make sure someone who isn’t with you knows where you’re going and when you’ll be back. Never go alone — a twisted ankle can become a serious situation if there’s no one else to help you. And make sure your phone is fully charged. Even if you’re out of range of a tower, it won’t hurt to have some kind of communication options. Summer in this area is glorious. The outdoors is our reward for dealing with nine months of rain. Just make sure that when you go outside to enjoy that reward, you have a safe, fun adventure, and don’t end up in the headlines.
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Thanks for your first-rate coverage of the departure of Mark Rigos, Newcastle’s Public Works director. Mark is an extraordinary individual who made a huge positive impact on the city and its residents, especially in expanding and improving Newcastle’s trail system, as members of Newcastle Trails can attest. Projects that had been deferred for years were completed during Mark’s three-year tenure, often on his initiative (without prodding from Newcastle Trails). These included easements for the Horse Trail, drainage on the Highlands Trail, and surveys that helped prevent encroachment on our parks and trails. Mark played a major role in the completion of the May Creek Trail, and cooperated effectively with the city of Renton in planning a May Creek Greenway from Lake Washington to Cougar
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As the pleasant summer months approach, there is no better time to explore the city’s vast trail network under blue skies and warm temperatures. You can find longtime Newcastle residents Jim and Peggy Price on the trails in rain or shine, though. The husband-and-wife team is very active when it comes to preserving and expanding Newcastle’s walking trails. They were among the founders of the Newcastle Trails organization and continue to remain deeply involved in the nonprofit. Peggy had a direct hand in designing, routing and building the Terrace Trail and the eastern portion of the May Creek Trail. She now spends a large portion of her weeks working on the CrossTown Trail, which will span from Coal Creek Parkway to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Many Eagle Scouts have her to thank for helping them complete their final projects while she
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And be followed up by action. He was proactive: If something of interest to Newcastle Trails reached him, he’d send a message right away, with relevant documents attached. Mark is a nice guy who finishes first, with a great work ethic and exceptional gifts in people skills, management ability and engineering expertise. We wish him well in his new job. The city hit a home run when they hired him: We hope our heavy hitters can score again with his successor. Garry Kampen President, Newcastle Trails
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dutifully supervised and assisted on their trail extensions. You can’t talk about the Newcastle trails, without mentioning the Prices, but to them, their passion for the outdoors is just a way of life. Peggy’s love of trails started early, thanks to annual family camping trips, while Jim picked his up as a boy growing up in Christina Illinois. Corrales-Toy The duo met as University of Washington students when Peggy joined Jim’s hiking club. “After about four hikes, the club was down to two people — the ones who would hike and camp in the rain,” Peggy said. The last ones standing eventually married a year and a half later, before relocating to Alaska, which features a playground of outdoor activities for the two. They moved to Newcastle in 1986. The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce has already honored both with Diamond Awards, but with the work they do to promote and expand the city’s greatest recreational amenity, they could easily be nominated every year. Up next, the Prices will continue their work on the city’s trails and take time to hike a newly rebuilt section of the Pacific Crest Trail near Glacier Peak this summer. The Pacific Crest Trail stretches from Canada to Mexico.
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neighborhoods. It is now well-acknowledged that the data collected is statistically invalid, as even PSE’s own CAG representative said it is “meaningless to the process of scoring neighborhood values for the purposes of determining a preferred route.” PSE unilaterally eliminated several viable alternative solutions to support growth on the Eastside before it began the CAG process. The neighborhood members of the CAG respectfully ask all five cities to formally notify PSE that the CAG process does not represent the will of the neighborhoods, that this project would significantly violate neighborhood character, and to either stop wasting time on it or restart it with other options for the CAG to consider. There are too many non-neighborhood stakeholders on the CAG and not enough of the affected neighborhoods are represented, thus PSE stacked the deck against the neighborhoods. PSE and its consultant Enviroissues have purposely manipulated a process that is not fair, accurate, thorough or transparent. The neighborhoods need the city of Bellevue (the lead agency) to have several other options independently studied prior to the Environmental Impact Statement and State Environmental Policy Act review process commencing. David T. Edmonds, Olympus Sean McNamara, Olympus
During the contest, singers must belt the first verse of “The StarSpangled Banner” before a panel of Newcastlecentric judges, including Imelda Dulcich, the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, and Wendy Kirchner, the city’s community activities liaison. The winner will receive a red, white and blue sash and a gift basket from the Friends of the Newcastle Library, in addition to the July 23 singing gig. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will administer the oath ceremony for new citizens. The department recently
Town Hall From Page 1 evening, 92 percent of those polled said they would be in favor of a distinct ZIP code for Newcastle. “That result does not surprise me,” Mayor Steve Buri told the audience. “Since I’ve been on the council, and in many years prior, there have been various attempts to get Newcastle a ZIP code. We’ve obviously not been successful, but there are some new ideas that are being considered and it’s something we can continue to pursue.” The city last peti-
started offering the ceremonies at smaller community venues, such as libraries. It’s a huge honor for the Newcastle Library, Heck said, to host the ceremony, and she hopes the live singer, rather than just a recording of the national anthem, makes it all the more memorable for attendees. “Our USCIS contact
let us know that it’s extra special to have a live singer during that section, so our teen librarian Donna Day and I started brainstorming how to suss out the singing talent we are confident exists within our community,” she said. A lineup of local elected officials will attend the oath ceremony, Heck said, including Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri and state Reps. Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn. Newcastle City Council members Rich Crispo, Lisa Jensen and Carol Simpson will also be there. “We encourage the singers in our community to come out, have some fun and show us your stuff,” Heck said of the July 12 contest. “Help us show our newest United States citizens that Newcastle’s got talent.”
tioned for its own ZIP code in 2009, but the local U.S. Postal Service denied it. At the time, the city’s formal presentation to postal service managers cited delivery issues and a loss of sales tax based on improper coding as reasons a unique ZIP code was necessary. Newcastle also applied for a ZIP code in 1994 and 2004. Cities must wait five years between ZIP code requests. After the poll questions, residents had the opportunity to take to the microphone and ask questions and provide comments. More than a few residents had concerns about speeding on their
streets and asked the city to consider speed bumps in their neighborhoods. Councilman Rich Crispo pointed out that the residential speed limit in the state of Washington is 25 mph, and encouraged citizens to make sure they adhere to it. “It’s not a thoroughfare, it’s not a highway, and you only have a speed problem or a requirement of speed bumps because people in our own towns don’t recognize that this is for a safety reason,” he said. “We do not have a right to go five miles over the speed limit in a neighborhood. You just don’t.”
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A man and seven of his friends were riding their bikes along Southeast May Valley Road, just east of Coal Creek Parkway, when a car missed the group by inches May 31. The cyclist said he believed the driver’s actions were intentional.
Blasphemy A rosary featuring a photo of the pope was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 8300 block of 126th Place Southeast between May 31 and June 1.
Slick shades More than $900 worth of items, including $450 Prada sunglasses, was taken from a vehicle in the 8300 block of 126th Place Southeast between May 31 and June 1.
Peeping Tom An observant nurse at Newcastle’s Valley Medical Clinic, 7203 129th Ave. S.E., noticed a man looking through vehicle windows and trying car doors in the parking lot June 6. The nurse took a few photos
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Fast food road rage A woman reported that a white male subject in his 60s yelled at her and knocked on her window at the Newcastle McDonald’s, 13049 Newcastle Way, June 6. The woman said she was behind a vehicle going slow in the parking lot toward the drive thru lane. She pulled around and passed the vehicle to get into the drive thru. The slow vehicle’s driver then confronted her and slapped her driver’s mirror. The alarmed woman then parked in the Chase Bank lot and called police.
Mail mischief A resident in the 8400 block of 116th Avenue Southeast reported that an unknown suspect placed a hoard of junk mail with Bellevue addresses into his mailbox between June 9 and 11.
Painting pain The Seattle Revival Center reported June 19 that a paint sprayer was stolen from its premises, 12636 S.E. May Creek Park Drive.
RIP Bambi A police officer responded to the 8100 block of Coal Creek Parkway where a witness saw a vehicle hit and injure a deer June 11. The deer’s legs were obviously broken. The officer spoke to a sergeant, who approved the deer’s euthanasia, and then the deer was dispatched in accordance to the policies and procedures set forth by the department.
Loud noises Police responded to a noise complaint coming from a job site near the intersection of Southeast May Creek Park Drive and 118th Avenue Southeast. The caller reported June 19 that the crew was pouring concrete well past 7 p.m.
Fire officials offer grilling safety tips An estimated 5,700 grill fires at residential properties occurred annually in the United States between 2006 and 2008, fire officials said in a news release. Over half of those fires occurred in May, June, July and August. Follow these safety tips before firing up the grill this summer: Propane grills Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution
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I’ve said it here before: If The Sainted One ever tried to build a house, he would bleed to death from unintentional stabs and slices. He is the Official Family Chef, but has knives that can’t cut through gelatin without effort because I won’t let him have anything sharper. There’s a secret spot in the garage where I’ve hidden a Japanese hand hoe that will chop the most stubborn greenery into submission, and although I could use help in the garden battling the weeds, I love him too much to let him near it. Even the simple act of checking out a bed frame ... I have this thing about the master bed frame. It’s adjustable, and every so often it will loosen, widen, and allow the box springs and mattress to drop. Admittedly, if I could
measure that drop it would likely be about 15 microns or so, but it’s so startling when it happens that I am absoPat Detmer lutely sure the whole bed will fall to the floor and continue down into the family room. When this occurs, I conscript The Sainted One — who could sleep through a 7.5 earthquake — into helping me pull off the mattress and box springs and check it out. Every time I gaze at the exposed frame with its multiple sturdy crossbeams, I try to burn that visual into my memory, because what I see before me is proof positive that it’s physically impossible for everything to fall to
the floor. But besides having no patience, I also have no memory, so every once in a while we have this little bed frame adventure together, and we never, ever tire of it. We stripped the bed and flipped the top mattress up against the armoire. It used to stand at attention, but after years of use, the mattress has lost its spine, so I had to back up against it and throw my arms out to keep it from falling on my husband and the bed frame he was inspecting. After some hammering (I do allow him the occasional use of the ball peen variety) and pushing on the frame, he grunted and ran from the room. Trembling under the weight of the mattress, I called to see if he was alright. He said he was, but as soon as I let the mattress fall, I could see that he wasn’t. I’ve done enough weekend guilty-pleasure watching of “Forensic Files” to be able to read blood spatter: impact pattern on the wall, drip trail into the bathroom.
No blood transfusions or stitches were necessary, but I’m considering a proviso for his upcoming 75th birthday party: Gifts
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Above, a Hazen High School graduate receives her diploma from Renton School Board Director Al Talley. At right, a pair of Hazen High School seniors walk to their seats at the school’s 2014 graduation June 13 at Kent’s ShoWare Center.
At left, Joshua Almy, Liberty High School principal, shakes the hand of diploma recipient and class valedictorian Neil Chakravarty. At right, senior class president Rachel Wittenberg cues fellow seniors to turn their tassels at the end of the Class of 2014 commencement ceremony.
Above, Hazen High School valedictorian Alan Yeh adjusts his tassel before heading to the stage to give his speech. At left, a Hazen High School graduate reacts after seeing her family in the crowd.
Above, Rodney Brown reaches to hug his graduate son Ashby, while his wife, Ashby’s mother, Kris looks on, as families reunite outside Key Arena.
Above, Hazen High School speaker David Tuazon lets out a laugh during his welcome speech. At right, a Hazen High School junior (right) goes for the fist bump, while serving as a seat usher at the school’s 2014 graduation June 13. Below, a Hazen High School graduate adjusts her cap while walking out of the ShoWare Center at the end of the ceremony.
Above, graduation caps fly through the air as Liberty’s Class of 2014 celebrates. At left, Amy Ellenberg (left) is headed to Boise State while her friend Jana Walker is bound for Gonzaga University.
Congratulations Collin!! Above, Hazen High School wrestling star Jairo Barahona walks off the stage after receiving his diploma. At left, the Bunnell family, of Newcastle, celebrates its newest graduate, Kyle, outside of the Kent ShoWare Center. Photos by Christina Corrales-Toy
Above, Sharron Luong, posing for family photos at the International Fountain, wears a pink crown and holds a bouquet and teddy bear given to her after the graduation ceremony. At left, two friends walking side by side in the processional use their mortarboards to show off their shared college plans.
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Events Fourth of July at Lake Boren Park, 6-10:30 p.m., 13058 S.E. 84th Way Newcastle Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 9, Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., guest speaker is State Rep. Judy Clibborn, $20/members, $25/ nonmembers, register at newcastle-chamber.org ‘Downsizing Tips and Tools,’ 1:30 p.m. July 10, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, RSVP by July 8 to firstname.lastname@example.org Regency After Hours, margarita madness and a mariachi band, 6-7:15 p.m. July 17, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, newcastle-chamber.org Chamber Networking Breakfast, guest speaker TBA, 7:15-8:30 a.m. July 23, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, free, register at newcastle-chamber.org Summer Concerts in the Park: q 7 p.m. July 23 — The Fabulous Roof Shakers q 7 p.m. July 30 — Ian McFeron)
Public meetings All city public meetings are at City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200. Call 649-4444. q Finance Committee — 4-5 p.m. July 14 q Community Activity Commission — 7-8 p.m. July 9
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT Concerts in the Park start in July
By Amy Coppersmith
The city of Newcastle’s annual Concerts in the Park series kicks off in July, starting with The Fabulous Roof Shakers, a blues band, on July 23. Ian McFeron, who performs Americana rock, will take the Lake Boren Park stage July 30, followed by Neil Diamond tribute band Cherry Cherry on Aug. 6 and Crumac, a trio that plays traditional Irish music, Aug. 13. The Golf Club at Newcastle and the Coal Creek Family YMCA are the main sponsors for the free series. Concerts begin at 7 p.m., but attendees can arrive as early as 6 p.m., when kettle-corn vendor Tastyz and the Maximus/Minimus food truck begin selling their offerings. All concerts last about an hour and a half, and are at Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way.
Ian McFeron performs a set of Americana rock at Newcastle’s Concerts in the Park series July 30 at Lake Boren Park stage.
q Economic and Community Development Committee — 5:30-6:30 p.m. July 15 q City Council — 7-8 p.m. July 15 q Planning Commission — 7-8 p.m. July 16 Newcastle Trails board, first Monday of the month, 7 p.m., Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, www. newcastletrails.org Friends of the Newcastle Library meeting, 7 p.m. July 23, 12901 Newcastle Way
YMCA The Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road, has regular family programs for all ages. Get a complete schedule or register for classes by calling 282-1500 or going to www.coalcreekymca.org. Friendship Fire, 6:30 p.m. July 9 Couch to 5K Training Program, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, July 12, 19 and 26
Kids Triathlon Training, ages 6 and older, 10 a.m. Saturdays, July 5 and 12 Family Bingo Night, 6 p.m. July 11 Ice Cream Social, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 13 Rookies T-ball League, ages 3-6, times vary Mondays through Aug. 25 Annual improvement week, closed 2 p.m. July 18 through 7 a.m. July 27 Small Group Personal Training, 18 and older, $120/ members
Family Conditioning, ages 8 and older, 9-9:45 a.m. Saturdays Youth Basketball League, ages 6-10, 5-7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 22 Parents Night Out At the Y, ages 3-10, 5-9 p.m. July 27, $30/facility members, $40/program members Senior Bridge, 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays Senior Lunch, noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, $3 See CALENDAR, Page 11
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Calendar From Page 10 Senior Pinochle, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays Tween Time, 5:307 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, meet by upstairs fireplace Teen Drop In, ages 11-16, 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Family Pickleball, 3-4 p.m. Sundays, Gym 2, free to facility members Tumbling-Mommy/ Daddy and Me, 10:4511:30 a.m. Thursdays, ages 10 months to 3 years, $5/class for facility members, $9/class for program and community members ‘Zumbatomic,’ Zumba for kids, 4:305:15 p.m. Wednesdays, ages 5-8, free to facility members, first-come, firstserved Open Basketball, times vary Monday through Friday, free to facility members Open Volleyball, ages 14 and older, 8-9:45 p.m. Thursdays Power Volleyball, 8-9:45 p.m. Tuesdays, free to facility members
Teen Dodge Ball, ages 11-16, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, free to facility members Swimming lessons, ages 3 and older, $54, call for age group times and dates Summer Camp registration, now, for preschool through high school children
Library events The Newcastle Library is at 12901 Newcastle Way. The following programs are offered the rest of the month: Toddler Story Times, ages 1-3, 10:15 a.m. July, 7, 14, 21 and 28 ‘We Learn, We Build, We Play,’ presented by Bricks4Kidz, ages 8-12, 1 p.m. Mondays, July, 7, 14, 21 and 28, registration required Book Buddies, free reading help with a high school volunteer for grades one through four, 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29 Preschool Story times, ages 3-5, 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30 ‘A Day at the Beach,’ create a watercolor nature journal, ages 8-12, 3 p.m. July 9, registration required
Family Story Times, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30 Spanish Story Times, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31 ‘Minecraft’ Lab, for middle, junior and high school students, 10 a.m. July 12 ‘The Voice of Newcastle,’ audition to sing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ in front of judges, ages 13 and older, 2 p.m. July 12, registration recommended, winner will perform at July 23 Naturalization Ceremony for new citizens The Art of Henna for Tweens and Teens, 6 p.m. July 14, registration required ‘Yes, It Is Rocket Science!’ presented by the Museum of Flight, ages 5-7, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. July 17, registration required Teen Makerspace Club Sewing Project, 1 p.m. July 19, registration required ‘Naturalization Ceremony: Welcome Our Newest Citizens,’ 3:30 p.m. July 23 Friends of Newcastle Library Meeting, 7 p.m. July 23 ‘Octopuses: Eight Times the Fun,’ presented by Seattle Aquarium, ages 5-12, 2 p.m. July 24
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‘Space Odyssey,’ presented by Pacific Science Center’s Science on Wheels, ages 4-8, noon July 26 ‘We All Need the Sun: A Light-Hearted Musical Romp!’ 11 a.m. July 29 ‘Game On!’ play video games at the library, 4 p.m. July 28 and 1 p.m. July 30
Clubs East Shore Singles, social group for single adults older than 45, monthly activities and events on Eastside, new members welcome, 2703599, monthly bulletin at www.meetup.com/eastshoresingles. The Society of Artists for Newcastle, art organization, 271-5822 MOMS Club of Renton, play dates at parks and other locations,
new activities daily, nonprofit and nonreligious, daytime support for moms and families, 260-3079 Bridge players wanted, evening or daytime, games at homes in Hazelwood area, 255-0895 Devotional gathering, by Baha’i Faith of Newcastle, 7 p.m., last Friday, 430-8047 Drinking Liberally, informal progressive social group that discusses politics, 7 p.m., first and third Thursday, Mustard Seed Grill & Pub, 5608 119th Ave. S.E., Bellevue, www. drinkingliberally.org Cub Scout Pack 738, first Friday, 7 p.m., Newcastle Elementary School, 8440 136th Ave. S.E., grades one through five, www.pack738.com
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Maywood Middle School team members (from left) Ben Royce, Cameron Chadd, Andrew Chappelle, Shelby Reese, Matt Barta, Will Slaton, Spencer Slaton and Davan Hwang are whizzes with the Rubik’s Cube, taking second place at the 2014 ‘You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube’ competition June 7.
By Christina Corrales-Toy
TJ Spencer (second from left), author of the ‘Nozzlehead’ book series, signs books at Hazelwood Elementary School June 16. Spencer collaborated with a class of first-graders to pen a student-authored book, ‘Firefighter Nozzlehead What Firefighters Do.’
Hazelwood students publish firefighter book By Christina Corrales-Toy First-graders in Kristen Schutter’s class at Hazelwood Elementary School are experts when it comes to the duties of a firefighter. They know that firefighters save people, educate schools about fire safety and use a vast array of tools to keep people safe. Firefighters also work closely with police officers, and yes, they do rescue the occasional kitten out of a tree. The students poured all of that information and more into their new book, “Firefighter Nozzlehead What Firefighters Do.” At just 6 and 7 years old, the first-graders are published authors. They unveiled their picture book at a June 16 celebration. “I just feel honored that I can do it with them,” Schutter said. “My name’s on it, but it wasn’t my work. I just facilitated them in doing it. They were the ones that put in the effort and the work.” The publication is a joint effort between the students and TJ Spencer, author of the Nozzlehead book series. Spencer created the Nozzlehead character in 1999 as a way to show the public, especially children, a firefighter’s daily responsibilities. Nozzlehead’s friendly, passionate demeanor is meant to make kids
On the web Buy the Hazelwood first-graders’ creation on Amazon at http://goo. gl/Nzu1z0, and learn more about the Nozzlehead book series at www.nozzlehead.net.
comfortable around firefighters, Spencer said. “The idea was to create a character that the kids could relate to, and our big key factor is the masks,” he said. “One of the things that scare the kids the most is the masks. Nozzlehead shows them there’s nothing to be afraid of.” The books touch on themes such as teamwork, fellowship, wellness and community engagement, Spencer said. When Spencer isn’t writing, he’s known as Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter Tim Castner, where he works out of station 78 in Renton. He uses TJ Spencer as a pen name in honor of his grandmother, Elizabeth Spencer Moquin. He worked with Schutter’s husband in the past, which led to the Hazelwood collaboration. “He’s been kind of an extended part of our family, and it’s just been See BOOK, Page 13
Maywood places second at Rubik’s Cube competition
Maywood Middle School took second place at the local “You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube” competition June 7 at Mill Creek Elementary School. Seven Maywood students, plus one from a Marysville school to round out the team, combined to solve the cube faster than all but one team. “Solving the cube requires a great deal of mathematical patterning
and problem solving,” Maywood teacher Ron Ciraulo said. “Solving them quickly requires combining all those skills with physical dexterity and focused attention.” Ben Royce and Davan Hwang led the team, solving their puzzles in just 30 seconds. Shelby Reese, Will Slaton, Spencer Slaton, Matt Barta and Andrew Chappelle were the other Maywood competitors. “It’s truly a sight to behold watching them work so quickly,” Ciraulo said.
Issaquah to increase secondary students’ time in classrooms
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Middle-school and high-school students in the Issaquah School District will spend more time in the classroom in the 2014-15 year, after the school board approved a change at its June 11 meeting. State law mandates an increase in instructional time for the 2015-16 year, but Issaquah will implement the switch a year earlier. To meet the requirement of 1,080 instructional hours, middle school and high school students will get out of class 45 minutes later on Wednesdays next year. “This is the right thing to do for our students,” Superintendent Ron Thiele said in a news release. “Increasing instructional time is in alignment with our stakeholder values and the district’s mission and goals for students.” The Issaquah Education Association, the union that represents classroom teachers, also approved the change. Get schedules
Newcastle elementary gets new principal
The lions have a new leader. Richard Mellish will take over as Newcastle Elementary School’s principal, Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele announced in an email to the school community. Mellish comes to Newcastle from the Mercer Island School District, where he served as principal of West Mercer Elementary School. “If there is one core value that I would share initially, it would be the value of community,” Mellish said. “I believe that for students to grow and learn at their best, strong collaboration and partnerships among the staff team and with our families is critical. “I understand that Newcastle is built on a strong foundation of partnership, and I hope to supSee PRINCIPAL, Page 13
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Liberty singers get superior marks
Liberty High School’s Women’s Concert Chorale and the Liberty Singers mixed choir both received superior ratings and took first place in their divisions at the recent Music in the Parks competition in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Both groups were recognized for their kindness and inclusive attitudes toward other singers. After the thrill of the competition, students wound down with a fun afternoon at the Silverwood Theme Park. The singers are under the direction of Robin Wood, who spent many years at Newcastle Elementary School before taking over the Maywood Middle School and Liberty choirs.
AAUW honors Hazen juniors
The American Association of University Women honored three Hazen High School juniors with Certificates of Excellence. Constance La, a scholarathlete and a Washington Aerospace Scholar, was recognized for Excellence in Technology; Tudi Le, who plays piano and tutors others in violin, was recognized for Excellence in Science; and Sarah Sherrod, a three-sport athlete and mentor of freshman students, was recognized for Excellence in Mathematics. The AAUW Scholars Program recognizes and encourages young women who excel in the areas of science, math and technology to pursue careers in these fields.
Liberty senior receives $2,500 scholarship Liberty High School senior Lara Khalil received the $2,500 Cedar Grove “Seeds for Scholars” Scholarship. Khalil earned a 3.63 grade point average, and according to her teacher, Erin Stephens, “has worked extremely hard to get where she is. Lara’s first language is not English, and she is paying for post-secondary education on her own. This scholarship is an essential piece of the puzzle for paying for college.” Khalil will also have an opportunity to interview for an internship at Cedar Grove this summer and
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Newcastle students graduate
The following Newcastle students graduated from college. Email your graduation and school news to newcastle@ isspress.com. q Gonzaga University: Qianhui Tu, Bachelor of Arts in French q Oregon State University: Jocelyn McNeil, Bachelor of Science in economics q Tulane University: Kirsten Lacist, Bachelor of Arts
Local students named to WSU honor roll
Local students were named to the Washington State University president’s honor roll for spring 2014 semester. Newcastle: Pui Ho, Henry Kohm, Paige Lane, Ryan Maio and Chelsea Moorhead.
Renton school honors Pam Teal
The Renton School District honored Friends of Renton Schools Foundation Chairwoman Pam Teal with its 2014 Community Leadership Award at the Washington School Administrator’s Association’s regional awards ceremony. Teal is also a Renton School Board director (her District 5 includes Newcastle) and chairwoman of the Renton Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. Learn more about the Friends of Renton Schools at www.friendsofrentonschools.org.
458 stuffed animals in a drive to benefit Treehouse, an organization that supports foster kids and their families. The collection doubled the initial goal of 200. Students helped count, bag and load all of the collected toys so they could be transported to the Treehouse “wear house,” a location that foster kids can visit to “shop” up to five times per year.
Local students make UW dean’s list Local students were named to the University of
Principal From Page 12 port, deepen and further encourage quality collaboration, trust and engagement among the whole learning community.” Thiele said Mellish is a dedicated educator, leader and skilled administrator.
Washington’s dean’s list for the 2014 winter quarter. Newcastle: Tyler Bauer, Joseph Becker, Roland Deex, Daniel Elworth, Stacey Hurwitz, Dylane Jacobs, Nathanael Jones, Joanne Kim, Rebecca Lau, Jason Lee, Stephanie Lee, Brian Luu, Jordan Metz, Jacob Morrison, Lauren Mortier, Brandon Nguyen, Natalie Nichols, Jonathan Pendleton, Dragos Puscalau, Tia Riley, Nathanael Rollins, Lydia Sim, Haley Strandberg, Rebecca Stusser, Nathan Tat, Ky To, Nicholas Turner, Shayna Waldbaum, James Wang and Stephanie Yea. “One of his strengths is working with staff and parents in promoting a culture of collaboration to develop a dynamic educational environment for students and staff alike,” Thiele said. Mellish replaces outgoing Principal Marla Newton. Newton left at the end of the school year to take a job as a principal at a Federal Way School District elementary school.
Book From Page 12 really fun to support him in this journey, and then to be able to have my kids learn alongside him,” Schutter said. Each student created at least one page of the book, complete with illustrations and text. Spencer would visit the class to read some of his Nozzlehead books and help them come up with ideas. The picture book looks and feels like any you’d see in a local library, which caught her students by surprise when they saw it for the first time, Schutter said. Most
thought their teacher would just staple the pages together into a makeshift creation. The first-graders read aloud their book in front of parents, Hazelwood staff and Renton School District Superintendent Merri Rieger on June 16. Spencer was there to introduce the new authors, and watch as they held the book in their hands for the first time. “I remember my first book when that came out, and seeing them and hearing them and watching them, it’s as exciting as me seeing my first book,” Spencer said. “I really felt their excitement and I got to relive a little of mine.”
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MOVIN’ TO MOVIES & MUSICALS Cornerstone Studio’s annual dance recital June 22 revolved around ‘Movies and Musicals,’ at the Newport High School Performing Arts Center. Three shows featured two-dozen dance, ballet and tap numbers representing the music genres from classic and pop to hip hop and rock.
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Ten students in the Hip Hop 4 class perform ‘Funky Panther,’ to a mix of music from the movie ‘The Pink Panther.’ At far right, students from the Tap 2 class perform the tap dance piece ‘Spiderman’ to music from the movie ‘SpiderMan.’
At left, former students Michael and Emma Mason give a guest performance ‘Selfie’ to music by the Chainsmokers. Above, dads and their daughters perform the finale ‘Rocky,’ to a music mix by Bill Conti, Survivor, Michael Buffer and LL Cool J from the movie ‘Rocky.’
Above, guest performer Orville Zharoff lifts instructor Lynelle Vandenbos in an homage to ‘The Matrix.’ Below, girls in the Creative Moment 2 class perform the dance piece ‘Rainbow Connection’ to music sung by Kermit the Frog in ‘The Muppet Movie.’
Dancers in the Ballet 4 class perform ‘Sixteen Going On Seventeen,’ to music sung by Charmian Carr and Dan Truhitte in the Oscar-winning movie musical ‘The Sound of Music.’
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Local athletes, coaches make all-league teams Coaches in both the Seamount and KingCo 3A/2A conferences selected their all-league teams for the 2014 spring sports season.
Baseball KingCo 3A/2A First team: UT Lorin Archibald, senior, Liberty Honorable mention: Liberty — Chase Vanek, Tyler Haselman, Michael Heath and Torey Anderson Seamount First team: OF J Crosby, senior, Hazen and P Ryan Gayte, junior, Hazen
Second team: 2B Isaiah Potter, senior, Hazen; 3B Drew Harka, senior, Hazen; and SS Zack Hill, senior, Hazen Honorable mention: Hazen — Eli Azcueta, Ryan Gayte, Drew Santana and Mitchell Hard
Boys soccer KingCo 3A/2A Most Valuable Player: Colton Ronk, senior, Liberty Coach of the Year: Darren Tremblay, Liberty First team: F Tyler Jensen, junior, Liberty; M Colton Ronk, senior,
Liberty; and D Tyler Wray, sophomore, Liberty Second team: M Antonio Lago, senior, Liberty and GK Quinn Magendanz, junior, Liberty Honorable mention: Liberty — Michael DuVall, Ryan Graham, Leoul Hancock, and Jacob Campuzano. Seamount First team: MF Ryan Wong, senior, Hazen and D Hector Cervantes, sophomore, Hazen Second team: MF Reyes Garcia, sophomore, Hazen and D Kyle Bunnell, senior, Hazen Honorable mention:
Hazen — Isaiah Blount, Ethan Kem and Jaime Martinez
Softball KingCo 3A/2A First team: SS Liza Van Camp, Liberty Second team: P Sydney Hopper, Liberty and 3B Olivia Kutzke, Liberty Honorable mention: Liberty — Jenny Walker, Ashley Knox, Maddy O’Connor and Bree Olsen Seamount Coach of the Year: Kurtis Brandel, Hazen First team: 1B Julie
Johnson, senior, Hazen; SS Shelby Sturman, senior, Hazen; 3B Isabel Teppner, junior, Hazen; and OF Tiana Campbell, senior, Hazen Second team: P Monica Cleary, sophomore, Hazen Honorable mention: Hazen — Kristina Holm, Kiley Jo Seevers and Rachel Platin
Track and field Seamount — Boys First team: 100H Ben Tuazon, Hazen and LJ Bahari Watkins, Hazen Seamount — Girls League champions:
Hazen Coach of the Year: Shannon Rance, Hazen First team: 100H Elaine Nguyen, Hazen; 800 Kate Lilly, Hazen; 1600 Sarah Hart, Hazen; and TJ Michelle Lilly, Hazen
Tennis Seamount First team: Misa Takami, Hazen and Elise Wong, Hazen Second team: Ashley Hwang, Hazen Honorable mention: Hazen — Kitty Ling, Catherine Lin, Kelly Lo and Naima Shaltu
an undefeated season. Passionate about giving back, Strode volunteers for Athletes for Kids, a communitybased service group that pairs prep student-athletes with special-needs children in the state. Strode will attend the University of Southern California in the fall as a Trustee Scholar. He is the third generation of his family to “fight on” at USC.
Liberty Rugby sends two on New Zealand exchange By Christina Corrales-Toy The Liberty Rugby Football Club has done a more than solid job of building a local following for the international sport, but try as it might, the enthusiasm pales in comparison to that seen in New Zealand. That’s why the club is sending two of its players on a once-in-a-lifetime exchange to the country that literally lives and breathes rugby. “It’s the hot bed of rugby,” Liberty rugby coach Jeff Candler said. “It’s going to be eye opening. We have a pretty strong rugby culture at Liberty, but they have it throughout the entire country.” Noah Wright, an incoming ninth-grader at Liberty High School, and Keegan Stuver, entering 10th grade at Kent-Meridian High School, left for New Zealand at the end of May. The boys will attend Trident High School, where they’ll train alongside athletes who have played the sport their entire lives. Wright said he expects a strict regiment of ruby, school and training in his three months overseas, but he’s excited to learn from the best.
“I’m kind of nervous because rugby over there is way different,” he said prior to leaving. “Their skills are more honed than they are here. American rugby is more individual, while rugby in New Zealand is more teamoriented.” Coaches chose Wright and Stuver for the opportunity because both display a lot of promise, Candler said. They also have supportive families that appreciate the exchange enough to allow their boys to leave home for three months. Rugby runs in the family for both boys. Stuver’s father played with Candler back in the day, while Wright’s brother Ian, a 2013 Liberty High School graduate, played with the USA Rugby High School All-Americans last year. “These two are the captains of their team,” Candler said of Wright and Stuver. “Noah has been playing a long time and has shown such an eagerness to learn and get better. Both of them have the right physical and mental attitude, too.” Stuver said coaches have told him that New Zealand children “basically come out of the womb carrying a rugby ball,” and it’s as
Contributed Photos by Scott Wright
Above, Liberty Rugby Football Club player Keegan Stuver (left) lunges toward the ball carrier in a local match earlier this year. At left, Liberty Rugby Football Club player Noah Wright, a Maywood Middle School student, carries the ball across the pitch.
much, or more, a part of the culture, as football is to Americans. New Zealand won the very first Rugby World Cup, held in 1987. The country also won the most recent one, in 2011. The next one is schedule for 2015 in England. “There’s no better place in the world to learn about rugby,” Stuver said. “They’re the smartest rugby players on earth.”
Wright and Stuver will return home at the end of August with, they hope, a sharpened repertoire of skills, and an even finer appreciation for the sport. “It’s really a unique opportunity,” Candler said. “You don’t see a lot of guys from our side going down there, at least at that age. The gains we’ll get as a team, and they’ll get individually, are just immeasurable.”
Newcastle resident Bradley Strode stands for the national anthem alongside his Eastside Catholic High School lacrosse team.
Newcastle resident earns all-academic lacrosse honors
Newcastle resident Bradley Strode was named to U.S. Lacrosse’s Academic All-American team for his 3.98 grade point average. Strode, a defenseman on the Eastside Catholic lacrosse team, was a salutatorian and served as a leadership officer all four years, including in the roles of junior and senior class president. A two-sport student athlete for the Crusaders, Strode lettered all four years in wrestling, advanced to the state wrestling tournament as a sophomore and was a statetournament alternate as a senior. In lacrosse, the defender suited up for 14 games this spring, helping the Crusaders to
Hazen’s Joe Glaefke plays in East/West all-star game Hazen High School football star Joe Glaefke represented the Highlanders at the 2014 East vs. West All-State Game on June 27. The rosters consisted of graduated seniors from 3A and 4A schools across the state, with teams split by region. Glaefke, a linebacker, played on the West team, alongside players from high schools such as Skyline, Mount Si, Eastlake and Mercer Island. The Hazen linebacker earned first team All-Seamount honors in his senior season under head coach Drew Oliver. Glaefke and Hazen teammate Quadir Griffin will continue their careers with the Everett Red Raiders junior college football team. The game’s results were not available at press time.
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John McLeod, a 2010 Liberty High School graduate playing at Wake Forest University, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles June 7 in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. McLeod was chosen in the 21st round with the 631st overall pick. The redshirt junior, a lefthanded pitcher, struck out 48 batters in 58 innings for Wake Forest in 2014. He finished with a 5-2 record and a 2.33 ERA in 10 starts, successfully returning to the Demon Deacons’ staff after an injury sidelined him for the 2013 season. McLeod was one of
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Local athletes make all-state team
Liberty High School midfielder Colton Ronk added another postseason honor to his arsenal. Ronk, a now-graduated senior, was named to the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association AllState 2014 Spring Soccer First Team. The midfielder was a key reason the Patriots won the KingCo 3A/2A
regular-season soccer title for the second straight year. Ronk recorded nine goals and seven assists for Liberty. He’ll continue his career at Highline College. Hazen’s sophomore defender Hector Cervantes was named to the Second Team. Cervantes was the only underclassman in the 3A classification to make the list. “Congratulations to our Hector Cervantes for making second team as defender,” Hazen coach Ken Matthews wrote in an email. “Hector is one of the guys Hazen can be proud of — he has a 3.35 GPA, I don’t write too many detentions for him and from what I hear, a pretty solid citizen in the classroom.”
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