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Booster Club Tutta Bella Scholar Athlete Awards

The Tutta Bella Scholar Athlete Awards are given out at the end of each season (Fall, Winter, Spring) to one outstanding athlete in each sport who embodies leadership and success both athletically and academically.     

Tutta Bella, a Northwest restaurant chain, is dedicated to recognizing high school students who live in the community neighboring its restaurants. Tutta Bella in Issaquah, has committed to support this goal by acknowledging outstanding student athletes and their achievements.  At the end of each sports season, the Booster Club asked the coaches nominating worthy candidates. From these nominations the Booster Board selects and honors one student each of the season sports.  The recipient are given a Tutta Bella gift certificate along with recognition in the Issaquah Reporter, Booster Buzz, IHS enews and the Tutta Bella restaurant.

The following criteria are considered in the award selection:

    • Student is a senior  
    • Athlete shows leadership to the team
    • Athlete demonstrates good sportsmanship
    • Student is in strong academic standing (minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA)
    • Student is involved in the IHS Community in addition to their sport

 Nomination Form (Coaches Only) 

 


Congratulations to our Fall 2017-2018 WINNERS 

Click Here to see previous recipients

Fall 2017 Recipients 

Joey Jensen

 Congratulations to Joey Jensen, a senior at Issaquah High School.  He has been selected as a Tutta Bella Scholar Athlete by the Issaquah Booster Club and Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria!

Issaquah Assistant Basketball Coach, Jordan Humphrey, nominated Joey and writes, “Joey consistently shows up to practice with a positive attitude and ready to get better.  He is self-motivated on and off the court to continually perform at his highest level.  Joey’s hard work ethic showed every day in the drills which all paid off with success.”

Joey completed his 4th varsity season having earned most improved player 3 years in a row. (Freshman thru Junior) This year Joey continues to be a role model on the team, receiving the team award of TSU which stands for Toughness, Skilled, and Unselfishness.  This was the team motto for the year and Joey was the player who demonstrated all three at the highest level throughout the season.  Joey stood out in the district, making 2ndteam All-KingCo. 

In addition to basketball, 6’7" Joey is an accomplished Track star, this being his 4th year on varsity.  The spring of his junior year Joey competed and won both Shot Put and Discus at the district competition and went on to win 8th in Shotput with a PR of 50'4 and 4th in Discus at the State competition.  He currently holds the state record in both events after a PR in both events at his first track meet. 

Joey is an exemplary scholar athlete with an estimated GPA of 3.2.  His hard work and dedication have made him a shining example to represent Issaquah High School.  Joey plans to attend Washington State University and has his hopes to throw for the track team.  Congratulations, Joey, and best of luck in the future!

Brandon Leu

 Congratulations to Brandon Leu, a senior at Issaquah High School.  Brandon has been selected as a Tutta Bella Scholar Athlete by the Issaquah Booster Club and Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria!

Issaquah Head Swim Coach, Laura Halter, nominated Brandon and writes, “Brandon has been a varsity athlete on the Boys Swim and Dive Team all 4 years of High School. He has qualified for Kingco, Districts and State all 4 years and has made state finals all four years.  He has helped his team to 2 state records and an All –American Consideration Award in the Medley Relay. He is currently a member of all 3 relay records for Issaquah High. Brandon served as captain his senior year and was an outstanding leader in and out of the pool. His quiet style of leadership and dedication to his sport was a great example to all of his teammates and he was especially good at peer coaching the underclassmen in the pool.”

In addition to athletics, Brandon excels in school an estimated GPA of 3.67.  He is very involved at Issaquah High in Key Club and Sports medicine club.  Brandon served as the Vice-President of the Sports Medicine Club his junior year.

Brandon is also involved in the Issaquah community.  He has participated in Relay For Life for 4 years, volunteered at the Issaquah Food Bank, the local YMCA and Boys & Girls Club as summer camp counselor, and has been involved with Special Olympics Swimming in Washington, volunteering for 3 years.

Brandon is an exemplary scholar athlete.  His hard work and dedication have made him a shining example to represent Issaquah High School.  Brandon has been a huge asset to the Boys Swim and Dive program at Issaquah High for the past 4 years, he will truly be missed. Congratulations, Brandon, and best of luck in the future!

Claudia Longo

Congratulations to Claudia Longo, a senior at Issaquah High School.  She has been selected as a Tutta Bella Scholar Athlete by the Issaquah Booster Club and Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria!

Issaquah Girls Soccer coach, Tom Bunnell, nominated Claudia and writes, “Claudia is the kind of athlete teammates lean on in pressure situations. She is a different level of a leader.  Claudia has been a captain for two years, fights through injuries and is just positive all the time. Obviously everyone respects her leadership on the field. During the games she is always keeping her teammates up and creates fun things for them to be excited about. Claudia has gotten better every single year and she has zero ego. That is the thing that is so impressive. I have coached a lot of great kids at Issaquah and she is definitely one of the great ones.”

Claudia has excelled all four years playing at Issaquah.  As a sophomore midfielder in 2015, She helped the Eagles win the 2015 Class 4A girls soccer State Championship.  As a senior, Claudia was on the Star Times All-Area Team, was on the 1st Team 4A All State team, and won the United Soccer Coaches Award; All Region.  Claudia was also the 4th ever Issaquah Eagle to be named to the West Team for the Girls’ High School All-American Game in Orlando Florida. Max Preps ranked Claudia as 33 in Nation and 3rd in State.

Claudia is an exemplary scholar athlete with an impressive GPA of 3.99!  Her hard work and dedication have made her a shining example to represent Issaquah High School.  Claudia has committed to play collegiate soccer at the University of Washington next fall.  Congratulations, Claudia, and best of luck in the future!

Cole Chase

Congratulations to Cole Chase, a senior at Issaquah High School.  He has been selected as a Tutta Bella Scholar Athlete by the Issaquah Booster Club and Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria!

Issaquah Golf Coach, Tom Bakamas, nominated Cole and writes, “Cole has been a valuable member of the Issaquah High Golf Team from the first time he stepped on the course shooting a 1 under par score of 35 and  helping the team set a Kingco scoring record of 169 (11 under par). The last couple years he has taken the role of team leader on and off the course helping mold our team with his knowledge and understanding of the game.  He is respected throughout the league and a prime example of what you would want in an Issaquah High Athlete.”

Cole is truly an outstanding, 4-year varsity golfer.  He was named Most Improved Golfer his Sophomore year, and then Most Valuable and Team Captain his Senior Year.  Cole was also the Kingco and District Champion this year, shooting rounds of 70 and 66 for a 2-day total of 8 under par.  Not surprising, Cole earned a place on the 1st team All Kingco.

In addition to athletics, Cole is a top student, maintaining an estimates 3.64 GPA, while taking AP courses.  Cole also is a DECA member and student leader.  Cole is active in the community, volunteering at the Issaquah Food Bank – sorting food and stocking shelves, helping to cook at the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle, and even helping as a Teacher’s assistant at Grand Ridge Elementary School. 

Cole is an exemplary scholar athlete.  His hard work and dedication have made him a shining example to represent Issaquah High School.  Cole has an interest in Business and Finance and has made a verbal commitment to play D1 golf at Robert Morris University in Moon, PA. Congratulations, Cole, and best of luck in the future!

Glen Findlay

Congratulations to Glen Findlay, a senior at Issaquah High School.  He has been selected as a Tutta Bella Scholar Athlete by the Issaquah Booster Club and Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria!

Issaquah Football Coach, Buddy Bland, nominated Glen and writes, “Glen leads by example by being the hardest working player on the field and in the classroom.  He is an excellent role model as he makes the often tough decision to live a high character and moral life. He is not only a tremendous football player, he is an exceptional student and a loyal servant to our school and local community.”

Glen is a leader, serving as Team Captain in 2017. Glenn’s senior year recognitions showcased his achievements in football, winning Dillon S. Reagan “Hammer Award” Offensive Lineman MVP, receiving All Kingco Honorable Mention –Defensive End, and was a nominee for the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award.  Glen also gave to the football community as a volunteer for Issaquah Youth Football.  Glen did all this while maintaining an estimated 3.695 GPA.  He earned 3 Varsity Letters from Issaquah High School Football and 4 student recognition awards from Issaquah High School. He has been appointed “Patrol Leader” in the Marines Reserves Pool Training.  Currently his GPA is 3.69 and he volunteers 5-10 hours a week at the Issaquah Food Bank.

Glen is an exemplary scholar athlete.  His hard work and dedication have made him a shining example to represent Issaquah High School. Post high school Glen is going to participate in the NROTC program in college and is going to serve in the United States Marine Corps.  Congratulations, Glen, and best of luck in the future!

Kenna Clawson

Congratulations to Kenna Clawson, a senior at Issaquah High School.  She has been selected as a Tutta Bella Scholar Athlete by the Issaquah Booster Club and Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria!

Issaquah Cross Country coach, Gwen Robertson, nominated Kenna and writes, “Kenna is one of this year’s cross country team captains, Kenna is a tremendous competitor having competed at 4 State cross country championships and two State track championships. She leads as much by example as she does by passing on her knowledge and encouragement to her teammates. Kenna’s positive “can do” attitude permeates the team.”

Kenna has been involved in Cross Country for four years and Track for three years. She is a two-time team captain, All-State cross country all four years; 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade, placing in the top 10 the last 3 years. Kenna was also a three-time Border Clash invitee, top runner on the 2016 State Championship Team, and placed in the top 50 at the Nike Cross National Regional Championships 3 years in a row. In track, Kenna has qualified for State Championship in the 3200 in 10th and 11th grade, placing in the top 10.

Kenna is a seven-time scholar athlete with a GPA of 3.79.  In addition to athletics, Kenna is a role model in the community, serving as a mentor for Athletes of Kids, and Director of Communications for Strong4Sam.  She has also been a member of the National Honor Society since 2016 for maintaining a GPA higher than 3.75.

Kenna is an exemplary scholar athlete.  Her hard work and dedication have made her a shining example to represent Issaquah High School.  And, recently, her hard work has paid off as she has committed to University of California, Berkeley to continue her cross country and track career. Congratulations, Kenna, and best of luck in the future!

Kate Tuohy

Congratulations to Kate Tuohy, a senior at Issaquah High School.  She has been selected as a Tutta Bella Scholar Athlete by the Issaquah Booster Club and Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria!

Issaquah’s Girls Swim and Dive coach, Laura Halter, nominated Kate and writes, “Kate has been a member of the Girls Swim and Dive Team all 4 years of her High School career. She served as a captain for her team her senior year.  Kate has been a very positive influence as a team member and as a leader. She leads by example in and out of the pool.  She is quick to take initiative and great at keeping everyone focused and working hard.  Acting as a “Big Sister” to the incoming freshman she made everyone feel part of the team. Her infectious smile and quick wit keeps everyone smiling!”  With over 3.75 GPA, Kate is an exemplary student and was also recognized as a Kingco Scholar Athlete. 

Outside of the swim team, Kate is a great leader in many other ways.  She serves as the secretary to the ASB , represented her class to the school council as a junior and served on the Eagle Crew.  She is also involved in the Women in Science and Engineering Club.

Kate also works for the ACE mentorship Program and does volunteer work for the Issaquah Food bank in their bookshelf program.  She also serves on the Traffic Court at HIS and volunteers for the Washington Trails Association.

Kate is an exemplary scholar athlete.  She is a wonderful representation of Issaquah High School spirit, sportsmanship and dedication. Kate has been an amazing asset to the Girls Swim and Dive program for 4 years and she will truly be missed next year!  Her hard work and dedication have made her a shining example to represent Issaquah High School.  Congratulations, Kate, and best of luck in the future!

 Luke George

Congratulations to Luke George, a senior at Issaquah High School.  He has been selected as a Tutta Bella Scholar Athlete by the Issaquah Booster Club and Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria!

Issaquah Cross Country coach, Gwen Robertson, nominated Luke and writes, “Luke has a great running talent and he is learning to become a tremendous racer. He works hard throughout the year both in season and out of season. His daily enthusiasm is contagious and his positive outlook helps everyone around him. He sets a great example for his teammates with his work ethic and racing abilities.”

Luke has been involved in Cross Country for four years and Track for three years. Starting strong, as a freshman Luke was 2014 Student Athlete of the Year.  He was team captain in both Cross Country and Track, ran on the 2017 All-State cross country team, an invitee to the 2017 Border Clash, four-time State qualifier in cross country and once in track, and has been All-Kingco and All-District in both cross country and track.  If that was not enough, Luke also is a school record holder for Cross Country.

Luke’s athletic accomplishments reached beyond Washington State.  Last summer he was a silver medalist in the 800 meter and 1500 meter at the 2017Junior Olympic National Meet in Lawrence Kansas.  This spring he was awarded the Pacific Northwest Regional USATF Track Athlete of the Year award.  

Luke is a six-time scholar athlete with an estimated GPA of 3.6.  In addition to athletics, Luke is a role model as a member of ASB.  

Luke is an exemplary scholar athlete.  His hard work and dedication have made him a shining example to represent Issaquah High School. Luke has committed to Track & Field at University of Oklahoma.  Congratulations, Luke, and best of luck in the future!