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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

Special Olympics:  The Booster Club is a cheer leader for all our students at Issaquah High School.  including those with intellectual disabilities. A more unique set of criteria is used to evaluate these amazing kiddos.  

Nomination Form (Coaches Only)

 


Congratulations to our 2018-2019 WINNERS 

click here to see recipients in previous years 

FALL 2018 Recipients

Katie Sanders ~ Girls Soccer

Congratulations to Katie Sanders, 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, Kyle Tatro, nominated Katie and writes, “Katie is a standout player and leader on the girls’ soccer team, but even more impressive is her commitment to and achievements in the classroom. This year, Katie was one of the captains of the team and showed incredible leadership both on and off the field. She has been instrumental in the continued success of the girls’ soccer program, but has never lost sight of the importance of her academics. Katie is the ideal representative for girls soccer at IHS and truly is the epitome of scholar athlete!”

Katie has excelled all four years playing at Issaquah.  As a sophomore she was IHS Defensive Player of the Year and KingCo Honorable mention. As a junior she helped lead the IHS girls to a State Championship and was again the defensive player of the year.  Katie was chosen as Team Captain for her Senior Season and chosen to wear the honorary #9 jersey which has a storied history at IHS! She was also 1stteam All-KingCo 2018.

Katie is an exemplary scholar athlete with an impressive GPA of 4.0!  She has been recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar. Katie also is a part of Eagle Crew and National Honor Society at IHS as well as being a VOICE Mentor. Her hard work and dedication have made her a shining example to represent Issaquah High School.  Congratulations, Katie, and best of luck in the future!

Richard Jia ~ Boys Tennis

Congratulations to Richard Jia, 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 Boys Tennis Coach, Patrick Nam, nominated Richard and writes, “I’m nominating Richard for the Tutta Bella scholar athlete award for his outstanding service to the boys’ tennis team the past two years I’ve been head coach for the team. Richard has been a model sportsman on and off the court with his demeanor and positivity. Richard has found great success on the tennis court and has not faced defeat often, but he treats wins or losses with the same grace and poise. As a senior captain on the boys team, he has been a model leader to the underclassmen and helped serve them whenever called upon. Richard has always been in good standing in academics or otherwise concerning his eligibility on the team and I never worried he would be out of line any time during the season. While I don’t see him in the classroom, I know he has taken the challenge of suffering throughout a great number of AP classes. Richard sets his sights high and aims to be  a better person every day.”

Richard is truly an outstanding, 4-year varsity tennis player.  He was the Boys Tennis Captain his senior year.  He has participated in the Junior Statesmen of America Club and the Physics Club. As well as volunteering as a tennis coach at the Columbia Athletic Club.

In addition to athletics, Richard is a top student, maintaining an estimated 3.30 GPA, while taking at least 9 AP classes and receiving a distinguished AP Student Award.

Richard is an exemplary scholar athlete.  His hard work and dedication have made him a shining example to represent Issaquah High School. Congratulations, Richard, and best of luck in the future!

Claire Hyun ~ Girls Volleyball

Congratulations to Claire Hyun, 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 Volleyball coach, Amanda Sewell, nominated Claire and writes, “Claire is a true definition of a student athlete. While she continually excels at the sport she loves, volleyball, she also is dominating in the classroom. Claire is a wonderful teammate who is driven with an amazing work ethic and makes those around her better.”

Claire has been on Varsity volleyball for 3 years and has played club volleyball since 2012. While on varsity at IHS Claire was honorable mention All Kingco League 2018. She has won many awards and championships in her club volleyball as well.  She has received the Big Heart Award for earning over 30 hours of community service in 2016-2018,  and has been a valued volunteer at many local charities for holiday events benefitting families in need. 

Claire is an exemplary scholar athlete with an impressive GPA of 3.9!  Her hard work and dedication have made her a shining example to represent Issaquah High School. Claire has verbally committed to play volleyball for the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. She plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and will earn a U.S. Coast Guard license and an officer’s commission in the U.S. Armed Forces. Congratulations, Claire, and best of luck in the future!

Katie Riley~Girls Cross Country

Congratulations to Katie Riley, 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 Katie and writes, “Katie is a four-time competitor at the state cross country championships. She earned All-State Honors in 2016, the same year she was on the 4A State Championship Cross Country Team. Her effort helped the team win the title. Katie has also competed on the 1600 relay team at the state track championships. As a senior Katie was voted as team captain by her teammates. She is a quiet leader that cares about all of the girls on the team. Katie is a team player who helps her teammates become the best runners they can be.”

Katie has been on Varsity Cross Country for 4 years and Track for 3 years. She has All-Kingco and All-State honors in Cross country and is team Captain.  Katie is a seven-time scholar athlete with a GPA of 3.89.  In addition to athletics, Katie is a role model in the community, volunteering with the Issaquah Gliders programs, Chicken Soup Brigade, she is also a mentor for Athletes for kids and served as a program aide at the Issaquah Girl Scout Youth Day Camp. Katie was a member of the National Honor Society her Junior year and received an IHS Award of Excellence for Achievement in Language Arts.

Katie is an exemplary scholar athlete.  Her hard work and dedication have made her a shining example to represent Issaquah High School. Katie has signed a letter of intent to study and run cross country and track at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Congratulations, Katie, and best of luck in the future!

Allen Aby ~ Boys Cross Country

Congratulations to Allen Aby, 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 Allen and writes, “Allen is a remarkable student and athlete. His way of leading others is to always care about everyone and volunteer for the least ‘fun jobs’ in order to inspire others to work together. He sees his leadership role as being a servant to others. His goal is to encourage a culture of encouragement and support within the team. Allen works very hard as an athlete and a student. He loves learning and pushing himself to get better every day.”

Allen has been involved in Cross Country for four years and Track for three years. He is a 3-time state championship qualifier and 4 year scholar athlete and was team captain.

Allen is a is valued community member volunteering at Grand Ridge Elementary, on the Issaquah highlands Youth Advisory Board and coach for PCMS math club as well as a Relay for Life participant.  He also is a link crew leader and national honor society club president as well as a member of the Code Club and Issaquah Aerospace Initiative Club. He is a National AP Scholar and has maintained a GPA of 3.99 while completing 12 AP courses.  

Allen is an exemplary scholar athlete.  His hard work and dedication have made him a shining example to represent Issaquah High School. Congratulations, Allen, and best of luck in the future!

Alyssa Helgesen ~ Girls Swim & Dive

Congratulations to Alyssa Helgesen, 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 Alyssa and writes, “Alyssa is an excellent leader for her Issy girls swim and dive team. She is extremely organized and keeps everyone well informed. She leads by example in and out of the pool, always giving 100% for the team in her workouts and her performance in competition. She always displays great sportsmanship and is an example to her underclass teammates. She is at all times kind and cheerful, and keeps her teammates laughing with her great sense of humor. Alyssa qualified for state all 4 years swimming in high school and was Captain of the team her senior year.  She will be truly missed next year.”

Alyssa is also a wonderful student, maintaining a GPA of 3.614 while also being very involved in other school activities such as ASB, DECA and SIFF club. Alysssa also volunteers for Relay for Life and Cycle the Wave as well as Rustic Pathways. 

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

Jack Porter ~ Football

Congratulations to Jack Porter, 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 Jack and writes, “Jack is a truly remarkable young man who was one of the most loyal, dependable and committed student athletes on our football team.  He was an excellent role model who demonstrated a teachable spirit, accountability, mental toughness and a team first mentality. Jack played offensive tackle for our varsity football team. He was the starter in many games and the number one backup in others, yet whether backup or starter, his positive demeanor and outstanding effort level never waivered throughout the season..”

Jack is a leader on and off the field.  He gave to the football community as a volunteer for Issaquah Youth Football and the Special Olympics as well as working with DECA and the goodwill truck .  Jack has done all of this while maintaining an estimated 3.2 GPA.  

Jack is an exemplary scholar athlete.  His hard work and dedication have made him a shining example to represent Issaquah High School. Congratulations, Jack, and best of luck in the future!

Ryan Barrett ~ Boys Golf

Congratulations to Ryan Barrett, 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 Ryan and writes, “Ryan has been on the golf team for 4 years, the last 3 as a varsity player. He was voted most inspirational by his teammates the last 2 years and voted captain by his coach this year. He represented IHS at Kingco and was one of the only two who made it through to Districts. His willingness to help younger golfers was a valuable asset to the team.”

In addition to athletics, Ryan is a top student, maintaining an estimated 3.2 GPA, while taking multiple AP courses.  Ryan is active in the community volunteering at First Tee teaching young golfers the sport. He works at Snoqualmie Ridge Golf course. Ryan also volunteers with the National League of Young Men

Ryan is an exemplary scholar athlete.  His hard work and dedication have made him a shining example to represent Issaquah High School. Congratulations, Ryan, and best of luck in the future!

   

Last year, 2017-2018, the Booster Club awarded 16 Seniors as Scholar Athletes.  Coaches nominate players at the end of each season for this prestigious award. Click Here to see previous recipients.