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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. Since 2009, 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)

Be sure to visit Tutta Bella at 715 NW Gilman in Issaquah! 


Congratulations to our 2019-2020 WINNERS 

click here to see recipients in previous years 

Torin Carmichael ~ Boys' Cross Country

Congratulations to Torin Carmichael, 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 Torin and writes, “Torin has competed on the Cross Country team all 4 years of high school. He never misses practice and comes with the intent to do the proper training. Torin was instrumental in leading the summer training group and has stepped up as a leader this year. Torin is one the coaches can count on to give us honest feedback and he truly cares about all his teammates.”

Torin has excelled all four years participating in varsity cross country at Issaquah High.  He reached the state championship competition one year. He also participated in varsity track and field 3 years where he earned the most improved athlete award.

Torin is an exemplary scholar athlete with an impressive GPA of 3.48 while taking numerous AP classes.  He has also been an active member of the concert and marching band at IHS for 2 years.  Other community activities include participating in a Youthworks mission trip in Blackfeet Nation and is a two-time participant in Idaho Servant Adventures mission trips. His success has made him a shining example to represent Issaquah High School.  Congratulations, Torin, and best of luck in the future!

Maya Patton ~ Volleyball

Congratulations to Maya Patton, 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 Volleyball Coach, Tami Reese, nominated Maya and writes, “Maya has been a great leader for our volleyball team. She is fun to coach and loves the game. She wants to win and is a very hard worker. Maya cares about everyone in the volleyball program. Maya is a great girl, she loves making new friends, she is a caring, passionate person and a leader on the team.” 

Maya has excelled all four years participating in Volleyball at Issaquah High.  She has earned awards for Empathy and Compassion in volleyball.  She also played in the State Volleyball qualifier last year. Maya is the team captain this year.

Maya is an exemplary scholar athlete with an impressive GPA of 3.5 while enrolling in multiple AP courses.  She has also been enrolled in the Sports Medicine Program.  Other community activities include participating in Young Life. Her hard work and dedication have helped her earn a spot at Seattle University where she will be playing volleyball next year. Her success has made her a shining example to represent Issaquah High School.  Congratulations, Maya, and best of luck in the future!

Swathi Padmanabhan ~ Girls' Cross Country

Congratulations to Swathi Padmanabhan, 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 Swathi and writes, “Swathi has participated and contributed to the Cross Country team at Issaquah High school for four years. She is a reliable and consistent performer. Swathi has quietly helped many of the younger athletes on the team understand what the sport is about. She cares about all of her teammates and has a positive impact on the girls team.”

Swathi has excelled all four years participating on the Cross Country Team at Issaquah High.  She has also been on the Varsity Track Team for 3 years. She has been a Scholar Athlete every season and was on the State Cross country team. 

Swathi is an exemplary scholar athlete with an impressive GPA of 3.87 while enrolling in multiple AP courses.  Other community activities include being on the Teen Leadership Board and participating in the Relay for Life. As well as, volunteering at the YMCA, Mountains to Sound greenway, Issaquah Food Bank and Alps Trail club. Her success has made her a shining example to represent Issaquah High School.  Congratulations, Swathi, and best of luck in the future!

Jack Githens ~ Football

Congratulations to Jack Githens, 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, Josh Brookshire, nominated Jack and writes, “Jack is a leader within the program, an excellent student and a leader within the school community. Jack is the at-large member of the football leadership council and was selected by his teammates and the coaching staff as the overall best leader within the team.”

Jack has excelled all four years participating in football at Issaquah High.  He also has played baseball and Swim and Dive 3 years.  He has been recognized as a scholar athlete every year.

Jack is an exemplary scholar athlete with an impressive GPA of 3.7. He is currently the ASB President of Issaquah High and participates in DECA.  Other community activities include working with Issaquah youth football as referee and in concessions on the weekends. His success has made him a shining example to represent Issaquah High School.  Congratulations, Jack, and best of luck in the future!

Sydney Wan ~ Girls' Swim & Dive

Congratulations to Sydney Wan, 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 Swim and Dive Coach, Laura Halter, nominated Sydney and writes, “Sydney has served as the captain of her team her senior year and has been instrumental in fostering team spirit and sportsmanship for 90 girls this past fall, as well as keeping all the social aspects of the team well organized. Sydney leads by example in and out of the pool always giving 100 percent in her workouts and in her competitions. Sydney is such a positive role model, friend and peer to her teammates. She has done peer coaching and is always willing to help any of the coaches whenever possible. She has been the communications liaison for the coaches and swimmers this past year, always making sure everyone has all the information that they need. Sydney is a true example of a Scholar Athlete and represents her school and her sport with pride and enthusiasm, she will truly be missed next year.”

Sydney has been an athlete on the Issaquah Girls Swim and Dive team for 4 years.  She has been a Varsity letter winner each of those years.  She has also qualified for Kingco, Districts and State every year so far. She received the Freshman award 3 years ago.

Sydney is an exemplary scholar athlete with an impressive GPA of 4.0 while enrolling in multiple AP courses.  She is a National Merit Commended student and has earned recognition awards in Math, AP English and Graphic Design. She has served the Key Club as both Treasurer and President.  She is also involved in the National Honor Society serving as Vice President of Communications as well as contributing to Eagle Crew as a member and group leader. In other community activities Sydney is a very accomplished swim instructor and lifeguard teaching the youth of our community at both Boehm pool and at the Edgebrook Swim and Tennis Club. Her success has made her a shining example to represent Issaquah High School.  Congratulations, Sydney, and best of luck in the future! 

Erik Tseng ~ Boys' Tennis

Congratulations to Erik Tseng, 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, Nico Hakes, nominated Erik and writes, “Erik was selected as a Captain for the Varsity Tennis team among other varsity team members unanimously during the beginning of the season. He has shown a quiet, but invaluable leadership role keeping the team focused on the same goal. He is willing to sacrifice personal reward for the betterment of the team and is always willing to put forward maximum effort. He learns from errors, shows true class, sportsmanship and persistence in all aspects of the game.” The coach also added “I believe his willingness to sacrifice for the whole team and work with new Varsity players is admirable.”

Erik has excelled all four years participating in Tennis at Issaquah High.  He Placed second in boys doubles in 4A KingCo Championships in October 2019 and qualified for the 4A State Championships in May 2020.      

Erik is an exemplary scholar athlete with an impressive GPA of 3.78.  Other community activities include volunteering to teach tennis to kids in group lessons at the Edgebrook Swim and Tennis Club.  He has earned The President’s Volunteer Service Award (Gold). His success has made him a shining example to represent Issaquah High School.  Congratulations, Erik, and best of luck in the future!

 Wyatt Bevill ~ Boys' Golf

Congratulations to Wyatt Bevill, 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 Golf Coach, Tom Bakamus, nominated Wyatt and writes, “Wyatt has shown a drive and determination during his playing days at Issaquah to not only improve his game but to help his teammates in any way possible to get the most out of their game. He is well respected around the league for not only his play but sportsmanship in the game. He is dependable, honest, a leader and great asset to the Issaquah High Golf Team.”

Wyatt has excelled all four years participating on the golf team at Issaquah High.  He was team captain for the 2019 season and honorable mention All Kingco.

Wyatt is an exemplary scholar athlete with an impressive GPA of 3.06.  He received the IHS Pillar Award based on character and drive for learning. He has also been a Washington State DECA finalist. Other community activities include participating in Issaquah EarthDay and working at the Newcastle Golf Course. Wyatt also runs his own company, B & B Lawn Care, marketing and maintaining lawns in the area. His success has made him a shining example to represent Issaquah High School.  Congratulations, Wyatt, and best of luck in the future!
 Claire Tylulki ~ Girls' Soccer 

Congratulations to Claire Tylutki, 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 Claire and writes, “Claire is a great player, teammate and better student. She is kind and compassionate and adds value to any community she is a member.

Claire has excelled all four years participating in soccer at Issaquah High.  She was named to the Kingco League team as a junior and senior. During her time playing for IHS she has earned coaches awards her freshman and sophomore years as well as offensive player of the year and most inspirational. 

Claire is an exemplary scholar athlete with an impressive GPA of 4.0 while enrolling in multiple AP courses.  She has been recognized by her teachers with 3 IHS Pillar Awards for integrity, leadership and work ethic. Other community activities include volunteering at the Salvation Army and playing soccer for ISC Gunners. Her success has made her a shining example to represent Issaquah High School.  Congratulations, Claire, and best of luck in the future!