Applause - May 30, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Ally Barrera has graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., with a degree in broadcast journalism. She was twice recognized as Pepperdine’s news reporter of the year. Ally is a 2007 graduate of Woodinville High School and the daughter of Jorge Barrera and Gail Neubert.

Kia Coddington of Woodinville was one of 15 new members selected for membership in Alpha Chi Honor Society at William Woods University.

Three Whittier College students have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Award to travel overseas for a 10-month time period to conduct research and/or teach English. Among the three is Kenmore native and political science major Thomas Elliott who will teach English and carry out a photography project in Brazil.

Elliott graduated cum laude with academic distinction in his major on May 13. As a 2010-11 Keck Undergraduate Fellow, he conducted fieldwork within an Aymara/Quechua community near La Paz, Bolivia. He divided his time doing archival research in the city and attending meetings, rituals and participating in the daily life of the community.

"I got to dance in rituals that have been practiced since before the conquest and had to speak three different languages while there (Spanish, Quechua and Aymara). I can hold my own in Quechua," said Elliott about his fieldwork experience.

Ashleigh Emmons of Bothell is one of seven William Woods University students who have been selected as new members of the national theatre honor society, Alpha Psi Omega.

The Business Development Center at the University of Washington Bothell awarded more than $20,000 at the final round of its inaugural Business Plan Competition Friday, May 6. The first prize went to Helpful Hints Wedding Planning, a business concept developed by UW Bothell undergraduates Angelica Lizak and Kelsey Allen of Everett, Shalee Clark of Lynnwood and Steven Fountain of Woodinville. The team received an $18,000 cash prize, as well as a scholarship to the Founder Institute.

Central Washington University senior second baseman Kelly Gau (Woodinville) won Great Northwest Athletic Conference baseball first-team honors.

Gau, who played both second base and shortstop over the course of the season, batted a team-best .364, which was third-best in the GNAC. He led the Wildcat offense in seven other statistical categories including on-base percentage (.415), runs scored (33), hits (52), stolen bases (12), steal attempts (14) and games played (43).

Ethan Jacobsen and Joel Schniederre of MY GOODNESS recently signed to the label Sarathan. Their national release was April 19 and already a song has been scooped up by Hollywood. Jacobsen grew up in Woodinville and Schnieder grew up in Bellevue. They both reside in Seattle at this time.

Maia Lavarias of Woodinville, a senior biology major at York College of Pennsylvania, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester.

"Aura," a film by Travis Salmi of Monroe, has been selected to screen at the 2011 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY, It was selected as one of 225 films from around the world that will be screened at this year’s festival. NFFTY is now the largest youth film festival in the world and includes films from directors 22 years of age and under, panels, workshops, and networking events.

Ryan Shelton of Woodinville was among more than 1,200 students to graduate from Mesa State College on May 15. Shelton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.


Christopher Somogyi, a senior at Connecticut College, was awarded the Jean V. Johnston Prize, which is given to the chemistry major who has contributed the most to the department. Somogyi was presented with the award at the annual Honors and Awards ceremony at Connecticut College. Somogyi, a 2007 graduate of Lakeside School, is the son of Aniko and Chris Somogyi of Woodinville.

The following area students made presentations at the 13th annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference:

Jenna Dumpit of Bothell presented "Outside America: A Qualitative Examination of the Family’s International Experience."

Eric Schmidt of Woodinville presented "Rights Through Blood, Power Through Bone."

Noah Lerner of Lake Forest Park presented "A Library for Masiyile: Determining the Relationship Between NGOs and Government Organizations."

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