Applause - July 4, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Ryan Short
While most junior high students were sleeping in on Saturday mornings this spring, Ryan Short, 13, was up early and at the Hollywood Hill Saddle Club Arena in Woodinville by 7:30 a.m., warming up both his vocal cords and his trumpet. The son of Mary and Andrew Short of Bothell, Ryan not only is the announcer for the horse shows May through August, but he also plays the national anthem on his trumpet at the beginning of the show.

"There was a scratchy old tape recording I was supposed to play on a tape player while holding the microphone by the speaker," said Ryan. "I knew I could play my trumpet better than that." He asks the audience to rise and face the arena’s flag and then plays "The Star-Spangled Banner" from the balcony of the announcer’s shack. Ryan is a student at Canyon Park Junior High where he just finished the 7th grade.

Back in the announcer’s chair, Ryan calls for the first class of horses and riders to enter the arena. Ryan will continue as announcer this summer at the Hollywood Hill Arena (next show is July 9), as well as working on the adult-level black belt in his Kung Fu class. Other summer plans include a horseback trip with grandpa and re-reading all 4,100 pages of the Harry Potter book series. "That’s only 60 pages a day," said Ryan, "which I can easily do."

As for the future, he’s thinking about a master’s degree in engineering or computer science.

Rebecca L. Dash, of Mill Creek, received a degree from Clark University May 22. Dash graduated with a master of arts degree in history.

The following students earned degrees from Missouri University of Science and Technology:

• Marie Aimee Karumuhinzi of Mill Creek earned a graduate certificate in engineering mechanics.

• Joshua Karadan Bock of Bothell earned a master of science degree in system engineering.

• Benjamin Walter Kroeter of Woodinville earned a master of science degree in system engineering .

Naomi Rowden of Woodinville has graduated from the University of Oregon Law School. She has earned a masters of conflict and dispute resolution and a doctor of jurisprudence degree. Her focus has been in environmental law and tribal law. She will be taking the Washington State Bar exam in July. Naomi was also selected for the Presidential Management Fellowship with the U.S. federal government. She will start work in August for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.

Junior golfers Oliver Rudnicki, 17, and Lyle Rudnicki, 17, of Woodinville are heading to Pebble Beach for the Nature Valley First Tee Open July 8-10. The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is an official Champions Tour tournament that pairs 78 junior golfers with 78 professionals. The tournament will take place on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course and will be televised nationally on Golf Channel.

Evan Stoll of Woodinville graduated from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business with a focus in finance on June 11, 2011. He was a graduate of Woodinville High School in 2007.

Brendan M. McOmber, of Bothell, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester at the University of Vermont. McOmber is a first-year mathematics major.

Sean Tucker and Erika Teasley from Woodinville have been selected to participate in the 2011 DO-IT Scholars Program.Beginning July 12, new DO-IT Scholars will spend 10 days living on campus, participating in an intensive program designed to promote college and career success. The students will learn about challenging careers in fields such as technology, science, engineering and mathematics. Returning second year scholars will stay on campus for one week starting July 24.

Melissa Estabrook and Rep. Jamie Pedersen, District 43
Holy Names Academy freshman Melissa Estabrook of Woodinville recently served as a page on the floor of the House of Representatives Any student (aged 14-17) is eligible to serve as a legislative page in the state House or Senate, where for one week, they deliver messages for lawmakers and learn first-hand about the democratic process. If you know a student interested in serving as a page, contact local lawmakers.

The following area students were named to the University of Idaho spring 2011 dean’s list:

• Bothell — Brianna Louise Gualtieri, Dominic Emery Fatigati, Jonathon Maxxwell Forde

• Kenmore — Stephanie May Wamble, Craig Alan Kingsbury, Elizabeth Eileen Boyden, Brian Edward Frederiksen

• Woodinville — Jessica Helen Tatham, Traci Lee VonJouanne, Trace Benjamin Hobgood, Lauren Eileen Kramer

Western Washington University has identified the following as 2011 outstanding graduates:

Bothell —

• University Honors Program Outstanding Graduate Leeann Briscoe earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish. Briscoe is a graduate of Bothell High School and the daughter of Daryl and Terry Briscoe. After graduating, Briscoe plans to serve with an AmeriCorps program in the Federal Way Public School District while applying for graduate school to earn her master’s degree in school counseling.

• Theatre Arts Outstanding Graduate Joseph Wagner earned a bachelor of arts degree in theatre arts-lighting design. Wagner is a graduate of Bothell High School and has worked on 12 theatre productions at WWU, including seven as a lighting designer. Wagner has also designed a show at the Bellingham Theatre Guild as part of an internship. After graduating, Wagner plans to work on the tech crew at the new Snohomish School District Performing Arts Center before applying to graduate school for the fall of 2012 to continue his studies in lighting design.

Woodinville —

•Human services outstanding graduate Jennifer Hagedorn earned a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, in human services and a minor in sociology. The daughter of Tom and Linda Hagedorn of Woodinville, she’s a graduate of Woodinville High School. Hagedorn interned at several organizations including the Department of Corrections, Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center’s Adult Day Health program. She was also a Woodring College of Education peer mentor, and co-president of the Students for Social Change, which was Western’s Associated Students Service Club of the Year.

She worked closely with human services’ professors on a scholarly article that will be published soon.

This summer, she will be a unit director for a YMCA summer day camp. Then she’ll travel to Ghana for eight months as a public health intern for the Ghanaian government.

Kaaren Hatlen has been named to the Pacific Lutheran University dean’s list. Majoring in mathematics, she is a 2009 graduate of Woodinville High School and is the daughter of Mark and Mary Hatlen of Woodinville.

Kristina I. Markosova, a resident of Bothell, has recently been named to the dean’s list at Boston University for the spring semester.

Alia Anor Willingham of Mill Creek was among 3,967 students from Miami University who received degrees during spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 7 at Yager Stadium.Willingham received a bachelor of science degree in business (Cum Laude).

Amy auf der Springe of Bothell, was named to the dean’s list at Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance for the spring 2011 semester.

Woodinville resident Samuel Arthur Pomeroy,has been named to the dean’s academic honor list at Baylor University.

Loren Endsley of Duvall and Nathan Melton of Woodinville have been named to the 2011 spring term dean’s list at Eastern Oregon University.

Jessica Ahnert of Woodinville has received a master of arts in teaching, elementary education, from University of Northern Colorado.

Kristin J. Egbert, a resident of Woodinville, has recently been named to the dean’s list at Boston University for the spring semester.

Emily Parzybok of Woodinville has graduated cum laude from Boston College with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and biology.

Isaiah Caplan
As part of his school’s business development culminating project, Isaiah Caplan, 15, from Orting, Wash., decided to form a mock non-profit and sell concessions to raise money for the Northshore Wranglers.

So, quarters, dimes and nickels at a time the industrious teen raised over $220 in his business venture surpassing all expectations.

When his project concluded in June, while Isaiah received praise and high marks for both his idea and his success, he remains most proud of what his donation means to the Northshore Wranglers.

The money donated will support the Northshore Wranglers scholarship program.The Northshore Wranglers Special Recreation Program serves people of all ages with intellectual, cognitive and developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers.

Visit for information about the Wranglers program.

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