Applause - November 3, 2014

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Woodinville resident Sophia Alecci, a student of Azusa Pacific University, served in ministry through the Center for Student Action during the summer in Peru.


Brian Carter Cellars Best in Show AwardBrian Carter CellarsBrian Carter Cellars is celebrating a distinctive trio of “Best in Show” awards. The 2009 Solesce, a Bordeaux-style red blend, was chosen from 942 wines as “Best of Competition” in the 19th annual Northwest Wine Summit. It also garnered the top honor from 256 wines as “Best in Show” in the 33rd annual Washington State Wine Competition.
The 2011 Opulento, a port-style dessert wine, was named “Best in Show,” selected from more than 150 wines at the first annual Seattle Wine and Food Experience wine awards.


Redhook Ale Brewery was one of five Washington businesses honored as “Safer Chemistry Champions” by the Washington Department of Ecology for their leadership in reducing the use of toxic chemicals and finding safer alternatives. Redhook replaced its steel bottling line with a plastic system, reducing its use of water and the surfactant used as a lubricant, cutting its use of antimicrobial disinfectants and eliminating the chemicals needed to treat wastewater.


Rob Pastorok of Woodinville received a grant for performing arts through Artist Trust’s 2014 Grants for Artist Projects. A total of $90,000 is granted to 60 awardees across Washington State in all artistic disciplines. The recipients will receive up to $1,500 each to further their work. The program also awards a one-month residency, made possible by a partnership with Centrum, located at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington.
Pastorok received 2014 GAP funding to expand the choreography for TRIBE-olution, which explores the origins of contemporary hip hop dance (originally “b-boying”) in traditional African, Brazilian and Asian performance arts. His GAP project focuses on expanding the choreography for TRIBE-olution through collaboration with Dora Oliveira of Show Brazil and Terrance Guillermo of the world champion Massive Monkees crew.

Student of the Month

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Student of the Month

Left to right: Woodinville High Principal Kurt Criscione; parents Sreekanth and Vani; October Student of the Month Amrutha Gujjar; Student of the Month Sponsor Carmin Dalziel, Northshore Schools Foundation; and Dave Witt, executive director of the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce.

Applause - October 27, 2014

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Ashleigh2014Ashleigh SteedmanAshleigh Steedman, an 11-year-old Woodinville resident, is cast in the upcoming Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker as a soldier in the Infantry.

A sixth grader at Bellevue Christian School, Ashleigh will be in 19 performances of the Nutcracker and continue in ballet classes four days a week.


Steven Scott of Bothell graduated from Eastern Oregon University during the 2013-14 academic year. Scott earned a BS degree in business administration.

Applause - October 20, 2014

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The following local students attending Central Washington University have qualified for the summer quarter 2014 honor roll.

Central undergraduate students who earn a 3.5 or better grade point average, on a 4.0 scale, while carrying at least 12 graded credit hours of study are eligible for the honor roll.


Applause - October 6, 2014

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Margaret Deleon, an employee at Ivar’s Seafood Bar in Bothell, was awarded the annual Ivar Haglund Scholarship, worth $1,500. This is the second year in a row the scholarship has been won by a crew member at the Bothell location.
Deleon, who is 18 years old and has proven to be a valuable member of the Ivar’s team during the last 14 months, graduated from Bothell High School and will attend the University of Washington next year to study sustainable engineering. It was her ability to balance a challenging curriculum, after-school sports, volunteer opportunities and work at Ivar’s that lead to Deleon’s selection as this year’s winner. As a well-rounded student and community member, Ivar’s is proud to help further her education through the Ivar Haglund Scholarship.


Kristin Rose, Inglemoor High School assistant principal, was named KingCo 4A league distinguished assistant principal for 2013-14 by the Washington Association of Secondary School Principals. The award honors principals and assistant principals who have demonstrated excellence in a variety of areas, from personal achievement to collaborative leadership.
Rose will be recognized at a luncheon during a 2014 Washington Educators’ Conference in Seattle on Oct. 27.


The following local students earned a place on the Washington State University’s President’s Honor Roll for summer 2014. The President’s Honor Roll recognizes students who stand above the rest with excellent academic performance. To be eligible for the honor roll, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine graded hours in a single term at WSU and earn a grade point average of 3.75 or earn a 3.50 cumulative GPA based on 15 cumulative hours of graded work.

Cooper G. Brandt
Lauren Michele Czerwonka
Alexandra Isabella Graff
Angela Gray
Timothy J. Keogh
Ryan Timothy McCartan
Molly Catherine Meehan
Trace William Sendele
Taven Steele Shumaker
Derek Thomas Strong
Alexis Olivia Thode
Korinne Marie Zoellick

Nicholas John Carey
Emerson George Jones
Morgan Taylor Spencer
Brandon Anthony Villanti

Brad Joseph Burn
Jonathan Craig Hummer Jr.
Kres Mary Anna Jones
Zach Klein Lipana
Erin Marie Osgood
Maxwell Carl Sodorff
Makayla Anne Walker
Taylor Christine Wolf


Several local residents made the academic dean’s list at Azusa Pacific University. These students are honored for a spring 2014 grade-point average of 3.5 or better. They are joined by 1,743 students receiving the same honor.

Christy Cain of Mill Creek
Christopher Cronkite of Woodinville
Erik Lund of Woodinville
Amy Patterson of Bothell


Ashlyn Vander Wel, a freshman of Biola University and resident of Kenmore, Wash., was among 48 students who received the college’s highest scholarship — the Trustee’s scholarship — for the 2014-2015 academic year.


The Bear Creek School in Redmond is one of 50 private schools nationwide selected as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and the only school in the state of Washington, public or private, recognized this year by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Secretary Duncan named 337 schools as the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Of these 337 schools, 289 are honored as Exemplary High Performing schools, including The Bear Creek School which is one of the few recognized K-12 programs.


The following local Washington State University students have earned undergraduate degrees for the summer 2014 semester.
Feby Bianca Siapno Caoile, bachelor of science in psychology
Chris Steven Dan-Jumbo, bachelor of science
Taylor Roger Maurice Hudson, bachelor of science in economic sciences
Kelley Anne Joyner, bachelor of arts in communication
Sara Elizabeth Kochanski, bachelor of music
Sarah Norris, bachelor of science in psychology
Yusha Joy O’Brien, bachelor of arts in business administration
Derek Thomas Strong, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, magna cum laude
Joshua Paul Zoellick, bachelor of science in electrical engineering

Michael Patrick Murphy, bachelor of arts in humanities
Paul Robert Petrauskas, bachelor of arts in political science
Joseph Richard Wright, bachelor of arts in sport management

Daniel Thomas Becker, bachelor of arts in business administration
Chunmoon Cho, bachelor of arts in digital technology and culture
Savannah Rose Guillen, bachelor of science in zoology, magna cum laude
Catlin Rose Williams, bachelor of arts in communication


The Bear Creek School congratulates senior Oluwasemilore Sobande of Woodinville, who was named a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
Semilore joins the other National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists recognized in Bear Creek’s Class of 2015: Rebecca Carlson, Michael Lau and Colin Diamond of Redmond.


Chateau Ste. Michelle was named a Wine & Spirits “Top 100 Wineries of the Year.” This marks the 20th time the winery has been named to this prestigious list, more than any other American winery.
Chateau Ste. Michelle will be featured at the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting in San Francisco on Oct. 21. The winery will showcase its highly acclaimed Eroica Riesling and Artist Series Mertiage.


Charleen Tachibana of Woodinville is one of three new members named to the board of trustees of the nonprofit Northwest Kidney Centers. Tachibana is senior vice president, hospital administrator and chief nursing officer at Virginia Mason Medical Center. She leads systematic changes to increase the amount of time nurses spend with patients providing direct care.   

Troop 573 celebrates six new Eagle Scouts

Six Boy Scouts from Woodinville’s Troop 573 recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. The boys, all members of Troop 573’s Snapping Turtles Patrol, chose to give back to the local community through their unique Eagle Scout projects. All the Scouts planned, budgeted, and executed their projects while managing crews of volunteers to bring the projects to completion.

Ryan Caffey, a recent graduate of Redmond High School, built a set of shoe racks and umbrella stands for Atammayatarama Buddhist Monastery in Woodinville.

Koa Inn, who graduated in June from the International Community School in Kirkland, built a custom storage shed at 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living in Woodinville for his Eagle project.

Alex Bauman, also a recent graduate of International Community School, installed plaques on storm drains in western Woodinville neighborhoods. The plaques serve as a reminder to citizens that they can help protect Puget Sound by not dumping toxins into storm drains.

Jacob Hanser is a recent graduate of Woodinville High School. For his Eagle project, Jacob built a wooden footbridge on the grounds at 21 Acres.

Luis Guadarrama, who also graduated from Woodinville High in June, built a set of custom benches and tables for 21 Acres.

Last but not least, Frank George III, another recent graduate of Woodinville High, completed an extensive improvement project of one of the courtyards at Woodin Elementary School.