Applause - December 1, 2014

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

National Hispanic Recognition Program

The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) recognized Bothell High School senior Sophia McMahon for her academic achievements. Requirements for recognition include achieving a minimum required PSAT/NMSQT score in their junior year, be of at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latina decent and achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher by the end of their junior year.

Composition Premiere

Peter Lawson, a senior at Woodinville High School, a member of the school orchestra and jazz ensemble, is also a cellist with Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. On Sunday, Nov. 23, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra performed a world premiere of Symphonic Finale, a piece composed by Peter, at Benaroya Hall.
Peter has composed several pieces that have been performed by the orchestras and chamber groups at both Timbercrest Junior High and Woodinville High School. This is the first time that one of Peter’s pieces will be performed by a full symphony orchestra.

Applause - Nov. 24, 2014

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Best Breakfast

The Maltby Cafe won Best Breakfast in King5’s Best of Western Washington awards. This is the 16th time the cafe has won Best Breakfast.

History Maker

UW Bothell physicist and first chancellor Warren Buck has been chosen as a History Maker — a select group of African Americans who have made substantive contributions in their fields. On Friday, Nov. 7, Buck was honored at the Library of Congress, where his oral life story will be permanently housed. The History Makers include movie stars, athletes and scientists, among others. Buck was one of 400 invited to attend the ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Anyone who has encountered Buck knows that his passion runs deep when it comes to physics and the sciences.

Master Detailing Certification

Craig MacKay of Woodinville’s Clean Planet Detailing joined nine of his fellow Air Force One Detailing Team members as Celebrity Guest Detailers at SEMA November 4-7 in Las Vegas. SEMA is the largest automotive specialty and aftermarket tradeshow in the world. Nearly 200,000 attendees enjoyed the live demonstrations from MacKay and the team, who were invited by both SONAX Car Care and Flex North America as guests in their exhibits every day.
MacKay was also awarded his long awaited, but well-deserved Master’s Certification for detailing and paint correction during the Detailing Success Network’s annual meeting following the show. The Masters Certification is the highest level available to the industry.

School of Distinction

Northshore Networks and Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) have been named 2014 School of Distinction award winners for the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD). The award recognizes the top 5 percent of schools in Washington state that have made sustained improvements in reading and math over five years. Northshore Networks and SAS were two of 50 schools in 18 school districts within the PSESD region, and were recognized at an awards ceremony Nov. 4.
Northshore Networks is an individualized, customized and independent learning program for Northshore students in grades 1-12 as an option to the traditional learning environment.
SAS is an alternative high school for students in grades 9-12 whose learning styles require different instructional approaches and who need or want an alternative setting to the large comprehensive high school.


This year, several young dancers from Woodinville will perform in the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker. Shea Kozel is playing the role of Party Girl; Ashleigh Steedman is playing the role of Infantry; Nora Hayden is playing the role of Party Girl; Faye Hayden is playing the role of Infantry Officer; and Sophie Steedly is playing the role of Artillery Officer.
All dancers attend PNB School, which is recognized as one of the top three ballet training institutions in the United States. After 31 years, this is the last year of the PNB’s one-of-a-kind Stowell & Sendak Nutcracker.


APP Students of the MonthWoodinville High School Students of the Month

Woodinville High School recognized 38 September/October Students of the Month before their parents and peers on Nov. 14 at a celebration held in the WHS theater. Students of the Month are nominated by WHS staff and are recognized in six areas: Academics, Career & Technology, Citizenship, Global Thinking, Health & Fitness and Personal Expression.

Mairead Brown
Danielle Caeton
John Cox
Evie Fisher
Jeana Hansen
Makayla Hordyk
Nikita Kovalovs
Aliena Lowell
Elling Payne
Thomas Perry
Nathan Pietraszak
Timothy Player
Aria Walls

Amrutha Gujjar

Noah Bamesberger
Grace Braddock
Danielle Caeton
Cody Claughton
John Cox
Alyssa Gee
Shayde Lopez
Megan Messer
Julio Santos
Marcus Schloredt
Emerson Stipes
Sara Verble
Taylor Vo
Braydon Waddell
Taylor Woodworth
Connor Xiong

Sonora Carroll
Lauren Stoneberg
Alec Dietz
Jennifer Parson
Cameron Hudson

Jordyn Boyd
Jacob Lageson
Tyler McKinnon
Charles Pallette
Jennifer Parson

Applause - Nov. 10, 2014

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

King County Executive Dow Constantine honored small businesses that provide vital jobs with his fourth annual Small Business Awards.

Pacific Bag in Woodinville was a finalist for the Small Business of the Year award, which recognizes a small business that best exemplifies the tenacity, perspicacity and audacity it takes to successfully operate a small business.

Local Roots Farm in Duvall was a finalist for the Rural Small Business of the Year award, which recognizes the small business that has achieved excellence in one of the traditional rural industry clusters — agriculture, forestry, equine, home-based or other.

Amanda Milloy, of Mill Creek, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 2017, was designated a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar. Students who are designated Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholars are in the top (highest GPA) 20 percent of each class for the previous academic year.

Con-way Freight, a local trucking company, recently announced the impressive safety milestone of one of its drivers. Jason Falk of Woodinville, Wash. reached 1 million miles on the road without any accidents or injuries – that’s equivalent to driving from Seattle to New York City 350 times.
Falk has been a professional truck driver for more than 23 years and he’s been with Con-way Freight since 2003.

Local dry cleaning chain Bakker’s Fine Drycleaning has earned the highest rating, 5 stars, from King County’s EnviroStar program, making them environmental leaders in the drycleaning and laundry business. All nine stores in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland and Woodinville received this prestigious award.

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.