Applause - August 11, 2014

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Spring Arbor University is pleased to announce that Ethan Goodnight of Bothell was named to the spring 2014 Academic Honors List, which recognizes full-time students who have received a grade point average of 3.7 or higher for the semester. Part-time students must receive a 3.7 GPA for the semester and carry a cumulative 3.7 GPA.
Goodnight is a sophomore majoring in history. He maintains a cumulative 4.0 GPA.

Applause - August 4, 2014

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff


Woodinville’s Maja De Bonte joined 66 other gifted kids from across the country on Sunday for Yunasa, a week-long camp from the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) led by experts in the field of gifted education. The camp is designed to remind bright campers that they are more than just intellect, and campers will spend the week exploring and growing the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical aspects of their lives. Yunasa, in its 13th year, is held in Fenton, Mich.
President’s List

Andrew Pearson of Woodinville was recognized for outstanding academic accomplishments by being named to the Spring 2014 President’s List at LeTourneau University. Pearson achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average to receive this honor.

Dean’s List

The following local students were among 745 students who made the Dean’s List at California Lutheran University for the spring semester.
Caitlin Fransen of Mill Creek is a business administration major.
Brady Mickelson of Bothell is a multimedia major.


WHS scholarship recipients 2014 (Left to right) Sara MacCaul, Micha Rubart, Ragen Huck, Darelle Oblefias, Julian Doyle, Isaac Bailey, Eric Urstad and Emily Burgess. (Courtesy photo)Eight Woodinville High School graduates are among 59 graduates of the class of 2014 to receive scholarships through the Northshore Scholarship Foundation. Five other Woodinville graduates had their scholarships renewed.
The recipients, the scholarship, their school of choice and intended fields of study include:
Isaac Bailey, Pride Family Memorial, Washington State University, engineering.
Emily Burgess, Woodinville Lions Club, Seattle Pacific University, applied human biology.
Julian Doyle, Paul Michael Roberts Music.
Ragen Huck, Pride Family Memorial, Washington State University, special education.
Sara MacCaul, Peg Phillips Theater Arts, Washington State University, communications.
Darelle Oblefias, Woodinville Rotary Make a Difference, Cascadia Community College, business.
Micha Rubart, Rusty Young Community Leadership, Western Washington University, business and marketing.
Eric Urstad, Greater Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, Whitman College, economics.
Woodinville Rotary renewed scholarships for Shayla Dorstad, Bellevue College, psychology; Walker Bruhn, Whitman College, pre-med; Maggie Raicu, Cascadia Community College, web development and programming; Sydni Heaton, Cascadia Community College, sociology. The Pride Family Memorial scholarship was renewed for 2013 Woodinville graduate Chloe Merino, studying behavioral neuroscience at Western Washington University.
The Foundation and its supporters have awarded 1,631 scholarships over the past 30 years with a value of $2.3 million. Scholarship offerings for academic year 2015-16 will be posted on the Foundation website,, about November 1.

Applause - July 28, 2014

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The following local students listed below have been recognized for their outstanding scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year at the University of Northern Colorado.
Katie Campbell, Dean’s List of Distinction
Cody Johnson, Dean’s List of Distinction
Jacob Matson, Dean’s Honor Roll

Kevin Aurell Wyatt-Stone of Woodinville, a junior studying music, was named to the dean’s list at the University of Oregon for the 2014 spring term. To qualify, a student must be an admitted undergraduate and complete at least 15 credits for the term; 12 of the 15 credits must be graded with a GPA of 3.75 or better.

The following local students have been named to Linfield College’s spring semester dean’s list.
Amber Hay (Bothell)
Dorothy Sterling (Kenmore)
Amy Hammerquist (Woodinville)

Valeri Tran was named to the spring 2014 honor roll at Spokane Community College. To receive honor roll status, students must earn a 3.0 grade point average or higher.

Laureate Society
The following Woodinville students have been named to the Whitworth University Laureate Society for spring semester 2014.
Erik Domas
Alexis Elliott
Lyle Rudnicki
Oliver Rudnicki
Matthew Spencer
Chad Thomas
Helene Welch

The following local residents graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology:
Michael Ostertag of Woodinville received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and a master of science degree in electrical engineering.

Christopher Sherry of Bothell received a master of science degree in computer science.

Justin Johal, the son of Jaswinder N. Johal of Mill Creek, graduated from Bates College on May 25. A 2009 graduate of Henry M. Jackson High School, Johal graduated after majoring in biological chemistry at Bates.

GENIUS Olympiad
Indira Rayala of Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek joined high school students from around the world in SUNY Oswego’s fourth annual GENIUS Olympiad environmental competition, earning a silver medal in science in the ecology and biodiversity category for a project titled “Cranberry Extracts: A Quorum Sensing Inhibitor and the Novel Application of Cranberry Extracts as an Environmental Measure to Inhibit Pectobacterium carotovorum in Crops.”

Applause - July 21, 2014

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The following local students received degrees from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., at its 169th commencement ceremony on May 12.

Lauren Bardin of Mill Creek received a master of public health from the Rollins School of Public Health.
Rebecca Berge of Woodinville received a bachelor of arts from Emory College of Arts and Sciences.
Laila Luopa of Kenmore received a master of public health from the Rollins School of Public Health.

Kristin Wucherer of Woodinville has been awarded a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, summa cum laude, from Whitworth University.


Business Briefs - July 7, 2014

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Torii Mor Winery
Torii Mor Winery, based in Dundee, Ore., opened a new tasting room in the Hollywood Schoolhouse district of Woodinville Wine Country on June 7.
Specializing in Old World style Pinot noir that reflects the terroir of the land, Donald Olson started Torii Mor in 1993, and welcomed current winemaker Jacques Tardy in 2004. With an aim for elegance and refinement in all their wines, and sourcing from the Willamette Valley, Torii Mor is a special taste of Oregon Pinot Noir. Visit the tasting room located in Apple Farm Village, open seven days a week, to sample Pinot noir, Oregon Syrah Port and cool climate white wines.

Local franchise owner wins ‘Rookie of the Year’
Welcomemat Services, a marketing strategies and technology company that connects new residents with local businesses, recently awarded Woodinville franchise owner Brad Bossio with the company’s coveted “Rookie of the Year” award. Bossio ranked number one in sales and other key performance indicators among all new 2013 franchisees.
With more residents moving into new communities in the area, the need for services that connect them with local businesses has increased. Welcomemat Services provides this connection by welcoming families with a package of gift certificates and invitations from local businesses within approximately 30 to 90 days of their move into a new home. A mobile rewards system also helps encourage repeat visitation and long-term loyalty.
Bossio, whose franchise serves the Eastside, including Woodinville, Redmond, Kirkland, Juanita, Bothell, Kenmore, Mill Creek, Monroe and Snohomish, recently expanded his business to include Bellevue, Sammamish and south to Maple Valley.