GRADUATES 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.
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.
GRADUATION Kaitlyn McElrath graduated magna cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College on June 2. She graduated with a BA in theater, with an emphasis on directing and management. While at Gustavus she played for the rugby team, was on the dean’s list, studied abroad and was inducted into the Guild of St. Ansgar. All this was accomplished in three years after graduating simultaneously from Northshore Networks and Shoreline Community College. This July she is heading to Washington, D.C. for a yearlong internship at The Studio as an education and outreach apprentice. In the future she hopes to go to grad school and focus on arts administration.
Kathryn McElrath graduated from Lake Washington Institute of Technology with honors. She earned her high school diploma and AA in baking. Kathryn is the second child to graduate magna cum laude from the McElrath house this June. Kathryn was on both the dean’s and president’s list and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She is currently working for Wild Flour bakery in Bellevue, a gluten free bakery, which is something she is very passionate about. Kathryn will return to school to earn her business certificate with the hopes of opening her own business someday.
WHS 2010 alumni, Danielle Hollister, graduated from California State University Sacramento on May 24 with a bachelor of science degree in health science, community health education. She was one of only six people in the college of Health and Human Services (543 graduates) to graduate summa cum laude (with highest honors.) Danielle attended CSUS on a soccer scholarship where she played off and on for three years before retiring due to repeat ACL injuries. She remained on the team her fourth year in a management capacity. Danielle is planning on attending graduate school in the fall of 2015.
Evan Baer of Mill Creek graduated from Albany Law School at the school’s 163rd Commencement, held May 16 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Baer earned a J.D. degree from Albany Law School, the oldest independent law school in the nation.
DEAN’S LIST Molly McCloskey of Kenmore, a junior majoring in biology, was one of 576 students named to the dean’s list of Saint Vincent College for the spring 2014 semester. In order to qualify for the dean’s list, a student must achieve a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better out of a possible 4.0.
Mark Verburg earned placement on the Boston College 2014 spring semester dean’s list. Mark is majoring in biochemistry on the pre-med track in the School of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Boston College Men’s Club soccer team, which travels extensively in the Northeast.
Margaret Chapman of Woodinville has been named to the dean’s list at Pacific University (Ore.) for spring semester 2014. She is among 303 of Pacific’s 1,783 undergraduate students to achieve this high academic honor.
The following area students have been named to the Hartwick College dean’s list for spring 2014: Hayden Eriks, of Kenmore, is majoring in business administration and economics. Madison Kilgore, of Woodinville, is majoring in art. She is the daughter of Laura Bertellotti and Gregory Kilgore.
Jared Berry of Kenmore has been named to the dean’s list at Eastern Oregon University for spring term 2014.
The following local students were named to the dean’s list at Eastern Washington University for spring quarter 2014:
BOTHELL Larissa Tufnell Nicholas Anthony Megan Jones Katie Rousso Tyler Rise Isabella Inman Nicole Arnold
KENMORE Ashley Horsefield Caitlin Cunningham Andrea Horsefield Melliza Leonen Todd Raynes Alexander Warrick Alexander Chapman Brian Trabun William Song Kaylee Hardin
WOODINVILLE Amanda Todd Ryan Carlyle Casandra Bateman Dyllan Vangemert Kyle Hubly Tyler Pike Austin Newton
HONOR ROLL The following local students were named to the Central Washington University spring honor roll:
Shelby Ikuko Yasuda Garrett Alan Blough Justin Klein Lipana Calivia Janine Pierson Lauren Hope McConnell Alyssa Tierney Johnson Lynne Elizabeth Griffis Traci Lee VonJouanne Christopher Todd Fredrickson Britt William Sanders Natalie Annelise Roberts Brian Patrick Cunningham Tabitha Iyone Richmond Parker David Eli Vogt Alexa Christine Kaftan Hanna Margret Edelweiss Moore
MICROSOFT MASTERS CERTIFICATE Emiley Melillo of Inglemoor High School passed four “Microsoft Office Specialist” required exams to be one of the 95 Washington state high school students and only Northshore student to earn the 2013-14 Microsoft Office Masters certification. To earn her Microsoft Office Master certification, Emiley passed the Word Expert, Excel Expert and PowerPoint exams, along with one of the following elective exams: Microsoft Access, Outlook, SharePoint, OneNote or Office 365.
Justin Johal of Mill Creek was named to the dean’s list at Bates for the winter 2014 semester — a distinction earned by students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.71 or higher. Johal, the son of Jaswinder N. Johal of Mill Creek, is a 2009 graduate of Henry M. Jackson High School. Johal is majoring in biological chemistry at Bates. _______
The following local students have earned placement on Gonzaga University’s President’s List for spring semester 2014. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed. BOTHELL Kathryn Arneson Nicole Fugiel Allison Cutuli Carmen Vasilatos KENMORE Rebekah Ellison Kira Olsen Kristie Slattengren MILL CREEK Melissa Fitz Caleb Lance Colin Brown Samuel Brown Kathryn Eastman Anthony Waltier REDMOND Chelsea Baker WOODINVILLE Matthew Del Moro April Dick Melanie Lowry Katrina Neir Kathryn Norton Laura Shellooe Joshua Smith Matthew Stodola Rachel Vander Wel _______
The following local students have earned placement on Gonzaga University’s Dean’s List for spring semester 2014. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.69 grade-point average to be listed. Kelli Corbett of Mill Creek Magenta Dumpit of Bothell Teresa Rider of Bothell Jasmine Roe of Kenmore Erika Romman of Woodinville Caroline Rourke of Bothell Lauren Scott of Mill Creek Anja Trost of Woodinville Benjamin Yee of Woodinville Harrison Van Til of Redmond _______
Jonathan Powell of Woodinville is the son of Kieron Powell of Abingdonshire, UK and Teresa Fugazzi-Powell of Lexington, KY. He earned a BS/MD degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and will enter into an internal medicine residency at the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. _______
Worcester Polytechnic Institute has announced that Zachariah Lovett of Woodinville, a junior majoring in robotics engineering, was named to the university’s Dean’s List for academic excellence for the Spring 2014 semester. The criteria for the WPI Dean’s List differ from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean’s List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects. _______
Reece Ann Buendia, a 2010 Woodinville High School graduate, graduated magna cum laude in systems engineering with a minor in sustainability from the University of New Haven. She received the Tagliatela School of Engineering Outstanding Student Award. She is the daughter of Robert and Roxanne Buendia of Woodinville. _______
Brendan McOmber of Bothell received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics within the College of Engineering & Math Sciences during commencement ceremonies on May 18 at the University of Vermont. _______ The following local residents graduated from St. Olaf College. St. Olaf President David R. Anderson ‘74, awarded 785 diplomas to the class of 2014. Stefan Mellem of Woodinville graduated Summa Cum Laude with a computer science, mathematics and physics major. He was awarded distinction in physics and computer science. He is the son of Robert and Christine Mellem. Katherine Ulvestad of Woodinville graduated with a biology and economics major. She is the daughter of John and Carrie Ulvestad. _______
Lindsay Sullivan of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of arts in communication from Dickinson State University’s 94th annual commencement on May 17. _______
Nearly 3,300 Baylor University students were named to the Dean’s Academic Honor List for the 2014 spring semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours. Luke Thomas Richardson, Woodinville, College of Arts and Sciences Sarah Simone Richardson, Woodinville, Hankamer School of Business _______
Kylie McElrath of Woodinville, daughter of Charles and Sarah McElrath, was named to the second semester 2013-14 Dean’s List at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. The list includes 298 undergraduate students who earned a grade point average of 3.60 or better on a 4.0 scale. _______
Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash. has issued its spring semester 2014 Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement. To earn academic honors at Saint Martin’s, undergraduate students must receive a 3.5 grade point average or higher (based on a 4.0 scale), carry at least a 12-semester-hour course load, and complete all coursework undertaken for the semester. Local students who accomplished this honor are: Lucas E. Besel, Woodinville Carl C. Svanevik, Woodinville _______
Varvara Smirnova of Bothell graduated May 17 from Rice University. Smirnova received a master of architecture degree in architecture. _______
Northwest Nazarene University announces that 411 students have been named to the Dean’s List for the 2014 spring semester. To be eligible for the academic honor, a student must earn a 3.5 grade-point average while taking at least twelve graded credit hours of classes. Local honorees include: BOTHELL Rebekah Luplow WOODINVILLE Alyssa Lundberg Samantha Lundberg Melinda Welch _______
Carl Gaul of Woodinville was one of 250 students to graduate from Cornell College on May 11. Gaul graduated with a bachelor of arts in economics, business and philosophy. _______
Several local students graduated from the University of San Diego on May 25. Shannon Alberts of Mill Creek earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy. Benjamin Cooper of Mill Creek earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and accountancy and graduated cum laude. Sarah Jensen of Woodinville earned a bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience. _______
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, will award Gold Stars to cadets who earned recognition for their academic achievements during the spring semester of 2014. Cadet Marcus Harbol of Bothell is among those appearing on the Spring 2014 Gold Stars list. Harbol was also named to the Dean’s List, recognizing those registered for 12 or more semester hours whose grade point ratio is 3.2 or higher with no grade below a C for the previous semester’s work. _______
Anelese Webster from Woodinville will graduate with distinctions on June 14 with a BFA in graphic design from Western Washington University. She will graduate as the Outstanding Design Graduate of 2014 and Outstanding Student from the Office of Admissions at WWU. Webster is a 2009 WHS graduate from WHS and also attended Woodinville Montessori School. Webster will be moving to Brooklyn, NY in a few weeks to start with top digital design agency, Huge Inc., as an associate visual designer. _______
Anirudh Rajesh, a second grader from Shelton View Elementary, took home the first place trophy at the United States Chess Federation National Elementary Championship in Dallas, Texas on May 9 through 11. He played through seven rounds against 317 other competitors in his division and scored a perfect 7.0 score along with another individual; Rajesh, however, ended up receiving the tie-break nod and the championship win.