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Applause - July 22, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Caitlin Elizabeth Bennett

of Bothell graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts degree in art history and art during the 143rd Commencement May 25 at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.

Woodinville’s Maja De Bonte will join 64 other gifted kids from across the country 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.

Lauren C. Michael

has recently been named to the dean’s list at Boston University for the spring semester. She is the daughter of Bob and Shannon Michael of Bothell.

Other Northshore students named to the Boston University dean’s  list include: Allison H. DeAngelis and Katherine  E. Sexton, both of Woodinville.

Bothell Post 127 of the American Legion sponsored four high school juniors from the Northshore School District to Central Washington University in Ellensburg.

From Woodinville High School are Charles Mehrmann, Dalton Mann, Jacob Yee. From Bothell High was Tyler Chappell.Bothell Post members were pleased to learn Dalton Mann was selected as one of two boys from each state to attend BoysNation in Washington, D.C., in July.

Caroline Brawner

was a recipient of the dean’s award for academic excellence during the 2013 spring term at Colgate University, where Brawner is a member of the Class of 2015 and studies international relations.Brawner is a graduate of Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy, and lives in Bothell.

Reeceann Cabaniero-Buendia

from Woodinville was named to the dean’s list at the University of New Haven for the spring 2013 semester.

Andrea Clark

of Mill Creek was named to the spring 2013 dean’s list at Creighton University, located in Omaha, Neb.

Colin Eckhoff

, who attended Hollywood Hill Elementary and Timbercrest Jr. High before heading to The Bear Creek School has been selected as a delegate to the Inaugural Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine next week in Boston.  He is one out of only 175 students selected across the country.

Chelsea Fleeger

, a junior psychology-BS major at Grove City College, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester. Fleegeris a 2010 graduate of Lititz Christian School and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fleeger (Ann) from Bothell.

Spring Arbor University has announced that Ethan Goodnight was named to the spring 2013 academic honors list. Goodnight of Bothell is a freshman majoring in history. Goodnight, son of David and Shelly Goodnight, has a cumulative 4.0 GPA. Spring Arbor University is a private, four-year Christian liberal arts university located near Jackson, Mich.

Preston Longoni

graduated with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from University of Portland. He is employed at Core Design Civil Engineering in Bellevue, Wash.

Rachel Dunn

of Woodinville, a freshman majoring in English, and Caitlin King of Bothell, a freshman majoring in engineering, were named to the George Fox University dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester. Students had to earn a grade point average of 3.5 or better to land a spot on the list.

The following area students have been named to the spring term dean’s list at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY:

• Sophmore Hayden Eriks of Kenmore is the son of Stephanie Matthews. Eriks is majoring in business administration.

• First-year student Hannah Strom of Kenmore is the daughter of Brian Strom and Diane Strom. Strom is majoring in psychology and mathematics.

Daniel Held

of Woodinville has been named to the University of Kansas honor roll for the spring 2013 semester. Held is a senior studying design. He was named to the honor roll for the School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

Madison Marie Jones

of Woodinville has been named to the dean’s list at Clemson University for the spring 2013 semester. Jones is majoring in pre-business.

Eric Juhos

of Woodinville was named to the spring 2013 dean’s list at Wake Forest University.

Daniel Kaplan

of Woodinville has graduated from the University of Delaware.

Yoonku Lee

, a pre-pharmacy major and a resident of Bothell, was among more than 2,800 students from The University of Toledo who made the spring 2013 dean’s list.

McKenzie Luth

of Woodinville, a junior at the University of Montana majoring in psychology, made the spring semester 2013 dean’s list. She also competed in the Big Sky Conference Championship outdoor track and field meet in May in the 4x400 meter relay taking first place. She and her Grizzly teammates now hold the school record, as well as the Big Sky Conference title with a time of 3:40.89.

Thomas Logan

of Kenmore was among those honored on the Lewis University dean’s list for spring semester 2013. Logan is studying aviation administration at Lewis University.

Victoria Maxon

of Bothell graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Penn., and earned a bachelor of science degree in biology. Also, Maxon was named to the 2013 dean’s list.

St. Vincent College student Molly McCloskey, a junior biology major from Kenmore, was inducted at the second initiation ceremony of the college’s chapter of Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) National Biological Honor Society.

The following local students were named to the St. Olaf College dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester:

Stefan Mellem from Woodinville is a physics, mathematics and computer science major. He is the son of Robert and Christine Mellem .

Katherine Ulvestad from Woodinville is a biology and economics major. She is the daughter of John and Carrie Ulvestad.

Kathryn Wolfram from Woodinville is an economics major. She is the daughter of Mark Wolfram and Lynn Cash.

Woodinville resident Rielly Milne recently helped Brentwood College School win the Calder Cleland Trophy as Men’s Senior Eight champions at the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association championships in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Brentwood, located on Vancouver Island, finished the 1,000-meter course in a time of 2:45.24. Milne, a former Hollywood Hill and Leota JHS student, has attended Brentwood for three years and has also won a silver and bronze at previous CSSRA events. He will return to Brentwood for his senior year this fall.

Matthew Czubek Nacionales

has been accepted by Hampden-Sydney College and will enroll with an Alumni Award in August 2013. Matt is a graduate of Inglemoor High School and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Manny Nacionales of Bothell.

The following area students have graduated from Whitman College:

Sydney Conway

of Woodinville has graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. Conway is a 2009 graduate of The Bear Creek School.

Ryan Gilkey

has graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in economics. Gilkey is a 2009 graduate of Woodinville High School.

Andrew Hawkins

has graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English. Hawkins is a graduate of Woodinville High School.

Claire Matsunami

of Kenmore has graduated with a bachelor of  arts degree in religion. Matsunami is a 2009 graduate of Shorecrest High School.

Meredith Peterson

, a biology and parks and forest resources double major from Woodinville, was named to the honor’s list for the spring semester at Unity College, which is located in rural Maine.

Dylan Smith

,a  kindergarten student at East Ridge Elementary in Woodinville, was one of thewinners of the local disaster preparedness program "What to do to Make it Through" poster contest. Six-year-old Dylan included trading cards for the different steps kids can take to help their families prepare, such as making a plan, building a kit, and even protecting pets.

Wesley Steeb

, daughter of David and Karen Steeb of Woodinville, has been named to the dean’s list for the last four years at Hillsdale College. Wesley is a senior majoring in history.

Eric Schmidt

of Woodinville has graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology. He is the son of Jim and Cindy Schmidt.

Applause - June 24, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Jessica Balazic of Woodinville graduated June 18 from the University of Washington with a master’s degree in education — special education: severe disabilities.

Andrea Clark of Mill Creek was named to the spring 2013 dean’s list at Creighton University.

Colin Eckhoff, who attended Hollywood Hill Elementary and Timbercrest Junior High before heading to The Bear Creek School, has been selected as a delegate to the Inaugural Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine in Boston. He is one out of only 175 students selected across the country. Delegates to the Summit will gain unique, behind-the-scenes insight into the world of health care through experiential learning, guest lectures and networking opportunities with leaders and innovators in the global medical community in order to build upon their already significant abilities and chart their path to becoming leaders in medicine.

Chelsea Fleeger, a junior psychology-BS major at Grove City College, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester. Chelsea is a 2010 graduate of Lititz Christian School and is the daughter of Howard and Ann Fleeger from Bothell.

The following local residents were among those students at George Fox University who earned a spot on the school’s dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester.

Rachel Dunn of Woodinville, a freshman majoring in English

Caitlin King of Bothell, a freshman majoring in engineering.

App Teacher of the YearTammy GundersonTammy Gunderson of Woodinville’s Wellington Elementary School was named the Kidd Valley 2013 Teacher of the Year. After reviewing hundreds of nominations from kindergarten through eighth grade students, who sang the praises of their favorite teachers, one exceptional teacher came out on top by earning the grand prize. A surprise classroom presentation awarded the Wellington teacher with her grand prize of $1,000. In addition, the class of the nominating student received a coupon for a free Kidd Valley Kids Meal and admission tickets to Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett.

The following Gonzaga University students from the Northshore area participated in graduation exercises:

Troy Adragna of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of education in sport management.

Kayla Aldridge of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing.

Jason Allen of Kenmore graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in psychology.

Domenic Angelo of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of arts in psychology.

Colin Bishop of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of arts in public relations.

Hannah Feliciano of Mill Creek graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of education in sport management.

David Fong of Kenmore graduated with a bachelor of arts in psychology.

Emilie Grant of Mill Creek graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing.

Trevor Herrin of Woodinville graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of business administration in business administration.

Kayla Heyer of Bothell graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of science in nursing.

Molly Kernan of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of arts in English.

Benjamin Lance of Mill Creek graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of business administration in business administration.

Andrew Leonard of Bothell graduated with a bachelor of science in civil engineering.

• William McCahill of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of business administration in accounting.

Sarah McDade of Mill Creek graduated with a bachelor of arts in psychology.

Alexis Miller of Woodinville graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of science in nursing.

Tabish Mohammad of Bothell graduated with a bachelor of business administration in business administration.

Hayley Moore of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of business administration in business administration.

Jason Nadeau of Bothell graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor of science in human physiology.

Ryan Neal of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of business administration in business administration.

Maryam Nozari of Woodinville graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of science in nursing.

Tyler Olson of Bothell graduated with a bachelor of education in physical education.

Sydney Otte of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of arts in sociology.

Gregory Prussia of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of science in biochemistry.

Kylen Stevenson of Kenmore graduated with a bachelor of science in economics-science.

Shawn Vanover of Bothell graduated with a bachelor of arts in psychology.

Katrina Villanueva of Bothell graduated with a bachelor of arts in environmental studies.

Sophia Waltier of Mill Creek graduated with a bachelor of business administration in business administration.

Lindsay Waltner of Woodinville graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in English.

Shaun Withers of Kenmore graduated with a bachelor of business administration in accounting.

Applause - June 17, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Susan Y. Ahn of Bothell has been named to the dean’s list at Western New England for the spring semester of 2013. Ahn is majoring in pre-pharmacy.
 

Zachary Amodt of Woodinville is among five students who are Patent Makers at Purdue University.The 5 Students Who web site, http://www.purdue.edu/fivestudents, recognizes outstanding Purdue students each month during the academic year. The May 2013 edition recognizes students who are working to patent their own discoveries made while at school.
 

The following area students graduated from Des Moines University May 25:
• Halley Anderson from Woodinville earned a D.O. degree. Anderson is the daughter of Stan and Marcie Bovetz and Lee and Janet Anderson of Woodinville.
• James Barger from Lynnwood earned a D.O. degree. Barger is the son of Jim and Karen Barger of Lynnwood.
 

Tanna Barnecut of Snohomish was the first place winner in the kitchens category of the 2012 Interior Design Society (IDS) Designer of the Year Awards on April 24, in Greensboro, N.C. Hailed as a prestigious honor by IDS designers, the Designer of the Year awards recognize outstanding achievement in residential interior design among Interior Design Society members.
 

On June 8 Boy Scout Tristen Wastell, a member of Troop 909 in Woodinville was honored at a special court of honor for achieving the Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouting’s highest honor.  
 

To become an Eagle Scout, Tristen earned 28 merit badges and served his troop in a variety of leadership roles.  
 

He also completed a major community service project, redesigning the landscape at Woodinville Montessori School to put in a gravel path so students can safely walk from the main campus building to the new adjacent building at the North Creek campus.
 

A senior at The Overlake School, Tristen plans to enter the California Polytechnic State University next fall, where he will study engineering.  
 

Woodinville residents Morgan Elizabeth Rial, College of Arts and Sciences, and Luke Thomas Richardson, College of Arts and Sciences, were among over 3200 Baylor University students named to the dean’s academic honor list for the 2013 spring semester.
 

Matthew Berliner of Woodinville graduated from Rice University on May 11. Berliner received a master of music degree.
 

Lucas Eugene Besel of Woodinville, a senior majoring in biology, has been named to the Saint Martin’s University dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement for spring semester 2013.
 

Albert Chang of Mill Creek graduated from Rice University on May 11. Chang received a doctor of philosophy degree in electrical and computer engineering.
 

Alexander Edelsward, a resident of Woodinville, received a master of interactive technology in digital game development - art creation degree in May from Southern Methodist University.
 

Erik Enderlein of Mill Creek was recently named to the spring 2013 dean’s list at Beloit College. Enderlein is a sophomore.
 

Kayla Fennell, from Woodinville, graduated with a degree in communication disorders from Armstrong Atlantic State University on May 4.
 

On April 20th, Charlotte Shores was chosen as the 25th Mrs. Washington International. As Mrs. Washington International, Charlotte received an award package valued at over $27,000 in prizes and the opportunity to compete for Mrs. International in Chicago, Illinois this July.  Charlotte, a Woodinville High School graduate, resides in Bellingham and owns Sugar by Charlotte, a dessert catering business.  She graduated with a degree in culinary arts in 2011 from Bellingham Technical College. She also spends much of her time active with the YMCA’s Girls on the Run, while being a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and Kiwanis board chairwoman and president-elect.  
 

First runner up was Lori Larsen of Kenmore.

Applause - May 27, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

App PetersenMatt PetersenMatthew D. Petersen, son of Mark and Judy Petersen of Woodinville, will graduate from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on May 29 and will be commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Matt has earned his bachelor of science degree in political science with a minor in philosophy. He has been selected to attend pilot training at the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas.  While there, he will learn to fly fighter jets for the USAF and the NATO alliance with pilots from around the world.  
 

For the past three years Matt has flown hundreds of sorties as an instructional pilot in the Academy soaring program, earning the “top stick” award and serving as commander of the Basic Soaring program.  Matt also graduated from the Army Air Assault Program at West Point and served as the Air Force Academy cadre for that program the last two years. He has received numerous Superintendent awards for reaching top levels in academic, physical and military achievement.
 

Nicole Blue and Zach Burgess from Woodinville High School. have received scholarships from the ACE Mentor Program of Washington. Blue and Burgess have participated in the year-long program hosted by Puget Sound architecture, engineering and construction firms. Students can utilize the funds toward their completion of a degree in fields related to the A/E/C industry. 

App CarlsonNichole CarlsonNichole Carlson granddaughter of 65+ year residents of Woodinville, LeRoy and Emmy Carlson, was offered an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs.   She lives in Duvall with her parents, Calvin and Robin Carlson and her younger sister Ashley Carlson.   Nichole is a student at Cascade High School in Everett, where she is a cabinet member of Honor Society, captain of the swim team, a cadet captain in Civil Air Patrol, and cadet commander of Northshore Composite Squadron in Bothell. She was also president of her local 4H club.
 

She will be swimming with the lady falcons and is planning on majoring in aeronautical engineering and flying F-16s.  She is just a few hours away from having her private pilot’s license.
 

Stephanie Banning of Bothell, a member of the class of 2015 at Washington and Lee University, has earned dean’s list status for winter term 2013.
 

Woodinville High School senior Chelsea Bateman won for the best essay in the Eastside Republican Club’s annual essay contest and was presented with a $1,000 scholarship at the ERC’s monthly meeting May 7. This year’s essay topic was “What is the best way to stop gun violence without infringing on the rights protected by the Second Amendment?”
 

Beginning in late July, Crystal Springs Elementary staff member Lori Hardwick of Kenmore will study the extinction of Hawaiian species and what it takes to save thems in the wild on the Big Island of Hawai’i.
Daniel Held of Woodinville has received a bachelor of fine arts degree in design from the University of Kansas.
Woodinville High School German teacher Michael Antley has been named a 2013 winner of the prestigious Duden Award for his excellence in teaching German. The American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) gives the Duden Award annually to a teacher in each state.
 

Antley was chosen by his colleagues in the Washington chapter of the AATG for his innovative teaching and ability to interest students in continuing their studies in the German language and German-speaking cultures.
Theresa Michaels, a Woodinville High School graduate, recently starred in a television show on the TLC Network called “Twisted & Listed,” about the unusual real estate with which she deals.

App churchesLeft to right: Northshore Superintendent Larry Francois, Eastside Foursquare Church Senior Pastor DJ Vick, Eastside Foursquare Church Associate Pastor/Local Outreach Chris Peppler, Northshore Baptist Church Senior Pastor Jonathan Alexander, and Northshore Baptist Church Pastor of Outreach and Local Mission Tim Burke. Northshore School District recognized Eastside Foursquare and Northshore Baptist churches at the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Metro Community Recognition Awards Luncheon on May 17. The churches were honored at the luncheon for their strong partnerships with the school district.
Isaac Sloat, a sophomore history major from Bothell, was named to the spring 2013 dean’s list at Bob Jones University..
 

On May 2, STAR 101.5 surprised Bear Creek Elementary teacher Tracy Westburg and presented her with the Teacher of the Week award. Westburg, a 5th and 6th grade teacher, was nominated by her student, Brody Milbrodt.
 

Alexander Thim of Woodinville earned Faculty Honors for fall 2012 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Undergraduate students earning a 4.0 academic average for the semester receive this honor.

Applause - May 6, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Alex Eppenauer. a student at The Bear Creek School, is the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition for the 1st Congressional District. Eppenauer won with her piece, “Through Her Eyes.” For submitting the winning entry, she will have her art displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., as part of a year-long national exhibition. Later this year, Alex will join Congresswoman Suzan DelBene in Washington, D.C., for the official unveiling of her winning artwork. She is the daughter of Bert and Jamie Eppenauer of Woodinville.

Sunny Hong, a resident of Kenmore and an Inglemoor High School student, was named a runner-up in the competition for her art work, “Embracing Yourself.”

Nathanial Newman of Bothell was been named to the dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the fall 2012 semester.

Michael Daniel Postetter of Kenmore was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Postetter is enrolled in the university’s John M. Olin School of Business.

Ellen Fissel of Bothell, Janice Tien of Bothell and Jacob Garves of Kenmore were named to the honors list for the fall 2012 semester at Purdue University.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has announced that Kevin Rushton of Bothell was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership.  Rushton is pursuing a degree at Brigham Young University.


Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) students Marshall Anderson, Heather Sheppard, Cierra Watts and Hannah Donham are among the top 50 national semi-finalists in the Vans Shoes Custom Culture Contest.

You can go online at www.vans.com/customculture/vote/ and vote for Secondary Academy for Success. Voting ends Monday, May 13, 9 p.m. Pacific time. Online voting will determine the top five school finalists who will be notified Tuesday, May 14, and flown to New York City for the final event. The winner of the final event will be selected by surprise celebrities and receive a $50,000 grand prize for their school’s art program. The four runners up will each receive $4,000 for their schools’ programs.

Each high school team received four pairs of Vans shoes to make their own creations representing one of four themes: action sports, music, art and local flavor.


Kayla Schick, a senior environmental policy/political science double major at the University of Colorado, Boulder has made the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for fall semester 2012. The dean’s list requires that a student hold a 3.75 or better GPA.

Woodinville resident Nicole Ochandarena, a Northeastern University student majoring in behavioral neuroscience, was named to the university’s dean’s list for the fall semester, which ended in December 2012.

Jill Sjolin with Windermere Woodinville recently completed a luxury home marketing training course offered by The Institute of Luxury Home Marketing. Sjolin is an award-­winning sales associate who has been in real estate since 2001 and specializes in the Eastside and Greater Seattle market.

“The training provided new insight about the upper tier market, helped me polish my skills and provided valuable networking contacts with other agents across the country who specialize in luxury properties,” said Sjolin. “In addition, I discovered new and creative tools for promoting expensive homes and estates and new resources for finding buyer prospects. Home buyers and sellers will benefit from my new knowledge.”

Northshore students named to the St. Olaf College Dean’s Lists for the fall 2012 semester were:

• Stefan Mellem from Woodinville is a physics and mathematics major. He is the son of Robert and Christine Mellem.

• Katherine Ratliff from Kenmore is a nursing major. She is the daughter of John and Macy Ratliff.

Erica Taicz of Woodinville was named to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall 2012 semester at Johns Hopkins University. The daughter of Harvey and Rose Taicz, she attended Woodinville High School and is an arts and sciences pre-major. She will graduate in May 2016.

Alexander Thim of Woodinville has earned Faculty Honors for fall 2012 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.