Applause - October 8, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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Brieann Boroughs
On Saturday, September 15, Brieann Boroughs, daughter of Randy and Suzanne Boroughs of Woodinville, pledged to the Iota chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority at the University of Washington. She is a graduate of Cedar Park Christian School and has been accepted to the UW’s Foster School of Business. Brie is one of 35 women who pledged Alpha Gamma Delta.

On September 28, STAR 101.5 surprised Bellevue Christian Schools – Mack Elementary Campus teacher, Mrs. Jessica Ahnert and presented her with the STAR 101.5’s Teacher of the Week award.

In a local contest conducted by STAR 101.5 radio, Ahnert, a first grade teacher, was nominated by her student, Kailey Yantis-Blank.

Each student in the class  received a goody bag full of prizes from Applebee’s, Washington State Employees Credit Union, Dairy Farmers of Washington, KOMO 4 and STAR 101.5!

Ahnert received a personalized plaque from Issaquah Trophy and Awards, a $100 check from Washington State Employees Credit Union and a $100 Applebee’s gift card. Plus, she got a makeover courtesy of Blanc N’ Schwartz Salon in Kent.

Keelin Davis of Woodinville has been admitted to Carleton College as a member of the Class of 2016. She is the daughter of Steven Davis and Kateen Davis. Keelin is a graduate of Woodinville High School.

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Mark Rogers
Mark Rogers of Woodinville trimmed bushes at North Bend-based children’s services nonprofit called Encompass on Friday, Sept. 21, as part of the Day of Caring sponsored by United Way of King County.

Thirty-two Microsoft staff volunteered their time for the day to do yard work, paint and otherwise spruce up the Encompass Main Campus and Encompass Downtown North Bend.

Leanne Thim, a chemical and biomolecular engineering major from Woodinville, is a member of the freshman class at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Duane Tehee
Woodinville resident Duane Tehee recently received the Triple Crown Award along with several other hikers at the 17th annual ALDHA-West Gathering near Mount Hood, Oregon. Prior to this, only 155 people have ever received this award.

The Triple Crown Award recognizes the dedication, commitment, and achievement of those who have completed the three major National Scenic Trails — the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail.

Each of these trails runs in a north-south direction and totals 8,000 miles.

In the spring of 2009 Duane started hiking the CDT trail but suffered a near fatal fall that required him to be medevaced for emergency surgery in an hospital outside Glacier National Park.

This did not deter him from trying again and completing it in 2010, followed by completing the PCT in 2011 and the AT in 2012.

To “thru-hike” any of the three trails in a single season takes an average long-distance backpacker approximately 5 to 5 1/2 months. Many hikers hike these trails over several years, hiking a few weeks at a time.

The award gives equal recognition to thru-hikers and section-hikers who have hiked the entire length of all three trails and does not consider issues such as sequence, direction, speed, duration, frequency or whether one carries a pack.

The American Long Distance Hiking Association – West (ALDHA-West) is the only organization that officially recognizes the accomplishment of these few intrepid hikers.

Applause - September 24, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Woodinville Montessori alumni, Overlake senior and Life Scout Tristen Wastell launched his Eagle Project this summer, installing a bench and a path at Woodinville Montessori School to provide a safe way for students to travel from the main building to the new two-story building at the North Creek campus in Bothell. Tristen joined scouting in first grade as a member of Pack 552 and crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 909 in March 2006. The project took the efforts of over 17 volunteers and two work parties to remove 47 azaleas, clear and level a 4-foot by 90-foot area for the path, construct and secure wood edging, and finally lay and compact four yards of crushed rock. Thanks to materials donations from Lowes and McLendons, the bench will be built and installed in early September.

Christy Dannheim, a resident of Woodinville, was one of the graduates during the 2012 summer commencement ceremonies at Texas State University-San Marcos. Dannheim received a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

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Robert J. Hopkins
Robert J. Hopkins, who was promoted Aug. 31 to Chief Warrant Officer 4, is the son of Lloyd and Ann Hopkins of Stanwood, Wash., and graduated from Woodinville High School in 1991. Chief Hopkins is currently assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Afghanistan Engineer District-South as the prime power liaison officer. In that role, he works with the Afghan national utility company to bring reliable, consistent and safe electric power to the people of Afghanistan.

Miss Woodinville
Rachel Fuldner. Photo by Ann Chase
Rachel Fuldner, a Woodinville native and the daughter of Bob and Janet Fuldner, will be representing the city of Woodinville as Miss Woodinville Teen USA in this year’s Miss Washington Teen USA pageant October 20-21.

Rachel is a senior at Inglemoor High School involved in both the IB- International Baccalaureate Program and AP- Advanced Placement classes. She is a third year Inglemoor Viking varsity cheerleader, involved with DECA and with her “Passion for Fashion” is actively working on establishing a FIDM Fashion Club at Inglemoor High School.  She was elected to the 2012-2013 Nordstrom BP Teen Fashion Board.

Rachel has been involved with numerous charities, such as Little People of America, Relay for Life, Children’s Hospital and more.

Her community business sponsors are Princess Proms of Seattle, Dr. Michael J. Wagner D.M.D, P.S, Ann Chase Photography, Jubilee Cleaners and Noble Strategic Partners. She would also like the thank Brian and the staff at Oasis Salon and Spa in Woodinville for their guidance and support.

If any resident or business would like to help sponsor Rachel in her journey, send her an e-mail with contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The online voting for Miss Photogenic is now live so log on and vote for Rachel Fuldner Miss Woodinville Teen USA 2012.

Applause - September 3, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Andrea Clark of Mill Creek will be attending Creighton University this fall. Clark, a graduate of Archbishop Thomas J Murphy High School, will be entering the School of Nursing.

Berklee College of Music announces that Nalini Krishnan of Woodinville has earned placement on the dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2012 academic year.

Ashley McNeil, M.A., English, of Woodinville, recently graduated from Salisbury University.

Deborah Nicely of Woodinville was inducted into a special group of senior dressage riders and horses on August 25 at a dressage show at Whidbey Equestrian Center. The ages of Deborah and her horse, BMC’s Pebble, qualify them to become members of The Dressage Foundation’s Century Club.

The Century Club recognizes dressage riders and horses whose combined ages total 100 years or more.  Deborah is 77 years old and Pebble is 24. Horse and rider also perform a dressage test and are scored by a dressage judge. Locally, Deborah is a member of Equestrians’ Institute.

Hilary Pugmire of Woodinville was awarded a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree by New York Law School at its 120th annual commencement ceremonies. Pugmire’s parents are Timothy Pugmire and Debbie Pugmire.

Local students took the first step in becoming Boilermakers by participating in the annual STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration) program at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus.The participants included: Janice Tien of Bothell, Magdalyn Stinson of Woodinville, Jake Springfield of Woodinville.

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Maureen Polcuch
Maureen Polcuch, Northshore School District driver instructor, was named WashingtonState Pupil Transportation (WAPT) Transportation Person of 2011-12. She was also selected as a Washington state driver instructor this year and trained 16 new driver instructors across the state.

Maureen volunteers many hours to improve the school bus transportation industry by organizing workshops, judging events and as a chairperson for regional and state school bus safety competitions.

Katherine Berry, daughter of Mr. Mark W. Berry and Ms. Christine S. Berry of Woodinville, graduated Magna Cum Laude May 20 from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. Berry, who majored in political science - women’s and gender studies, entered Amherst after graduating from The Overlake School.

Katherine Brandenstein was awarded a $500 Ben LaNail and Laurie Yoler Scholarship by the Washington State University College of Engineering and Architecture and a $1,000 Future Cougars of Color by the Washington State University College of Liberal Arts. The Ben LaNail and Laurie Yoler Scholarship is awarded to students who are interested in engineering and demonstrate academic excellence.The Future Cougars of Color scholarship is awarded to students of color who are enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts.

Brandenstein graduated from Woodinville High School in 2012 and plans to graduate from WSU in May 2016 with a degree in biomedical engineering.

Brandenstein is the daughter of Cheryl Escobido and Michael Brandenstein of Woodinville.

The following Woodinville students graduated from Seattle Pacific University: Tiana Marie graduated with a master of arts in industrial/organizational psychology; Astrid Katrina Olsen graduated with a bachelor of arts in communication; Corey Louise Ramquist graduated with a bachelor of arts in special education; Allison Lindsey Shaw graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in mathematics; Amanda Marie Sodoma graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in global development studies; Amanda Rachelle Stevens graduated with a bachelor of arts in English; Chris Richard Welter graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor of science in physiology.

Lt.Korhan Orgun of Woodinville,  a 2007 graduate of of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., performed a SeaFair flyover in a Lockheed P-3C Orion during the Seafair Airshow at Lake Washington.

Northshore students joined the Boilermaker community by participating in the annual Boiler Gold Rush program at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus.

The participants included:

Jake Springfield of Woodinville

Janice Tien of Bothell

The mission of Boiler Gold Rush is to orient new students and their families during their transition to Purdue by creating a fun and stimulating environment, providing access to opportunities on Purdue’s campus and in the Lafayette/West Lafayette community and by offering meaningful activities and leadership opportunities to encourage student success.

Applause - August 27, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Dr. Hanna Ekstrom
On July 17, a small but intrepid group of local high-schoolers, parents and a Woodinville doctor made the long journey by commercial jet, prop plane and truck to one of the poorest countries in Central America, Nicaragua.

They were headed for remote villages where the Miskito Indians live with no running water, no electricity and no dental care. The group took toothbrushes and dental supplies donated byNorthshore dentists and residents. The volunteers paid their own way, so all donated money went directly to help the children. Just $5 provides dental care for a child for an entire year. All donations are tax-deductible.

Save Their Smiles is a dental health outreach program founded by Woodinville’s Dr. Hanna Ekstrom, who is actually a veterinarian not a dentist. Children receive one free toothbrush and two fluoride applications per year and daily brushing sessions at school to keep their teeth strong, healthy and pain free

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Jacob Yee, Piper Wilson, Lauren Stoneberg and Carl Christensen
The local teenagers helped teach and entertain the native children while they waited for dental checks and fluoride application supervised by Dr. Ekstrom and trained local community health volunteers and program staff. The teens are Jacob Yee, Piper Wilson, Lauren Stoneberg and Carl Christensen, all of Northshore United Church of Christ. Parents Amy and Rick Wilson and Tim Stoneberg also went along, The Woodinville volunteers have received generous support from Woodinville dentists Drs. Wagner and Styrlund, Bothell dentists Dr. Bemis and Dr. McGee, and also Holly Risner of Dental Health Products, Inc.

Donate at, and 100 percent of your tax-deductible donation will buy dental and teaching supplies for local health workers who carry on the program throughout the year. For more information, contact Dr. Hanna Ekstrom at (425) 770-6069 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In early August, Woodinville resident Jarrett Foote played in the United States Amateur Qualifier in Lakewood, Wash. at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club. The qualifier was 36 holes in one day to determine which three players from the field of 80 would advance to the oldest and most renowned amateur golf tournament in the world. Foote finished second out of the 80-person field after a two round total of two under par 138 (67-71). He got off to a quick start with a birdie on his first hole of the day and he never looked back, shooting a three under 67 in the morning round to grab a share of the lead.

Foote went on to shoot a steady one over par 71 in the afternoon, which was enough to earn him a second place finish and a spot in this year’s 112th U.S. Amateur Championship.  This year’s event will be held at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.

Foote began two rounds of stroke play on August 13-14 to determine if he makes the cut into match play for the remainder of the event. Foote was a graduate of Woodinville High School in 2010 where he claimed one KingCo individual title and three runners up finishes in his four years. He is now a junior at Washington State University where he plays on their Pac 12 golf team.

Applause - August 6, 2012

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Dr. Aaron Keith, chiropractic physician at the Woodinville Pain Relief Clinic, competed in the National Championships in cycling contested in Augusta, GA June 21-23. During each of the three days, the cyclists competed in three different disciplines – time trial, criterium and road race. Keith won all three races in the C 2 category of para cycling, assuring himself a position on the U.S. paracycling team for the 2013 season.

Berg’s Landscaping of Woodinville won the 2012 REX award in landscaping, sponsored by the Remodelers’ Council™ of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish counties. It spotlights and recognizes the work of the area’s top remodeling contractors in a variety of categories. This is the third REX award won by Berg’s Landscaping.  They received the award in 2008 and 2009.

Morgan Dillon of Woodinville was named to the dean’s list and has earned her associate degree of applied science from Lake Washington Institute of Technology. She recently received her acceptance letter into their dental hygiene program to begin fall 2012.

Hannah Asher of Kenmore graduated from Randolph College May 13 with a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies.

The following area residents made the academic dean’s list at Azusa Pacific University:

• Rebecca Fredrickson, a communication studies major and Woodinville resident

• Zachary Keene, an applied exercise science major and Bothell resident

•MelissaLund, a communication studies major and Woodinville resident

• Brianne Oiness,  a nursing major and Woodinville resident

• Signe Olsen, a studies major and Woodinville resident

David Chi and Austin Remington, both of Woodinville, have won BECU scholarhips. Chi is a sophomore at Northwestern University and graduated from Inglemoor High School; Remington is a sophomore at University of Pennsylvania and graduated from The Overlake School

These recipients were selected by a volunteer selection committee of local business, educational and non-profit leaders based on a combination of strong dedication to community service, leadership and academics.

Jennifer Briant of Woodinville has earned  a place on Western Washington’s University president’s list for academic acheivements during the spring quarter 2012.  Briant is majoring in kinesiology.

Spencer Brueske has been named to the dean’s list at Pacific Lutheran University. He was a 2010 graduate of Woodinville High School and is the son of Scott and Cathleen Brueske of Woodinville.

Yun Yan Chen of Shoreline was named to the Miami University dean’s list.

The following area students have graduated from Montana State University

• Sarah Sandford, Monroe

•Haley Reutimann, Mountlake Terrace (with highest honors)

•BreAnna Huston, Snohomish (with honors)

• Julius Lloyd, Snohomish

•Leigh Enselman Woodinville (with honors)

Seattle Met magazine named 22 physicians within the EvergreenHealth network to the publication’s comprehensive “Top Doctors 2012” list that honors the top-performing practitioners in the Puget Sound region.

Ray Baker, MD, pain management; Joseph Chebli, MD, surgery (general); Maria Chong, MD, diagnostic radiology, Kelly Clinch, MD, surgery (general); David Epley, MD, surgery (ophthalmology); Jane Golden, MD, medical oncology; Hyun Hong, MD, pain management; Garrett Hyman, MD, physical medicine & rehabilitation; David Kim, MD, anesthesiology; Elizabeth Kiyasu, MD, hospice & palliative medicine; Barry Lawson, MD, neonatology; David Likosky, MD, neurology; Laurel Morrison, MD, family medicine; Mark Newman, MD,  anesthesiology; Catherine Nobis, MD, pediatrics; Donald Pick, MD, urology; Robert Reid, MD, internal medicine; Jeffrey Roh, MD, surgery (orthopedic); Daniel Seely, MD, surgery (otolaryngology);Lorena Shih, MD, pediatrics; Jeffrey Stolz, MD, neonatology; Michael Weiss, MS, allergy/immunology

Alexandria Fleming, the daughter of Jacqueline Moore of Seattle and Alexander Fleming also of Seattle, graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va., on June 2. While a student, Fleming participated in basketball, in which she received the Coaches’ Award, and track, for which she was named Most Valuable Runner. Also in track, she won the state title in both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Her senior year awards included thePresident’s Academic Education Award of Excellence.She will attend University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the fall.

Katrina Freitag of Lake Forest Park has graduated from Loyola Marymount University. Freitag earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics, and graduated Magna cum Laude.

Kimberly Hurdelbrink of Woodinville made the dean’s list at California Lutheran University for the spring semester. Hurdelbrink is a senior majoring in criminal justice .

Sylvia Law of Woodinville High School was one of about 20 science teachers from Washington state who spent part of their vacation at “summer school,” working beside scientists in research laboratories at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and several other partner sites throughout Seattle. “Our goal is for teachers to bring back what they learn over the summer to help jump-start their students’ knowledge of bioscience and research and perhaps kindle their interest in jobs or careers in science,” said Nancy Hutchison, Ph.D., director of the Hutchinson Center’s Science Education Partnership.

Katie Campbell of Woodinville has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Northern Colorado.

The following students were named to the dean’s list at Linfield College for spring semester:

Bothell — Kaleigh Ansdell, Amber Hay, Katie Main

Woodinville —  Amy Hammerquist, Elisabeth Liebrock.

Thomas Logan of Kenmore was named to the dean’s list at Lewis University for spring semester 2012. Logan is studying aviation flight management.

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