Business Briefs - July 7, 2014

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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.

Applause - July 7, 2014

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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.

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:

Larissa Tufnell
Nicholas Anthony
Megan Jones
Katie Rousso
Tyler Rise
Isabella Inman
Nicole Arnold

Ashley Horsefield
Caitlin Cunningham
Andrea Horsefield
Melliza Leonen
Todd Raynes
Alexander Warrick
Alexander Chapman
Brian Trabun
William Song
Kaylee Hardin

Amanda Todd
Ryan Carlyle
Casandra Bateman
Dyllan Vangemert
Kyle Hubly
Tyler Pike
Austin Newton

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

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.

Applause - June 30, 2014

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Heidi Greenback of Woodinville, a Montana State University Billings undergraduate student, excelled academically during the 2014 spring session and has been named to the dean’s list.

Anne Willey, a Luther College junior from Bothell, has been named to the 2014 spring semester dean’s list. Willey is the daughter of Dain and Holly Willett.

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Applause - June 9, 2014

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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.
Kathryn Arneson
Nicole Fugiel
Allison Cutuli
Carmen Vasilatos
Rebekah Ellison
Kira Olsen
Kristie Slattengren
Melissa Fitz
Caleb Lance
Colin Brown
Samuel Brown
Kathryn Eastman
Anthony Waltier
Chelsea Baker
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:
Rebekah Luplow
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.

Applause - June 2, 2014

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Sara Harris has attended Chrysalis for eight years and will be this year’s graduation speaker.

“I’m excited to extenuate the unparalleled experience a Chrysalis education has provided the class of 2014, and motivate my peers to appreciate the unique skills they have acquired,” she said.
Sarah is graduating with honors and will be attending Connecticut College in the fall.

Cameron Van Til of Redmond participated in Gonzaga University’s graduation exercises during a commencement ceremony held on May 11. Cameron graduated with a bachelor of arts in journalism.

He also earned placement on the Gonzaga University President’s List for spring semester 2014. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.

Bothell resident Rachel Osteyee was among the nearly 800 students who graduated from Bob Jones University earlier this month. Osteyee graduated with a BFA in studio art.

She was among approximately 1,400 Bob Jones University students named to the spring 2014 dean’s list. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.0 grade point average.

Hannah Ellen Stringer of Woodinville graduated cum laude from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, May 17. She received a bachelor of science in business administration with majors in accounting and Spanish. Hannah will attend the University of Washington this fall to obtain her masters in accounting.

The following students earned dean’s list honors at George Fox University during the 2014 spring semester.
Michael Boller, Bothell
Jake Hanley, Mill Creek
Justin McClure, Bothell
Daniel Mayeda, Bothell
Paul Donelson, Woodinville
Kimberly Frost, Woodinville