Applause - July 9, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

John Diefendorf
John Diefendorf took part in and finished the Ironman Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, June 24. Diefendorf, 42, competed in the 40- to 44-year-old division. His wife, Shanaz, and daughters, Isabella, 10, and Sofia, 7, were there to cheer him on. His times were 1:37:33 for the 2.4 mile swim; 6:50:04 for the 112-mile bike ride; 5:14:51 for the 26.2-mile run. His overall time was 14:10:56. He is the son of Woodinville Weekly editor Karen Diefendorf and resides with his family in Delray Beach, Fla.

Woodinville resident Christian Niccum, an American luger who has been competing since 1988, is one of the people who has donated one or more medals to the children being treated at the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in Southern California, a number of whom are seriously ill.

Niccum placed sixth in the men’s luge doubles event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver after placing 23rd in the men’s singles event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

Current U.S. Olympic marathoner Meb Keflezighi is attempting to persuade people across the country to donate 2,012 medals to the children being treated at the hospital before the gun goes off to start the London Olympics marathon event Aug. 12.  So far, 1,151 medals have been collected, which means they have 861 to go.  More details:

Brenna Dwyer, a resident of Kenmore,  made the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Montana Western.

Lauren Hamilton of Woodinville, a student on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus located in Teaneck and Hackensack, N.J., has been named to the honor’s list for the spring 2012 semester.

Brian Steyaert of Woodinville has received an associate of applied science degree in welding technology from the University of Montana, Helena College of Technology.

Katherine Bourne, a resident of Bothell, received a bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre during the May 2012 Southern Methodist University commencement ceremony.

The following students from the Northshore area have earned placement on Gonzaga University’s dean’s list for spring semester 2012. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.69 grade-point average to be listed:

Bothell —

Virgil Allen, Amira Khablein, Tabish Mohammad

Woodinville —

Alicia Bies, Colin Bishop, Brianne Byers, Samantha Cobb, Hannah Cocanour, Chad Lueckenotte, Maryam Nozari, Erika Romman, Matthew Stodola, Christopher Strandin, Shawn Vanover

Kenmore —

Grace Armstrong, David Fon, Mitchell Gunsolus, Kristie Slattengren, Shaun Withers

Mill Creek —

Melissa Fitz, Kathleen Corbett, Megan Gogal

Lake Forest Park —

William Greenburg, Garrett Musar, Alena Owen

Shoreline —

Anthony Galvan

Carnation —

Shawn Klopp, Jake Leland

Woodinville High School’s student biomedical science team received awards in 10 categories garnering them the prestigious Cup of Excellence trophy for overall best school at the 12th annual Northwest Association of Biomedical Research (NWABR) Student Expo, held May 24 at the Meydenbauer Conference Center in Bellevue. In addition, Dalton Mann placed third in the People’s Choice award.

First Place—Dalton Mann, Lab Research

Second Place— Frederik Thiesson, Career & Industry

Third Place — Matthias Argenyi and Jacob Hoogerwerf, Multimedia

Third Place—Danny Scheid, Art

Third Place—Melanie Logan, Web site

Honorable Mention—Caitlin Hillis, Dance

Honorable Mention—Eric Urstad and Bobby Luo, Multimedia

Honorable Mention—Jeannie Campbell and Hannah Pulsipher, Art

Honorable Mention—Melina Hsiao, Web site

Honorable Mention—Shanelle Clogston, Dua Khan and Millanda Zhou, Creative Writing

Honorable Mention—Micah Rubart and Joshua Scheck, Molecular Modeling

Honorable Mention—Ananya Sengupta, Music

Honorable Mention—Ionatan Kuperwajs, Journalistic Writing

Tryg Butler, a Luther College senior of Kenmore, was named to the 2012 spring semester dean’s list.

Elsie Rose Howell of Kingston, Wash.,  graduated from Holy Names Academy High School in Seattle. She was the salutatorian of her graduating class.

Other honors included: AP Scholar with Distinction, President’s Award for Educational Excellence - Gold Award, and Washington State Honors Award, with a 4.2 GPA.

Howell received the Villanova University with Honors Academic Presidential Scholarship, full tuition including room and board, and will be joining the VU Honors class of 2016 in Pennsylvania to major in biology, with plans to return to the NorthWest to attend University of Washington Medical School Class of 2020.   She is a cross country runner, qualifying for Washington state finals in  2010 and 2011; a certified ski instructor at Stevens pass the last 4 years; has volunteered for West Sound WildLife Shelter on Bainbridge Island the last two years; is now working for the MV Skansonia Event Facility and is an active member of the St. Olaf Catholic parish in Poulsbo, Wash.

She is the daughter of Chris and Mary Howell of Kingston; sister to Nick and Andy Sturza;  granddaughter of Roy and Ellen Stonecypher of Chehalis, Wash., and granddaughter of Keith and Pat Howell of Woodinville.

Marissa Wyll of Woodinville has been recognized as a 2011-2012 Discus Award winner for her achievements in the areas of arts, other achievements, and academics.

The Discus Awards is a national program that provides recognition and scholarship opportunities to all-around high school students who excel in three of 10 key attributes.  Marissa is now eligible for 2011-2012 Discus Awards scholarships.

In addition to earning her high school diploma this year, Marissa has earned an Associates of Arts and Sciences degree from the Ocean Research College Academy at Everett Community College.

Applause - June 25, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The following students from Woodinville have been accepted into the Washington Aerospace Scholars Program at Museum of Flight in Seattle: Scott Zheng, Cherlyn Chan and Kenny Song from Inglemoor High School.The program provides opportunities for high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.The three will be participating in one of the four WAS summer residency sessions held in June and July.

At the June meeting of the Bothell American Legion Dave Cook was honored as the Legion Volunteer of the Year and Wayne Hamodey as Legionnaire of the Year. The Bothell American Legion represents veterans from Mill Creek to Kirkland and Woodinville to Kenmore. It has been active since 1920.

The Bothell Post has moved their operation to Woodinville on Hwy 9 across from Brightwater, 21920 SR 9 SE. They have a service officer on staff that has helped many veterans from all areas with medical claims and many other issues.

The post will host the Seafair Pirates following the Bothell Parade on July 4th. All are welcome to stop by and meet the Pirates, visit the new hall, and enjoy a BBQ. The post has also started a Legion Riders program for Legion members and sons of the legion.

Abigail Gomulkiewicz from Redmond was recently named to the dean’s list at the College of William and Mary for the spring 2012 semester.

In order to achieve dean’s list status, a full-time degree seeking undergraduate student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 quality point average during the semester.

The following area students have earned placement on Gonzaga University’s president’s list for spring semester 2012. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.

Woodinville — April Dick, Lindsay Waltner,    Benjamin Thompson, Kathryn Norton, Laura Shellooe, Robert Ptaszynski, Trevor Herrin, Stefanie Watson, Anja Trost, Alexander Hagel, Matthew Del Moro, David Orella,  Kathryn Norton, Joshua Smith, Sidney Elmenhurst, McKenzie Horner,  Meaghan Rieke

Bothell — Nicole Fugiel,    Kayla Heyer, Rachel Krebsbach, Jason Nadeau, Allison Cutuli, Jessica Hofmann

Mill Creek — Richard Kellogg, Kyle Ryan, Jennifer Wilson

Carnation — Derek Klopp

Duvall — Grace Stocker, Corinne Gould, Christopher Benshoof

Kenmore — Jason Allen, Alexander Lund

Lake Forest Park — Andrew Newcombe, a resident of Lake Forest Park, Cricket Harber, Erin Springer

Peter Brechner and Alicia Teasley, both from Woodinville, have been selected to participate in the 2012 DO-IT Scholars Program. Sean Tucker, also from Woodinville, will be returning for his second year.

Thrasher’s Corner Safeway Store manager Chris Vail recently gave a $2800 check to Maltby Food Bank Director Natalie Oswald. Safeway partnered with Kraft to provide an extra award for some select food banks that partnered with Safeway during their holiday food drive in December. Thrasher’s Corner Safeway is located at 20711 Bothell Everett Hwy.

The following area students have been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Vermont:

Brendan M. McOmber of Bothell, a sophomore majoring in mathematics in the College of Arts & Sciences.

James A. Davis of Lake Forest Park, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences.To be named to the dean’s lists, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

Applause - June 18, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Maryam Abdi of Kenmore has achieved a place on the University of Evansville dean’s list for academic achievements during the spring semester 2012. Abdi is majoring in theatre.

Kaitlyn McElrath and Patrick Pisani, both of Woodinville, have been named to the dean’s list at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Travis Bradshaw, a 2007 graduate of Woodinville High School and currently attending Western Oregon University, was a unanimous selection for the 2012 GNAC All Conference All Star Baseball Team, finishing with a 9-2 winning record. Bradshaw was also selected for the GNAC All-Academic team, as a business major.”

Samuel Arthur Pomeroy of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy cum laude from Baylor University.

Erik Enderlein of Mill Creek and Tana Goar of Carnation have been named to the dean’s list at Beloit College.

Hillary Coleman, a member of the class of 2014 at Connecticut College and a resident of Lake Forest Park, has been named to the dean’s high honors list for the 2012 spring semester. At Connecticut College, dean’s high honors is a recognition for students who have earned a grade point average of at least 3.78.

The following students have graduated from Colorado College:

• Logan Dahl graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics cum laude. He is the son of Janet and Kenn Dahl of Woodinville.

• David Spiegel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international political economics.

He is the son of Joel Spiegel and Karen Van Dusen of Woodinville.

Shawn Connolly, a University of Washington graduate from Woodinville, is one of 14 UW students who has been awarded Bonderman Travel Fellowships.

Students traveling with this $20,000 fellowship set off on solo journeys that are at least eight months long and take them to at least two regions of the world. Connolly is interested in “seeing how [various] cultures educate their children to inform my own teaching when I return.”

He plans to travel to Mongolia, western China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Cameroon, Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville. His goal is to explore the people, land and culture off the beaten travelers’ track.

Connolly received a master’s degree in teaching from the UW in June 2012 and was a Robert Noyce Teaching Scholar.

The following area students have graduated from LeTourneau University:

• John Cronkite of Woodinville graduated spring 2012 with a bachelor of science degree in computer science.

• Stephen Raney of Woodinville graduated spring 2012 with a bachelor of science degree in engineering.

Leigh Enselman, a 2008 graduate of Woodinville High School, has graduated cum laude from Montana State University. She earned a bachelor of science degree in business with a concentration in marketing.She is employed with Zoot Enterprises, Inc., a marketing firm for financial institutions, which is located in Bozeman.

Mercedes Thompson of Woodinville was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Book Award. The winner is chosen based on a love of learning.Thompson, a senior at Eastside Catholic High School, was also a valedictorian and gave the valedictory address at the ECHS graduation. She will attend Brigham Young University in the fall.

Abigail Gomulkiewicz from Redmond was recently named to the dean’s list at the College of William and Mary for the spring 2012 semester.

Kaitie Ivory of Woodinville recently received a Whitman internship grant in order to pursue a summer internship at the Cougar Mountain Zoo.

This grant provides Whitman students with a stipend of $2,300 so that they have the opportunity to participate in an unpaid internship that will allow them to build important skills for the future and to give back to the community around them. Next year Ivory will be returning to Whitman as a junior biology major.

Bruce Kennedy of Mountlake Terrace was honored recently as Metro’s 2011 Transit Operator of the Year. He was chosen by other Metro operators for his combination of safe driving skills, exceptional customer service and an excellent overall work record.Kennedy works at Metro’s North Base. He has earned a safe driving award in 34 of his 36 years with Metro.

Maia Lavarias of Woodinville has graduated magna cum laude from York College of Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor of science degree in biology. In addition she was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester.

David Maggs of Bothell earned faculty honors for spring 2012 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.Undergraduate students earning a 4.00 academic average for the semester gain the distinction of faculty honors.

Sarah Moehrke, a junior politics and government major, has been named to the dean’s list at Ripon College for the spring 2012 semester, which recognizes academic excellence. Moehrke is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel R. Moehrke of Lake Forest Park.

The following students have been named to the dean’s honor roll at Montana State University: Bothell - Aaron Wipf

Brier - Christopher Preuninger

Kenmore - James Chandler

Lake Forest Park - Blake Hartley

Woodinville: Chris Pedersen

Jasmin Kaur Rana of Woodinville was awarded two senior prizes at Wellesley College’s commencement ceremony on May 25. Rana, who graduated with a bachelor of arts degree with a major focus in chemistry and a minor in South Asian studies, received The Jean V. Crawford Prize in Chemistry, which was established by the chemistry department to honor the memory of the late Jean Crawford, professor of chemistry at Wellesley from 1951 to her retirement in 1985. It is given annually to up to four students who have demonstrated outstanding knowledge of chemistry in course work and in research and who show great potential as teacher/scholars; Rana was this year’s only recipient of the award. She also received the Doctor Leila C. Knox Prize in Biology, which was established in memory of Doctor Leila C. Knox by her family to recognize excellence and concern for fellow human beings.

Marielle Schweickart of Woodinville graduated from Rice University on May 12. Schweickart received a bachelor of arts degree in history.

Jason White of Kenmore, a first year School of Pharmacy and Health Professions student at Creighton University, was named to the spring dean’s list for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Applause - May 28, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

App Lindor
Kyle Lindor
Kyle Lindor, a senior at Woodinville High School, has signed a national letter of intent to play men’s golf at Western Washington University beginning in the fall of 2012. He was the KingCo 4A titlist this fall, winning by four strokes, and qualified for the state championship in May. Lindor, the school’s team captain and MVP for the second straight year, was a first-team all-KingCo League pick. He received honorable mention as a junior and was a second-team choice as a sophomore.

As a freshman on a team that went undefeated and won the KingCo championship, he  was voted Woodinville’s Rookie of the Year. He is a distant relative of WWU Athletics Hall of Fame golfer Claudia Lindor.

The following students graduated from Azusa Pacific University on May 5:

• Woodinville resident Cassandra Jones graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing degree

• Bothell resident Zachary Keene graduated with a bachelor of science degree in applied exercise science.

Stephanie K. Banning of Bothell, a member of the class of 2015 at Washington and Lee University, was recently inducted into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, which is limited to students who complete the first term of their first year with superior academic records.

Dalton Combs will graduate June 2 from Cedar Park Christian School with a GPA of 3.96.  He has been accepted into West Point Military Academy and is one of only 1100 freshmen accepted from the whole nation into West Point. He has rigorously trained for years in order to pass the demanding physical testfor admission.  He is also a very accomplished lacrosse goalie for Woodinville and was voted “all league” in football for Cedar Park. Dalton is also  very actively involved in his church volunteering his time delivering food to the needy.

The following area students were awarded degrees from Creighton University during the spring commencement ceremony:

•  Taylor Wilkinson of Duvall earned a master of science degree.

• Stephanie Ortman of Mill Creek earned a doctor of medicine degree cum laude.

John Cronkite of Woodinville was recognized for outstanding academic accomplishments by being named to the LeTourneau University dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester.

Elizabeth Crowley of Bothell graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a master of science degree in professional studies from RIT’s Center for Multidisciplinary Studies in the winter 2011–2012 quarter

Kelsey Elizabeth Johnston, daughter of Britt and Lori Johnston of Woodinville graduated cum laude from Pacific Lutheran University on May 27.

She was president of the school’s Marketing Club and recently inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, an International Honor Society for business.

Yeojin Joo of Lake Forest was among more than 2,800 students who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at commencement exercises May 4 and 5. Joo received a bachelor of arts with high distinction from the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Raising funds and awareness was behind the fun at the Bellevue Arthritis Walk, May 19 at Crossroads Park. Massage Envy clinic in Woodinville built a team to raise at least $1,000—to be matched by a $1,000 donation

Darcey (Watson) Morrissey, a 1996 graduate of Woodinville High School, earned her masters degree in music education specializing in choral conducting from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. She received her BA in music education from Central Washington University in 2000. She taught nine years in the Lake Washington School District.Presently she is a choral director for NW Girls Choir.

Chelsea and Charlotte Reinnoldt, eighth graders at Woodinville Montessori School, both received four-year merit scholarships to attend Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish. The twin sisters will start at  Eastside Catholic in the fall of 2012.

Stephanie Rubstello of Woodinville earned her degree from the University of Oregon School of Law on May 19. After completing her undergraduate degree in Los Angeles, Calif., Rubstello was ready to get back to the Northwest. She said she missed the laid-back culture and the trees.

In law school, Rubstello involved herself in the  small claims mediation clinic. She also tutored legal research and writing students during her second year of law school. Rubstello then became the managing editor for the Oregon Law Review, where she worked with a team of eight staff editors.

She would like to thank her mother for her support and encouragement throughout her time at Oregon Law.

“She believed I could do anything I set my mind to. Even when I wasn’t quite so sure myself.”

Reeceann Cabaniero-Buendia from Woodinville  was named to the dean’s list at the University of New Haven for the spring 2012 semester. Full-time undergraduate students must have a 3.50 or better cumulative GPA for the semester to be eligible for the dean’s list.


Woodinville Montessori School (WMS) teams competed at the US Interscholastic Orienteering National Championships at Ft. Ebey, Whidbey Island and Lord Hill Park, Monroe to successfully come from behind to capture 1st place for intermediate schools on a two day combined time. The elementary team won 1st place in their category as well. For intermediate individual medals, Andy Seckinger took 1st, Erik Nygaard 3rd with Tyler Chu in
4th. Notable runs were made by Andy Seckinger on Day 2 andThomas Wheeler on Day 1. Kyle Roecks finished 10th moving up on Day 2, with Brian Ellis doing well the first day.

Intermediate Girls notable finishes were Ivy MacDuff in 5th, Yola Stehling in 7th with Sierra McCowan, Lauren Porter and Lauren Wilson all with improved Day 2 runs over the first day.Elementary girls swept the individual medals 1-2-3 with Yula Stehling, Audrey Javadoff and Taylor Sibthorp. Zoe Sibthorp  and Leah Chu completed the team.

Applause - May 7, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Eagle Owen
Bryan Owen
Bryan Zachary Owen of Woodinville received the highest tribute from the Boy Scouts of America, the Eagle Scout award, at his Eagle Court of Honor April 27 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church.  An Eagle Scout from Troop 520 in Redmond, Wash., Bryan has lived in Woodinville for all of his 18 years and plans to attend Western Washington University next fall.

Life Scout Benton Walters from Troop 39 in Maltby/Snohomish is working on an Eagle project with Sound Salmon Solutions. Benton’s project is to salvage approximately 250 native plants and trees from a site located off of Schwarzsmiller Road. The plants are being salvaged in preparation for a large wood construction project scheduled for this summer. That project is designed to improve habitat

Eagle Walters
Benton Walters
conditions for endangered Chinook salmon. The project is funded by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and Ducks Unlimited.

The plants and trees that are salvaged will be stored until they can be replanted.  After construction is completed, the plants will be planted along the river to provide a vegetated buffer that will provide soil stability for the bank and shade to the river.

Helen Jenne of Shoreline, Wash., recently presented a paper at the annual Whitman College Undergraduate Conference on Tuesday, April 10. Her presentation was titled “The Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Infant Manual Exploration.” Jenne, the daughter of Polly and Ralph Jenne, is a 2009 graduate of Shorewood High School. She is currently a junior math and psychology major at Whitman.The undergraduate conference is an annual opportunity for Whitman students to share their research and creative projects with the community.

Emily Blair was awarded a $1,500 Katie Knapp Whitworth Class of 1940 Scholarship and a $1,000 Avery Quinn Plaster Memorial Scholarship from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.Blair graduated from Inglemoor High School in 2008 and plans to graduate from WSU in May 2013 with a degree in communications and English. She has been listed consecutively on the President’s Honor Roll, part of the Honors College, Alpha Delta Pi Director for Social Enrichment and graphic manager for The Daily Evergreen. Blair is the daughter of Mary Jane and Paul Blair of Woodinville.

The National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation recently announced the Washington recipients of the 10th annual NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards, a scholarship program designed to reward and encourage entrepreneurial talents among high school students. Aaron Furrer of Monroe is among the four Washington recipients. The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award recipients will attend the university, college, community college or vocational/technical institute of their choice with $1,000 to $10,000 in tuition assistance from the NFIB.

Sophomore Maria Gau of Woodinville and a member of the Central Washington University softball team has been named to the 2012 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference team. Gau is in her second season as a member of the Wildcat pitching staff and has yet to declare a major. Gau is a 2010 graduate of Woodinivlle High School.

Jeff Lombard, a 2004 graduate of Woodinville High School, will graduate Summa Cum Laude on May 19, 2012 from Santa Clara Law School in Santa Clara, Calif. Summa Cum Laude means he graduated in the top 2 percent of his class. He has accepted a position with Cooley LLP, an international law firm headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.

Ed Boselly
S. Edward Boselly, father of Woodinville Weekly publisher Julie Boselly, was voted the Distinguished Alumnus for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah for 2012. The Department requests nominations from faculty which is followed by faculty vote. The award ceremony was held May 3. Boselly, president of Weather Solutions Group (WSG) in Olympia, Wash., is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the nation’s leading professional society for scientists in the atmospheric and related sciences. The honor of Fellow is given to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences, or their applications, during a substantial period of years. Boselly founded WSG in 1996 to provide consulting services to public and private entities in order to assist them in the reduction of the impact of weather on their operations. Prior to launching WSG, Boselly was a researcher and consultant on numerous road weather projects across the United States.  He also served as a weather officer in the U.S. Air Force for more than 20 years.

Chadwin Hagens of Duvall was among 600 students at Eastern Oregon University named to the dean’s list for the 2012 winter term. To qualify students must achieve and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Noah Lerner of Lake Forest Park, Wash., recently presented a paper at the annual Whitman College Undergraduate Conference on April 10. His presentation was titled “Father Charles Coughlin: American Religion in the Great Depression.” Lerner, the son of Tom Lerner and Kirsten Erickson, is a 2008 graduate of Mount Shorecrest High School. He is currently a senior religion major at Whitman.

Brenna A. Dwyer, a native of Kenmore, Wash., has graduated cum laude from the University of Montana Western. Dwyer earned a bachelor of science in business administration, equine management and small business management.