Applause - December 24, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Ann Margaret Paulson of Shoreline was among some 1,500 students who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at commencement exercises Dec. 14 and 15.

Paulson received a doctor of philosophy from the Division of Graduate Studies.

The graduates are from 34 states and 28 countries.

The following local residents made the Dean’s List for Fall 2012 quarter at Rochester Institute of Technology:

• Michael Potter of Shoreline, Wash., a third-year student in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

• Sarah Rice-Pelepko of Shoreline, Wash., a second-year student in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging science, sustainability, and fine and applied arts.

Applause - December 17, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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Luke Houser
Luke Houser, 11, a 6th grade student at Hollywood Hill Elementary, placed first in the 11-12 year division of the Regional USATF Jr. Olympics Cross Country meet held in Spokane. Luke ran the 3 kilometer course in 10:33, nine seconds ahead of the second place runner. His team, the Cascade Striders, also placed first in their age group.

Students named to Biola University’s spring 2012 dean’s list for academic excellence include:

Cassandra Carsrud, Bothell

Katelyn Larson, Bothell

William Parker, Woodinville

Nicole Webber, Lake Forest Park

Caleb Wheeler, Woodinville

Grace Horiatis, a senior at George Fox University, was among the more than 120 performers taking part in the university’s annual Christmas concert, “Star of Wonder, Star of Light!,” scheduled Friday through Sunday, Dec. 7-9.Horiatis sings/plays viola for the symphonic band and string quintet.

Jennifer Ann Loyet of Woodinville is serving as member-at-large for Rock Chalk Revue, the annual variety show produced by University of Kansas students to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Douglas County and the University Endowment’s Dream Maker Fund. Loyet is a junior accounting and marketing major. She attended Woodinville High School and is the daughter of Lowell and Elizabeth Loyet.

The National League of Cities (NLC) has recognized the city of Kenmore for recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC).  LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.

“The City of Kenmore is dedicated to promoting opportunities for play through its parks system and community events program,” said Kenmore Mayor David Baker. “We are proud to receive this recognition and will continue to strive to provide citizens with a high quality of life.”

Washington University in St. Louis sophomore forward Melissa Gilkey of Woodinville was selected to the 2013 Women’s Basketball Preseason All-America honorable mention team, as announced by the website

Gilkey, who was honored as the 2012 Central Region and University Athletic Association (UAA) Rookie of the Year, was one of two UAA players to receive 2013 Preseason All-America recognition from earned second-team all-UAA honors for Washington U. in 2012, starting all 27 games for the Bears in her rookie season. She finished second on the team in scoring (10.9 ppg), while leading the Bears in rebounding (7.3 per game). Gilkey also led Washington U. with 38 blocked shots a year ago, which ranks ninth in program history for a single season.

State Sen. Andy Hill has been named chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, making him the Senate’s leader on budgetary matters for the next two years.

Hill is a long-time Redmond resident from the 45th Legislative District, which includes Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Duvall, Woodinville and portions of unincorporated King County. He was elected to the Senate in 2010 and is midway through his first term.

Hill will no longer serve as the ranking minority member on the Senate Higher Education Committee; however, he will continue as a member of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. He is also the co-chair of the Quality Education Council and serves on the Joint Select Committee on Education Accountability.


WHS Students of the Month

Woodinville High School recognized 25 students before their parents on December 12 at a Student of the Month celebration held in the school’s new theater.  Students, nominated by WHS staff, were recognized in four areas: academics, citizenship, health and fitness and personal expression.

Academics: Students are academically prepared and confident to pursue higher education –

Aliena Lowell, Elizabeth Kanning, Kaylene Stocking, Shanelle Clogston, Emily Falcon, Madison Sutton and Dalton Schaefbauer.

Citizenship: Students live as responsible citizens –

Josh Kim, Ashley Miller, Matt Mustarde, Adrienne Renne, Ashley Nicholas, Nick Wade Easley, Matthew Brown, Ryan Christensen, Jenny Sprague and Jake Jensen.

Health and Fitness: Students live healthy, satisfying and productive lives –

Brent Constantine.

Personal Expression: Students understand and develop their personal gifts and strengths –

Roman Casasanta, Kyle Marshall, Michael Stiles, Sydney Bodman, Justin Babbitt, Sophie Williams and Michael Zander.

Applause - November 19, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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Sallie Bieterman
Sallie Bieterman, a Woodinville High School junior, recently performed with cast members of the touring Broadway musical “Wicked.” Sallie and seven other high school students were selected at audition to represent the state and join “Wicked” cast members.

Washington University in St. Louis sophomore forward Melissa Gilkey of Woodinville was selected to the 2013 Women’s Basketball Preseason All-America honorable mention team.Gilkey, who was honored as the 2012 Central Region and University Athletic Association (UAA) Rookie of the Year, was one of two UAA players to receive 2013 Preseason All-America recognition from

Gilkey earned second-team all-UAA honors for Washington U. in 2012, starting all 27 games for the Bears in her rookie season. She finished second on the team in scoring (10.9 ppg), while leading the Bears in rebounding (7.3 per game).

Woodinville High School swim and dive athletes, Taylor Bingea, Jessica Bruce, Katie Davidson, Sarah Davidson, Erika Kelso and Rachael Roberts competed in the WIAA state swim and dive meet in Federal Way. Three athletes secured times/scores that allowed them to compete in finals. Swimmer Taylor Bingea (10th grade), placed 14th in the 500 Free with a time of 5:25.79.  Diver Erika Kelso (10th grade), placed 14th with 292.65 points. Diver Rachael Roberts (11th grade), placed 10th with 307.20 points.

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Paul Bugallo

Paul Bugallo, a 2010 graduate of Woodinville High School, played Adrian in Central Washington University’s Central Theatre ensemble production of “The Tempest.” Bugallo is a junior in the Bachelor of Fine Arts-Performance program at CWU.

His parents are George and Denise Bugallo of Woodinville.

Applause - October 22, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Mackenzie Bowman of Bothell has enrolled as a student at the University of Toledo. Bowman, a graduate of Henry M Jackson High School, is majoring in bioengineering at UToledo.

The King County executive recently announced the winners and finalists in the second-annual Small Business competition. Among the winners were Kenmore Camera, a finalist in the Small Business of the Year category, and The Root Connection (Woodinville), the winner in the Rural Small Business of the Year competition. For more information, visit

Metropolitan King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, who represents District 3 in northeast King County, has been recognized as a certified public official after completing the prescribed coursework of the statewide County Training Institute Program Partners which includes courses in county budget and financial management, ethics and public service, risk management, county government structure/roles and responsibilities, effective communication and strategic planning. “The coursework was particularly valuable because it covered many important topics such as budgeting, how to avoid lawsuits for public officials and how to increase efficiency in operations,” said Lambert.

Karen Ochsner of Woodinville won the Western High-Point Select Amateur title at the 2012 SmartPak American Quarter Horse Association West Novice Championship Show in Las Vegas October 7.

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.