Applause - Jan. 16, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Brenna Dwyer, a resident of Kenmore, Wash., made the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at the University of Montana Western.

Marie Henry, a student from Bothell, graduated from Centenary College at the 137th January commencement with a master of business administration degree on January 14, 2012.

The following Northshore students have been named to the honor roll at Oregon State University:

Bothell —

Straight-A average: Edward T. Eichelsdoerfer, sophomore, athletic training.

3.5 or better: Lacey T. London, sophomore, art; Allison R. Medina, sophomore, exercise and sport science; Samantha J. Reed, freshman, university exploratory studies; Levi J. Suryan, junior, pre-mechanical engineering.

Kenmore —

3.5 or Better: Kailie M. Ponto, freshman, psychology.

Woodinville —

3.5 or Better: Michael T. Conforto, freshman, university exploratory studies; Shannon M. Conklin, sophomore, pre-business; Corinne M. Fargo, sophomore, biochemistry and biophysics; Kristin N. Gollofon, sophomore, athletic training; Kelli A. Le Breton, sophomore, exercise and sport science; Hans K. Luchsinger, freshman, pre-elect and computer engineer; Kjersti E. Ochsner, post baccalaureate, art; Reid K. Paulson, freshman, pre-business; Zachary M. Schroeder, sophomore, pre-elect and computer engineer.

Reeceann Cabaniero-Buendia (sophomore) from Woodinville was named to the dean’s list at the University of New Haven for the fall 2011 semester.

Leigh Enselman, 2008 graduate of Woodinville High School, has been named to the dean’s list at Montana State University in Bozeman for Fall, 2011.  Leigh is in the College of Business, majoring in marketing and international business, and will graduate in May 2012.

Applause - Dec. 19, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Danielle Johnson Quatrochi
Danielle Johnson Quatrochi  ran in the California International Marathon (CIM) in Sacramento, Calif., on December 4 with a time of 2:44:56 — a time fast enough to qualify her for the Olympic Trials coming up in Houston, Texas, on January 14.

Danielle graduated from Woodinville High School with the class of ’95 where she competed in cross country, track and swimming. She lives in Boulder, Col., with husband Nick and their daughters Lyla and Nora. Danielle’s proud parents, Sandy and Mary Johnson, still live in the Woodinville area.

The following students were among the 1,300 honored for their academic success at Biola University.

Bothell —

Cassandra Carsrud, Katelyn Larson, Gretchen Pelatzky, Stephanie Tom

Mill Creek —

Veronica Luckey, Alexandra Sparks

Woodinville —

Caleb Wheeler, William Parker

University of San Diego student Benjamin Cooper of Mill Creek is studying in Rome, Italy, this fall.

Cooper is majoring in finance and plans to graduate in spring 2013.

Kathryn McCormick performed in Beloit College’s orchestra concert on Wednesday, Dec. 7. McCormick is a senior and a graduate of Shorewood High School. She is the daughter of David and Cynthia McCormick.

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Cameron Lee, 13,  in the 8th grade at Hidden River Middle School, has already found his passion.

“I was in the 5th grade when I saw The Sound of Music at Monroe High School. I thought, ‘I could do that, and it would be awesome,’” Cameron recalls. He took acting lessons the following summer, and that started everything.

Currently he is rehearsing multiple roles in an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which will be put on by Adagio Players at the Everett Historic Theater. It opens December 8 and runs Thursday - Sunday through December 18.

In October Cameron had his opera debut in the Seattle Opera production of Carmen, as one of ten children selected for the youth chorus. Cameron has been taking voice lessons for three years.

He has been nominated by Seattle Broadway World as “Best Featured Actor in a Play” for his role as Jesse in Distracted, which was produced by Arts West last spring. That role marked Cameron’s first professional role. His name was also submitted for a 2011 Gregory Award for the same role.

“I had barely finished my classes when I auditioned,” he says. “I didn’t feel ready.”

He is also nominated as a Seattle Broadway World “Person to Watch” for this year.

“This is exciting,” he says. “I’ve just started out, so it makes me feel like I’m going to go places.”

Cameron has been in two of the Monroe High musicals, as Emilio’s son in South Pacific and as a chorus member in Side Show. He plans to audition for both Monroe High and Hidden River musicals later this spring.

He already knows two things about his future life after high school. He is going to act … and he will need to find a second career to pay the bills!

“I really love being someone else and telling a story through real people,” Cameron says. “And being in front of an audience – it’s great the energy it gives. It makes me so pumped!”

Alexandria Fleming, the daughter of Jacqueline Moore of Seattle and Alexander Fleming also of Seattle, has been named to Randolph-Macon Academy’s dean’s list for the first quarter of the 2011-12 school year. Alexandria is a junior at Randolph-Macon.

Amy Hammerquist of Woodinville was a member of a group of Linfield College students and their faculty advisors who traveled to Seattle University to participate in the 20th annual Murdock College Science Research Program Conference in November.

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Luke Houser
Luke Houser, a 10-year-old student at Hollywood Hill Elementary in Woodinville, took 9th place at the USA Track and Field national Jr. Olympics cross country championship held on December 10 at the Whispering Pines Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The top 20 runners, and three teams, from 16 regions of the USA qualified for entry into the national championship. Luke placed first in District 13 at the regional championship held November 19 in Seattle’s Lower Woodland Park.

Luke placed 9th in a field of 224 in the Bantam Boys division for ages 9 and 10. He completed the 3000 meter (1.9 miles) course in a blazing time of 10:53.62, with a first mile split time of 5:51.51. The top 25 athletes in each division are awarded All-American status and receive a medal.

Meaghan Rieke, a senior from Woodinville, was among 20 Gonzaga University entrepreneurship students who spent a day recently in Omaha learning about business, ethics, and life from billionaire Warren Buffett, the “Oracle of Omaha,” one of the world’s foremost business authorities.

During the trip Nov. 10-12, the Gonzaga students toured two subsidiaries of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., took part in a lengthy question-and-answer session with Buffett and had lunch with and personally met the financial guru.

UW Bothell students Jack Chang Keng-Wei and Jebediah Pavelas formed Team Kinetic Math. Their team competed in the software design category and presented a tool for interactive math education. The tool utilizes the Microsoft Kinect to teach students an abstract and visual method of math.

Students Evan Harris, Craig Nishina, and Peter Thongprada Luangrath competed in the game design category as Team Credit/No Credit. Their team created an educational game intended to fight the global spread of infectious diseases. The game teaches young players that people are vulnerable and capable of contracting transferrable diseases such as malaria and HIV/Aids.

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Eva Jacobson
Seattle University recently announced Eva Jacobson, a junior English major with a 4.0 GPA,  has been awarded the Fr. William F. LeRoux Dean’s Scholarship, given annually to an “outstanding student in humanities” in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The William F. LeRoux Endowed Chair was established in the honor of Father LeRoux, a long standing faculty member. He came to SU in 1958 as a professor in theology and served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1977 to 1982.

From 1982 until his death in late 2004, Father LeRoux served as an assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement, where he remained a much beloved ambassador to alumni and friends.

Jacobson is a Woodinville High School graduate, Class of 2010. She is the daughter of Brenda Vanderloop and Paul Jacobson of Woodinville.

Applause - Dec. 5, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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Three Monroe High School students have been selected for the Washington Music Educators Association.

A sophomore, Anya Liebman, was selected for the all-state honor treble chorus.She performed in the MHS musical “Side Show” last spring. Evan Wang will play in the all-state honor chamber orchestra. Wang, also a sophomore, has played the French horn since the 8th grade. Kjell Westra, a senior and a clarinetist, will again play in the all-state honor concert band. This is the fourth year in a row Westra has successfully auditioned for one of the honor groups.

Bothell High School’s chamber orchestra has been invited to perform at the 65th annual Midwest Clinic Dec. 14-17 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Ill. Bothell’s orchestra is one of nine orchestras chosen. “This is an extreme honor for Bothell High School, Northshore School District and Washington music education,” said Bothell High School instrumental music director Phil Dean. “The Midwest Clinic is the most prestigious performance request our music department has ever received.”
The Northshore Junior High School symphonic band, under the direction of Rick White, was selected to perform at the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) State Conference, Feb. 17-20, 2012, in Yakima, Wash. The 53-member ensemble was chosen by a panel of state music educators. This is the highest honor the state association awards to performing ensembles. The band will perform at a concert hour and as a demonstration clinic group.

Applause - Nov. 7, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Kellen Blair, a 2002 Chrysalis School graduate has won an ASCAPLUS award for songwriting and has recently been nominated for a Joseph Jefferson award in Chicago.

Caroline Allen Brawner of Bothell and the daughter of James H. Brawner and LeeAnne Brawner is among the 765 students who entered Colgate University this fall as a member of the class of 2015.

Audrey Michael of Bothell was one of more than 1,300 undergraduate students from around the world who began their first year at Tufts University, located in Medford/Somerville, Mass.

cantrickTony Cantrick of Woodinville admits to a lifelong passion with the keyboard. This passion led to his performance as an amateur gold medal winner in the Seattle International Piano Festival and Competition, the finals held October 22 and 23, in Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall in Seattle.  He received additional awards for “Audience Favorite” and for “Best Performance of a Sonata by Scarlatti.”  Cantrick is a systems analyst with Crane Aerospace. Tony’s recital selections were “Sonata in c minor, K 84,” by Scarlatti, “Prelude in D, op 23 no 4” by Rachmaninoff and “La Soiree dans Grenade” by Debussy.  He is privileged to study piano currently with Dr. William Chapman Nyaho.

Tony’s  musical background includes harpsichord, as well as piano. Prior to moving to the West Coast, he lived in Washington, D.C., where he presented lecture-demonstrations on the historical keyboard collection at the Smithsonian Institution; and was an occasional recitalist in venues such as the Smithsonian, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Mt. Vernon College, American University and the Anderson House Museum. In recent years, he has turned his attention back to piano.

When Cantrick is not playing the piano, he  enjoys singing bass with the Kirkland Choral Society.  Other hobbies include hiking and biking in the Cascades and beyond. Last summer he biked the French Alps. He is married with two children, and resides in Woodinville with his wife Ann McMenamin.

Details about the festival and its year-round activities can be found at

Woodinville’s Twisted Cafe was voted #1 1 in Woodinville, according to KING5’s Best of Western Washington results. The cafe was also voted #6 in Western Washington. They  competed in the Cheap Eats Sandwich Shop category. This is the first year Twisted Cafe has competed and the owners, both Woodinville residents, are excited with the outcome of the contest and the support of their customers.

Applause - Oct. 31, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Two Monroe High seniors were summoned to the school principal’s office recently. Sounding ominous they quickly responded to learn it was good news. They were named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

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Howard Chen
“I was fairly surprised,” says Matt Engel. “I thought I was in some big trouble.”

“We didn’t know the cut-off date,” says Howard Chen. “Nobody knows what distinguishes us from each other.” Chen and Engel and two other MHS students received preliminary recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program last spring.

For both the young men, earning a National Merit Scholarship would be a boost toward achieving their goals. Chen plans to be a physician and is making applications to four-year colleges, such as the Honors College at Arizona State University, and the medical program at Rice University.

Engel dreams of becoming an astronaut and plans to get a degree in physics, mechanical engineering or perhaps geology. He is looking at Cal Tech, University of Washington, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Both students will be very busy in the months ahead before they hear about scholarship results. Engel has just completed his FAA exam and will take his FAA flight test to receive his pilot’s license for single engine land planes. He is carrying a full load at school and is active in four clubs as well as cross country.

Chen plays varsity tennis in addition to taking five AP classes, including an independent study in calculus.

Lauren Anderson, a freshman of Biola University and resident of Bothell received the President’s scholarship   for the 2011/2012 academic year.

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Lena Seino
Woodinville High School class of 2007 graduate Lena Seino recently graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University with a bachelor of arts in communications.While at WSU she served on the board of directors for the Bookie, did volunteer service in Japan and Germany  two summers as well as in New Orleans her last year at WSU. She was an active member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.  Lena  has now been accepted to the Executive Masters of Public Health at the University of Washington and started her work in this program last month.

Ron Albrecht, a Woodinville resident who lost his son Drew to meningitis when he was 15 years old, has joined the Voices of Meningitis campaign. “I am committed to educating other parents who haven’t yet vaccinated their children about the dangers of meningitis, and why prevention is so important,” Albrecht said. “Meningitis does not discriminate and it starts causing damage before you even know it’s there.  Vaccination is the best method we have to protect our children. All parents with preteen or teenage children should make sure their children are protected.  It just might save their life.”

Albrecht encourages parents to visit and the Raise Your Voice Against Meningitis Facebook page to hear from other families who have been affected by this disease and to learn more about vaccination.