Applause - August 29, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Northshore Fire Department is proud to honor two of its firefighters for 30 years of outstanding service to the Department and community.

Douglas Knight, a graduate of Bothell High School, began his career with the Northshore Fire Department in 1972 as a volunteer and was hired full time in 1981. Knight was promoted to lieutenant in 1984 and has served in various officer ranks until being promoted to battalion chief in 2001. For many years, Knight oversaw the fleet program that included maintaining the emergency apparatus and developing specifications for new equipment purchases.

Tim Wooldridge grew up in Kenmore and graduated from Inglemoor High School. Wooldridge, whose father started his volunteer service with the department in 1958, chose to follow in his footsteps and pursue a career in the fire service. Wooldridge started as a volunteer with the department in 1979, and was hired full time in 1981.

Several local residents made the academic deans’ list at APU. These students are honored for a spring semester 2011 academic standing of 3.5 or better grade-point average. A total of 1,575 students received the same honor.

Woodinville: Nicholas J. Kunnanz, accounting; Alicia R. Orrico, applied exercise science

Lake Forest Park: Berit E. Anderson, global studies

Jessica Abigail Balazic, the daughter of Woodinville’s Jim and Linda Balazic, graduated this summer from the University of Washington- Bothell with her bachelor’s degree in community psychology. She plans on becoming a special education teacher and will start graduate school at UW Seattle this fall for special education in the severe/low-incidence program.

Elizabeth Hiskey of Woodinville has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. She will be traveling to Belgium, where she will teach English as a Foreign Language at the University of Ghent. Elizabeth is a 2007 graduate of Redmond High School and a 2011 graduate of the University of Washington, where she received two degrees, in English and French, both with honors. Upon her return to the U.S. next summer, she has been accepted to the Teach for America program, in which she will spend two years teaching in a low-income school district while completing her master’s degree in teaching.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Dave and Lois Hiskey of Woodinville.

Rielly Milne of Woodinville earned a bronze medal at the 2011 Canadian high school rowing championship regatta held in St. Catharines, Ontario, on June 3-5. Rielly, a coxswain for the Brentwood College School in Mill Bay, British Columbia, Canada, raced in the senior men’s 72 kg four+ against 28 other schools that qualified to compete at the regatta.

Omar Rivas, a Woodinville resident competed in the World Championship of Public Speaking. Rivas is an award-winning speaker and presentation coach, with 25 years of executive experience in business development, sales, marketing, management, team building and executive level negotiations.

His diversity in business spans several industries and various positions within the corporate environment. His superior interpersonal skills allow for the understanding and solving of multiple, complex and ambiguous issues within an organization, while managing multiple projects simultaneously.

Recognized for his high personal integrity, collaborative management style, diplomatic communication skills, reliability, and flexibility. Having oned or been partial owner of several successful companies, in a variety of industries over the past 25 years, has given him the ability to speak on a wealth of business topics. He is strategic and analytical in his thinking, innovative and creative in his execution, bi-lingual in his communication, and passionate in his actions.

In 2010, Omar traveled to Palm Desert, Calif., to compete in the World Championship of Public Speaking Semifinals, becoming one of the world’s top 27 speakers for Toastmasters International. Omar is once again traveling to Las Vegas in August to compete in his second World Championship of Public Speaking Semifinals (2 years in a row).

The following Northshore students graduated from Seattle Pacific University:

Chloe Emiko Dixon of Woodinville graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in communication.

Robert James Henry of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration, marketing emphasis.

Hannah MS Hsu of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and physics.

Haley Grace Libak of Woodinville graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in communication, journalism emphasis.

Nicholas Joseph Maurice of Woodinville graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in physiology and a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry.

Andrew Joseph Ogden of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in communication.

Heather Catherine Olson of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of arts in communication, journalism emphasis.

Jamie Ashby Perry of Woodinville graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in integrated studies, health and fitness emphasis.

Katie Lauren Powell of Woodinville graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in theatre.

Aaron Jonathan Raney of Woodinville graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in biology.

Reed Leon Ruch of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in accounting.

Elliott Wyse of Woodinville chose to join 86 other students from around the world to form the ninth freshman class at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass.

Applause - August 15, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
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Allison DeJong

Woodinville resident Allison (Alli) DeJong was recently selected to have art permanently installed at the new Swedish facility in Issaquah. Alli graduated from Eastside Catholic in June. This fall she is headed to Carleton College in Minnesota.

Alexandria Fleming, the daughter of Alexander Fleming and Jacqueline Moore of Mill Creek, was named to the dean’s list at Randolph-Macon Academy for the fourth quarter of the 2010-11 school year. Students are named to the dean’s list for achieving a grade point average between 3.3 and 4.0.Alexandria is a sophomore at the Academy.

Cadet Charles Phelps, son of Charles and Carrie Phelps of Woodinville has been selected First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets for the 2011-2012 academic year, which began Aug. 14, achieving the highest position in the cadet chain of command. As first captain, Phelps, a military history major, is responsible for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400- member Corps of Cadets.

Volunteering for a week at township schools in Cape Town, discussing education with local students of the same age, learning about Robben Island from a former inmate, seeing Africa’s wildlife up close on safari, receiving a lesson on the differences between African tribes, and visiting with children affected by HIV/AIDS in Johannesburg…these things may not make up the typical itinerary for a South African vacation. Payton Schenck recently returned from the People to People International (PTPI) EXPERIENCE: South Africa program, held July 8–21. Designed to immerse high school students in cultural, educational and humanitarian activities, the EXPERIENCE program takes place annually in locations around the world. Throughout the two-week program, the students engage in discussions about what they have seen and done, and what their roles are in the world.

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Jake Cabuag, a member of Bothell Post 127 The American Legion, has been elected the State Commander at the State Convention in Spokane. He will serve a one year term of the some 26,000 Legionnaires in Washington state.Cabuag is retired from the US Coast Guard having served for 29 years. He has been very active member of the Bothell Post, having served on many committees and elected offices. He was post commander for three years.

Kaplan University celebrated the graduation of its summer 2011 class during a graduation ceremony on Aug. 6. The following local students were awarded degrees:

• Tiana Berkowitz of Bothell was awarded a associate of science degree in interdisciplinary studies.

• Yelena Chuprina of Bothell was awarded a associate of applied science degree in paralegal studies.

• Kimberly Allen of Woodinville was awarded a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

• Sherry Hoonan of Woodinville was awarded a bachelor’s degree in legal studies.

The $250 prize for third place in the student essay contest sponsored by Compassion & Choices of Washington (C&C) went to 16-year-old Christopher Stenson of Bothell.

Rachel Kuenzi, a resident of Redmond, was named to the dean’s list for the spriing 2011 semester at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif.

Applause - July 25, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Wesley Steeb, daughter of David and Karen Steeb of Woodinville, has been named to the dean’s list at Hillsdale College. She is a sophomore history major and graduated from Cedar Park High School in 2009.

Danielle Nicole Albers of Woodinville received a master’s degree of science in computer sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s spring commencement ceremonies.

Brianna Schroeder and Katie Campbell, both of Woodinville, have been named to the University of Northern Colorado dean’s list.

Emily Dueker of Woodinville received a bachelor’s degree in art from Pacific University this spring.

Thomas Elliott, a resident of Kenmore, was among over 170 students from Whittier College who made the spring 2011 dean’s list.


Kelly Hughes received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology at St. Olaf College’s 122nd commencement ceremony May 29. Kelly is the daughter of Michael and Rebecca Hughes of Woodinville and a Woodinville High School graduate.

Cameron Van Til, a 2010 Woodinville High School graduate, was named to the dean’s list at Gonzaga University for the 2011 spring semester. Cameron is an economics major with a journalism minor at Gonzaga and is the son of Steven and Karen Van Til.

Sara Warren of Woodinville received a bachelor of arts degree in English from St. Olaf College. She is the daughter of Michael Knotz and graduated from WHS.

David Orella, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Orella of Woodinville, has been has been named to the dean’s list at Gonzaga University for fall semester 2010.

Students from the following groups performed at the Disneyland Resort in California: Bear Creek School Band, Bear Creek School Choir and Studio 1 Dance Team.

Applause - July 18, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Courtesy photo The Woodinville Reign U10 Fastpitch team place 2nd at the NSA State Championships in the Tri-cities on June 18 and 19. The team battled throughout the heat with only nine players all weekend. The team consisted of Mikaelie Sullivan, Rachael Rhinehart, Katie Pippel, Riley Garcia, Montana Jones, Bailey Burger-Moore, Jackie Lemke, Sophie Hall and Anna Rodgers. Coaches for the Reign were Marcene Sullivan, Clint Rhinehart and Quenten Pippel.
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 2011 semester. To qualify for the Honor’s List, a student must carry a 3.5 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0 and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours (four courses).

Lea Shim of Bothell was named to the merit list of Oxford College, the two-year liberal arts division of Emory University located in Oxford, Ga., for the 2011 spring semester. Shim also received an associate in arts degree from the college. She is the daughter of Mong L. Shim and Pauline Shim.

Brent Miller, 2006 Woodinville High School graduate, graduated from the University of Portland in June. A pitcher for UP Pilots baseball,Brent garnered honorable mention honors on the West Coast Conference All-Academic team. Brent now works at in Seattle.

Western Washington University student Anne Elizabeth Forman, daughter of Paul and Kathie Forman of Woodinville, received a $5,000 President’s Study Abroad Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year. The President’s Study Abroad Scholarships were awarded to the most deserving students, based on merit and financial need.  Forman, a junior, holds a 3.76 GPA and graduated from Woodinville High School in 2008. She is a Spanish/cultural anthropology double-major and is a Spanish tutor at Sehome High School in Bellingham. She plans to return to South America after graduation and teach English, then come back to the U.S. and teach high school Spanish.

Jill Buccola, a junior majoring in English/history, has been named to the dean’s list at Hillsdale College. She is the daughter of Jerry and Kay Buccola of Woodinville. Jill was homeschooled.

Woodinville resident Alice Kay Granger graduated with high honors recently from Northeastern University. She majored in human services.

Kaleigh Ansdell and Katie Main, both of Bothell, and Amy Hammerquist of Woodinville have been named to the Linfield College dean’s list.

Courtesy photo. Team members(left to right:) Cage Schneck, Zachary Shimek, Ryan Gibson and Owen Klee, all from the Northshore area, are members of Walker’s Subaru Eliminators team which went undefeated for the second year in a row to win the HoopFest championship.
Teach For America recently announced that Kelsey Longmuir, a Woodinville native, has been accepted to the organization’s 2011 corps. Teach For America is the national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational equity. Longmuir is a 2007 graduate of Woodinville High School and 2011 graduate of Occidental College. She will teach in Denver.

The following area students received bachelor of arts degrees from Whitman College:

Bothell — Glory Bushey, Magdalena Dumpit, Wayne Lichty

Mill Creek — Jaspreet Gill

Kenmore — Stephen Campbell

Woodinville — Abigail Rhinehart and Taylor Overturf

Applause - July 4, 2011

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Ryan Short
While most junior high students were sleeping in on Saturday mornings this spring, Ryan Short, 13, was up early and at the Hollywood Hill Saddle Club Arena in Woodinville by 7:30 a.m., warming up both his vocal cords and his trumpet. The son of Mary and Andrew Short of Bothell, Ryan not only is the announcer for the horse shows May through August, but he also plays the national anthem on his trumpet at the beginning of the show.

"There was a scratchy old tape recording I was supposed to play on a tape player while holding the microphone by the speaker," said Ryan. "I knew I could play my trumpet better than that." He asks the audience to rise and face the arena’s flag and then plays "The Star-Spangled Banner" from the balcony of the announcer’s shack. Ryan is a student at Canyon Park Junior High where he just finished the 7th grade.

Back in the announcer’s chair, Ryan calls for the first class of horses and riders to enter the arena. Ryan will continue as announcer this summer at the Hollywood Hill Arena (next show is July 9), as well as working on the adult-level black belt in his Kung Fu class. Other summer plans include a horseback trip with grandpa and re-reading all 4,100 pages of the Harry Potter book series. "That’s only 60 pages a day," said Ryan, "which I can easily do."

As for the future, he’s thinking about a master’s degree in engineering or computer science.

Rebecca L. Dash, of Mill Creek, received a degree from Clark University May 22. Dash graduated with a master of arts degree in history.

The following students earned degrees from Missouri University of Science and Technology:

• Marie Aimee Karumuhinzi of Mill Creek earned a graduate certificate in engineering mechanics.

• Joshua Karadan Bock of Bothell earned a master of science degree in system engineering.

• Benjamin Walter Kroeter of Woodinville earned a master of science degree in system engineering .

Naomi Rowden of Woodinville has graduated from the University of Oregon Law School. She has earned a masters of conflict and dispute resolution and a doctor of jurisprudence degree. Her focus has been in environmental law and tribal law. She will be taking the Washington State Bar exam in July. Naomi was also selected for the Presidential Management Fellowship with the U.S. federal government. She will start work in August for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.

Junior golfers Oliver Rudnicki, 17, and Lyle Rudnicki, 17, of Woodinville are heading to Pebble Beach for the Nature Valley First Tee Open July 8-10. The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is an official Champions Tour tournament that pairs 78 junior golfers with 78 professionals. The tournament will take place on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course and will be televised nationally on Golf Channel.

Evan Stoll of Woodinville graduated from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business with a focus in finance on June 11, 2011. He was a graduate of Woodinville High School in 2007.

Brendan M. McOmber, of Bothell, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester at the University of Vermont. McOmber is a first-year mathematics major.

Sean Tucker and Erika Teasley from Woodinville have been selected to participate in the 2011 DO-IT Scholars Program.Beginning July 12, new DO-IT Scholars will spend 10 days living on campus, participating in an intensive program designed to promote college and career success. The students will learn about challenging careers in fields such as technology, science, engineering and mathematics. Returning second year scholars will stay on campus for one week starting July 24.

Melissa Estabrook and Rep. Jamie Pedersen, District 43
Holy Names Academy freshman Melissa Estabrook of Woodinville recently served as a page on the floor of the House of Representatives Any student (aged 14-17) is eligible to serve as a legislative page in the state House or Senate, where for one week, they deliver messages for lawmakers and learn first-hand about the democratic process. If you know a student interested in serving as a page, contact local lawmakers.

The following area students were named to the University of Idaho spring 2011 dean’s list:

• Bothell — Brianna Louise Gualtieri, Dominic Emery Fatigati, Jonathon Maxxwell Forde

• Kenmore — Stephanie May Wamble, Craig Alan Kingsbury, Elizabeth Eileen Boyden, Brian Edward Frederiksen

• Woodinville — Jessica Helen Tatham, Traci Lee VonJouanne, Trace Benjamin Hobgood, Lauren Eileen Kramer

Western Washington University has identified the following as 2011 outstanding graduates:

Bothell —

• University Honors Program Outstanding Graduate Leeann Briscoe earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish. Briscoe is a graduate of Bothell High School and the daughter of Daryl and Terry Briscoe. After graduating, Briscoe plans to serve with an AmeriCorps program in the Federal Way Public School District while applying for graduate school to earn her master’s degree in school counseling.

• Theatre Arts Outstanding Graduate Joseph Wagner earned a bachelor of arts degree in theatre arts-lighting design. Wagner is a graduate of Bothell High School and has worked on 12 theatre productions at WWU, including seven as a lighting designer. Wagner has also designed a show at the Bellingham Theatre Guild as part of an internship. After graduating, Wagner plans to work on the tech crew at the new Snohomish School District Performing Arts Center before applying to graduate school for the fall of 2012 to continue his studies in lighting design.

Woodinville —

•Human services outstanding graduate Jennifer Hagedorn earned a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, in human services and a minor in sociology. The daughter of Tom and Linda Hagedorn of Woodinville, she’s a graduate of Woodinville High School. Hagedorn interned at several organizations including the Department of Corrections, Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center’s Adult Day Health program. She was also a Woodring College of Education peer mentor, and co-president of the Students for Social Change, which was Western’s Associated Students Service Club of the Year.

She worked closely with human services’ professors on a scholarly article that will be published soon.

This summer, she will be a unit director for a YMCA summer day camp. Then she’ll travel to Ghana for eight months as a public health intern for the Ghanaian government.

Kaaren Hatlen has been named to the Pacific Lutheran University dean’s list. Majoring in mathematics, she is a 2009 graduate of Woodinville High School and is the daughter of Mark and Mary Hatlen of Woodinville.

Kristina I. Markosova, a resident of Bothell, has recently been named to the dean’s list at Boston University for the spring semester.

Alia Anor Willingham of Mill Creek was among 3,967 students from Miami University who received degrees during spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 7 at Yager Stadium.Willingham received a bachelor of science degree in business (Cum Laude).

Amy auf der Springe of Bothell, was named to the dean’s list at Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance for the spring 2011 semester.

Woodinville resident Samuel Arthur Pomeroy,has been named to the dean’s academic honor list at Baylor University.

Loren Endsley of Duvall and Nathan Melton of Woodinville have been named to the 2011 spring term dean’s list at Eastern Oregon University.

Jessica Ahnert of Woodinville has received a master of arts in teaching, elementary education, from University of Northern Colorado.

Kristin J. Egbert, a resident of Woodinville, has recently been named to the dean’s list at Boston University for the spring semester.

Emily Parzybok of Woodinville has graduated cum laude from Boston College with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and biology.

Isaiah Caplan
As part of his school’s business development culminating project, Isaiah Caplan, 15, from Orting, Wash., decided to form a mock non-profit and sell concessions to raise money for the Northshore Wranglers.

So, quarters, dimes and nickels at a time the industrious teen raised over $220 in his business venture surpassing all expectations.

When his project concluded in June, while Isaiah received praise and high marks for both his idea and his success, he remains most proud of what his donation means to the Northshore Wranglers.

The money donated will support the Northshore Wranglers scholarship program.The Northshore Wranglers Special Recreation Program serves people of all ages with intellectual, cognitive and developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers.

Visit for information about the Wranglers program.