Applause - Oct. 17, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Woodinville High School seniors Sierra Barajas and Rebecca Folsom were recognized by the National Hispanic Recognition Program for their academic achievement. Requirements for recognition include achieving a minimum required PSAT/NMSQT score in their junior year, be of at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino descent and achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher by the end of their junior year.

Shelby Reynolds, Northshore School District manager for Instructional Technology and Library Services, received the 2011 Supervisor of the Year Award from the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA).

The award is given to an individual who provides outstanding service and support to the library media program to achieve a school’s instructional goals.

Northshore librarians nominated Reynolds for her leadership and support.

The Washington Library Media Association is a volunteer organization that provides networking opportunities and professional support for teacher-librarians, parents, teachers and administrators.

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 for 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 been accepted to the executive masters of public health program at the University of Washington.

Daniel McNees, a freshman at Biola University and a resident of Kenmore was among 200 students who received the college’s highest scholarship - the President’s scholarship - for the 2011/2012 academic year.

Biola awards incoming freshmen with the President’s scholarship - $9,000 per year for four years - upon their entering the university and meeting the requirements of the scholarship. About 15 percent of this year’s incoming class received this award.

Students are considered for this scholarship upon admission to the University based on their GPA and SAT scores.

The requirements of the scholarship are a GPA of at least 3.10 and a combined SAT score of 1240, both math and English scores.

Berklee College of Music announces that Stevan Rexroat of Bothell has earned placement on the dean’s list for the summer semester of the 2011 academic year.

To be eligible for this honor, a full-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or above; a part-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.6 or above.

Applause - Oct. 10, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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Adam DiDomizio
Adam DiDomizio finished in first place for the 2011 Northwest Youth Racing Circuit (NWYRC) for the full rig laser class.  He competed in all eight NWYRC events, as well as other regattas held through the year. Adam has been sailing since the age of 7 and racing for almost 3 years. He sails for Sail Sand Point, a non-profit sailing association, located in Magnuson Park and is open to the whole community.  He also placed second in the NW Junior Olympics held at CYC in Shilshole this past August, and took third place at the ISSA High School single-handed district championships held at Cascade Locks over Labor Day weekend.

The ISSA High School organization, NWISA, division, is made up of teams from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.  They sail several regattas through out the year with the majority of the events running from March – June.   Double handed boats sailed are FJs, V-15s, and 420s.  If you are a student in 8th – 12th grade who will, or already   attend Woodinville High School and are interested in sailing competitively (either as a skipper or crew member) please contact Loren DiDomizio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Janet C. Pierson, a resident of Woodinville, has earned a bachelor of science degree from Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y.

Bothell High School class of 2007 graduate Liz Tracy remains undefeated in Brazilian jiu jitsu competition after taking home two first place gold medals at the Oregon Open recently in Hillsborough, Ore.

Tracy, 23, won first place in both the gi (traditional martial arts kimono) and no-go (submission wrestling) divisions. She also took home a trophy for fastest submission.

After a 13-year amateur wrestling career, three of which were spent at Bothell High, one of Tracy’s best friends introduced her to mixed martial arts, a sport which combines elements of wrestling, kickboxing and jiu-jitsu. Tracy is currently attending Portland State University, working towards her bachelor’s degree in health and science, after which she plans to attend Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., for her doctorate in physical therapy.

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Alex Kegel
Eagle Scout Alex Kegel, a member of Troop 573 at Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church, had a vision and followed through with action.  Last week he delivered five hand-built cedar benches for the fire pit at the Woodinville Heritage Garden. An Eagle Scout project is no small task as it requires planning, organizing, fundraising, building, delivering, etc. It took 24 teenagers and 12 adults to complete the benches over two days.

Northwest University’s Shea Samuelsen of Bothell (Woodinville High School), and Jordan Holmes of Mountlake Terrace have been named the Red Lion offensive and defensive players of the week for the Cascade Conference.

Shea, a freshman midfielder, assisted on the game winner and scored a goal on a free kick in Friday’s big win over #20 Carroll College (Mont.).

For Holmes, senior goalkeeper, it is her second time being voted conference defensive player of the week this season. Holmes shut out the Carroll College Fighting Saints, a team averaging over four goals per game prior to coming into the game against the Eagles on Friday.

Hannah Stringer of Woodinville has been named to the dean’s list for the 2011 spring semester at Trinity Univesity.

Nicole Harter of Redmond has been named to the dean’s list for summer 2011 at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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Jeff LaFlam
Jeff LaFlam, fire marshal for the Northshore Fire Department, received the 2011 Fire Marshal of the Year Award from the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals (WSAFM). The award was presented at the annual fire prevention institute in Chelan October 5. WSAFM is a statewide organization of fire safety professionals dedicated to improving community safety through education, engineering and code compliance.

Fire Marshal LaFlam has dedicated more than 20 years of his fire service career working in fire prevention. Currently he serves on the Board of WSAFM, chairs the King County Zone 1 Fire Marshals organization, is on the advisory board of King County Interagency Resource for Achieving Cooperation (IRAC) and is an active member of the Washington State Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

In February 2011, the Kenmore City Council passed a residential fire sprinkler ordinance that will improve the safety of its citizens for decades to come. Fire Marshal LaFlam was instrumental in this process, “Fire sprinklers are the future of home safety,” LaFlam said, “but this would not have been successful without the support of Northshore Fire Department’s Board of Commissioners, the Kenmore city manager and their building official along with the assistance of many others throughout the state and across the nation.”  Northshore Fire Department and the communities it serves are fortunate to have the knowledge and abilities possessed by Fire Marshal LaFlam working for their safety.

Applause - Oct. 3, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

David Aarash Kamran of Kenmore was among 684 students from Miami University who graduated in the summer term. Kamran received a master of music degree.

Sam Luke, Woodinville High School ’07, graduated from Washington State University on May 7 with a double degree in history and English. He was also commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army along with six other Army ROTC graduates and about 25 ROTC graduates from other branches of the services by then Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates who also gave the commencement speech. Luke is currently attending advanced training in the Army engineering division at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

He is in the top 10 percent of his class of 64.

When this 16-week school is done in October, he will be attending parachute training in Fort Benning, Ga.

His permanent assignment is at Fort Bragg, N.C. with the 82nd Airborne.  He is hoping to be able to come home at Christmas.

Sam’s mother is Sherry Wysong of Woodinville.

Applause - September 19, 2011

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Brooke Serene Butler, a 2006 graduate of Woodinville High School and 2010 graduate of the University of Southern California, is on her way to reaching her dreams in Hollywood. She recently filmed five commercials and will be on the second CSI episode of the new season in which she will play a guest spot with Ted Danson. On September 25, she will compete in the Miss Malibu Pageant and will then go on to the Miss California Pageant. She is currently in the running for the “People’s Choice Award.”  Go to, clicking on her picture and clicking on “like” under her picture to cast your votes. Her sponsorships and donations will go to the Boys and Girls Club and further her platform/blog on “Strong Women,” encouraging women to make their place in the world through intelligence and grace.

Applause - September 5, 2011

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Paige Adkinson
Nikol Wells and Paige Adkinson of the 2011/2012 Woodinville High School cheer squad have been selected for the National Cheer Associations All-American Team.

Paul Christensen of Woodinville has received an opportunity that very few soccer players have received. Christensen is a goal keeper in the Sounders FC Academy and has been asked to attend the U.S. Soccer National Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., This means he is moving to Florida effective immediately to live and train with the very best identified players at the age of 15 and 16. This group will represent the U.S. National U17 team in the next World Cup if they make the final roster.

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Left to right: Marina Oldfin, NYSA President Jim Bates and Alison Leonard
University of San Diego student Katharine Olsen of Bothell studied abroad in France this summer. Olsen took part in USD’s four-week faculty-led Paris program to the "City of Light" that immerses students in French history, tradition and culture including visits to museums, theatres and other landmarks. Olsen is majoring in communication studies.

With an inspiring speech that portrayed insights on how small moments we share with our loved ones can impact an entire life, Omar Rivas, a Toastmaster from Woodinville, competed in the final round of the Toastmasters 2011 World Championship of Public Speaking on Saturday, Aug. 20, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Rivas’ speech described the actions his mother took of preserving the most precious thoughts and moments of her life in an old brown hatbox, while losing a battle with Alzheimer’s. "This speech is my homage to my wonderful mother, which is why I delivered it over 50 times to perfect her message." He evolved through a six-month process of elimination in the world’s largest speech contest, reaching the top nine out of a pool of 30,000 competitors from 116 countries.

Rivas, who is a member of Toastmasters District 2 and an Executive Presentation Coach at a Redmond-based business communications company AMAXRA, entertained the crowd at the Toastmasters International Speech Contest Semifinals two days earlier with a different speech, titled "Why You Are."

A panel of 14 Toastmasters judges evaluated the finalists on a range of criteria, including speech content, organization, voice quality and gestures. The speeches could cover any topic and had to last between five and seven minutes.

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The Northshore Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) announced their 2011 College Scholarship recipients. Recent Northshore School District Class of 2011 graduates Marina Oldfin of Bothell High School, and Alison Leonard and Connor Cox of Inglemoor High School received one thousand dollar scholarships.

Applications were accepted from Northshore School District graduating seniors that planned to enter an accredited institution of higher learning during the 2011/2012 academic year. Individuals were reviewed and selected based on their positive involvement and commitment to the NYSA program and the community, but also in their participation in the NYSA referee program.

Having all started playing soccer at a very young age, Oldfin, Leonard and Cox were honored for their outstanding contributions and success on the soccer field and in their academic achievements. Oldfin will be attending the University of Washington in the fall studying business and finance. She plans to continue playing soccer, refereeing and wants to explore coaching. "NYSA introduced me to a sport that I can take with me, and be a part of, throughout my life," she said.

Leonard will be studying biology as a freshman at the University of Washington. "Being a part of the Northshore Youth Soccer Association, both as a player and as a referee, has been a transformative experience for me as a person," Leonard said. "It made me realize not just how important soccer has been in my own life but how much I want others to be able to enjoy and learn from it," she added. "I’ve learned not to be afraid to stick to my decisions in the face of opposition, and to have the confidence to walk into uncomfortable situations with my head held high."

Cox will be attending Boise State University. Along with his team duties and assistant coaching, Cox was nominated as Washington State Youth Referee of the Year. "I’ve put in countless hours supporting the program," Cox said, "through playing, refereeing, volunteering and coaching. I’ve had a great run with NYSA, with an almost storybook ending and have truly enjoyed every minute of it."

The Northshore Youth Soccer Association awards scholarships annually and supports teams in Bothell, Woodinville and Kenmore. Since it’s founding, the NYSA has grown to include several programs at different skill levels, representing thousands of athletes ages six to nineteen. Visit for more information.

Maryam Abdi of Kenmore has enrolled at the University of Evansville. Abdi, majoring in Theatre, joins an entering class defined by its strong academic ability and diversity.

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Sarah Hallman-Luhn
Sarah Hallman-Luhn, a third grader at Evergreen Academy, is proud of her 4H achievements at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe with the Paws N Claws Too 4H club cat division. Hallman-Luhn was awarded junior champion overall and junior champion in judging overall with her 4H Cat Project.The judging award was for points received on a collection of her projects.

Paws N Claws Too members were judged on their creativity for cat cage designs, how well they knew basic information about caring for their cats and for points received from the club throughout the year. Sarah now qualifies to show her cat in the Puyallup Fair.