Applause - April 29, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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Blake Hirst

Congratulations to Blake Hirst who competed in the Washington State Geography Bee. He is the first student from Timbercrest Junior High to ever make it into the top ten final round. He finished 6th in the state.

Four Bothell artists have been selected to participate in this year’s Kirkland Artist Studio Tour. There are 41 artists in all, who will be showcased at 20 galleries and studios over Mother’s Day weekend (May 11-12).

The four Bothell artists are:

• Sandi Bransford — ceramics, jewelry, mixed media

• Susan Burke — painting

• Thea Peterson —  painting, printmaking

• Laurie Riley — painting

Artist bios and a selection of their work can be seen at:

The Kirkland Artist Studio Tour is one of the region’s largest studio tours. Most of the participating artists will be at work in the studios both days from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Visitors can ask questions, watch demonstrations and browse through new work.

Keelin Davis, a resident of Woodinville, is a member of the Carleton softball team for the 2013 season. Davis is a graduate of Woodinville High School and is currently a first-year student at Carleton.

Sarah Frazier of Woodinville is completing her master of fine arts degree (MFA) in painting at San Francisco State University this spring. Her work can be viewed at her personal website:

Bothell Municipal Court Judge Michelle Gehlsen has been selected as the Snohomish County Bar Association’s 2012 Judge of the Year. Candidates are nominated by their peers in the judicial community for recent and significant work that furthers the legal profession and enhances the public good. Judge Gehlsen will be honored during the association’s annual dinner on May 4.

“Judge Gehlsen was selected as our Judge of the Year for her outstanding efforts last year in establishing the Bothell Youth Court,” explained Will Steffener, president of the Snohomish County Bar Association.

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Travis Kroeger

During the week of March 11, Travis Kroeger served as a page in the Washington State Senate in Olympia.Kroeger was sponsored by Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell. An eighth-grader at St. Brendan Parish School in Bothell, Kroeger, 14, plays basketball, baseball and enjoys skiing.

Applause - March 11, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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McKenzie Luth
McKenzie Luth, three event track record holder at WHS, qualified for  the Big Sky Conference indoor track championships which were held in  Bozeman, Montana, February 21-23. McKenzie, a junior at the University   of Montana, qualified for the championships in the 200 meter, 400   meter and the 4 x 400 meter relay. She came in 12th place in the 400   meter open and had a personal best time of 25.2 seconds in the 200   meter. Running the fastest leg of the 4 x 400 (55.6 seconds), her team   took second place.

Andrea Clark of Mill Creek, a freshman College of Nursing student at Creighton University, was named to the fall dean’s list for the 2012-2013 academic year. Creighton is located in Omaha, Neb.

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 honors list for the 2012 fall semester.

Redmond High School sophomore Emily Ganz of Woodinville served as a legislative page February 11–15. Ganz was sponsored by State Representative Larry Springer (D-Kirkland)and is the daughter of Mary and Joe Ganz.

Sarah Trawczynski served Washington last week as a page in the State Senate in Olympia.Trawczynski was sponsored by Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell. A 10th grade homeschooler Trawczynski lives in Bothell.

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, they should contact their local lawmakers.

Sophomore forward Melissa Gilke  of Woodinville was selected to the 2012-13 All-University Athletic Association (UAA) team for the Washington University in St. Louis women’s basketball team. Gilkey received first-team honors for the Bears after being an all-UAA second-team honoree a year ago. Gilkey, the 2011-12 UAA Rookie of the Year, led the team and ranked second in the UAA averaging 15.6 points per game this season. She also ranked third in the conference in field-goal percentage (.515), fifth in blocks per game (0.9), and sixth in free-throw percentage (.745) and rebounds per game (7.2). Gilkey recorded six double-doubles and scored in double figures in 23 of 25 regular-season games. Gilkey recorded 23 blocked shots during the regular season, bringing her career total to 61, which ranks ninth on Washington U.’s all-time leaderboard. She also currently ranks 10th with a .740 career free-throw percentage. Gilkey was named the UAA Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week Jan. 7, and was selected to the 2012 McWilliams Classic all-tournament team in November.

Halosource, a Bothell based manufacturer of water treatment products, has been selected for the 2012 Best of Bothell Award in the High Purity Chemicals category by the Bothell Award Program.

Each year, the Bothell Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and  community.

Nicholas Harmon, a senior politics major from Bothell, has been named to the University of Dallas Honor Roll for the fall 2012 semester for earning a semester grade point average of 3.0-3.49.

Northshore area students named to the 2012 fall semester dean’s list at Lafayette College includeVictoria Maxon of Bothell, a graduate of Holy Names Academy and Devon Thorsell of Lake Forest Park, a graduate of Lakeside School.

Jacob Matson of Woodinville has been recognized as a First-Year Scholar for the fall 2012 semester at the University of Northern Colorado

Shigeko Calos-Nakano of Bothell will take part in the all-student production of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.” Known as The Rising Star Project: The Music Man  plays March 22-23. at The 5th Avenue Theatre

Woodinville residents Ashley Conroy, Catherine Geiger and Nicole E. Ochandarena have been named to the Northeastern University’s dean’s list for the fall semester.Conroy is majoring in psychology, Geiger is majoring in biochemistry and Ochandarena’s major is behavioral neuroscience.

Applause - February 11, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Mackenzie Bowman, a bioengineering major and a resident of Bothell, was among the 3,000 students from the University of Toledo who were named to the fall 2012 dean’s list.

The following Northshore residents are among 648 students who made the dean’s list at California Lutheran University for the fall semester.

• Alexandria Nelson of Bothell is a senior business administration major.

• Caitlin Fransen of Mill Creek is a freshman business administration major.

• Kimberly Hurdelbrink of Woodinville is a senior criminal justice major.

Tufts University recently announced the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester.Among those students is Audrey Michael of Bothell, class of 2015.

The Montana State University 2012 fall semester honor roll included students from the Northshore area:

Bothell: Marci Holm

Brier: Christopher Preuninger

Kenmore: Josephine Rundle

Woodinville: Lucas Fernandez, Alexander McLeod (4.0 gpa)

Sara Elaine Christensen has been named to the dean’s list for the 2012 fall semester at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Christensen, a senior graphic design major, has been named to the dean’s list for the third time. A 2008 graduate of the PARADE program of the Riverview School District in Carnation, she is the daughter of Russ and Leanne Christensen of Monroe

The following students from Northshore have earned placement on Gonzaga University’s Dean’s List for fall semester 2012. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.69 grade-point average to be listed:

Jason Allen, Kenmore

Kathleen Corbett, Mill Creek

Kathryn Eastman, Mill Creek

Rebekah Ellison, Kenmore

Melissa Fitz, Mill Creek

David Fong, Kenmore

Tenille Gale, Lake Forest Park

Erin Gogal, Mill Creek.

Amira Khablein, Bothell

Rachel Krebsbach, Bothell

Melanie Lowry, Woodinville

Sarah McDade,  Mill Creek

Sarah Merkley,  Lake Forest Park.

Alexis Miller, Woodinville

Katie Morris, Woodinville

Garrett Musar,  Lake Forest Park

Gregory Prussia, Woodinville

Marshall Riordan, Lake Forest Park

Kristie Slattengren, Kenmore

Keagan Tice, Bothell

Shawn Vanover, Woodinville

Matthew Williams, Kenmore

Benjamin Yee, Woodinville

The following students from Northshore have earned placement on Gonzaga University’s President’s List for fall semester 2012. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.

Virgil Allen, Bothell

Grace Armstrong, Kenmore.

Hannah Cocanour, Woodinville

Kelli Corbett, Mill Creek

Hannah Feliciano, Mill Creek

Nicole Fugiel, Bothell

Kayla Heyer, Bothell

McKenzie Horner, Woodinville

Jorja Jacobson, Lake Forest Park

Benjamin Lance, Mill Creek

Alexander Lund, Kenmore

Alexandra Martin, Mill Creek

Sterling Miller, Woodinville

Jason Nadeau, Bothell

Kathryn Norton, Woodinville

Erika Romman, Woodinville

Caroline Rourke, Bothell

Dominique Scott, Bothell.

Laura Shellooe, Woodinville

Joshua Smith, Woodinville

Erin Springer, Lake Forest Park

Matthew Stodola, Woodinville

Ashley Thielen, Bothell.

Anja Trost, Woodinville

Rachel Vander Wel, Woodinville

Lindsay Waltner, Woodinville

The following students were named to the dean’s list of Emory College, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., for the 2012 fall semester:

Anne Seckinger of Bothell

Daniel Kwong of Bothell

Electra Korn of Woodinville

Brendan M. McOmber, of Bothell, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at the University of Vermont. McOmber is a junior mathematics major in the College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences.

Andrew Pearson of Woodinville was named to the fall 2012 president’s list at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.Pearson achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average to receive this honor.

Rhacacia M. Pierre, a health promotion, exercise and sport science major from  Woodinville was among approximately 1,800 students from Coastal Carolina University who made the fall 2012 dean’s list.

Applause - February 4, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

University of Evansville student Maryam Abdi, a resident of Kenmore, will spend the spring 2013 semester studying abroad in Paris, France. Abdi is majoring in theatre.

Baylor University students Charles G McCahill, Hankamer School of Business;  Morgan Elizabeth Rial, College of Arts and Sciences;  Luke Thomas Richardson, College of Arts and Sciences — all Woodinville residents —   were named to the dean’s academic honor list for the 2012 fall semester.

The following Colgate University students were recipients of the dean’s award for academic excellence during the 2012 fall term: Caroline Brawner, a member of the Colgate class of 2015, is a graduate of Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy and lives in Bothell; Samuel Linnerooth, a member of the Colgate class of 2014, is a graduate of Cedarcrest High School and lives in Carnation.

Alexandria Nelson of Bothell, a senior business administration major, Caitlin Fransen of Mill Creek, a freshman business administration major, and Kimberly Hurdelbrink of Woodinville, a senior criminal justice major, have been named to the dean’s list at California Lutheran University for the fall semester.

Cornell University’s Kyle Chang of Bothell has been placed on the dean’s list of the College of Arts and Sciences for Excellence in Scholarship for the fall 2012 semester.

David Maggs of Bothell made the dean’s list for fall 2012 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Hayden Eriks, of Kenmore and the son of Stephanie Matthews, has been named to the fall term dean’s list at Hartwick College. Eriks is a sophomore  majoring in business administration. In addition, first-year student Hannah Strom, of Kenmore and daughter of Brian Strom and Diane Strom. She is majoring in psychology and mathematics.

Madison Jones, a graduate of Woodinville High School class of 2012, and currently attending Clemson University has been named to the Clemson University Dean’s List for academic achievement for the fall semester 2012. Jones is enrolled in the College of Business and Behavioral Science.

Jacob Klein, a resident of Woodinville, was among over 1900 students from Wake Forest University who made the fall 2012 dean’s list.

Boosters, players and coaches from the Bothell High School Lady Cougs basketball team spent the morning of January 5 at the Food Lifeline Re-Pack Center in Shoreline.

Nine very large bins of potatoes were bagged into family size portions, then weighed, boxed and stacked in preparation for distribution to local food banks.

Katie Main and Dylan Ruef of Bothell, Eric Lawson of Mill Creek and Amy Hammerquist and Mitchell Vandenberg of Woodinville have been named to the Linfield College Dean’s List for  fall semester.

Loyola Marymount University has announced the following Northshore students to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Sarah Carratt of Mill Creek, Jillian Jaccard of Woodinville, Jordynn Otto of Bothell and Tauras Vilgalys of Woodinville.

Lobo James, a resident of Woodinville, is a member of the Carleton men’s indoor track and field team for the 2013 season. James is a graduate of Telluride High School and is currently a junior at Carleton.

Tufts University recently announced the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester.Among these students is Audrey Michael of Bothell, class of 2015.

Applause - January 7, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Sulynn Miao Youth of the Year
Sulynn Miao
The Redmond/Sammamish Boys & Girls Club has announced Sulynn Miao, a Woodinville High School senior, as its 2012 Youth of the Year. The Youth of the Year program is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America premier youth recognition program promoting and celebrating members’ service to club, community and family, academic performance, moral values, life goals, poise and public speaking ability.

“When I found out I had won Youth of the Year, I was speechless,” says Sulynn. “I am so completely honored by this award and it means the world to me that I can represent the youth in Redmond/Sammamish. I love working with kids and have always known it was my future, and this award has let me know I’m on the right path.”

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

For the 11th consecutive year, the City of Bothell has received the certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for the city’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The certificate of aqchievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Fernwood Elementary School main office secretary Carla Gamman was named Star 101.5 School Employee of the Week for her 20 years of service to Fernwood families.  Nominated by school parent Shelley Ryan, Gamman received $100, dinner for two at Ivar’s restaurant and a Massage Envy certificate.

Canyon Park Junior High School ninth-grade English students visited Vineyard Park Assisted Living Home in Bothell for their 3rd annual “Script a Sonnet for a Senior” holiday event. The students attached personally-scripted holiday sonnets to each of the residents’ doors, sang holiday carols and built gingerbread trains with the residents.

Joe Griffin, a member of Woodinville High class of 2012, is enrolled in the University of Arizona College of Engineering and has been named to the University of Arizona dean’s list for academic achievement for the fall semester, 2012.

Thirty-five Northshore families had presents for their children this holiday season thanks to the generosity of the members of Northshore Baptist Church. The church held a community toy shop on Dec. 8 for struggling families from Maywood Hills and Woodmoor elementary schools. Families, with the help of church volunteers, selected and wrapped two toys for each of their children between the ages of 2 and 11. One hundred seventy-three toys were given away to 90 children.

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.

Cory Stoll of Woodinville graduated from Western Washington University on December 15, 2012, from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.