Applause - September 24, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Woodinville Montessori alumni, Overlake senior and Life Scout Tristen Wastell launched his Eagle Project this summer, installing a bench and a path at Woodinville Montessori School to provide a safe way for students to travel from the main building to the new two-story building at the North Creek campus in Bothell. Tristen joined scouting in first grade as a member of Pack 552 and crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 909 in March 2006. The project took the efforts of over 17 volunteers and two work parties to remove 47 azaleas, clear and level a 4-foot by 90-foot area for the path, construct and secure wood edging, and finally lay and compact four yards of crushed rock. Thanks to materials donations from Lowes and McLendons, the bench will be built and installed in early September.

Christy Dannheim, a resident of Woodinville, was one of the graduates during the 2012 summer commencement ceremonies at Texas State University-San Marcos. Dannheim received a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

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Robert J. Hopkins
Robert J. Hopkins, who was promoted Aug. 31 to Chief Warrant Officer 4, is the son of Lloyd and Ann Hopkins of Stanwood, Wash., and graduated from Woodinville High School in 1991. Chief Hopkins is currently assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Afghanistan Engineer District-South as the prime power liaison officer. In that role, he works with the Afghan national utility company to bring reliable, consistent and safe electric power to the people of Afghanistan.

Miss Woodinville
Rachel Fuldner. Photo by Ann Chase
Rachel Fuldner, a Woodinville native and the daughter of Bob and Janet Fuldner, will be representing the city of Woodinville as Miss Woodinville Teen USA in this year’s Miss Washington Teen USA pageant October 20-21.

Rachel is a senior at Inglemoor High School involved in both the IB- International Baccalaureate Program and AP- Advanced Placement classes. She is a third year Inglemoor Viking varsity cheerleader, involved with DECA and with her “Passion for Fashion” is actively working on establishing a FIDM Fashion Club at Inglemoor High School.  She was elected to the 2012-2013 Nordstrom BP Teen Fashion Board.

Rachel has been involved with numerous charities, such as Little People of America, Relay for Life, Children’s Hospital and more.

Her community business sponsors are Princess Proms of Seattle, Dr. Michael J. Wagner D.M.D, P.S, Ann Chase Photography, Jubilee Cleaners and Noble Strategic Partners. She would also like the thank Brian and the staff at Oasis Salon and Spa in Woodinville for their guidance and support.

If any resident or business would like to help sponsor Rachel in her journey, send her an e-mail with contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The online voting for Miss Photogenic is now live so log on and vote for Rachel Fuldner Miss Woodinville Teen USA 2012.

Applause - September 3, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Andrea Clark of Mill Creek will be attending Creighton University this fall. Clark, a graduate of Archbishop Thomas J Murphy High School, will be entering the School of Nursing.

Berklee College of Music announces that Nalini Krishnan of Woodinville has earned placement on the dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2012 academic year.

Ashley McNeil, M.A., English, of Woodinville, recently graduated from Salisbury University.

Deborah Nicely of Woodinville was inducted into a special group of senior dressage riders and horses on August 25 at a dressage show at Whidbey Equestrian Center. The ages of Deborah and her horse, BMC’s Pebble, qualify them to become members of The Dressage Foundation’s Century Club.

The Century Club recognizes dressage riders and horses whose combined ages total 100 years or more.  Deborah is 77 years old and Pebble is 24. Horse and rider also perform a dressage test and are scored by a dressage judge. Locally, Deborah is a member of Equestrians’ Institute.

Hilary Pugmire of Woodinville was awarded a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree by New York Law School at its 120th annual commencement ceremonies. Pugmire’s parents are Timothy Pugmire and Debbie Pugmire.

Local students took the first step in becoming Boilermakers by participating in the annual STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration) program at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus.The participants included: Janice Tien of Bothell, Magdalyn Stinson of Woodinville, Jake Springfield of Woodinville.

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Maureen Polcuch
Maureen Polcuch, Northshore School District driver instructor, was named WashingtonState Pupil Transportation (WAPT) Transportation Person of 2011-12. She was also selected as a Washington state driver instructor this year and trained 16 new driver instructors across the state.

Maureen volunteers many hours to improve the school bus transportation industry by organizing workshops, judging events and as a chairperson for regional and state school bus safety competitions.

Katherine Berry, daughter of Mr. Mark W. Berry and Ms. Christine S. Berry of Woodinville, graduated Magna Cum Laude May 20 from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. Berry, who majored in political science - women’s and gender studies, entered Amherst after graduating from The Overlake School.

Katherine Brandenstein was awarded a $500 Ben LaNail and Laurie Yoler Scholarship by the Washington State University College of Engineering and Architecture and a $1,000 Future Cougars of Color by the Washington State University College of Liberal Arts. The Ben LaNail and Laurie Yoler Scholarship is awarded to students who are interested in engineering and demonstrate academic excellence.The Future Cougars of Color scholarship is awarded to students of color who are enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts.

Brandenstein graduated from Woodinville High School in 2012 and plans to graduate from WSU in May 2016 with a degree in biomedical engineering.

Brandenstein is the daughter of Cheryl Escobido and Michael Brandenstein of Woodinville.

The following Woodinville students graduated from Seattle Pacific University: Tiana Marie graduated with a master of arts in industrial/organizational psychology; Astrid Katrina Olsen graduated with a bachelor of arts in communication; Corey Louise Ramquist graduated with a bachelor of arts in special education; Allison Lindsey Shaw graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in mathematics; Amanda Marie Sodoma graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in global development studies; Amanda Rachelle Stevens graduated with a bachelor of arts in English; Chris Richard Welter graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor of science in physiology.

Lt.Korhan Orgun of Woodinville,  a 2007 graduate of of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., performed a SeaFair flyover in a Lockheed P-3C Orion during the Seafair Airshow at Lake Washington.

Northshore students joined the Boilermaker community by participating in the annual Boiler Gold Rush program at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus.

The participants included:

Jake Springfield of Woodinville

Janice Tien of Bothell

The mission of Boiler Gold Rush is to orient new students and their families during their transition to Purdue by creating a fun and stimulating environment, providing access to opportunities on Purdue’s campus and in the Lafayette/West Lafayette community and by offering meaningful activities and leadership opportunities to encourage student success.

Applause - August 27, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Dr. Hanna Ekstrom
On July 17, a small but intrepid group of local high-schoolers, parents and a Woodinville doctor made the long journey by commercial jet, prop plane and truck to one of the poorest countries in Central America, Nicaragua.

They were headed for remote villages where the Miskito Indians live with no running water, no electricity and no dental care. The group took toothbrushes and dental supplies donated byNorthshore dentists and residents. The volunteers paid their own way, so all donated money went directly to help the children. Just $5 provides dental care for a child for an entire year. All donations are tax-deductible.

Save Their Smiles is a dental health outreach program founded by Woodinville’s Dr. Hanna Ekstrom, who is actually a veterinarian not a dentist. Children receive one free toothbrush and two fluoride applications per year and daily brushing sessions at school to keep their teeth strong, healthy and pain free

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Jacob Yee, Piper Wilson, Lauren Stoneberg and Carl Christensen
The local teenagers helped teach and entertain the native children while they waited for dental checks and fluoride application supervised by Dr. Ekstrom and trained local community health volunteers and program staff. The teens are Jacob Yee, Piper Wilson, Lauren Stoneberg and Carl Christensen, all of Northshore United Church of Christ. Parents Amy and Rick Wilson and Tim Stoneberg also went along, The Woodinville volunteers have received generous support from Woodinville dentists Drs. Wagner and Styrlund, Bothell dentists Dr. Bemis and Dr. McGee, and also Holly Risner of Dental Health Products, Inc.

Donate at, and 100 percent of your tax-deductible donation will buy dental and teaching supplies for local health workers who carry on the program throughout the year. For more information, contact Dr. Hanna Ekstrom at (425) 770-6069 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In early August, Woodinville resident Jarrett Foote played in the United States Amateur Qualifier in Lakewood, Wash. at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club. The qualifier was 36 holes in one day to determine which three players from the field of 80 would advance to the oldest and most renowned amateur golf tournament in the world. Foote finished second out of the 80-person field after a two round total of two under par 138 (67-71). He got off to a quick start with a birdie on his first hole of the day and he never looked back, shooting a three under 67 in the morning round to grab a share of the lead.

Foote went on to shoot a steady one over par 71 in the afternoon, which was enough to earn him a second place finish and a spot in this year’s 112th U.S. Amateur Championship.  This year’s event will be held at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.

Foote began two rounds of stroke play on August 13-14 to determine if he makes the cut into match play for the remainder of the event. Foote was a graduate of Woodinville High School in 2010 where he claimed one KingCo individual title and three runners up finishes in his four years. He is now a junior at Washington State University where he plays on their Pac 12 golf team.

Applause - August 6, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Dr. Aaron Keith, chiropractic physician at the Woodinville Pain Relief Clinic, competed in the National Championships in cycling contested in Augusta, GA June 21-23. During each of the three days, the cyclists competed in three different disciplines – time trial, criterium and road race. Keith won all three races in the C 2 category of para cycling, assuring himself a position on the U.S. paracycling team for the 2013 season.

Berg’s Landscaping of Woodinville won the 2012 REX award in landscaping, sponsored by the Remodelers’ Council™ of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish counties. It spotlights and recognizes the work of the area’s top remodeling contractors in a variety of categories. This is the third REX award won by Berg’s Landscaping.  They received the award in 2008 and 2009.

Morgan Dillon of Woodinville was named to the dean’s list and has earned her associate degree of applied science from Lake Washington Institute of Technology. She recently received her acceptance letter into their dental hygiene program to begin fall 2012.

Hannah Asher of Kenmore graduated from Randolph College May 13 with a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies.

The following area residents made the academic dean’s list at Azusa Pacific University:

• Rebecca Fredrickson, a communication studies major and Woodinville resident

• Zachary Keene, an applied exercise science major and Bothell resident

•MelissaLund, a communication studies major and Woodinville resident

• Brianne Oiness,  a nursing major and Woodinville resident

• Signe Olsen, a studies major and Woodinville resident

David Chi and Austin Remington, both of Woodinville, have won BECU scholarhips. Chi is a sophomore at Northwestern University and graduated from Inglemoor High School; Remington is a sophomore at University of Pennsylvania and graduated from The Overlake School

These recipients were selected by a volunteer selection committee of local business, educational and non-profit leaders based on a combination of strong dedication to community service, leadership and academics.

Jennifer Briant of Woodinville has earned  a place on Western Washington’s University president’s list for academic acheivements during the spring quarter 2012.  Briant is majoring in kinesiology.

Spencer Brueske has been named to the dean’s list at Pacific Lutheran University. He was a 2010 graduate of Woodinville High School and is the son of Scott and Cathleen Brueske of Woodinville.

Yun Yan Chen of Shoreline was named to the Miami University dean’s list.

The following area students have graduated from Montana State University

• Sarah Sandford, Monroe

•Haley Reutimann, Mountlake Terrace (with highest honors)

•BreAnna Huston, Snohomish (with honors)

• Julius Lloyd, Snohomish

•Leigh Enselman Woodinville (with honors)

Seattle Met magazine named 22 physicians within the EvergreenHealth network to the publication’s comprehensive “Top Doctors 2012” list that honors the top-performing practitioners in the Puget Sound region.

Ray Baker, MD, pain management; Joseph Chebli, MD, surgery (general); Maria Chong, MD, diagnostic radiology, Kelly Clinch, MD, surgery (general); David Epley, MD, surgery (ophthalmology); Jane Golden, MD, medical oncology; Hyun Hong, MD, pain management; Garrett Hyman, MD, physical medicine & rehabilitation; David Kim, MD, anesthesiology; Elizabeth Kiyasu, MD, hospice & palliative medicine; Barry Lawson, MD, neonatology; David Likosky, MD, neurology; Laurel Morrison, MD, family medicine; Mark Newman, MD,  anesthesiology; Catherine Nobis, MD, pediatrics; Donald Pick, MD, urology; Robert Reid, MD, internal medicine; Jeffrey Roh, MD, surgery (orthopedic); Daniel Seely, MD, surgery (otolaryngology);Lorena Shih, MD, pediatrics; Jeffrey Stolz, MD, neonatology; Michael Weiss, MS, allergy/immunology

Alexandria Fleming, the daughter of Jacqueline Moore of Seattle and Alexander Fleming also of Seattle, graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va., on June 2. While a student, Fleming participated in basketball, in which she received the Coaches’ Award, and track, for which she was named Most Valuable Runner. Also in track, she won the state title in both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Her senior year awards included thePresident’s Academic Education Award of Excellence.She will attend University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the fall.

Katrina Freitag of Lake Forest Park has graduated from Loyola Marymount University. Freitag earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics, and graduated Magna cum Laude.

Kimberly Hurdelbrink of Woodinville made the dean’s list at California Lutheran University for the spring semester. Hurdelbrink is a senior majoring in criminal justice .

Sylvia Law of Woodinville High School was one of about 20 science teachers from Washington state who spent part of their vacation at “summer school,” working beside scientists in research laboratories at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and several other partner sites throughout Seattle. “Our goal is for teachers to bring back what they learn over the summer to help jump-start their students’ knowledge of bioscience and research and perhaps kindle their interest in jobs or careers in science,” said Nancy Hutchison, Ph.D., director of the Hutchinson Center’s Science Education Partnership.

Katie Campbell of Woodinville has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Northern Colorado.

The following students were named to the dean’s list at Linfield College for spring semester:

Bothell — Kaleigh Ansdell, Amber Hay, Katie Main

Woodinville —  Amy Hammerquist, Elisabeth Liebrock.

Thomas Logan of Kenmore was named to the dean’s list at Lewis University for spring semester 2012. Logan is studying aviation flight management.

Michael Postetter of Kenmore was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Postetter is enrolled in the university’s John M. Olin School of Business.

Applause - July 9, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

John Diefendorf
John Diefendorf took part in and finished the Ironman Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, June 24. Diefendorf, 42, competed in the 40- to 44-year-old division. His wife, Shanaz, and daughters, Isabella, 10, and Sofia, 7, were there to cheer him on. His times were 1:37:33 for the 2.4 mile swim; 6:50:04 for the 112-mile bike ride; 5:14:51 for the 26.2-mile run. His overall time was 14:10:56. He is the son of Woodinville Weekly editor Karen Diefendorf and resides with his family in Delray Beach, Fla.

Woodinville resident Christian Niccum, an American luger who has been competing since 1988, is one of the people who has donated one or more medals to the children being treated at the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in Southern California, a number of whom are seriously ill.

Niccum placed sixth in the men’s luge doubles event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver after placing 23rd in the men’s singles event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

Current U.S. Olympic marathoner Meb Keflezighi is attempting to persuade people across the country to donate 2,012 medals to the children being treated at the hospital before the gun goes off to start the London Olympics marathon event Aug. 12.  So far, 1,151 medals have been collected, which means they have 861 to go.  More details:

Brenna Dwyer, a resident of Kenmore,  made the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Montana Western.

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 2012 semester.

Brian Steyaert of Woodinville has received an associate of applied science degree in welding technology from the University of Montana, Helena College of Technology.

Katherine Bourne, a resident of Bothell, received a bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre during the May 2012 Southern Methodist University commencement ceremony.

The following students from the Northshore area have earned placement on Gonzaga University’s dean’s list for spring semester 2012. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.69 grade-point average to be listed:

Bothell —

Virgil Allen, Amira Khablein, Tabish Mohammad

Woodinville —

Alicia Bies, Colin Bishop, Brianne Byers, Samantha Cobb, Hannah Cocanour, Chad Lueckenotte, Maryam Nozari, Erika Romman, Matthew Stodola, Christopher Strandin, Shawn Vanover

Kenmore —

Grace Armstrong, David Fon, Mitchell Gunsolus, Kristie Slattengren, Shaun Withers

Mill Creek —

Melissa Fitz, Kathleen Corbett, Megan Gogal

Lake Forest Park —

William Greenburg, Garrett Musar, Alena Owen

Shoreline —

Anthony Galvan

Carnation —

Shawn Klopp, Jake Leland

Woodinville High School’s student biomedical science team received awards in 10 categories garnering them the prestigious Cup of Excellence trophy for overall best school at the 12th annual Northwest Association of Biomedical Research (NWABR) Student Expo, held May 24 at the Meydenbauer Conference Center in Bellevue. In addition, Dalton Mann placed third in the People’s Choice award.

First Place—Dalton Mann, Lab Research

Second Place— Frederik Thiesson, Career & Industry

Third Place — Matthias Argenyi and Jacob Hoogerwerf, Multimedia

Third Place—Danny Scheid, Art

Third Place—Melanie Logan, Web site

Honorable Mention—Caitlin Hillis, Dance

Honorable Mention—Eric Urstad and Bobby Luo, Multimedia

Honorable Mention—Jeannie Campbell and Hannah Pulsipher, Art

Honorable Mention—Melina Hsiao, Web site

Honorable Mention—Shanelle Clogston, Dua Khan and Millanda Zhou, Creative Writing

Honorable Mention—Micah Rubart and Joshua Scheck, Molecular Modeling

Honorable Mention—Ananya Sengupta, Music

Honorable Mention—Ionatan Kuperwajs, Journalistic Writing

Tryg Butler, a Luther College senior of Kenmore, was named to the 2012 spring semester dean’s list.

Elsie Rose Howell of Kingston, Wash.,  graduated from Holy Names Academy High School in Seattle. She was the salutatorian of her graduating class.

Other honors included: AP Scholar with Distinction, President’s Award for Educational Excellence - Gold Award, and Washington State Honors Award, with a 4.2 GPA.

Howell received the Villanova University with Honors Academic Presidential Scholarship, full tuition including room and board, and will be joining the VU Honors class of 2016 in Pennsylvania to major in biology, with plans to return to the NorthWest to attend University of Washington Medical School Class of 2020.   She is a cross country runner, qualifying for Washington state finals in  2010 and 2011; a certified ski instructor at Stevens pass the last 4 years; has volunteered for West Sound WildLife Shelter on Bainbridge Island the last two years; is now working for the MV Skansonia Event Facility and is an active member of the St. Olaf Catholic parish in Poulsbo, Wash.

She is the daughter of Chris and Mary Howell of Kingston; sister to Nick and Andy Sturza;  granddaughter of Roy and Ellen Stonecypher of Chehalis, Wash., and granddaughter of Keith and Pat Howell of Woodinville.

Marissa Wyll of Woodinville has been recognized as a 2011-2012 Discus Award winner for her achievements in the areas of arts, other achievements, and academics.

The Discus Awards is a national program that provides recognition and scholarship opportunities to all-around high school students who excel in three of 10 key attributes.  Marissa is now eligible for 2011-2012 Discus Awards scholarships.

In addition to earning her high school diploma this year, Marissa has earned an Associates of Arts and Sciences degree from the Ocean Research College Academy at Everett Community College.