Applause - August 25, 2014

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff


Brianna Jean Robinson of Kenmore was among nearly 800 graduates who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in an Aug. 16 ceremony at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Robinson received a master of applied science degree from the Graduate College.

Jonathan Thomas Motta of Woodinville graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He was one of 1,117 students who participated in summer commencement on Aug. 16, 2014.

Applause - August 18, 2014

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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Cadet Ryan Johnson (Class of 2018) of Woodinville joined the U.S. Air Force Academy Thunderbird Squadron earlier this month after completing five weeks of mental and physical basic cadet training.
Johnson is a 2014 graduate of Woodinville High School and also received his associates degree in business from Cascadia Community College. He was nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy by Senator Maria Cantwell and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene earlier this year.

The following students from Woodinville recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University:
Annette E. Brown — master of arts in TESOL.
AnnRene Joseph — doctor of education in Doctoral Studies in Education.
Nicholas Richard Kummert — master of arts in teaching in master of arts in teaching.
Lauren R. Miller — master of arts in industrial/organizational psychology.
Alyssa Mary Nelson —bachelor of arts in integrated studies, cum laude.
Julie Joy Nivison — bachelor of arts in art, cum laude.
Elena J. Raney — bachelor of science in nursing, summa cum laude.
Kristen Irene Shomber — master of science in marriage and family therapy.

Craig Jacobson of Bothell earned an undergraduate degree from California Lutheran University in May. Jacobson graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in communication.

Applause - August 11, 2014

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Spring Arbor University is pleased to announce that Ethan Goodnight of Bothell was named to the spring 2014 Academic Honors List, which recognizes full-time students who have received a grade point average of 3.7 or higher for the semester. Part-time students must receive a 3.7 GPA for the semester and carry a cumulative 3.7 GPA.
Goodnight is a sophomore majoring in history. He maintains a cumulative 4.0 GPA.

Applause - August 4, 2014

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Woodinville’s Maja De Bonte joined 66 other gifted kids from across the country on Sunday for Yunasa, a week-long camp from the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) led by experts in the field of gifted education. The camp is designed to remind bright campers that they are more than just intellect, and campers will spend the week exploring and growing the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical aspects of their lives. Yunasa, in its 13th year, is held in Fenton, Mich.
President’s List

Andrew Pearson of Woodinville was recognized for outstanding academic accomplishments by being named to the Spring 2014 President’s List at LeTourneau University. Pearson achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average to receive this honor.

Dean’s List

The following local students were among 745 students who made the Dean’s List at California Lutheran University for the spring semester.
Caitlin Fransen of Mill Creek is a business administration major.
Brady Mickelson of Bothell is a multimedia major.


WHS scholarship recipients 2014 (Left to right) Sara MacCaul, Micha Rubart, Ragen Huck, Darelle Oblefias, Julian Doyle, Isaac Bailey, Eric Urstad and Emily Burgess. (Courtesy photo)Eight Woodinville High School graduates are among 59 graduates of the class of 2014 to receive scholarships through the Northshore Scholarship Foundation. Five other Woodinville graduates had their scholarships renewed.
The recipients, the scholarship, their school of choice and intended fields of study include:
Isaac Bailey, Pride Family Memorial, Washington State University, engineering.
Emily Burgess, Woodinville Lions Club, Seattle Pacific University, applied human biology.
Julian Doyle, Paul Michael Roberts Music.
Ragen Huck, Pride Family Memorial, Washington State University, special education.
Sara MacCaul, Peg Phillips Theater Arts, Washington State University, communications.
Darelle Oblefias, Woodinville Rotary Make a Difference, Cascadia Community College, business.
Micha Rubart, Rusty Young Community Leadership, Western Washington University, business and marketing.
Eric Urstad, Greater Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, Whitman College, economics.
Woodinville Rotary renewed scholarships for Shayla Dorstad, Bellevue College, psychology; Walker Bruhn, Whitman College, pre-med; Maggie Raicu, Cascadia Community College, web development and programming; Sydni Heaton, Cascadia Community College, sociology. The Pride Family Memorial scholarship was renewed for 2013 Woodinville graduate Chloe Merino, studying behavioral neuroscience at Western Washington University.
The Foundation and its supporters have awarded 1,631 scholarships over the past 30 years with a value of $2.3 million. Scholarship offerings for academic year 2015-16 will be posted on the Foundation website,, about November 1.

Applause - July 28, 2014

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The following local students listed below have been recognized for their outstanding scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year at the University of Northern Colorado.
Katie Campbell, Dean’s List of Distinction
Cody Johnson, Dean’s List of Distinction
Jacob Matson, Dean’s Honor Roll

Kevin Aurell Wyatt-Stone of Woodinville, a junior studying music, was named to the dean’s list at the University of Oregon for the 2014 spring term. To qualify, a student must be an admitted undergraduate and complete at least 15 credits for the term; 12 of the 15 credits must be graded with a GPA of 3.75 or better.

The following local students have been named to Linfield College’s spring semester dean’s list.
Amber Hay (Bothell)
Dorothy Sterling (Kenmore)
Amy Hammerquist (Woodinville)

Valeri Tran was named to the spring 2014 honor roll at Spokane Community College. To receive honor roll status, students must earn a 3.0 grade point average or higher.

Laureate Society
The following Woodinville students have been named to the Whitworth University Laureate Society for spring semester 2014.
Erik Domas
Alexis Elliott
Lyle Rudnicki
Oliver Rudnicki
Matthew Spencer
Chad Thomas
Helene Welch

The following local residents graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology:
Michael Ostertag of Woodinville received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and a master of science degree in electrical engineering.

Christopher Sherry of Bothell received a master of science degree in computer science.

Justin Johal, the son of Jaswinder N. Johal of Mill Creek, graduated from Bates College on May 25. A 2009 graduate of Henry M. Jackson High School, Johal graduated after majoring in biological chemistry at Bates.

GENIUS Olympiad
Indira Rayala of Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek joined high school students from around the world in SUNY Oswego’s fourth annual GENIUS Olympiad environmental competition, earning a silver medal in science in the ecology and biodiversity category for a project titled “Cranberry Extracts: A Quorum Sensing Inhibitor and the Novel Application of Cranberry Extracts as an Environmental Measure to Inhibit Pectobacterium carotovorum in Crops.”