Applause - Feb. 17, 2014

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Kirthi Kumar Kutumbaka

of Bothell is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University (NIU). Kutumbaka graduated with a Ph.D. degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Woodinville resident Daniel Assumpcao, 16, was recently awarded a national research grant from Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) to engineer a new type of keyboard for use by people who are visually impaired. Assumpcao, who is in the 11th grade at Eastside Catholic High School, joins four other young men and seven young women as winners of the inaugural CTY Cogito Research Awards for aspiring middle school and high school researchers.

Stephanie Banning

of Bothell, a member of the class of 2015 at Washington and Lee University, has earned dean’s list status for the recently ended winter term 2013.

Reeceann Cabaniero-Buendi

from Woodinville was named to the dean’s list at the University of New Haven for the fall 2013 semester.

Wheaton College student Jenise Clark of Mill Creek was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. Clark is majoring in applied health science.

Marcus Quentin Harbol

of Bothell has been named to the dean’s list at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, for academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Kevin Hakala

, son of Doug and Margie Hakala, became Airman First Class in the United States Air Force February 7th, 2014. Kevin graduated from Woodinville High School in 2010.

Eric Juhos

from Woodinville was named to the fall 2013 dean’s list at Wake Forest University.

With much hard work and determination, Claire Lee of Bothell graduated as a member of the 210th class from The University of Akron. Lee successfully completed the program requirements earning the Juris Doctor Law.

Loyola Marymount University has announced Christine Nafziger and Tauras Vilgalys, both of Woodinville, were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester.

WHS recognized 31 December/January Students of the Month before their parents and peers on February 5th.  Students of the Month are nominated by WHS staff ACADEMICS

Jeffrey Baldwin, Claire Kavulu, Devin Soliday, Christina Bjarvin, Dua Khan, Isabella Sportelli, Brittney Bodine, Kalei Munsell, Nick Taylor, Luis Guadarrama, Logan McCleerey, Allyson Wheaton, Arthur Gulledge, Caroline Miller, Sarah Yerrace, Brenna Johnson and Erik Skeel


Henry Barrow, Julia Duncan, Audrey Jensen, Ashley Blakemore, Josh Granaada and Colin Jones


Emily Halbert, Ronald Jones, Teddy Olson, Samantha Jensen and Tony Miller


Brandon Gertz, Tim Player and Savanna Sherstad

Brendan McOmber

has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester at the University of Vermont. McOmber, from Bothell, is a senior mathematics major in the College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences.

Andrew Pearson

of Woodinville was recognized for outstanding academic accomplishments by being named to the fall 2013 president’s list at LeTourneau University.Pearson achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average to receive this honor

Meghan Hobson-Ritz

of Kenmore has been accepted to Cornell College, a private liberal arts college located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and also earned the Presidential Scholarship.

Kenneth Youch

, a native of Kenmore, appeared on the nationally televised "Christmas at Belmont" concert which aired on PBS.

Applause - Jan. 20, 2014

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Alexander Ardiente of Bothell and Derek Thompson of Woodinville were named to the spring 2013 honor roll list at Spokane Falls Community College.

The following local residents were among those students at George Fox University who earned a spot on the school’s dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. Students had to earn a grade point average of 3.5 or better .

Daniel Mayeda of Bothell, a junior majoring in cinema and media communication

Michael Boller of Bothell, a freshman majoring in engineering

Justin McClure of Bothell, a junior majoring in art

Danielle Isbell of Woodinville qualified for the fall 2013 dean’s list at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

Natalie Kroeger of Bothell has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. Kroeger is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

Catherine Love, a senior at Redmond High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., February 14-16. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The event honors, inspires, motivates and directs the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists.

Kyle Wasson of Woodinville performed in the annual St. Olaf College Christmas Festival. Wasson is a member of the St. Olaf Orchestra and is a performance major.

He is the son of Steven and Stephanie Wasson and is a graduate of Redmond High School.

Applause - Dec. 30, 2013

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Washington University junior forward Melissa Gilkey (Woodinville) of the No. 2-ranked women’s basketball team received UAA Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week honors for the first time this season and for the fourth time in her career after leading Washington U. to the team title at the 13th annual McWilliams Classic Friday-Saturday in St. Louis. She was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after posting double-doubles in both of the Bears’ wins. Gilkey was 5-of-7 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line to finish with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 77-53 win over Augustana College Friday. She followed that with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Washington U. to a 67-59 win over No. 24 Trinity University (Texas) in the championship game Saturday. Washington University is located in St. Louis, Mo.

Kyle Wasson of Woodinville recently performed in the annual St. Olaf College Christmas Festival in Northfield, Minn. Wasson is a member of the St. Olaf Orchestra. He is a performance major. Wasson is the son of Steven and Stephanie Wasson and is a graduate of Redmond High School.

Applause - Nov. 18, 2013

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O Wines Founder Stacy Lill was recently named a Puget Sound Business Journal 2013 Women of Influence Award nominee.

Lill co-founded O Wines in 2006 with a mission to fund scholarships and help young women improve their lives through education. In 2012, she sold O Wines to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates to help grow the brand nationally and raise even more money for student scholarships. She continues to serve as brand ambassador to raise awareness of the Opportunity for Success Scholarship.  To date O Wines has raised $175,000 and funded more than 53 student scholarships.  Most of the scholarship recipients were the first members of their families to attend college.

Alex Jaffe, a 6th grade student at Wellington Elementary in Woodinville, recently achieved his 3rd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Alex has been studying the art of TKD since kindergarten. He is the youngest student at Parks TKD.

The Children’s Alliance recently  recognized Sen. Andy Hill as one of its 2013 legislative champions for his work to end childhood hunger. Hill secured additional funding for the State Food Assistance program, which provides grocery money to legally-residing, low-income immigrant families.

"The Legislative Champion Award is the highest honor our organization can give to a lawmaker. The award recognizes strong leadership and clear accomplishment," said Jon Gould, deputy director of the Children’s Alliance. "Senator Andy Hill knows that hungry kids can’t learn. We are pleased to recognize him as a Champion for Ending Childhood Hunger for his work to restore food assistance to families in need."

Sarah James of Woodinville, a graduate of Bothell High School and Chapman University of Orange, Calif., just returned from a month-long tour in Australia with Ricky Martin. Sarah was one of eight dancers who performed with Ricky Martin as he toured through Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Newcastle. She will be in Puerto Rico later this month for a quick tour with Martin.

Sarah has been very involved in the Los Angeles and Northwest dance community. She has been on You Think You Can Dance, performed on American Idol, the Voice and an episode of iCarly.

She teaches classes in LA and San Diego and has choreographed several solo, duet, trio and large group numbers for dance studios in California as well as Washington. She has also participated in runway modeling and modeled for a Seattle clothing magazine.

Berklee College of Music announces that Nalini Krishnan of Woodinville has earned placement on the dean’s list for the summer semester of the 2013 academic year.

A Woodinville High School student, currently attending Cascadia Community College full time, received a milestone award from the  U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol. Col. David Lehman, Washington State CAP Wing Commander, presented Ryan Johnson with the General Billy Mitchell Award.

Johnson has had aspirations of representing his country as an aviator since the first grade.  Everything he has done in school and in extracurricular activities over the past four years has been with the Air Force Academy in mind.  Learning leadership and serving his local communities through the Civil Air Patrol, maximizing his athleticism through inline speed skating and training under the direction of world class skater and Team USA world coach, Vicci King.

Applause - Oct. 21, 2013

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App MooreCourtesy Photo. Pictured left to right are: Denny Fitzpatrick, regional director of operations, Benchmark Hospitality International; Matt Hagerman, general manager, Willows Lodge; Bobby Moore, executive chef, Barking Frog Restaurant, Willows Lodge; Greg Champion, chief operating officer, Benchmark Hospitality International and Ted Davis, chief marketing officer, Benchmark Hospitality International.Benchmark Hospitality International has announced Executive Chef Bobby Moore as the recipient of the 2013 Bob Zappatelli Award for Culinary Excellence. Bobby Moore is executive chef at Willows Lodge, a Personal Luxury Hotel® located in Woodinville. 

Benchmark Hospitality established the award in 2009 in honor of Mr. Zappatelli, the company’s first vice president of food and beverage and a noted chef, who passed away suddenly during that year.

The award is given annually to a member of the Benchmark Hospitality food and beverage department who best exemplifies the extraordinary spirit and legacy of Mr. Zappatelli.

"Bobby Moore is a most deserving recipient of the Bob Zappatelli Award," said Tom Garcia, vice president of operations. "He has achieved remarkable success in the kitchen at Willows Lodge and as importantly, with the property’s guests and service team.

"People drive to his restaurant, Barking Frog, from all over the Seattle area for a dining experience unlike any other in the Northwest.  We are very proud of his success and of his receiving this important award for our company."

Chef Moore has worked in the culinary arts field since age 15.

What helped Chef Moore rise above his competition within Benchmark was his cutting edge creativity and customer service initiatives, involving all areas of food and beverage at Willows Lodge.

Chef Moore oversees the hotel’s restaurant, Barking Frog, its new food truck, the Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen, as well as the Fireside Lounge, Spa at Willows Lodge and many meetings, weddings and special events held on the property.

Chef Moore brilliantly inspires his team at Barking Frog and throughout the property to take the best of the region’s indigenous ingredients, combined with the Northwest’s finest wines and coupled with superlative service, to deliver a dining experience that has transformed the restaurant into a coveted culinary destination within Woodinville Wine Country.

In addition to Chef Moore’s success at Willows Lodge, he has been honored with an invitation to cook at the storied James Beard House in New York City. He received his formal culinary training at the Seattle Central Culinary Program.

Becky (Hasse) Freidig

, formerly of Woodinville, and now a Moses Lake resident, has been recognized by The Pampered Chef with the Excellence in Personal Sales Award, a  prestigious award for personal sales.

Freidig, an independent advanced director with The Pampered Chef, reached a minimum of $60,000 in the commissionable sales of products.

Freidig was invited to attend the company’s annual leadership conference to be recognized for her success in front of thousands of peers.

"I am honored to be recognized for my success with The Pampered Chef,"  Freidig said. "In an economy like ours, it is great to be a part of a company that offers a flexible earning opportunity and real solutions, like low-cost, high-value recipes and products that help families cook at home."

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