Applause - June 17, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Susan Y. Ahn of Bothell has been named to the dean’s list at Western New England for the spring semester of 2013. Ahn is majoring in pre-pharmacy.

Zachary Amodt of Woodinville is among five students who are Patent Makers at Purdue University.The 5 Students Who web site,, recognizes outstanding Purdue students each month during the academic year. The May 2013 edition recognizes students who are working to patent their own discoveries made while at school.

The following area students graduated from Des Moines University May 25:
• Halley Anderson from Woodinville earned a D.O. degree. Anderson is the daughter of Stan and Marcie Bovetz and Lee and Janet Anderson of Woodinville.
• James Barger from Lynnwood earned a D.O. degree. Barger is the son of Jim and Karen Barger of Lynnwood.

Tanna Barnecut of Snohomish was the first place winner in the kitchens category of the 2012 Interior Design Society (IDS) Designer of the Year Awards on April 24, in Greensboro, N.C. Hailed as a prestigious honor by IDS designers, the Designer of the Year awards recognize outstanding achievement in residential interior design among Interior Design Society members.

On June 8 Boy Scout Tristen Wastell, a member of Troop 909 in Woodinville was honored at a special court of honor for achieving the Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouting’s highest honor.  

To become an Eagle Scout, Tristen earned 28 merit badges and served his troop in a variety of leadership roles.  

He also completed a major community service project, redesigning the landscape at Woodinville Montessori School to put in a gravel path so students can safely walk from the main campus building to the new adjacent building at the North Creek campus.

A senior at The Overlake School, Tristen plans to enter the California Polytechnic State University next fall, where he will study engineering.  

Woodinville residents Morgan Elizabeth Rial, College of Arts and Sciences, and Luke Thomas Richardson, College of Arts and Sciences, were among over 3200 Baylor University students named to the dean’s academic honor list for the 2013 spring semester.

Matthew Berliner of Woodinville graduated from Rice University on May 11. Berliner received a master of music degree.

Lucas Eugene Besel of Woodinville, a senior majoring in biology, has been named to the Saint Martin’s University dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement for spring semester 2013.

Albert Chang of Mill Creek graduated from Rice University on May 11. Chang received a doctor of philosophy degree in electrical and computer engineering.

Alexander Edelsward, a resident of Woodinville, received a master of interactive technology in digital game development - art creation degree in May from Southern Methodist University.

Erik Enderlein of Mill Creek was recently named to the spring 2013 dean’s list at Beloit College. Enderlein is a sophomore.

Kayla Fennell, from Woodinville, graduated with a degree in communication disorders from Armstrong Atlantic State University on May 4.

On April 20th, Charlotte Shores was chosen as the 25th Mrs. Washington International. As Mrs. Washington International, Charlotte received an award package valued at over $27,000 in prizes and the opportunity to compete for Mrs. International in Chicago, Illinois this July.  Charlotte, a Woodinville High School graduate, resides in Bellingham and owns Sugar by Charlotte, a dessert catering business.  She graduated with a degree in culinary arts in 2011 from Bellingham Technical College. She also spends much of her time active with the YMCA’s Girls on the Run, while being a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and Kiwanis board chairwoman and president-elect.  

First runner up was Lori Larsen of Kenmore.

Applause - May 27, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

App PetersenMatt PetersenMatthew D. Petersen, son of Mark and Judy Petersen of Woodinville, will graduate from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on May 29 and will be commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Matt has earned his bachelor of science degree in political science with a minor in philosophy. He has been selected to attend pilot training at the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas.  While there, he will learn to fly fighter jets for the USAF and the NATO alliance with pilots from around the world.  

For the past three years Matt has flown hundreds of sorties as an instructional pilot in the Academy soaring program, earning the “top stick” award and serving as commander of the Basic Soaring program.  Matt also graduated from the Army Air Assault Program at West Point and served as the Air Force Academy cadre for that program the last two years. He has received numerous Superintendent awards for reaching top levels in academic, physical and military achievement.

Nicole Blue and Zach Burgess from Woodinville High School. have received scholarships from the ACE Mentor Program of Washington. Blue and Burgess have participated in the year-long program hosted by Puget Sound architecture, engineering and construction firms. Students can utilize the funds toward their completion of a degree in fields related to the A/E/C industry. 

App CarlsonNichole CarlsonNichole Carlson granddaughter of 65+ year residents of Woodinville, LeRoy and Emmy Carlson, was offered an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs.   She lives in Duvall with her parents, Calvin and Robin Carlson and her younger sister Ashley Carlson.   Nichole is a student at Cascade High School in Everett, where she is a cabinet member of Honor Society, captain of the swim team, a cadet captain in Civil Air Patrol, and cadet commander of Northshore Composite Squadron in Bothell. She was also president of her local 4H club.

She will be swimming with the lady falcons and is planning on majoring in aeronautical engineering and flying F-16s.  She is just a few hours away from having her private pilot’s license.

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

Woodinville High School senior Chelsea Bateman won for the best essay in the Eastside Republican Club’s annual essay contest and was presented with a $1,000 scholarship at the ERC’s monthly meeting May 7. This year’s essay topic was “What is the best way to stop gun violence without infringing on the rights protected by the Second Amendment?”

Beginning in late July, Crystal Springs Elementary staff member Lori Hardwick of Kenmore will study the extinction of Hawaiian species and what it takes to save thems in the wild on the Big Island of Hawai’i.
Daniel Held of Woodinville has received a bachelor of fine arts degree in design from the University of Kansas.
Woodinville High School German teacher Michael Antley has been named a 2013 winner of the prestigious Duden Award for his excellence in teaching German. The American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) gives the Duden Award annually to a teacher in each state.

Antley was chosen by his colleagues in the Washington chapter of the AATG for his innovative teaching and ability to interest students in continuing their studies in the German language and German-speaking cultures.
Theresa Michaels, a Woodinville High School graduate, recently starred in a television show on the TLC Network called “Twisted & Listed,” about the unusual real estate with which she deals.

App churchesLeft to right: Northshore Superintendent Larry Francois, Eastside Foursquare Church Senior Pastor DJ Vick, Eastside Foursquare Church Associate Pastor/Local Outreach Chris Peppler, Northshore Baptist Church Senior Pastor Jonathan Alexander, and Northshore Baptist Church Pastor of Outreach and Local Mission Tim Burke. Northshore School District recognized Eastside Foursquare and Northshore Baptist churches at the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Metro Community Recognition Awards Luncheon on May 17. The churches were honored at the luncheon for their strong partnerships with the school district.
Isaac Sloat, a sophomore history major from Bothell, was named to the spring 2013 dean’s list at Bob Jones University..

On May 2, STAR 101.5 surprised Bear Creek Elementary teacher Tracy Westburg and presented her with the Teacher of the Week award. Westburg, a 5th and 6th grade teacher, was nominated by her student, Brody Milbrodt.

Alexander Thim of Woodinville earned Faculty Honors for fall 2012 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Undergraduate students earning a 4.0 academic average for the semester receive this honor.

Applause - May 6, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Alex Eppenauer. a student at The Bear Creek School, is the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition for the 1st Congressional District. Eppenauer won with her piece, “Through Her Eyes.” For submitting the winning entry, she will have her art displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., as part of a year-long national exhibition. Later this year, Alex will join Congresswoman Suzan DelBene in Washington, D.C., for the official unveiling of her winning artwork. She is the daughter of Bert and Jamie Eppenauer of Woodinville.

Sunny Hong, a resident of Kenmore and an Inglemoor High School student, was named a runner-up in the competition for her art work, “Embracing Yourself.”

Nathanial Newman of Bothell was been named to the dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the fall 2012 semester.

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

Ellen Fissel of Bothell, Janice Tien of Bothell and Jacob Garves of Kenmore were named to the honors list for the fall 2012 semester at Purdue University.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has announced that Kevin Rushton of Bothell was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership.  Rushton is pursuing a degree at Brigham Young University.

Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) students Marshall Anderson, Heather Sheppard, Cierra Watts and Hannah Donham are among the top 50 national semi-finalists in the Vans Shoes Custom Culture Contest.

You can go online at and vote for Secondary Academy for Success. Voting ends Monday, May 13, 9 p.m. Pacific time. Online voting will determine the top five school finalists who will be notified Tuesday, May 14, and flown to New York City for the final event. The winner of the final event will be selected by surprise celebrities and receive a $50,000 grand prize for their school’s art program. The four runners up will each receive $4,000 for their schools’ programs.

Each high school team received four pairs of Vans shoes to make their own creations representing one of four themes: action sports, music, art and local flavor.

Kayla Schick, a senior environmental policy/political science double major at the University of Colorado, Boulder has made the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for fall semester 2012. The dean’s list requires that a student hold a 3.75 or better GPA.

Woodinville resident Nicole Ochandarena, a Northeastern University student majoring in behavioral neuroscience, was named to the university’s dean’s list for the fall semester, which ended in December 2012.

Jill Sjolin with Windermere Woodinville recently completed a luxury home marketing training course offered by The Institute of Luxury Home Marketing. Sjolin is an award-­winning sales associate who has been in real estate since 2001 and specializes in the Eastside and Greater Seattle market.

“The training provided new insight about the upper tier market, helped me polish my skills and provided valuable networking contacts with other agents across the country who specialize in luxury properties,” said Sjolin. “In addition, I discovered new and creative tools for promoting expensive homes and estates and new resources for finding buyer prospects. Home buyers and sellers will benefit from my new knowledge.”

Northshore students named to the St. Olaf College Dean’s Lists for the fall 2012 semester were:

• Stefan Mellem from Woodinville is a physics and mathematics major. He is the son of Robert and Christine Mellem.

• Katherine Ratliff from Kenmore is a nursing major. She is the daughter of John and Macy Ratliff.

Erica Taicz of Woodinville was named to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall 2012 semester at Johns Hopkins University. The daughter of Harvey and Rose Taicz, she attended Woodinville High School and is an arts and sciences pre-major. She will graduate in May 2016.

Alexander Thim of Woodinville has earned Faculty Honors for fall 2012 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Applause - April 29, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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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.