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Woodinville natives build tech company to revolutionize fashion marketing

  • Written by Emily Hamann

As a kid growing up in Woodinville, Frank Spadafora remembers standing outside the grocery store, selling more Girl Scout cookies than his sister, who got all the credit, of course.

At Timbercrest, he and a friend teamed up to win the magazine drive.

“I won it because I convinced my brother to buy subscriptions to GQ for all of his friends,” he said. Recently, he told that story to GQ magazine, for the story they’re writing about his company. They loved it.

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WHS grad working to open children’s museum in South Africa

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Walk into a children’s museum with a kid and watch their face light up. To a child, it’s a giant playground. Parents know that it’s learning and playing all rolled into one.

Originally from Woodinville, Gretchen Wilson Prangley now lives in South Africa, and is hoping to bring that joy to Play Africa, a world-class children’s museum in Johannesburg, the country’s biggest city.

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Program gets students moving — and makes it fun

  • Written by Emily Hamann

A Snohomish County program has fifth graders eagerly studying data, getting off the couch and getting going.
It’s called Gear Up and Go!, and it turns being active into a fun competition for kids.

Snohomish County launched Gear Up and Go! in 2013. As part of the program, participating fifth grade classes get a type of fitness tracker called a Sqord. This year eight Northshore School District elementary schools participated.

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Woodinville studio voted Seattle-area Yoga Studio of the Year

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Casey Stewart and Brett Gilbert met at a yoga studio. Now, years later, the couple has a yoga studio of their own — one that’s getting noticed in the local yoga scene.

Out of hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes, Root 2 Rise Yoga in Woodinville was voted the Yoga Studio of the Year for the entire Seattle area by readers of the online publication Seattle Yoga News.

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Bothell teens start video game company, release game

  • Written by Emily Hamann

Lots of teenagers play video games. Some maybe dream of making their own. But three students from Bothell have actually done it.

This fall Maxx Coburn, Matthew Murphy and Kevin Thomas released their first computer game, called “Stellar Year: Unknown.” It’s a 2-D top down game set in space. The player controls a space ship that shoots attacking ships. Anyone who has played the 1979 arcade game “Asteroids” should be no stranger to the concept.

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