Applause - May 17, 2010

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff


Stefanie Castro (right) was recognized by the Washington State PTA Reflections Program on May 2. She received an Award of Excellence for "Bob at Sunrise," a picture of her pet chicken painted on silk. Stefanie is a student at Hollywood Hill Elementary and raises chickens and cattle on her family’s farm on Hollywood Hill. She is an avid artist intermittently attending art classes at Susan Cyr’s Sea Horse Studios and a piano student of Mizue Murakami of Bothell.

The Bellevue College Foundation conferred Margin of Excellence Awards May 12 on seven Bellevue College faculty and staff members, honoring their outstanding work in support of the college and its students.

Nominated by Bellevue College students, faculty and staff, each received a $1,000 award from the Foundation.

Among those receiving awards was Liz Anderson of Woodinville, a 20-year Bellevue College employee, was honored for her part in building the Distance Education program from a few hundred enrollments, largely in video telecourses, into a major online educational option for students. Now the largest in the state, Bellevue College’s Distance Education program serves more than 9,000 enrollments every quarter. Anderson was also recognized for working with Washington State University to enable Bellevue College students to transition easily to WSU’s online bachelor’s degree programs.

University of Montana track and field program director Brian Schweyen announced Tuesday that McKenzie Luth recently signed a National Letter of Intent and will be joining the Grizzlies as a freshmen in the fall. Luth, a senior at Woodinville High, has run all the sprints for the Falcons, though her best event is the 400 meters. She was the Class 4A runner-up in that event last spring, running a personal-best 57.19. She was also a member of WHS’s fifth-place 4x400-meter relay team. This spring she has gone 12.64 in the 100 meters, 25.77 in the 200 meters and 57.84 in the 400 meters.

"McKenzie made an unofficial visit last summer, and she really liked what she saw," Schweyen said. "She has the ability to come in and be pretty darn good. She’s got a light frame, but she’s a strong runner, and she’s got a little bit of fire in her, which is always good.

"With the group we’ve got in the 400 right now, McKenzie is going to be a nice complement and put some more competition into those practices."

Christopher W. Somogyi, a junior at Connecticut College, has been elected vice president of the senior class for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Somogyi, a 2007 graduate of Lakeside School, is the son of Aniko and Chris Somogyi of Woodinville.

Alexandra Castro
Alexandra Castro
Stephanie Castro
Alexandra Castro was inducted into the Golden Key Honour Society at the University of Washington April 12. This honor society recognizes the academic achievement of the top 15 percent of students in their junior/senior class. Alexandra is a 2007 graduate of Woodinville High School and a recipient of the Woodinville Rotary Academic Scholarship. She is currently a junior majoring in biochemistry and plans to pursue a professional health science degree in graduate school.

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