Applause - Dec. 19, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Danielle Johnson Quatrochi
Danielle Johnson Quatrochi  ran in the California International Marathon (CIM) in Sacramento, Calif., on December 4 with a time of 2:44:56 — a time fast enough to qualify her for the Olympic Trials coming up in Houston, Texas, on January 14.

Danielle graduated from Woodinville High School with the class of ’95 where she competed in cross country, track and swimming. She lives in Boulder, Col., with husband Nick and their daughters Lyla and Nora. Danielle’s proud parents, Sandy and Mary Johnson, still live in the Woodinville area.

The following students were among the 1,300 honored for their academic success at Biola University.

Bothell —

Cassandra Carsrud, Katelyn Larson, Gretchen Pelatzky, Stephanie Tom

Mill Creek —

Veronica Luckey, Alexandra Sparks

Woodinville —

Caleb Wheeler, William Parker

University of San Diego student Benjamin Cooper of Mill Creek is studying in Rome, Italy, this fall.

Cooper is majoring in finance and plans to graduate in spring 2013.

Kathryn McCormick performed in Beloit College’s orchestra concert on Wednesday, Dec. 7. McCormick is a senior and a graduate of Shorewood High School. She is the daughter of David and Cynthia McCormick.

Cameron Lee
Cameron Lee, 13,  in the 8th grade at Hidden River Middle School, has already found his passion.

“I was in the 5th grade when I saw The Sound of Music at Monroe High School. I thought, ‘I could do that, and it would be awesome,’” Cameron recalls. He took acting lessons the following summer, and that started everything.

Currently he is rehearsing multiple roles in an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which will be put on by Adagio Players at the Everett Historic Theater. It opens December 8 and runs Thursday - Sunday through December 18.

In October Cameron had his opera debut in the Seattle Opera production of Carmen, as one of ten children selected for the youth chorus. Cameron has been taking voice lessons for three years.

He has been nominated by Seattle Broadway World as “Best Featured Actor in a Play” for his role as Jesse in Distracted, which was produced by Arts West last spring. That role marked Cameron’s first professional role. His name was also submitted for a 2011 Gregory Award for the same role.

“I had barely finished my classes when I auditioned,” he says. “I didn’t feel ready.”

He is also nominated as a Seattle Broadway World “Person to Watch” for this year.

“This is exciting,” he says. “I’ve just started out, so it makes me feel like I’m going to go places.”

Cameron has been in two of the Monroe High musicals, as Emilio’s son in South Pacific and as a chorus member in Side Show. He plans to audition for both Monroe High and Hidden River musicals later this spring.

He already knows two things about his future life after high school. He is going to act … and he will need to find a second career to pay the bills!

“I really love being someone else and telling a story through real people,” Cameron says. “And being in front of an audience – it’s great the energy it gives. It makes me so pumped!”

Alexandria Fleming, the daughter of Jacqueline Moore of Seattle and Alexander Fleming also of Seattle, has been named to Randolph-Macon Academy’s dean’s list for the first quarter of the 2011-12 school year. Alexandria is a junior at Randolph-Macon.

Amy Hammerquist of Woodinville was a member of a group of Linfield College students and their faculty advisors who traveled to Seattle University to participate in the 20th annual Murdock College Science Research Program Conference in November.

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Luke Houser
Luke Houser, a 10-year-old student at Hollywood Hill Elementary in Woodinville, took 9th place at the USA Track and Field national Jr. Olympics cross country championship held on December 10 at the Whispering Pines Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The top 20 runners, and three teams, from 16 regions of the USA qualified for entry into the national championship. Luke placed first in District 13 at the regional championship held November 19 in Seattle’s Lower Woodland Park.

Luke placed 9th in a field of 224 in the Bantam Boys division for ages 9 and 10. He completed the 3000 meter (1.9 miles) course in a blazing time of 10:53.62, with a first mile split time of 5:51.51. The top 25 athletes in each division are awarded All-American status and receive a medal.

Meaghan Rieke, a senior from Woodinville, was among 20 Gonzaga University entrepreneurship students who spent a day recently in Omaha learning about business, ethics, and life from billionaire Warren Buffett, the “Oracle of Omaha,” one of the world’s foremost business authorities.

During the trip Nov. 10-12, the Gonzaga students toured two subsidiaries of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., took part in a lengthy question-and-answer session with Buffett and had lunch with and personally met the financial guru.

UW Bothell students Jack Chang Keng-Wei and Jebediah Pavelas formed Team Kinetic Math. Their team competed in the software design category and presented a tool for interactive math education. The tool utilizes the Microsoft Kinect to teach students an abstract and visual method of math.

Students Evan Harris, Craig Nishina, and Peter Thongprada Luangrath competed in the game design category as Team Credit/No Credit. Their team created an educational game intended to fight the global spread of infectious diseases. The game teaches young players that people are vulnerable and capable of contracting transferrable diseases such as malaria and HIV/Aids.

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Eva Jacobson
Seattle University recently announced Eva Jacobson, a junior English major with a 4.0 GPA,  has been awarded the Fr. William F. LeRoux Dean’s Scholarship, given annually to an “outstanding student in humanities” in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The William F. LeRoux Endowed Chair was established in the honor of Father LeRoux, a long standing faculty member. He came to SU in 1958 as a professor in theology and served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1977 to 1982.

From 1982 until his death in late 2004, Father LeRoux served as an assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement, where he remained a much beloved ambassador to alumni and friends.

Jacobson is a Woodinville High School graduate, Class of 2010. She is the daughter of Brenda Vanderloop and Paul Jacobson of Woodinville.

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