Applause - July 9, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

John Diefendorf
John Diefendorf took part in and finished the Ironman Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, June 24. Diefendorf, 42, competed in the 40- to 44-year-old division. His wife, Shanaz, and daughters, Isabella, 10, and Sofia, 7, were there to cheer him on. His times were 1:37:33 for the 2.4 mile swim; 6:50:04 for the 112-mile bike ride; 5:14:51 for the 26.2-mile run. His overall time was 14:10:56. He is the son of Woodinville Weekly editor Karen Diefendorf and resides with his family in Delray Beach, Fla.

Woodinville resident Christian Niccum, an American luger who has been competing since 1988, is one of the people who has donated one or more medals to the children being treated at the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in Southern California, a number of whom are seriously ill.

Niccum placed sixth in the men’s luge doubles event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver after placing 23rd in the men’s singles event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

Current U.S. Olympic marathoner Meb Keflezighi is attempting to persuade people across the country to donate 2,012 medals to the children being treated at the hospital before the gun goes off to start the London Olympics marathon event Aug. 12.  So far, 1,151 medals have been collected, which means they have 861 to go.  More details:

Brenna Dwyer, a resident of Kenmore,  made the dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester at the University of Montana Western.

Lauren Hamilton of Woodinville, a student on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus located in Teaneck and Hackensack, N.J., has been named to the honor’s list for the spring 2012 semester.

Brian Steyaert of Woodinville has received an associate of applied science degree in welding technology from the University of Montana, Helena College of Technology.

Katherine Bourne, a resident of Bothell, received a bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre during the May 2012 Southern Methodist University commencement ceremony.

The following students from the Northshore area have earned placement on Gonzaga University’s dean’s list for spring semester 2012. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.69 grade-point average to be listed:

Bothell —

Virgil Allen, Amira Khablein, Tabish Mohammad

Woodinville —

Alicia Bies, Colin Bishop, Brianne Byers, Samantha Cobb, Hannah Cocanour, Chad Lueckenotte, Maryam Nozari, Erika Romman, Matthew Stodola, Christopher Strandin, Shawn Vanover

Kenmore —

Grace Armstrong, David Fon, Mitchell Gunsolus, Kristie Slattengren, Shaun Withers

Mill Creek —

Melissa Fitz, Kathleen Corbett, Megan Gogal

Lake Forest Park —

William Greenburg, Garrett Musar, Alena Owen

Shoreline —

Anthony Galvan

Carnation —

Shawn Klopp, Jake Leland

Woodinville High School’s student biomedical science team received awards in 10 categories garnering them the prestigious Cup of Excellence trophy for overall best school at the 12th annual Northwest Association of Biomedical Research (NWABR) Student Expo, held May 24 at the Meydenbauer Conference Center in Bellevue. In addition, Dalton Mann placed third in the People’s Choice award.

First Place—Dalton Mann, Lab Research

Second Place— Frederik Thiesson, Career & Industry

Third Place — Matthias Argenyi and Jacob Hoogerwerf, Multimedia

Third Place—Danny Scheid, Art

Third Place—Melanie Logan, Web site

Honorable Mention—Caitlin Hillis, Dance

Honorable Mention—Eric Urstad and Bobby Luo, Multimedia

Honorable Mention—Jeannie Campbell and Hannah Pulsipher, Art

Honorable Mention—Melina Hsiao, Web site

Honorable Mention—Shanelle Clogston, Dua Khan and Millanda Zhou, Creative Writing

Honorable Mention—Micah Rubart and Joshua Scheck, Molecular Modeling

Honorable Mention—Ananya Sengupta, Music

Honorable Mention—Ionatan Kuperwajs, Journalistic Writing

Tryg Butler, a Luther College senior of Kenmore, was named to the 2012 spring semester dean’s list.

Elsie Rose Howell of Kingston, Wash.,  graduated from Holy Names Academy High School in Seattle. She was the salutatorian of her graduating class.

Other honors included: AP Scholar with Distinction, President’s Award for Educational Excellence - Gold Award, and Washington State Honors Award, with a 4.2 GPA.

Howell received the Villanova University with Honors Academic Presidential Scholarship, full tuition including room and board, and will be joining the VU Honors class of 2016 in Pennsylvania to major in biology, with plans to return to the NorthWest to attend University of Washington Medical School Class of 2020.   She is a cross country runner, qualifying for Washington state finals in  2010 and 2011; a certified ski instructor at Stevens pass the last 4 years; has volunteered for West Sound WildLife Shelter on Bainbridge Island the last two years; is now working for the MV Skansonia Event Facility and is an active member of the St. Olaf Catholic parish in Poulsbo, Wash.

She is the daughter of Chris and Mary Howell of Kingston; sister to Nick and Andy Sturza;  granddaughter of Roy and Ellen Stonecypher of Chehalis, Wash., and granddaughter of Keith and Pat Howell of Woodinville.

Marissa Wyll of Woodinville has been recognized as a 2011-2012 Discus Award winner for her achievements in the areas of arts, other achievements, and academics.

The Discus Awards is a national program that provides recognition and scholarship opportunities to all-around high school students who excel in three of 10 key attributes.  Marissa is now eligible for 2011-2012 Discus Awards scholarships.

In addition to earning her high school diploma this year, Marissa has earned an Associates of Arts and Sciences degree from the Ocean Research College Academy at Everett Community College.

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