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Applause - September 3, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Andrea Clark of Mill Creek will be attending Creighton University this fall. Clark, a graduate of Archbishop Thomas J Murphy High School, will be entering the School of Nursing.

Berklee College of Music announces that Nalini Krishnan of Woodinville has earned placement on the dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2012 academic year.

Ashley McNeil, M.A., English, of Woodinville, recently graduated from Salisbury University.

Deborah Nicely of Woodinville was inducted into a special group of senior dressage riders and horses on August 25 at a dressage show at Whidbey Equestrian Center. The ages of Deborah and her horse, BMC’s Pebble, qualify them to become members of The Dressage Foundation’s Century Club.

The Century Club recognizes dressage riders and horses whose combined ages total 100 years or more.  Deborah is 77 years old and Pebble is 24. Horse and rider also perform a dressage test and are scored by a dressage judge. Locally, Deborah is a member of Equestrians’ Institute.

Hilary Pugmire of Woodinville was awarded a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree by New York Law School at its 120th annual commencement ceremonies. Pugmire’s parents are Timothy Pugmire and Debbie Pugmire.

Local students took the first step in becoming Boilermakers by participating in the annual STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration) program at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus.The participants included: Janice Tien of Bothell, Magdalyn Stinson of Woodinville, Jake Springfield of Woodinville.

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Maureen Polcuch
Maureen Polcuch, Northshore School District driver instructor, was named WashingtonState Pupil Transportation (WAPT) Transportation Person of 2011-12. She was also selected as a Washington state driver instructor this year and trained 16 new driver instructors across the state.

Maureen volunteers many hours to improve the school bus transportation industry by organizing workshops, judging events and as a chairperson for regional and state school bus safety competitions.

Katherine Berry, daughter of Mr. Mark W. Berry and Ms. Christine S. Berry of Woodinville, graduated Magna Cum Laude May 20 from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. Berry, who majored in political science - women’s and gender studies, entered Amherst after graduating from The Overlake School.

Katherine Brandenstein was awarded a $500 Ben LaNail and Laurie Yoler Scholarship by the Washington State University College of Engineering and Architecture and a $1,000 Future Cougars of Color by the Washington State University College of Liberal Arts. The Ben LaNail and Laurie Yoler Scholarship is awarded to students who are interested in engineering and demonstrate academic excellence.The Future Cougars of Color scholarship is awarded to students of color who are enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts.

Brandenstein graduated from Woodinville High School in 2012 and plans to graduate from WSU in May 2016 with a degree in biomedical engineering.

Brandenstein is the daughter of Cheryl Escobido and Michael Brandenstein of Woodinville.


The following Woodinville students graduated from Seattle Pacific University: Tiana Marie graduated with a master of arts in industrial/organizational psychology; Astrid Katrina Olsen graduated with a bachelor of arts in communication; Corey Louise Ramquist graduated with a bachelor of arts in special education; Allison Lindsey Shaw graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in mathematics; Amanda Marie Sodoma graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in global development studies; Amanda Rachelle Stevens graduated with a bachelor of arts in English; Chris Richard Welter graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor of science in physiology.

Lt.Korhan Orgun of Woodinville,  a 2007 graduate of of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., performed a SeaFair flyover in a Lockheed P-3C Orion during the Seafair Airshow at Lake Washington.

Northshore students joined the Boilermaker community by participating in the annual Boiler Gold Rush program at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus.

The participants included:

Jake Springfield of Woodinville

Janice Tien of Bothell

The mission of Boiler Gold Rush is to orient new students and their families during their transition to Purdue by creating a fun and stimulating environment, providing access to opportunities on Purdue’s campus and in the Lafayette/West Lafayette community and by offering meaningful activities and leadership opportunities to encourage student success.

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