Applause - December 17, 2012

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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Luke Houser
Luke Houser, 11, a 6th grade student at Hollywood Hill Elementary, placed first in the 11-12 year division of the Regional USATF Jr. Olympics Cross Country meet held in Spokane. Luke ran the 3 kilometer course in 10:33, nine seconds ahead of the second place runner. His team, the Cascade Striders, also placed first in their age group.

Students named to Biola University’s spring 2012 dean’s list for academic excellence include:

Cassandra Carsrud, Bothell

Katelyn Larson, Bothell

William Parker, Woodinville

Nicole Webber, Lake Forest Park

Caleb Wheeler, Woodinville

Grace Horiatis, a senior at George Fox University, was among the more than 120 performers taking part in the university’s annual Christmas concert, “Star of Wonder, Star of Light!,” scheduled Friday through Sunday, Dec. 7-9.Horiatis sings/plays viola for the symphonic band and string quintet.

Jennifer Ann Loyet of Woodinville is serving as member-at-large for Rock Chalk Revue, the annual variety show produced by University of Kansas students to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Douglas County and the University Endowment’s Dream Maker Fund. Loyet is a junior accounting and marketing major. She attended Woodinville High School and is the daughter of Lowell and Elizabeth Loyet.

The National League of Cities (NLC) has recognized the city of Kenmore for recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC).  LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.

“The City of Kenmore is dedicated to promoting opportunities for play through its parks system and community events program,” said Kenmore Mayor David Baker. “We are proud to receive this recognition and will continue to strive to provide citizens with a high quality of life.”

Washington University in St. Louis sophomore forward Melissa Gilkey of Woodinville was selected to the 2013 Women’s Basketball Preseason All-America honorable mention team, as announced by the website

Gilkey, who was honored as the 2012 Central Region and University Athletic Association (UAA) Rookie of the Year, was one of two UAA players to receive 2013 Preseason All-America recognition from earned second-team all-UAA honors for Washington U. in 2012, starting all 27 games for the Bears in her rookie season. She finished second on the team in scoring (10.9 ppg), while leading the Bears in rebounding (7.3 per game). Gilkey also led Washington U. with 38 blocked shots a year ago, which ranks ninth in program history for a single season.

State Sen. Andy Hill has been named chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, making him the Senate’s leader on budgetary matters for the next two years.

Hill is a long-time Redmond resident from the 45th Legislative District, which includes Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Duvall, Woodinville and portions of unincorporated King County. He was elected to the Senate in 2010 and is midway through his first term.

Hill will no longer serve as the ranking minority member on the Senate Higher Education Committee; however, he will continue as a member of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. He is also the co-chair of the Quality Education Council and serves on the Joint Select Committee on Education Accountability.


WHS Students of the Month

Woodinville High School recognized 25 students before their parents on December 12 at a Student of the Month celebration held in the school’s new theater.  Students, nominated by WHS staff, were recognized in four areas: academics, citizenship, health and fitness and personal expression.

Academics: Students are academically prepared and confident to pursue higher education –

Aliena Lowell, Elizabeth Kanning, Kaylene Stocking, Shanelle Clogston, Emily Falcon, Madison Sutton and Dalton Schaefbauer.

Citizenship: Students live as responsible citizens –

Josh Kim, Ashley Miller, Matt Mustarde, Adrienne Renne, Ashley Nicholas, Nick Wade Easley, Matthew Brown, Ryan Christensen, Jenny Sprague and Jake Jensen.

Health and Fitness: Students live healthy, satisfying and productive lives –

Brent Constantine.

Personal Expression: Students understand and develop their personal gifts and strengths –

Roman Casasanta, Kyle Marshall, Michael Stiles, Sydney Bodman, Justin Babbitt, Sophie Williams and Michael Zander.

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