Applause - August 12, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

EvaSUgradceremonyEva V. JacobsonSeattle University Class of 2013 graduate, Eva V. Jacobson, was honored with the English Department McDonald Award presented by the Seattle University School of Arts & Sciences Faculty. "Eva is graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in English and is among the department’s best natural writers," according to the faculty statement. "Her writing is clear, well-organized, detailed, and interesting with a strong jargon-free personal voice. She is an exceptionally acute close reader of passages and uses her close readings to make complex, subtle arguments about characters and ideas. She also accurately reads the theoretical and scholarly literature, understands the theoretical or critical debates that she is joining, and stakes out her own positions in a sophisticated way. She writes powerful exploratory pieces and at all times demonstrates mature intellectual engagement. She exemplifies the kind of academic achievement and intensity that characterizes the McDonald Award."

Graduating Summa Cum Laude with Departmental Honors, Jacobson, a Woodinville High School 2010 graduate, completed her bachelor of arts degree in three years, with a major in English and a minor in women & gender studies. Eva credits her WHS English and AP instructors in preparing her for vigorous studies, while she took advantage of the WHS/UW College in the High School opportunity and AP classes, which made it possible to accelerate the completion of her degree. 

Jacobson, the daughter of  Brenda Vanderloop and Paul Jacobson of Woodinville, just returned from a summer Women’s Studies program in London and the UK and is in the midst of preparations for her graduate studies.  

Cameron Exelby and Brittany Geis

were among the 50 recipients to win a scholarship from BECU. These recipients were selected by a volunteer selection committee of local business, educational and non-profit leaders based on a combination of strong dedication to community service, leadership and academics.

Cameron Exelby:

Woodinville High School

Relay for Life Volunteer Team Captain

Cameron was orginally inspired by his grandmother who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer when Cameron was 8 years old. Relay for Life is a cause Cameron is committed to and which has already had a meaningful impact. It provided a feeling of accomplishment but also a profound sense of humility.

His grandmother is still alive today due to her participation in a pharmaceutical study. Cameron has been a team captain for the past four years, and will continue to support this very worthy cause with his direct and active involvement.

Brittany Geis:

Inglemoor High School

Volunteer in a special needs classroom

Brittany’s volunteer experience working with a special needs classroom has taught her so many valuable lessons. It has also prepared her for the future. From the students, she has learned that even if you have a disability you can still make the most of life and make every moment count. This experience has led her to a career choice as a pediatric occupational therapist. Brittany hopes to one day help children with special needs.

Loyola Marymount University has announced the following Northshore students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester.

Jordynn Otto, Bothell

Sarah Carratt,  Mill Creek

Christine Nafziger,  Woodinville

Jillian Jaccard,  Woodinville

Tauras Vilgalys, Woodinville

The following students were recently named to the Northeastern University’s dean’s list for the spring semester:


Catherine A. Geiger, majoring in biochemistry.

Nicole E Ochandarena

, majoring in behavioral neuroscience.

Ashley C Conroy

, majoring in psychology.

Sydney-Johanna Brovick Stevns

, majoring in international affairs.

"Cream of the Crop" awards for their outstanding efforts in support of Northshore students and Milk Money went to the following businesses:

Woodinville Banner Bank, Sparta’s Pizza and Pho Hoa for keeping the bottles up all year round

Extreme Pita and Woodinville Thai for designating a portion of staff tips to the cause

The Foundation House, The Ranch and Yakima Fruit Market for enthusiastic participation

TJMaxx for holding an employee bake sale and potluck to support the cause

• Half of all the money raised comes by way of matching funds up to $3000 from the NorthlakeWindermere Office.

Katharine Mae Olsen of Bothell graduated cum laude from the University of San Diego.

Olsen earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.She participated in the honors program that provides opportunities for interaction with faculty, specialized course work, undergraduate research and focused academic advising.

Andrew Pearson

of Woodinville was named to the spring 2013 president’s list at LeTourneau University.Pearson achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average to receive this honor.

Michael Daniel Postetter

of Kenmore was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Postetter is enrolled in the university’s John M. Olin School of Business.

The following local residents made the dean’s list for spring 2013 quarter at Rochester Institute of Technology:

Brandon Boudrias of Bothell is a fourth-year student in the applied networking and system administration program in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Taylor Wisman of Kenmore is a fourth-year student in the packaging science program in RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology.

Cameron Amer

of Woodinville and Grace Lackey of Mill Creek have been named to the dean’s list at the Savannah College of Art and Design for spring quarter 2013.

Eric Schmidt

of Woodinville has graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology. Schmidt is the son of Jim and Cindy Schmidt and a 2009 graduate of North Atlantic Regional High School.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has announced that Zachary Schroeder of Woodinville was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Schroeder is pursuing a degree in electrical engineering at Oregon State University.

Neda Shahram

of Kenmore participated in Berklee College of Music’s 2013 commencement held recently in Boston. Shahram received a degree of bachelor of music in music business/management.

Katie Campbell

of Woodinville was named to the dean’s list of distinction at University of Northern Colorado Greeley.

Kathryn Wolfram

of Woodinville has graduated from St. Olaf College. She is an economics major and the daughter of Mark Wolfram and Lynn Cash.

Anne Willey

, a Luther College sophomore from Bothell, was named to the 2013 spring semester dean’s list.

Nathan Quarterman

, a Woodin Elementary student, set a new Midlakes Swim League record in the boys 10 and under 25-yard butterfly with a time of 13.31, shattering the old record set in 2009 of 13.82.

Nathan, as well as his little brother Tyler, swam in the Midlakes Championship July 20 at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

The boys swim for the High Woodlands Dolphins.

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