Duvall: Zachary Schutte
Kenmore: Julia Houghton
Woodinville: Catherine Fernandez (with honors)
Bothell native is a U.S. Navy destroyer Sailor
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Green,
Navy Office of Community Outreach
A Bothell, Washington, native and 2012 Bothell High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Decatur.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Henry is an electrician's mate aboard the guided-missile destroyer operating out of San Diego.
A Navy electrician's mate is responsible for making sure there is power throughout the ship.
Henry credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Bothell.
“I am from a big sports town, so early on I learned the importance of teamwork,” said Henry. “It has allowed me to fit into the team here and prepared me for working as part of a diverse team.”
More than 300 sailors serve aboard the ship, and their jobs are highly specialized, requiring dedication and skill, according to Navy officials. The jobs range from maintaining engines to handling weaponry along with a multitude of other assignments that keep the ship mission-ready at all times.
The ship has anti-aircraft capability armed with long range missiles intended for air defense to counter the threat to friendly forces posed by manned aircraft, anti-ship, cruise and tactical ballistic missiles.
Unique experiences build strong fellowship among the crew. The crew is motivated, and can quickly adapt to changing conditions, according to Navy officials. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches and drills. Serving aboard a guided missile destroyer instills accountability and toughness and fosters initiative and integrity.
While serving in the Navy may present many challenges, Henry has found many great rewards.
“I am proud that I am able to provide security for my family back home while gaining experiences that will better me personally and professionally,” added Henry.
UW Bothell 2018 alumna of year
University of Washington Bothell has named entrepreneur Taylor Hoang its 2018 Distinguished Alumna of the Year.
The award recognizes UW Bothell alumni who have shown distinguished professional achievements or outstanding community service. Hoang, who received a business degree in 2002, heads the Pho Cyclo restaurant group and directs the Ethnic Business Coalition in Seattle.
Hoang had already started a business and was working full time when she enrolled in the University. “The professors, the administrators, the students were all very professional, very dedicated,” Hoang recalls. “We all had day jobs and were just there to finish our education and get our degrees.”
At the age of 21, Hoang, who was born in Vietnam, started a mortgage brokerage that catered to ethnic immigrants. Seven years later she saw an opportunity to bring Vietnamese comfort food to broader American appetites. She currently has five restaurants and a catering company in the Pho Cyclo restaurant group.
In 2013, Hoang founded the nonprofit Ethnic Business Coalition to promote and improve the long-term sustainability of immigrant and minority-owned businesses. Hoang serves as its executive director. She also is active in civic and business organizations. Honored to receive the UW Bothell Alumna of the Year Award, Hoang says, “I will carry the banner.”