Applause - September 19, 2011

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Brooke Serene Butler, a 2006 graduate of Woodinville High School and 2010 graduate of the University of Southern California, is on her way to reaching her dreams in Hollywood. She recently filmed five commercials and will be on the second CSI episode of the new season in which she will play a guest spot with Ted Danson. On September 25, she will compete in the Miss Malibu Pageant and will then go on to the Miss California Pageant. She is currently in the running for the “People’s Choice Award.”  Go to, clicking on her picture and clicking on “like” under her picture to cast your votes. Her sponsorships and donations will go to the Boys and Girls Club and further her platform/blog on “Strong Women,” encouraging women to make their place in the world through intelligence and grace.

Applause - September 5, 2011

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Paige Adkinson
Nikol Wells and Paige Adkinson of the 2011/2012 Woodinville High School cheer squad have been selected for the National Cheer Associations All-American Team.

Paul Christensen of Woodinville has received an opportunity that very few soccer players have received. Christensen is a goal keeper in the Sounders FC Academy and has been asked to attend the U.S. Soccer National Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., This means he is moving to Florida effective immediately to live and train with the very best identified players at the age of 15 and 16. This group will represent the U.S. National U17 team in the next World Cup if they make the final roster.

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Left to right: Marina Oldfin, NYSA President Jim Bates and Alison Leonard
University of San Diego student Katharine Olsen of Bothell studied abroad in France this summer. Olsen took part in USD’s four-week faculty-led Paris program to the "City of Light" that immerses students in French history, tradition and culture including visits to museums, theatres and other landmarks. Olsen is majoring in communication studies.

With an inspiring speech that portrayed insights on how small moments we share with our loved ones can impact an entire life, Omar Rivas, a Toastmaster from Woodinville, competed in the final round of the Toastmasters 2011 World Championship of Public Speaking on Saturday, Aug. 20, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Rivas’ speech described the actions his mother took of preserving the most precious thoughts and moments of her life in an old brown hatbox, while losing a battle with Alzheimer’s. "This speech is my homage to my wonderful mother, which is why I delivered it over 50 times to perfect her message." He evolved through a six-month process of elimination in the world’s largest speech contest, reaching the top nine out of a pool of 30,000 competitors from 116 countries.

Rivas, who is a member of Toastmasters District 2 and an Executive Presentation Coach at a Redmond-based business communications company AMAXRA, entertained the crowd at the Toastmasters International Speech Contest Semifinals two days earlier with a different speech, titled "Why You Are."

A panel of 14 Toastmasters judges evaluated the finalists on a range of criteria, including speech content, organization, voice quality and gestures. The speeches could cover any topic and had to last between five and seven minutes.

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The Northshore Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) announced their 2011 College Scholarship recipients. Recent Northshore School District Class of 2011 graduates Marina Oldfin of Bothell High School, and Alison Leonard and Connor Cox of Inglemoor High School received one thousand dollar scholarships.

Applications were accepted from Northshore School District graduating seniors that planned to enter an accredited institution of higher learning during the 2011/2012 academic year. Individuals were reviewed and selected based on their positive involvement and commitment to the NYSA program and the community, but also in their participation in the NYSA referee program.

Having all started playing soccer at a very young age, Oldfin, Leonard and Cox were honored for their outstanding contributions and success on the soccer field and in their academic achievements. Oldfin will be attending the University of Washington in the fall studying business and finance. She plans to continue playing soccer, refereeing and wants to explore coaching. "NYSA introduced me to a sport that I can take with me, and be a part of, throughout my life," she said.

Leonard will be studying biology as a freshman at the University of Washington. "Being a part of the Northshore Youth Soccer Association, both as a player and as a referee, has been a transformative experience for me as a person," Leonard said. "It made me realize not just how important soccer has been in my own life but how much I want others to be able to enjoy and learn from it," she added. "I’ve learned not to be afraid to stick to my decisions in the face of opposition, and to have the confidence to walk into uncomfortable situations with my head held high."

Cox will be attending Boise State University. Along with his team duties and assistant coaching, Cox was nominated as Washington State Youth Referee of the Year. "I’ve put in countless hours supporting the program," Cox said, "through playing, refereeing, volunteering and coaching. I’ve had a great run with NYSA, with an almost storybook ending and have truly enjoyed every minute of it."

The Northshore Youth Soccer Association awards scholarships annually and supports teams in Bothell, Woodinville and Kenmore. Since it’s founding, the NYSA has grown to include several programs at different skill levels, representing thousands of athletes ages six to nineteen. Visit for more information.

Maryam Abdi of Kenmore has enrolled at the University of Evansville. Abdi, majoring in Theatre, joins an entering class defined by its strong academic ability and diversity.

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Sarah Hallman-Luhn
Sarah Hallman-Luhn, a third grader at Evergreen Academy, is proud of her 4H achievements at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe with the Paws N Claws Too 4H club cat division. Hallman-Luhn was awarded junior champion overall and junior champion in judging overall with her 4H Cat Project.The judging award was for points received on a collection of her projects.

Paws N Claws Too members were judged on their creativity for cat cage designs, how well they knew basic information about caring for their cats and for points received from the club throughout the year. Sarah now qualifies to show her cat in the Puyallup Fair.

Applause - August 29, 2011

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Northshore Fire Department is proud to honor two of its firefighters for 30 years of outstanding service to the Department and community.

Douglas Knight, a graduate of Bothell High School, began his career with the Northshore Fire Department in 1972 as a volunteer and was hired full time in 1981. Knight was promoted to lieutenant in 1984 and has served in various officer ranks until being promoted to battalion chief in 2001. For many years, Knight oversaw the fleet program that included maintaining the emergency apparatus and developing specifications for new equipment purchases.

Tim Wooldridge grew up in Kenmore and graduated from Inglemoor High School. Wooldridge, whose father started his volunteer service with the department in 1958, chose to follow in his footsteps and pursue a career in the fire service. Wooldridge started as a volunteer with the department in 1979, and was hired full time in 1981.

Several local residents made the academic deans’ list at APU. These students are honored for a spring semester 2011 academic standing of 3.5 or better grade-point average. A total of 1,575 students received the same honor.

Woodinville: Nicholas J. Kunnanz, accounting; Alicia R. Orrico, applied exercise science

Lake Forest Park: Berit E. Anderson, global studies

Jessica Abigail Balazic, the daughter of Woodinville’s Jim and Linda Balazic, graduated this summer from the University of Washington- Bothell with her bachelor’s degree in community psychology. She plans on becoming a special education teacher and will start graduate school at UW Seattle this fall for special education in the severe/low-incidence program.

Elizabeth Hiskey of Woodinville has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. She will be traveling to Belgium, where she will teach English as a Foreign Language at the University of Ghent. Elizabeth is a 2007 graduate of Redmond High School and a 2011 graduate of the University of Washington, where she received two degrees, in English and French, both with honors. Upon her return to the U.S. next summer, she has been accepted to the Teach for America program, in which she will spend two years teaching in a low-income school district while completing her master’s degree in teaching.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Dave and Lois Hiskey of Woodinville.

Rielly Milne of Woodinville earned a bronze medal at the 2011 Canadian high school rowing championship regatta held in St. Catharines, Ontario, on June 3-5. Rielly, a coxswain for the Brentwood College School in Mill Bay, British Columbia, Canada, raced in the senior men’s 72 kg four+ against 28 other schools that qualified to compete at the regatta.

Omar Rivas, a Woodinville resident competed in the World Championship of Public Speaking. Rivas is an award-winning speaker and presentation coach, with 25 years of executive experience in business development, sales, marketing, management, team building and executive level negotiations.

His diversity in business spans several industries and various positions within the corporate environment. His superior interpersonal skills allow for the understanding and solving of multiple, complex and ambiguous issues within an organization, while managing multiple projects simultaneously.

Recognized for his high personal integrity, collaborative management style, diplomatic communication skills, reliability, and flexibility. Having oned or been partial owner of several successful companies, in a variety of industries over the past 25 years, has given him the ability to speak on a wealth of business topics. He is strategic and analytical in his thinking, innovative and creative in his execution, bi-lingual in his communication, and passionate in his actions.

In 2010, Omar traveled to Palm Desert, Calif., to compete in the World Championship of Public Speaking Semifinals, becoming one of the world’s top 27 speakers for Toastmasters International. Omar is once again traveling to Las Vegas in August to compete in his second World Championship of Public Speaking Semifinals (2 years in a row).

The following Northshore students graduated from Seattle Pacific University:

Chloe Emiko Dixon of Woodinville graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in communication.

Robert James Henry of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration, marketing emphasis.

Hannah MS Hsu of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and physics.

Haley Grace Libak of Woodinville graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in communication, journalism emphasis.

Nicholas Joseph Maurice of Woodinville graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in physiology and a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry.

Andrew Joseph Ogden of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in communication.

Heather Catherine Olson of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of arts in communication, journalism emphasis.

Jamie Ashby Perry of Woodinville graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in integrated studies, health and fitness emphasis.

Katie Lauren Powell of Woodinville graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in theatre.

Aaron Jonathan Raney of Woodinville graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in biology.

Reed Leon Ruch of Woodinville graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in accounting.

Elliott Wyse of Woodinville chose to join 86 other students from around the world to form the ninth freshman class at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass.

Applause - August 15, 2011

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Allison DeJong

Woodinville resident Allison (Alli) DeJong was recently selected to have art permanently installed at the new Swedish facility in Issaquah. Alli graduated from Eastside Catholic in June. This fall she is headed to Carleton College in Minnesota.

Alexandria Fleming, the daughter of Alexander Fleming and Jacqueline Moore of Mill Creek, was named to the dean’s list at Randolph-Macon Academy for the fourth quarter of the 2010-11 school year. Students are named to the dean’s list for achieving a grade point average between 3.3 and 4.0.Alexandria is a sophomore at the Academy.

Cadet Charles Phelps, son of Charles and Carrie Phelps of Woodinville has been selected First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets for the 2011-2012 academic year, which began Aug. 14, achieving the highest position in the cadet chain of command. As first captain, Phelps, a military history major, is responsible for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400- member Corps of Cadets.

Volunteering for a week at township schools in Cape Town, discussing education with local students of the same age, learning about Robben Island from a former inmate, seeing Africa’s wildlife up close on safari, receiving a lesson on the differences between African tribes, and visiting with children affected by HIV/AIDS in Johannesburg…these things may not make up the typical itinerary for a South African vacation. Payton Schenck recently returned from the People to People International (PTPI) EXPERIENCE: South Africa program, held July 8–21. Designed to immerse high school students in cultural, educational and humanitarian activities, the EXPERIENCE program takes place annually in locations around the world. Throughout the two-week program, the students engage in discussions about what they have seen and done, and what their roles are in the world.

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Jake Cabuag, a member of Bothell Post 127 The American Legion, has been elected the State Commander at the State Convention in Spokane. He will serve a one year term of the some 26,000 Legionnaires in Washington state.Cabuag is retired from the US Coast Guard having served for 29 years. He has been very active member of the Bothell Post, having served on many committees and elected offices. He was post commander for three years.

Kaplan University celebrated the graduation of its summer 2011 class during a graduation ceremony on Aug. 6. The following local students were awarded degrees:

• Tiana Berkowitz of Bothell was awarded a associate of science degree in interdisciplinary studies.

• Yelena Chuprina of Bothell was awarded a associate of applied science degree in paralegal studies.

• Kimberly Allen of Woodinville was awarded a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

• Sherry Hoonan of Woodinville was awarded a bachelor’s degree in legal studies.

The $250 prize for third place in the student essay contest sponsored by Compassion & Choices of Washington (C&C) went to 16-year-old Christopher Stenson of Bothell.

Rachel Kuenzi, a resident of Redmond, was named to the dean’s list for the spriing 2011 semester at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif.

Applause - July 25, 2011

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Wesley Steeb, daughter of David and Karen Steeb of Woodinville, has been named to the dean’s list at Hillsdale College. She is a sophomore history major and graduated from Cedar Park High School in 2009.

Danielle Nicole Albers of Woodinville received a master’s degree of science in computer sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s spring commencement ceremonies.

Brianna Schroeder and Katie Campbell, both of Woodinville, have been named to the University of Northern Colorado dean’s list.

Emily Dueker of Woodinville received a bachelor’s degree in art from Pacific University this spring.

Thomas Elliott, a resident of Kenmore, was among over 170 students from Whittier College who made the spring 2011 dean’s list.


Kelly Hughes received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology at St. Olaf College’s 122nd commencement ceremony May 29. Kelly is the daughter of Michael and Rebecca Hughes of Woodinville and a Woodinville High School graduate.

Cameron Van Til, a 2010 Woodinville High School graduate, was named to the dean’s list at Gonzaga University for the 2011 spring semester. Cameron is an economics major with a journalism minor at Gonzaga and is the son of Steven and Karen Van Til.

Sara Warren of Woodinville received a bachelor of arts degree in English from St. Olaf College. She is the daughter of Michael Knotz and graduated from WHS.

David Orella, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Orella of Woodinville, has been has been named to the dean’s list at Gonzaga University for fall semester 2010.

Students from the following groups performed at the Disneyland Resort in California: Bear Creek School Band, Bear Creek School Choir and Studio 1 Dance Team.