Applause - May 30, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Ally Barrera has graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., with a degree in broadcast journalism. She was twice recognized as Pepperdine’s news reporter of the year. Ally is a 2007 graduate of Woodinville High School and the daughter of Jorge Barrera and Gail Neubert.

Kia Coddington of Woodinville was one of 15 new members selected for membership in Alpha Chi Honor Society at William Woods University.

Three Whittier College students have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Award to travel overseas for a 10-month time period to conduct research and/or teach English. Among the three is Kenmore native and political science major Thomas Elliott who will teach English and carry out a photography project in Brazil.

Elliott graduated cum laude with academic distinction in his major on May 13. As a 2010-11 Keck Undergraduate Fellow, he conducted fieldwork within an Aymara/Quechua community near La Paz, Bolivia. He divided his time doing archival research in the city and attending meetings, rituals and participating in the daily life of the community.

"I got to dance in rituals that have been practiced since before the conquest and had to speak three different languages while there (Spanish, Quechua and Aymara). I can hold my own in Quechua," said Elliott about his fieldwork experience.

Ashleigh Emmons of Bothell is one of seven William Woods University students who have been selected as new members of the national theatre honor society, Alpha Psi Omega.

The Business Development Center at the University of Washington Bothell awarded more than $20,000 at the final round of its inaugural Business Plan Competition Friday, May 6. The first prize went to Helpful Hints Wedding Planning, a business concept developed by UW Bothell undergraduates Angelica Lizak and Kelsey Allen of Everett, Shalee Clark of Lynnwood and Steven Fountain of Woodinville. The team received an $18,000 cash prize, as well as a scholarship to the Founder Institute.

Central Washington University senior second baseman Kelly Gau (Woodinville) won Great Northwest Athletic Conference baseball first-team honors.

Gau, who played both second base and shortstop over the course of the season, batted a team-best .364, which was third-best in the GNAC. He led the Wildcat offense in seven other statistical categories including on-base percentage (.415), runs scored (33), hits (52), stolen bases (12), steal attempts (14) and games played (43).

Ethan Jacobsen and Joel Schniederre of MY GOODNESS recently signed to the label Sarathan. Their national release was April 19 and already a song has been scooped up by Hollywood. Jacobsen grew up in Woodinville and Schnieder grew up in Bellevue. They both reside in Seattle at this time.

Maia Lavarias of Woodinville, a senior biology major at York College of Pennsylvania, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester.

"Aura," a film by Travis Salmi of Monroe, has been selected to screen at the 2011 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY, It was selected as one of 225 films from around the world that will be screened at this year’s festival. NFFTY is now the largest youth film festival in the world and includes films from directors 22 years of age and under, panels, workshops, and networking events.

Ryan Shelton of Woodinville was among more than 1,200 students to graduate from Mesa State College on May 15. Shelton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.


Christopher Somogyi, a senior at Connecticut College, was awarded the Jean V. Johnston Prize, which is given to the chemistry major who has contributed the most to the department. Somogyi was presented with the award at the annual Honors and Awards ceremony at Connecticut College. Somogyi, a 2007 graduate of Lakeside School, is the son of Aniko and Chris Somogyi of Woodinville.

The following area students made presentations at the 13th annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference:

Jenna Dumpit of Bothell presented "Outside America: A Qualitative Examination of the Family’s International Experience."

Eric Schmidt of Woodinville presented "Rights Through Blood, Power Through Bone."

Noah Lerner of Lake Forest Park presented "A Library for Masiyile: Determining the Relationship Between NGOs and Government Organizations."

Applause - May 9, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Woodinville Montessori took top honors at the National Interscholastic Orienteering Races in San Jose, Calif., April 16-17. WMS was represented by Tyler Chu, Andy Seckinger, Erik Nygaard, Yola Stehling, and Nikhil Pailoor for the intermediate and Yula Stehling for the primary division as an individual competitor. Over 400 people took part in the event where map reading on the run, finding the correct control markers in order and successfully racing to the finish for a best time was the goal. WMS has now earned a place on the trophy plaque four times in eight years. Eileen Breseman is the school’s orienteering instructor. For more information about Woodinville Montessori School, visit
David Orella, a junior from Woodinville, was named to the dean’s list at Gonzaga University for last semester.

Katherine MacKay of Woodinville participated in the Linfield College Theatre production of "Execution of Justice."

MacKay, a junior majoring in sociology, played the roles of Gwenn Craig and Officer Byrne.

She is a 2008 graduate of Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and the daughter of Craig and Kate MacKay of Woodinville.

John Schmied, a seventh grade science teacher at Skyview Junior High in Bothell has been awarded the 2011 Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award for his outstanding teachings on the importance of being an environmentally-responsible citizen.

The Bartlett award, made possible by Baxter International Inc., is given annually by the National Environmental Education Foundation and recognizes teachers who inspire their students and peers in environmental studies. Schmied will receive a $5,000 award.

Schmied’s students are a reflection of his dedication and passion for the environment and a rigorous hands-on approach to science. His students leave his classroom with excellent writing skills and are exposed to soil and field studies, conifer classification, water quality issues, frog rearing, worm ranching, mice behavioral studies and long-term ecological and habitat studies.

Miles Linde
Woodinville resident Miles Linde received a $250 scholarship from Eastside Republican Club.

Applicants for the ERC scholarship essay program were required to submit an essay of up to 500 words on the topic "Why did the founders choose a republic instead of a democracy, and what are the benefits of a republic to the citizens?" Linde, a student at Eastside Catholic High School, plans to attend Washington State University.