Applause - May 6, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Alex Eppenauer. a student at The Bear Creek School, is the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition for the 1st Congressional District. Eppenauer won with her piece, “Through Her Eyes.” For submitting the winning entry, she will have her art displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., as part of a year-long national exhibition. Later this year, Alex will join Congresswoman Suzan DelBene in Washington, D.C., for the official unveiling of her winning artwork. She is the daughter of Bert and Jamie Eppenauer of Woodinville.

Sunny Hong, a resident of Kenmore and an Inglemoor High School student, was named a runner-up in the competition for her art work, “Embracing Yourself.”

Nathanial Newman of Bothell was been named to the dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the fall 2012 semester.

Michael Daniel Postetter of Kenmore was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Postetter is enrolled in the university’s John M. Olin School of Business.

Ellen Fissel of Bothell, Janice Tien of Bothell and Jacob Garves of Kenmore were named to the honors list for the fall 2012 semester at Purdue University.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has announced that Kevin Rushton of Bothell was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership.  Rushton is pursuing a degree at Brigham Young University.

Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) students Marshall Anderson, Heather Sheppard, Cierra Watts and Hannah Donham are among the top 50 national semi-finalists in the Vans Shoes Custom Culture Contest.

You can go online at and vote for Secondary Academy for Success. Voting ends Monday, May 13, 9 p.m. Pacific time. Online voting will determine the top five school finalists who will be notified Tuesday, May 14, and flown to New York City for the final event. The winner of the final event will be selected by surprise celebrities and receive a $50,000 grand prize for their school’s art program. The four runners up will each receive $4,000 for their schools’ programs.

Each high school team received four pairs of Vans shoes to make their own creations representing one of four themes: action sports, music, art and local flavor.

Kayla Schick, a senior environmental policy/political science double major at the University of Colorado, Boulder has made the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for fall semester 2012. The dean’s list requires that a student hold a 3.75 or better GPA.

Woodinville resident Nicole Ochandarena, a Northeastern University student majoring in behavioral neuroscience, was named to the university’s dean’s list for the fall semester, which ended in December 2012.

Jill Sjolin with Windermere Woodinville recently completed a luxury home marketing training course offered by The Institute of Luxury Home Marketing. Sjolin is an award-­winning sales associate who has been in real estate since 2001 and specializes in the Eastside and Greater Seattle market.

“The training provided new insight about the upper tier market, helped me polish my skills and provided valuable networking contacts with other agents across the country who specialize in luxury properties,” said Sjolin. “In addition, I discovered new and creative tools for promoting expensive homes and estates and new resources for finding buyer prospects. Home buyers and sellers will benefit from my new knowledge.”

Northshore students named to the St. Olaf College Dean’s Lists for the fall 2012 semester were:

• Stefan Mellem from Woodinville is a physics and mathematics major. He is the son of Robert and Christine Mellem.

• Katherine Ratliff from Kenmore is a nursing major. She is the daughter of John and Macy Ratliff.

Erica Taicz of Woodinville was named to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall 2012 semester at Johns Hopkins University. The daughter of Harvey and Rose Taicz, she attended Woodinville High School and is an arts and sciences pre-major. She will graduate in May 2016.

Alexander Thim of Woodinville has earned Faculty Honors for fall 2012 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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