On July 17, a small but intrepid group of local high-schoolers, parents and a Woodinville doctor made the long journey by commercial jet, prop plane and truck to one of the poorest countries in Central America, Nicaragua.
They were headed for remote villages where the Miskito Indians live with no running water, no electricity and no dental care. The group took toothbrushes and dental supplies donated byNorthshore dentists and residents. The volunteers paid their own way, so all donated money went directly to help the children. Just $5 provides dental care for a child for an entire year. All donations are tax-deductible.
Save Their Smiles is a dental health outreach program founded by Woodinville’s Dr. Hanna Ekstrom, who is actually a veterinarian not a dentist. Children receive one free toothbrush and two fluoride applications per year and daily brushing sessions at school to keep their teeth strong, healthy and pain free
The local teenagers helped teach and entertain the native children while they waited for dental checks and fluoride application supervised by Dr. Ekstrom and trained local community health volunteers and program staff. The teens are Jacob Yee, Piper Wilson, Lauren Stoneberg and Carl Christensen, all of Northshore United Church of Christ. Parents Amy and Rick Wilson and Tim Stoneberg also went along, The Woodinville volunteers have received generous support from Woodinville dentists Drs. Wagner and Styrlund, Bothell dentists Dr. Bemis and Dr. McGee, and also Holly Risner of Dental Health Products, Inc.
In early August, Woodinville resident Jarrett Foote played in the United States Amateur Qualifier in Lakewood, Wash. at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club. The qualifier was 36 holes in one day to determine which three players from the field of 80 would advance to the oldest and most renowned amateur golf tournament in the world. Foote finished second out of the 80-person field after a two round total of two under par 138 (67-71). He got off to a quick start with a birdie on his first hole of the day and he never looked back, shooting a three under 67 in the morning round to grab a share of the lead.
Foote went on to shoot a steady one over par 71 in the afternoon, which was enough to earn him a second place finish and a spot in this year’s 112th U.S. Amateur Championship. This year’s event will be held at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
Foote began two rounds of stroke play on August 13-14 to determine if he makes the cut into match play for the remainder of the event. Foote was a graduate of Woodinville High School in 2010 where he claimed one KingCo individual title and three runners up finishes in his four years. He is now a junior at Washington State University where he plays on their Pac 12 golf team.