Northwest NEWS

September 6, 1999


Area students compete in Junior Olympics

tae kwon do

Back row, left to right: Alex Johnson, Alex Perkins, Master Hwang, Rudy Ruiz, Craig Gilkey. Front row: Melissa Rangel, Danica Johnson.

   Six Woodinville students recently competed in the National Junior Olympic Tae Kwon Do championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each team member medaled in the top three at the Washington State competition to qualify for the Junior Olympics. Over 5,000 children compete each year at the national level.

   Rudy Ruiz, a 12-year-old black belt, earned a gold and silver medal at the state competition, and is a 6th grade student at Woodin Elementary.

   Alex Perkins, also a student at Woodin Elementary, is a 10-year-old black belt. He earned a silver and bronze at the state competition.

   Craig Gilkey, a 10-year-old black belt, earned a gold medal at the state competition and a bronze medal at the Junior Olympic competition in Nevada. He is a 5th grade student at Cottage Lake Elementary.

   Melissa Rangel is a 9-year-old green belt who attends Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary. She earned a gold and silver medal at the state competition.

   Alex Johnson, a 10-year-old black belt, and his sister Danica, a 6-year-old red belt, both earned a gold and silver at the Washington State competition. Alex is in 4th grade and Danica is in 1st grade at Wellington Elementary.

   All of these team members train with Master Sun Do Hwang at Hwang's Tae Kwon Do in Kirkland.