August 21, 2000
Left to right: Rudy Ruiz, Craig Gilkey, Nathan Brand, Master Sun Do Hwang, Sean Naidu, Melissa Rangel, and Alex Perkins.
Six Woodinville residents recently competed in the National Junior Olympic Tae Kwon Do championships in San Antonio, Texas. Each team member medaled in the top three at the Washington State competition to qualify for the Junior Olympics.
Rudy Ruiz, a 13-year-old black belt, earned a silver and bronze medal at the state competition, and is a 7th grade student at Leota Junior High. He placed 4th in forms and 5th in sparring at the national competition.
Craig Gilkey, an 11-year-old black belt, earned two gold medals at the state competition and a bronze medal in sparring at the Junior Olympic competition in Texas. He is a 6th grade student at Cottage Lake Elementary.
Nathan Brand, a 7-year-old blue belt, earned two bronze medals at the state competition and is a 2nd grader at The Bear Creek School. He placed 4th in sparring at the Junior Olympics.
Sean Naidu, a 10-year-old red belt, earned a gold and bronze to qualify for the National competition. He is a 5th grade student at Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary.
Melissa Rangel, a 10-year-old green belt, is also a 5th grader at Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary. She earned a gold and silver medal at the state competition and placed 4th in San Antonio.
Alex Perkins, a student at Woodin Elementary, is an 11-year-old black belt. He earned a gold and silver at the state competition.
All of these team members train with Master Sun Do Hwang at Hwang's Tae Kwon Do in Kirkland.