Rotary Club honors athletes of the year

May 24, 2011

By Staff

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following seniors as its athletes of the year.

Madison Birdsall

-School: Liberty High School

-Parent: Polly Vaughn

-Sponsoring teacher: Mark Little

-Athletic achievements: second at state 4×4 relay 2009; fourth in state 4×2 relay; team captain in track; fourth in state 4×2 2010; broke school record in 400 individual

-Scholastic achievements: scholar athlete in ninth and 10th grades

-Scholastic interests: psychology, writing

-Hobbies: running, track, basketball, hiking, hanging with family and friends

-Outside school affiliations: volunteering at schools, physical education

-Future goals: University of Oregon; career in education/counseling

Jay Chakravarty

-School: Liberty High School

-Parents: Abhijit and Patricia Chakravarty

-Sponsoring teacher: Darren Tremblay

-Athletic achievements: three-time state wrestling qualifier; second team All League football

-Scholastic achievements: class valedictorian, National Merit scholar

-Activities: Eagle Scout, city of Newcastle Diamond Award for Community Service

-Scholastic interests: social studies, mathematics

-Hobbies: hiking, running

-Outside school affiliations: Boy Scouts, Athletes for Kids/mentoring of special-needs children

-Future goals: study economics or applied math; go into business or government

Lacee Crook

-School: Tiger Mountain Community High School

-Category of recognition: Outstanding senior

-Parents: Kimberly and Marc Hitz

-Achievements: Straight As this unit, working with special-needs students

-Scholastic interests: leadership, journalism, class fundraisers

-Hobbies: photography, drawing, movie buff

-Outside school affiliations: babysitting, working in kids’ room at Klahanie Fitness

-Future goals: go to college in California; become ultrasound tech

Haley Jacobson

-School: Issaquah High School

-Parent: Ross Jacobson

-Sponsoring teacher: Athletic Department

-Athletic achievements: state track meet for three years, KingCo champion, second in state soccer and gymnastics through 10th grade, running track at the University of Washington

-Scholastic achievements: 3.5 grade point average, three Advanced Placement classes

-Activities: LINK Crew, Athletes for Kids mentor

-Scholastic interests: government/politics

-Hobbies: track, hiking, boating, water sports

-Outside school affiliations: work at the YMCA

-Future goals: University of Washington, pursue law career

Nik Landdeck

-School: Issaquah High School

-Parents: Staci and David Landdeck

-Sponsoring teacher: Athletic Department

-Athletic achievements: three straight years as Defensive Player of the Year for football, second team all-league as sophomore, first team all-league past two years, runner up defensive league MVP, honorable mention in basketball, varsity letter for three years, played football and basketball for the varsity teams for four years

-Scholastic achievements: maintained 3.4 grade point average

-Scholastic interests: English, environmental science

-Hobbies: fishing; hiking; sports of any kind, but especially basketball and football

-Future goals: business major at University of Idaho; career in a business-related field

Taylor Ray

-School: Tiger Mountain Community High School

-Category of recognition: Outstanding senior

-Sponsoring teacher: Hilary Nelson

-Achievements: Straight A’s this unit

-Athletics: track and cross country

-Scholastic interests: Running Start at Bellevue College

-Hobbies: movies, roller skating

-Outside school affiliations: checker at Matthews Thriftway

-Future goals: Western Washington University, major in psychology, minor in teaching; become special-education teacher

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