Rotary clubs honor top students of the month

May 3, 2012

By Staff

Renton Rotary Club honors Hazen seniors

Katelynn Piazza, a senior at Hazen High School, was selected as the Renton Rotary Club’s student of the month for March.

Piazza maintains a 3.9 grade point average and has been involved in groups such as the National Honor Society, Earth Corps, Hazen band and girls swim team.

She has received the Academic Super Star Award, the Hazen Achievement Award and the Scholar Athlete Award.

Piazza has earned a varsity letter in swimming, and volunteers with the Seattle Human Society and Purrfect Pals. She plans to attend Washington State University to study animal-related sciences, such as zoology, and hopes to work as a veterinarian, in marine biology or in other wildlife study.

Dylan Gale, a senior at Hazen High School was selected as the Renton Rotary Club’s student of the month for April.

Gale maintains a 3.8 grade point average and has been involved in Key Club, Highlander Club and Ignite Mentoring.

He has received DECA area awards, Scholar Athlete Awards and Scholar Student Awards.

Gale volunteers with Saint Mathews Lutheran Church and works part time at Safeway.

He plans to attend Western Washington University or Washington State University to study business. Gale hopes to work in sales, following in his father’s footsteps.

Rotary Club of Issaquah honors Liberty students


Tei Staladi, son of Taane and Janell Staladi, was recognized by the Rotary Club of Issaquah after being sponsored for Student of the Month by his teacher Nancy Montgomery.

Staladi plays football and rugby, and hopes to play rugby on a national rugby team. He’ll be traveling to South America this summer.

His hobbies include sports and physical activities, and his future goals include doing construction work.


Eric Warlick, son of Michelle and Richard Warlick, was recognized in the physical education category after being sponsored by teacher Darren Tremblay.

His scholastic achievements include involvement in the Honor Society, maintaining a 3.77 grade point average and taking four Advanced Placement classes (calculus, environmental science, psychology and college French).

He has played seven years of select soccer, and has served as a junior varsity team captain and varsity captain. His hobbies include playing Xbox, most sports, card games and doing impersonations.

He is affiliated with the Auburn Youth Soccer Club and the Greater Seattle Soccer League.

His future goals include being accepted at Western Washington University to major in business or economics.



Aimee Christensen, daughter of Dermont and Miryam Christensen, was recognized as the female Athlete of the Year from Liberty High School after being nominated by her cross country coach, Lisa Beck.

Christensen, a senior, has earned varsity letters in track, cross country and gymnastics, and is captain of all three teams this year. She was a scholar athlete all four years at Liberty. In 2010, she was voted most improved in cross country.

Aimee has maintained a 3.8 grade point average, while taking college courses. She has won a Young Woman in Excellence Award.

Christensen enjoys English and social studies. Her hobbies include mountain biking, running, performing community service and being with friends. She also stays active within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Christensen plans to attend Seattle Pacific University and major in English or communications. While undecided about a career, she is leaning toward something with a nonprofit organization or broadcasting.


Hamilton Noel, son of Carole and Wright Noel, was honored as the Liberty High School male athlete of the year.

Noel — a senior captain of wrestling, track and football — was a wrestling academic state champion in 2010 and 2011. He placed second in state in 2010 and 2011 and sixth in 2012. He was a member of the 4×400 relay team that placed first in state and came in sixth in the pole vault. In football, Noel was named to the second team all-league at state this year and second team in league as linebacker.

Noel is an Eagle Scout and a senator in the Associated Student Body senior class.

He enjoys calculus, Advanced Placement English and AP psychology. His hobbies include Scouting, beekeeping, knitting, backpacking, sports, riding a unicycle and driving his 1953 Willys Jeep Wagon.

Noel plants to attend the University of Chicago or Brigham Young University, and remains undecided on a career.

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