Rotary Islanders for February
February 23, 2010 · 11:36 AM
Three Mercer Island High School seniors have been awarded Rotary Islander of the Month for February: twins Alex Caluza and Christopher Caluza, and Ella Mathews.
Alex and Christopher Caluza help lead the MIHS band alto saxophone section, play with the MIHS wind ensemble and marching band, and are members of the MIHS cross country and track teams. The brothers are also National Honors Society students, Bridges leaders and Key Club members. They volunteer for the Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry, UNICEF, Jingle Bell Run, Brides Against Breast Cancer, Big Climb for Leukemia, VegFest2009, Mercer Island Library Book Buddies Program, Lil ’Dribblers Basketball Program, Mercer Island Preschool Association Circus and Northwest Harvest/Cherry Street Food Bank. They also tutor math and reading at the Kumon Center of Mercer Island and Factoria, and are active with the Delridge Community Center basketball team, Seattle Asian Sports Club, Eastside Youth Soccer Team and Eastshore Solo/Ensemble Festival. Alex is also involved with the Rotary’s annual shopping spree, Mercer Island Band Canned Food Drive and Juvenile Diabetes Association, while Christopher helps out with Treehouse. Christopher plans to major in computer science/engineering at a four-year university, in pursuit of a career in computer technology or medicine. Alex intends to pursue a degree in computer science at a four-year university and continue on to graduate school. The brothers are the sons of Rudy Caluza and June Wong, of Mercer Island.
Mathews is the president of the MIHS Math Club and is a Senior Service Club elected officer who oversees school dance. A National Honor Society student and Bridges leader, she volunteers with VOICE summer camp and is an acolyte at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. In her spare time, she dances — ballet, pointe, modern, jazz and tap. The daughter of V. John and Mary Mathews, she plans to study computer science at a university.