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Worm: Red carpet treatment [The Wenatchee World, Wash. :: ]
[July 12, 2014]

Worm: Red carpet treatment [The Wenatchee World, Wash. :: ]

(Wenatchee World, The (WA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) July 12--Red carpet: Eastmont High School graduates got the red carpet treatment when they walked down the aisle to get their diplomas at Town Toyota Center last month. The regal red carpet runner -- similar to one on which Hollywood celebrities fashion their way to the Oscars -- is something new for Eastmont. But the carpet itself is well seasoned with memories of other graduations and events of significance. The carpet was donated to the high school by Paul McCulloh of Wenatchee. McCulloh is a retired teacher who taught for many years for the U.S. Department of Defense. He and his now deceased wife, Nancy, taught at a private school at Lakenheath Air Force Base in Suffolk, England. McCulloh told Eastmont High School counselor Joanne Dalinkus that he found the carpet rolled up in a storage room while cleaning house and wanted to see it used again.

It brought back many memories of famous people who paraded on the carpet during the 27 years it was used at the school in England, he said. Celebrities like Katrina Leskanich -- you remember her don't you? Leskanich was lead singer for the British rock group Katrina and the Waves, whose hit son "Walking on Sunshine" earned a second life after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Another notable whose feet graced the carpet was Frank Klotz, a Rhodes Scholar and U.S. Air Force commander appointed as administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration and undersecretary of U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Security. How could you forget him? Dalinkus said the school plans to use the carpet for future graduations. "There's something special about a red carpet," she said.

Local star: Speaking of red carpet celebrities in the Eastmont School District, there's Sinead Morrison, an 11-year-old Sterling Middle School student who stars in the short documentary film "Noosphere," directed by Andre Ross. The sci-fi/environmental film is about the human connection to our planet in a post-civilization world.

Sinead was in Seattle and Bellingham last weekend working on the film, made by Dapper Media. The Seattle company has made films for Macklemore, National Geographic, Elle Magazine and the Olympic Games, said Sinead's father, Nick Morrison of East Wenatchee. Made in a new 4K Ultra HD format, the film is set to premier at film festivals this fall.

Nick said it was luck as much as anything that won his daughter the staring role. The producer of the film, a friend of Nick's, mentioned that he was looking for a young girl for the part. Sinead went in for an audition and filmmakers thought she was perfect. Sinead has acting and singing experience with local children's theater and choral groups, Nick said. One way or another, we're sure to see her on the red carpet one of these days.

Touring pro of the throw: Do they have a red carpet for Kendama experts? Local experts Matthew Ballard and Keith Matsumura recently took off on separate flights to Japan to compete in the World Kendama Open. Matthew is a professional at the crazy-making obsessive sport, sponsored by KROM Kendama of Denmark. Keith is on the Kendama USA amateur team. After the Japan tournament, Matthew will be going on to Europe to compete in Denmark, Prague and other countries, said his dad, Scott Ballard.

"Amazing that they get to travel all around the world playing with a wooden toy," Scott wrote in a recent letter to World publisher Rufus Woods. Matthew returns to Los Angeles this fall where he is second year film student a Loyola Marymount University.

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