Maggie Wall, director of the Astoria School of Ballet, wrote in about two star students.

"Twelve-year-old Hilda Lahti Elementary School student Annik Fremstad attended auditions in Seattle in February and was accepted into both The Rock School in Philadelphia and The Boston Ballet School," Wall wrote. "More recently, she was also accepted to attend Oregon Ballet Theatre's summer intensive in Portland.

"Ten-year-old Lewis and Clark Elementary School student Emma Gaeuman has been accepted to attend American Ballet Theatre's Young Dancer Summer Workshop in New York City."

"Each program is very prestigious," Wall said, "and both girls were accepted out of thousands of applicants!"