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| Sunday, July 14, 2002

Elena LaQuatra and Bailey Moorhead

  • Residence: Both live in Mt. Lebanon

  • Age: Elena, 10; Bailey, 12.

  • Family: Elena is the daughter of Effie and Paul LaQuatra and has a sister, Isabella, 12; Bailey is the daughter of William Moorhead and has a sister, Shannon, 9, and a brother, Billy, 6.

  • School: Elena will be a third-grader at Hoover Elementary School; Bailey will attend Jefferson Middle School

  • Noteworthy: Both received the Megan Moorhead Courage Award presented by the Center for Theatre Arts in Mt. Lebanon.

  • Elena's background: After suffering a bout with meningitis when she was 4, Elena was left deaf and had balance problems. Her first cochlear implant surgery failed, and she had a second, which was successful. With her hearing and balance restored, she sings, dances and acts with the center's Broadway Kids. She attended DePaul Institute. Elena appeared in West Virginia Public Theatre's production of "Annie" and was awarded honorable mention in a Shakespeare monologue competition as the youngest contestant. She also has performed at Point Park College, Community College of Allegheny County South Campus Theater, Little Lake Theater, Prime Stage and the Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theater.

  • Bailey's background: The award memorializes Bailey's mother, who died in August. Her father said that after she lost her mother, Bailey began school and continued to make straight A's. She also gives emotional support to her brother and sister, helping them with their homework. At the Center for Theatre Arts, Bailey takes voice and ballet. As a member of the center's Broadway Kids, Bailey had a key role in "All American." She also appeared in "Leader of the Pack" and "Godspell."

  • Other Activities: Elena takes piano, Greek and gymnastics. Bailey plays tennis.

  • Quote from Elena: "I liked being Annie best because I got to dance, sing and act all at once."

  • Quote about Bailey: "Bailey is a mature young lady and has dealt with her mother's loss incredibly well," said her father, William Moorhead.

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