Etc. - 09/01/09


The DeWitt and Espana-Lopez families sure have reason to be proud of their children's accomplishments.

Aubrey DeWitt Espana, daughter of Jay and Debbie DeWitt of Walla Walla, earned her Ph.D. in physics from Washington State University this summer. She presented her dissertation, "Scattering and Low-Frequency Modes of Cylinders Excited by Evanescent and Ordinary Propagating Acoustic Waves," on July 14. The 1999 Walla Walla High School graduate accepted a position with the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington. Her time will be divided between Pullman and the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Fla. She will continue her research on using sound waves to detect mines buried under the sea floor. Aubrey's husband, Felix Espana, expects to complete his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2010 at WSU. Felix is the son of Ranulfo and Simona Espana-Lopez of College Place, and a 1997 Wa-Hi alum.

In addition, Jay and Debbie's son John DeWitt will complete a master's degree from University of Southern California in 2010. His area of study is aerospace engineering. He is currently employed by Northrop Grumman Satellite Systems Division, and splits his time between missile defense and earth climate monitoring projects. He graduated from Wa-Hi in 2000. John and wife Miki Takashima wed in February 2008 and reside in Redondo Beach, Calif. A native of Tokyo, Japan, and a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, Miki is a project manager for Canoe Hospitality in Manhattan
Beach, CA. They design and coordinate hotel and restaurant renovations.

Walla Walla High School's award-winning Chamber Singers spent two days recently at Westminster Woods Camp in Meacham, Ore., on Cabbage Hill near Dead Man's Pass. Chamber Singers members spent two days in team-building exercises and activities, singing and having fun, Choral Director Norb Rossi told the Walla Walla School District online newsletter. Each section of the choir had to plan a meal, shop and cook for the rest of the group. "We also have the Unmusical Talent Show in the evening," Norb said. "It is a very funny experience. It is amazing to see what our members are involved in." Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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