Etcetera - 04/01/10

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Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club presented Steven Van Ausdle, president of Walla Walla Community College and a longtime Rotarian, with a check for $5,973.53 from its Rotary Endowment Scholarship Fund.

The club also presented George Bridges, president of Whitman College, with $5,973 for student scholarships.

One of the students who will receive a portion of these funds is Blaine Mercado, a graduate of Walla Walla High School and WWCC, who is working on his major in English. He aspires one day to become a teacher.

According to George, 80 percent of all Whitman students receive some kind of financial aid.

Whitman College has received more than $160,000 for student scholarships from Walla Walla Rotary Club since 1964.

This are the first two of three scholarships that are being given to the local higher education facilities, said Rotarian Chris Coates.

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Walla Walla Noon Rotary has donated funds for local education for the past 32 years. Scholarships to various students in any field of study to be determined by the college.

Walla Wallans Angela M. McCaw, a junior, and Kayla M. Watson, a freshman, are among 710 students named to Gonzaga University's dean's list for fall semester 2009. Students must earn a 3.5-3.69 grade-point average to be listed. One of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Gonzaga has a student enrollment of approximately 7,100 and offers seven undergraduate degrees in 51 majors, 15 master's programs, a Ph.D. program in leadership studies and a juris doctorate through the School of Law.

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Walla Walla High School freshman Lauren Wardwell stayed in Olympia March 8-12 to serve as a page in the Washington State House of Representatives. Sponsored by 16th District State Rep. Maureen Walsh, she served during the last week of the regular session.

The daughter of Ruth Wardwell of Walla Walla, Lauren stayed with a host family while she served.

The 14-year-old attended page school each day to learn about the legislative process. She and fellow students from throughout the state could sponsor a mock bill.

In addition to page school, Lauren distributed official paperwork to members in committees, offices on campus and on the floor.

To learn more about the House Page Program, visit the Web site.

Students between ages 14 and 16 who are interested in the page program must have parent permission, acceptable grades and a legislative sponsor.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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