Etcetera - 04/05/10

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Sarita McCaw, a member of Narcissa Prentiss Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, announced local winners of the annual DAR History Essay contest:

Jimmy Selby, fifth grade, and Elizabeth Rodgers, sixth grade, are from Rogers School. LoraLee Thomas is their teacher.

Brennan Adams, seventh grade, and Katelyn Rickords, eighth grade, are from Sager School and Ted Knauft is their teacher.

Other writers who placed in the top brackets were Matthew Ma and Lauren Lofthouse, fifth grade, and Daria Harrison and Robert Holm, sixth grade, also of Rogers School; Jocelyn Magdaleno and Campbell Davies, seventh grade, and Arianna Parker, eighth grade, of Sager School.

The students wrote on the national topic, "Describe how you felt on May 10, 1869, when the golden spike was driven at Promontory Summit, Utah, to celebrate the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad. Pretend you are either a settler planning to use the train to travel to your new home in the West, an Irish or Chinese worker who helped build the line, or a Native American whose way of life was greatly affected by the railroad."

DAR is a non-profit women's organization for descendants of those who aided in achieving American independence. Its members are dedicated to promoting historic preservation and patriotism.

The DAR will celebrate the anniversary of the driving of the golden spike on May 10, Sarita said.

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Members of Exchange Club of Walla Walla and hundreds of other Exchange clubs around the country are uniting with Children's Home Society for the national Believe in the Blue campaign, which will be April 17.

The 'blue' is a blue ribbon that symbolizes child abuse prevention awareness, said Jim Bock, in charge of the local club's public relations and member services.

The event will mark an effort to reach families across the country with helpful and positive parenting tips, Jim said in a release.

Local Exchange members will distribute cards with parenting tips at Super One Foods, Wal-Mart and Plaza Safeway.

Exchange clubs from coast to coast have helped more than 650,000 families and 1.6 million children break the cycle of child abuse through parent aide programs and public education projects, he said.

Two Walla Walla students made the scholastic honor roll winter term at Oregon State University. Juniors Sheila J. Thurber, biology major; and Christy L. Turner, applied visual arts, are among the 3,028 students who earned a 3.5 or better to make the listing.

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

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