ETCETERA - Clark County elects ex-Walla Walla man to county clerk post

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Scott Weber, a 1990 graduate of DeSales Catholic School and a native Walla Wallan, will become Clark County, Wash.'s, newest county clerk when he assumes the post on Jan. 3.

The son of Karen Weber of Walla Walla and Sam Weber of College Place, Scott beat opponent Sherry Parker by 1,719 votes. Now of Vancouver, Wash., Scott's new four-year elected position pays $93,000 per year. He will oversee 47 employees in the clerk's office and a $6 million-per-year budget. The county has close to 500,000 residents, Scott said via e-mail.

He earned an associate degree in precision machining from Walla Walla Community College. From 2000 to the present has has been a manufacturing engineer tech for Columbia Machine Inc. in Vancouver. He also is a past president of the Northwest Corvette Association.

He and wife Amy Weber, have four children, Madelyne, 15; Kelton, 12; Chloe, 9; and Elijah, 1.

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Walla Walla High School and Lincoln Alternative High School students attended the first district speech and debate tournament of the year at Eisenhower High School in Yakima Nov. 19-20.

Students from schools in Wenatchee, Moses Lake, Chiawana, Pasco, Eisenhower, Othello, Ephrata, and Ione also participated.

The Wa-Hi team had a successful tournament, said Jean Tobin, coach. They garnered a first place in individual events and overall. The prizes are awarded by combining the points of top finishers in the individual events and in each debate category.

Jean said, "There was an incredible camaraderie on our team as the awards were announced. Last year, as a brand new team, we'd watched as other schools had received the majority of the awards. This year we were so excited to earn not only individual awards but also the honor of top team."

Wa-Hi's team members included:

junior Machado Mijiga; sophomores Carrie Moore, Rosa Tobin, Calvin Brigham, Konor Clark, Marisol Beck, Bryan Preston, Kera Parsons, Julia Cosma, Sean Hamilton, Hope Grant-Herriot, Corey Swentik; and freshmen Allie Shrouf, George Lopez-Vargas and Kendall Dunovant.

The students were successful in the individual events: Hope, first in interpretive reading; and Kera, third; Rosa, third place, original oratory; Bryan, first, and Machado Mijiga, second in impromptu speaking; Rosa, second in extemporaneous speaking.

The team of Carrie Moore and Marisol placed second in dual interpretation; and the team of Calvin and Bryan placed third.

In expository speaking, Marisol placed first, Hope placed second and Carrie placed third. Hope also earned a second place trophy in tall tales.

In novice division, Kendall earned third place in impromptu.

In Senior Division Lincoln Douglas debate, three of the top four competitors were from Walla Walla: Machado, Rosa and Carrie. Rosa took third place. Carrie placed first, competing in the final round in front of the tournament audience against Colton Smith from Wenatchee High School. Carrie won the round in a 3-0 decision, earning the ballots of all three judges.

"Colton is an extremely strong debater and was also in the final round of the Snohomish tournament, (which we did not attend). Carrrie prepared an excellent case and did a great job of staying calm and clearly defending and explaining her arguments. I am so proud of her efforts and the way she represented Walla Walla High School," Jean said.

In Novice Division Lincoln-Douglas, Konor placed third. "Konor just joined our team a month ago and is a very enthusiastic participant - he has done well at the last two tournaments and has shown an amazing commitment to improving his skills as a debater," Jean said. The debate topic was whether drug abuse should be treated as a public health concern or a criminal justice issue.

In Public Forum debate Kera and Julia placed third in open division. This is the pair's third tournament and they have shown steady progress, increasing their number of wins each time, Jean said. They debated if NATO's presence has improved the lives of Aghanistan citizens.

In Congressional Debate Hope made many impassioned speeches, including one that earned top marks defending the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. She placed third overall.

The team is currently preparing to research new topics for December and January. In Public Forum the new topic has already been released and students will be debating whether cyberbullying should be illegal. The next district tournament is Dec. 11 in Pasco. Students are also working to raise money to attend several prestigious tournaments in January and February.

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A survivor of the Holocaust from World War II spoke with students in Social Studies teacher Michelle Higgins' 20th Century U.S. history class at Walla Walla High School on Nov. 16, the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported.

At 14, in 1943, Frieda S. was deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in her native Czechoslovakia, because she was a "mischling" or half Jewish. Her mother wasn't Jewish, but her father was, she told the students.

Against the odds, Frieda survived Theresienstadt. "I didn't know at that time that 1.5 million children were going to be murdered because they were Jewish. I also didn't know that of the 140,000 Jewish people sent to Theresienstadt between 1941 and 1945, 15,000 were children," she said. Only 10 percent of the children sent to Theresienstadt survived the war.

Students spent two weeks preparing for her visit. They learned about the political and economic factors during the 1930s in the United States and around the world. They studied how the Nazi Party was elected in Germany and Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor, which led to the establishment of 400 laws against Jews in Germany. They also studied the location of concentration camps in Europe.

"Our students work very hard to study important events during history," Michelle said. "Meeting Frieda and hearing her story helped them understand the conditions people were forced to endure during this time period. This was an unforgettable and life-changing event for these students."

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Five Walla Walla High School students made the grade through recorded audition to participate in the Music Educators National Conference Northwest Honor Choir. The conference will be during February in Bellevue, Wash., and includes students from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

Wa-Hi singers include seniors Mallory Livingston, Kolton Kolbaba, Kiersten Jenkins, Natalie Ingersoll-Allen and Courtney Bruner. The singers were selected by recorded audition this fall, said Norbert Rossi, Wa-Hi director of choral activities. Northwest Honor Choirs are comprised of treble and mixed choirs and are conducted by nationally renowned directors, Norb said. "This is a great honor for these talented and dedicated singers. I believe that this is the second-largest group that we have sent to this prestigious event," Norb said. "They will represent us very well."

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Nancy Munoz of Walla Walla received a $3,000 award through the Eastern Washington University Trustees fund for the 2010-11 academic year. The award is given to a student who maintains a 3.8-plus GPA and is a continuing EWU student.

Nancy graduated from Desales Catholic High School in 2009. She is studying sociology and women studies at EWU.

She is newsletter editor for the Quo Newsletter Chicano Education Program at EWU and the daughter of Adriana Ruiz and Eleno Munoz of Walla Walla.

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Walla Walla/Columbia County Court Appointed Special Advocates received an unsolicited donation from D.A. Davidson & Co., a financial services firm based in Great Falls, Mont.

The firm is celebrating 75 years in business and associates in Davidson's Walla Walla office selected CASA to receive the local funds to honor its work in the community.

As part of the firm's 75th anniversary celebration Davidson is donating more than $120,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout its market area in the West and Midwest.

The local CASA program was established in 1997. The court appoints CASA volunteers to advocate for every abused and neglected child. CASA works to ensure that each child has a voice in the court system and is placed in a safe, permanent home. Founded in 1935, D.A. Davidson & Co. is part of Davidson Companies, an employee-owned financial services holding company based in Great Falls with more than 1,000 employees working in 17 states.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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