Etcetera - 12/22/10

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Several students worked for about a year to achieve their Girl Scout Silver awards.

It is the highest honor that girls can earn in middle school. The Silver Award is based on several achievements, community projects and a final culmination project that requires the girls to devote more than 50 hours.

All of the troop members worked on the achievements, including three who aren't yet eligible because they're too young still. But they worked just as hard and did everything like the other girls, their troop leaders said.

Garrison Middle School eighth graders Julia Jacobs, Emily Adams and Lucya Nava and seventh graders Alexis Nordman and Sarah Gibbs earned the Silver Award for their Flags for Veterans project. With the support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Mountain View Cemetery and the community, the girls provided a flag etiquette workshop to Daisies and Brownies members.

They also compiled a list of veterans' names and their gravesites, walked among 30,000 graves to make sure that more than 2,900 flags were placed by the veterans' graves for Memorial Day 2010. The girls also spent their weekend at a booth in the cemetery to help people, provide extra flags and gather more names.

They were honored with the Silver Award in a surprise ceremony in front of friends and family at Christ Lutheran Church.

Other Troop members were cited for their help, support and hard work: Skylar Nordman, first grade at Prospect Point School, and Garrison sixth-graders Katherine Krzyzanek and Sandra Baker.

Leaders are Christina Jacobs and TJ Nordman.

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Walla Wallan James Nagle is one of 42,000 pilots worldwide who have given 200-plus young people a free demonstration airplane ride through the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles program. Pilots in the program explain the safe operation of aircraft and principles of flight before the short trips, a release noted. See www.youngeagles.org for more details.

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Four area students made the Oregon State University scholastic honor roll fall term. Students on the honor roll with a 3.5 or better: Cierra J. Eby, Echo, Ore., senior, civil engineering, Matthew P. Hair, Milton-Freewater freshman, pre-elect and computer engineer; Carlos Ruvalcaba, Milton-Freewater senior, Spanish.

Straight-A average: Stefanie L. Baker, Milton Freewater, freshman, pre-chemical engineering.

A total of 669 students earned straight-A or 4.0 GPAs. Another 3,064 earned a B-plus 3.5 GPA or better to make the listing. To be on the honor roll, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work.

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

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