More than 500 young people in the region competed in the Elks Hoop Shoot program put on by Walla Walla Elks Lodge 287, said Keith Burghardt, Walla Walla Elks public relations. Winners from the schools then went onto the second round of competition Dec. 11 at the YMCA
The top six winners have been named Walla Walla champions. They include: Girls 8-9, Madeline Weaver; Boy's 8-9, Jared Mcalvey; Girls 10-11, Alison Skurski; Boys 10-11, Jackson Clark; Girls 12-13, Cierra McKeown; Boys 12-13, Andrew Anderson.
These champion hoop shooters advance to district finals in Moses Lake where they will compete with other winners from throughout the area. District winners will then proceed onto state with a chance of moving onto national.
The Elks Lodge in Corvallis, Ore., started the Elks Hoop Shoot¬Æ in 1946. It is now in its 37th year of national competition. More than three million boys and girls are expected to participate this year, Keith said.
Members of Milton-Freewater Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce experienced a cavalcade of sound during their joint Christmas program. The gathering has been an annual event since it was presented for the first time in December 1954 by Jack Williams.
Performances were given by the Central School and Crimson and Black choirs and McLoughlin High School Jazz Band.
"It was a wonderful Christmas program for us," said Robby Robbins, Rotary's reporter. The event was a sampler of the annual Christmas program the schools gave to the community on Dec. 16, Robby said.
Music Director George White conducted the Central School Choir, accompanied by Rhonda Lineberger. Among their numbers, the Home for Christmas Medley included solos by Alexxus Shelton and Gregory Moreno. and "Swingin' With Santa Claus," with a solo by Amber Wells.
Melissa Cunnington is director of Crimson and Black, which included solos by Christy Borchert, Emily Childers and Jonay Warne on "Go Tell it on the Mountain."
Jazz Band Director Mike Agidius conducted his group. Solos on "Santa Baby" were by Glenn Cunnington on tenor sax, Michael Miller on trombone, Cody Gray and Jeremy Erb, trumpet, and Lucas Simpson on alto sax solo. Jonay Warne did a vocal solo on "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow."
"The final number was "We Three Kings" and it was a special performance with the Crimson and Black accompanied by the Mac-Hi Jazz Band. The spirited number kept us all tapping fingers and toes to the music," Robby said.
About 110 attended the event, including Rotary's president David Marshall and Mike Watkins, Chamber president. Rob Johnson will be Chamber president for 2011.
Also attending were Hsueh-Wei Chen "Cray," Rotary's inbound Youth Exchange Student from Taipei, Taiwan; and Eloiza Meza, outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student who spent her year in Brazil last year.
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