Etcetera - 02/19/10

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By jumping rope, Freewater Elementary students in Milton-Freewater raised more than $1,600 for the American Heart Association over a three-week period in January.

They jumped rope during physical education classes, individually with short ropes in the first week; with partners using short ropes in the second week; and with long ropes for double-dutch and other group jumping in the third week.

About 70 students also canvassed the Milton-Freewater community to raise funds. Altogether, they brought in $1,660.61 for AHA, which fights heart disease and stroke, said Cathy Hendricks, Freewater reading and PE teacher.

While many students worked hard to collect donations for the AHA, Freewater's top fundraiser was second-grader Carson Chester, who raised $300 and earned a variety of prizes for doing so. Other top fundraisers were top third-grader Sophia Paulson, with $51; top fourth-grader Mackenzie Norton, with $102; and top fifth-grader Brianna Donsen, with $104.

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Ben Wahl, a senior at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., made the fall semester dean's list there. Ben will receive a bachelor's in community health.

He is the son of Pat and Lori Wahl of Walla Walla. He plans to attend grad school to earn a master's of business. The 2006 DeSales Catholic School alum is a 6-foot 3-inch 275 pound lineman on Carroll's Fighting Saints football team. He played in the semi-finals for the national championship.

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More than 70 Pioneer and Garrison Middle School students performed in the Columbia Basin Music Educators' Association Middle School Solo amp; Ensemble Festival Feb. 6 at Carmichael Middle School.

Band, choir and orchestra students from both schools prepared for the festival over several weeks, the Feb. 12 Week in Review reported.

Students performed alone or in small groups for an adjudicator, who then gave feedback on how they did.

"The students performing in this festival went above and beyond their normal classroom work," District Music Coordinator Roger Garcia said.

"They did a wonderful job and I'm proud of them."

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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