Etcetera - 03/31/10

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Jacob Leinweber, an eighth-grade Homelink student, will compete in the state-level Geography Bee at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma on April 9. Jacob won Homelink's oral geography contest in January then took the written qualifying test of 75 questions to earn his spot in the state competition, according to the March 12 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review. One winner from each state will advance to the national competition May 25-26 at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. Jacob is the son of Chad and Heidi Leinweber.

Each year, thousands of schools in the U.S. participate in the National Geography Bee. The contest encourages teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject and increase public awareness about geography. Learn more at www.nationalgeographic.com/geographybee.

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The National Society of High School Scholars recognized Timothy J. Barbosa for superior academic achievement. Timothy attends Walla Walla Valley Academy. He was selected for membership in NSHSS, which was created by the family that established the Nobel prizes. NSHSS offers scholarship and other opportunities.

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Four area students made Oregon State University's scholastic honor roll winter term in Corvallis. Milton Freewater, 3.5 or better: Jordan N. Baker, sophomore, general science; Lyndsey Croghan, senior, civil engineering; Emily M. Holden, senior, general agriculture.

Echo, 3.5 or better: Cierra J. Eby, senior, civil engineering.

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My grandfather, Mitchell V. Charnley, was a cub reporter who in about 1920 came to Walla Walla for a summer job with the Walla Walla Bulletin. Mitch said the publisher paid him out of his pocket as his job wasn't part of the budget.

I know Mitch was delighted when nearly 60 years later I was hired here at the U-B and even more pleased when I started writing this column in 1990.

Mitch's daughter, Debby Charnley Fort, also went into journalism. My aunt is a freelance editor based in Washington, D.C. And because Mitch died in 1991 and isn't around to continue his abiding support to fellow journalists, I want Debby to know how proud I am of her latest work, "One Legacy of Paul F. Brandwein/Creating Scientists."

He encouraged a number of his Forest Hills (N.Y.) High School students from 1944-1954 to become some of America's most important scientists, according to a synopsis. The book features a short bio about Brandwein and essays about his teaching written by 29 former students.

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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