Etcetera - 05/06/10

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A local girl and 14 other members of the Eastern Washington Elite Senior Dance Team took home silver and bronze trophies from Dance Worlds in Orlando, Fla., in late April.

Emma Eskil, a sophomore at Walla Walla High School, competes on the team of all-star high school dancers from Eastern Washington.

The remainder of her teammates are from schools in Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, Selah and Zillah.

The girls earned second place in the senior jazz division and third in the senior hip hop division at the world championships, said her father and U-B colleague, Editorial Page Editor Rick Eskil. Portions of the event will be broadcast on ESPN at a later date.

The team is coached by Teri Rowe and Jackie Hightower. EW Elite Senior Team qualified for the 2010 Dance Worlds by winning the PacWest National Dance Championship March 14 in Portland.

The Tri-Cities-based Eastern Washington Elite Senior Team won the world hip hop title in 2008.

In 2008 EW Elite qualified by winning the jazz and hip hop divisions at Universal Dance Association/ESPN nationals in Orlando. At Dance Worlds, also in Orlando, the team took first in hip hop and fourth in jazz.

Last year the team again dominated at the Universal Dance Association/ ESPN nationals and went on to worlds in jazz and hip hop, Rick said. EW Elite took second in both divisions, losing each by a single point.

The Dance Worlds (usasf.net) includes dance and cheer competitions for senior all-star teams and for international/open teams. Countries from around the world compete at the weekend event held in the World Showplace Theater at Epcot/Disney World.

The United States All Star and International All Star federations sponsored the event.

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Walla Walla High School graduates Dr. Richard K. Knuth, Class of 1968; Mary Jane Towner Glaser, Class of 1971; and Tim Donaldson, Class of 1979, are the Walla Walla Public Schools 2010 Graduates of Distinction. They've distinguished themselves in their communities, professions or careers and continue to bring honor to the district, an item in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review for April 30 noted.

A reception in their honor will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 1 in the district office Board Room, 364 S. Park St.

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Rita Navarette, American Legion Auxiliary national president, is here today for the 36th annual Balloon Stampede. Media Flights were slated to launch early from Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center, depending on the weather.

Kathy Kerr, American Legion Auxiliary department president, and Bob Schwartz, American Legion Department commander also came along.

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