Etcetera - 05/10/10

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Cadette Girl Scout Troop 1357 is sponsoring the "Flags for Veterans," for their Girl Scout Silver Project, said member Julia Jacobs.

And the girls want the community to get involved in it, Julia said. Their goal is to ensure that no deceased veteran is left out or forgotten come Memorial Day.

They aim to compile a list of names of honorably discharged veterans and need first and last names, which branch of the military, rank, and where they are buried in Mountain View Cemetery. Contact troopmembers at Girl Scout Troop 1357, 1644 Plaza Way, No. 357, Walla Walla, WA 99362; nordstar4n@aol.com; or 509-525-2619.

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The Walla Walla High School Class of 1955 Scholarship Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to Wa-Hi seniors Gordon C. Townsend-Farr and Diana Ortiz. The foundation has presented $9,500 since it was established in May 2006 to administer distribution of scholarships to Wa-Hi seniors.

Gordon has a 3.1 GPA and aims to be the first in his family to go college. He plans to earn degrees in mechanical engineering and percussion. He has been accepted to Central Washington University and received a $1,000 CWU Foundation Board scholarship. He's played drums and percussion since fifth grade and was a member of Wa-Hi band freshman year. A three-year first tenor in Concert Choir, this year he joined Chamber Singers. He also participated in the Choral Solo/Ensemble competition and is going to state with the Men's Sextet. He has been a parttime dietary assistant at Walla Walla General Hospital since September 2007; volunteers with Parent to Parent; and is brother Matthew's part-time care provider.

Diana also has a 3.1 GPA. She plans to major in sociology and mathematics and minor in graphic design at Eastern Washington University this fall. She created an Internet site for her senior presentation to show her designing skills. She is involved in the Latino Club. Its members contributed 1,600-plus hours to community service during the school year. The club was recently awarded the 2008-2009 President's Volunteer Service Award. As a member of Crest Club, she will be an integral part of the spring blood drive it sponsors.

Diana was a blood donor last year and will donate again this spring. From middle school to high school the TRIO/ETS program has given her the opportunity to visit many Washington colleges and universities and will assist her in enrolling in post secondary programs. Diana credits her parents and others who have supported her over the years.

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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