Etcetera - 05/11/10

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Tierra Kessler, a student at Touchet High School, and John Hockersmith, Waitsburg High School, were among 10 recipients of Gesa Credit Union 2010-2011 scholarships.

Gesa has offered scholarships to college students for more than two decades through colleges and universities throughout the state of Washington. Since 1987, Gesa has awarded nearly $150,000 in scholarships to deserving local students.

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The April 23 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review noted that Walla Walla School District bilingual coordinator Diana Erickson and husband Bill, reported to school board members April 20 on the recent awarding of the President's Volunteer Service Award to the Walla Walla High School Latino Club. Club members have logged more than 1,600 hours of volunteer service during the academic year.

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Modern Woodmen of America awarded Walla Wallan Dana L. Borer a $500 educational award in a national competition with other students who are members of MWA. Based in Rock Island, Ill., the fraternal benefit society offers financial services.

The daughter of Daniel Borer and Lauri Borer of Walla Walla, Dana plans to use the grant to attend Walla Walla Community College.

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More than 480 students, including four from this area, made the 2010 winter term dean's list at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Students must achieve and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while completing a minimum of 12 hours of graded coursework for the duration of the term to make the list. Local students include Donna Greer and Kailey VanOcker of Milton-Freewater; Amber Criss of Walla Walla; and Chantell Cosner of Weston.

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Walla Wallan Savannah Smith received a $3,000 Transfer Academic Honors scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year at Eastern Washington University.

The award goes to students who've achieved a 3.7+ GPA and completed an associate of arts degree. Savannah graduated in 2008 from Walla Walla High School, where she was a member of the national honor society, wind ensemble, drumline, marching band and DECA.

She plans to attend EWU this fall. Her parents are David Farrelly and Shannon Jones of Walla Walla.

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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