Choir director Norman Skeels is holding rehearsals for a Christmas program to raise funds for needy families. All singers in the area, including members of area church choirs -- sopranos, altos, tenors, baritones, basses and children are encouraged to join in.
The Dec. 11 concert will be at First Presbyterian Church, 325 S. First Ave.
Rehearsal are Mondays from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 8,15, 22, 29 and Dec. 6 in the Walla Walla University Fine Arts Building choral room, near the corner of Fourth Street and College avenues.
Dress rehearsal will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at First Presbyterian Church and the group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the church prior to the program's start on Dec. 11. For more information, contact Skeels at 509-240-1612.
An immediate promotion was awarded to Luke Hedine, a 15-year-old Walla Walla High School freshman who advanced in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps rank to cadet private 1st class. He was promoted for being named JROTC Blue Devils Cadet Battalion's Cadet of the Month for October. Luke had a total score of 288 points, according to the presiding official on the board.
The top cadet was selected from three candidates who were inspected and examined in oral interviews by a board of four advanced cadets, said Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, senior Army instructor for Wa-Hi's JROTC program.
Luke said in the Walla Walla Public Schools Oct. 29 online Week in Review that he joined JROTC to increase his self-discipline and bearing. He plans to attend Gonzaga University after high school and enjoys soccer, reading and working on his German language skills.
"His strongest competitive category was his outstanding military bearing," said Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Seth Thomas.
"His peers did extremely well, also. It was a close and competitive board, considering all three candidates were in their first year with the JROTC program."
First runner up was Cadet Pvt. Michael Matthews, 17, a junior, whose strongest suit was self confidence, board members said. Second runner up was Cadet Pvt. Abel Saldana-Garcia Jr., 15, a freshman, who showed outstanding military knowledge.
"After the board tallied the points and the winner was clear, we held a ceremony to promote the winning cadet one grade higher, to recognize him for his hard work and personal success," said Bialozor.
Wa-Hi JROTC cadets participate in the program to develop leadership skills and to strive to be better citizens in society. Many cadets compete on drill, marksmanship and physical training teams and get to travel and compete at meets that include Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy cadet programs from the 16 schools in the Cascade Division.
Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at firstname.lastname@example.org or afternoons at 526-8313.