Etcetera - 11/05/10

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Walla Walla High School students learned about government from a pro when U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., addressed senior government and business law students on campus Oct. 29.

The 5th Congressional District representative accepted an invite from Bill Plucker, who coordinated the event with the support of Gary Peasley. Both are social studies teachers.

Invitations went to other elected officials but Cathy was the only one who could visit, reported the Walla Walla Public Schools Oct. 29 online Week in Review.

Discussing politics with students helps ensure America's democracy remains strong, McMorris Rodgers said.

"When you think about America's future, it's our children that are our future," McMorris Rodgers said. "It's important that they understand what has made America great and why our form of government is unique. It's important to challenge them to vote and open their eyes to the legislative process."

Having an elected official visit the school and talk to students reinforces the learning taking place in his classroom, Bill added.

"Cathy McMorris Rodger's visit helps show the students there is a link in what we are studying to our government," Plucker said. "This is a government by the people and for the people and we are directly represented in government. This type of visit doesn't happen very often." They appreciated that she took time out of her busy schedule to meet with the students, he said.

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An item I included in Tuesday's column listed too early a start time. Elementary and middle school students are encouraged to attend the Moon-stravaganza at Whitman College's Hall of Science Planetarium, which begins at 7 tonight. Students will learn about the Moon, Earth's favorite satellite, and the rest of the universe. For additional information, contact organizer Faith Tucker at fcmtucker@gmail.com or (650) 279-9179.

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Ashlee K. Eskelsen received a $1,000 Auvil Undergraduate Scholars Fellowship from Washington State University. It supports independent undergraduate research, scholarship or creative activity that is supervised by a faculty member.

A 2007 Walla Walla High School alumna, Ashlee expects to graduate from WSU this year with a degree in human nutrition.

She has been a distinguished regent's scholar and an outstanding junior in food science and human nutrition. She tested as proficient in Spanish and is on the president's honor roll. She also worked in two labs at WSU and the University of Washington.

In high school, Ashlee was on varsity cross country and track and field. Her parents are Karen and Robert Wall of Walla Walla.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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