Etcetera - 11/12/10

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Winston the bulldog padded into Berney Elementary School on a recent Tuesday with his person, Walla Walla School District Superintendent Mick Miller, in tow.

The pair made an appearance at the all-school assembly where Winston was guest of honor at the "Best Dog-Gone Bulldogs" assembly.

"Students loved petting Winston and meeting Superintendent Miller," the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported.

Students honored at the gathering for good behavior and success in school with Best Dog Gone Bulldogs awards were: Ava Kirtely, kindergarten; Billy Duncan , first grade; Ian Swanson, second grade; Kyle Gray, third grade; Raegan Figgins, fourth grade; and Clayton Angotti, fifth grade. Ryan Van Dyke, PE teacher, was also recognized.

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Former Walla Walla resident Rodolfo Arvalo, president of Eastern Washington University, spoke at Walla Walla High School Latino Club's Oct. 28 meeting.

Rodolfo grew up in a migrant farm worker family. He talked about how pursuing his education allowed him to make significant, "better" decisions in his life.

The Edinburg, Texas, native is the son of migrant workers who worked in the Walla Walla and Yakima valleys. His family lived at the Walla Walla Labor Camp for short periods of time and his eldest sister graduated from Wa-Hi, Walla Walla Public Schools Oct. 29 online Week in Review noted.

Rodolfo is a first-generation college graduate. He encouraged the 70-80 Latino Club students to seek an education beyond high school, possibly at EWU. The number of Latino students at EWU has doubled since 2006, which is the year he started there.

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The Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Walla Walla and Columbia counties teamed with the Walla Walla Police Department and other area agencies to participate in the national Prescription Take Back Day Sept. 25. Altogether, they received 103 pounds of prescription drugs to be destroyed.

The unused and outdated prescription meds can cause environmental harm in the water system as well as among those young people with access to unlocked medicine cabinets, an RSVP item in the Nov. 10 Bottom Line newsletter noted.

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Five area residents graduated from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande during the 2009-10 academic year.

They include: Haley Davis, Adams, bachelor's in business administration; Amber Doremus, Weston, master's in education; Rea Hensel, Walla Walla, bachelor's in liberal studies; Teresa Marsh, Weston, bachelor's in liberal studies; and Brian Stiller, Milton-Freewater, bachelor's in multidisciplinary studies summa cum laude with a cumulative gpa of 3.85-4.0.

EOU awarded 572 undergraduate degrees and 113 graduate degrees in 2009-10.

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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