Two Walla Walla High School seniors are among the eight students selected from Washington state for the American Choral Director's National Honor Choirs, said Norbert Rossi, director of choral activities.
Natalie Ingersoll-Allen and Kolton Kolbaba will participate in the Women's and Men's Honor choirs, respectively March 9-12 in Chicago.
In order to apply, singers had to be at least a junior in high school. It is open to college and adult singers of any age. Kolton was among the 700-plus vocalists who applied for the Men's Choir and Natalie was among the 1,200 applicants for the Women's Choir.
The honor choirs are each winnowed down to about 200 singers.
Lynne Gackle will conduct the Women's Choir and Peter Bagley will conduct the Men's Choir, Norb said.
"This is a great honor for these young singers. Both of them are very dedicated to singing and to our choral program at (Wa-Hi)," he said.
"We are very pleased for them to have this opportunity. This is a big deal for these two kids."
In a joint effort, students at Garrison and Pioneer Middle schools amassed nearly 3,000 pounds of food for the schools' annual eighth-grade football game.
Garrison Principal Gina Yonts and Pioneer Principal Dana Jones said the food was donated to Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank.
It was in support of the Walla Walla Association of Realtors' annual Care & Share Food Drive, which netted more than 12 tons of food, according to the Oct. 29 online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.
The Realtors also received cash donations of more than $3,000.
About a month before the big game, students started collecting food. Collection bins were also stationed at Borleske Stadium during the contest.
Pioneer collected 1,894 pounds of food and Garrison collected 924 pounds, according to an ad thanking area donors and volunteers from the Realtors' organization.
Realtor Peter Swant worked with the schools to coordinate the effort.
And Walla Walla High School vartisy and freshman football players, families and individuals contributed food, money and time to the effort.
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