Etcetera - 11/26/10

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Exchange Club of Walla Walla honored Waitsburg High School seniors Austin Beasley and Christy Poirier and DeSales High School seniors Kincaid Schmitz and Danielle "Dani" Hall as its Youths of the Month. The students were recognized during a club luncheon Nov. 15 at DeSales.

The students are now eligible to compete for Exchange Club of Walla Walla's Youth of the Year Awards and special $1,000 college scholarships. The Youth of the Month/Year essay theme is, "America's youth and Community Service: Shining the light of volunteerism."

The son of Ken and Pam Beasley, Austin is enrolled at Waitsburg High School and in running start classes at Walla Walla Community College. He holds a 4.0 GPA and scored a 2080 on his SAT. He participates in many school clubs and activities, including Knowledge Bowl, FFA, Leo's Club, the National Honor Society, and basketball. He is also NHS president, FFA vice president and competed in the State Competition in Knowledge Bowl.

He's a five-year member of the Salt and Light Youth Choir and an eight-year a fiddle and mandolin player and singer in Blue Mountain Troublemakers, a local bluegrass band. In 2007, he and other Blue Mountain Troublemakers were named Honorary Waitsburg Citizens of the Year for public service to events, hospitals and nursing homes. He's earned academic awards in the areas of math and science at Waitsburg High School. This last summer he attended University of Idaho Summer Engineering Camp where his team won first place overall in the development of an alternative fuel vehicle. He plans to seek a college degree in physics.

The daughter of Roy and Abelina Poirier of Waitsburg, Christy holds a 3.72 GPA. She was sophomore class secretary, FFA secretary and newsletter editor, a Washington state FFA convention delegate, a Youth and Government representative and a member in NHS.

As a junior, she was ASB secretary, a FFA District VI officer, Leo's Community Service Club treasurer, a Youth and Government representative, and an NHS member. She currently serves as ASB secretary, a FFA District VI officer, FFA president, Leo's Community Service Club treasurer and NHS secretary/treasurer. She's participated in cross country, basketball, and track and field teams throughout high school. She plans to attend Washington State University and double major in communications and agriculture economics.

Kincaid is the son of David Schmitz and Sarah Blattler, both of Walla Walla. He holds a 4.067 GPA and has attended Walla Walla Catholic Schools throughout middle school and high school. He has been a four-year member of DeSales varsity football and baseball teams and a contributor on the Knowledge Bowl team that won the state tournament in 2008 and took fourth place last year. He has been a member of National Honor Society since his sophomore year. He has taken every available Advanced Placement class while at DeSales, was captain of the football team in 2010; captain of junior varsity basketball team in 2008-2009; a frequent volunteer buddy in Challenger baseball program; a member of the History Club who took a tour of Europe in 2009; and a member of the cast of the drama production in 2009. He's is applying to a number of colleges, including Pomona, Carleton, Notre Dame, Willamette, Gonzaga, University of San Diego, Santa Clara, and Occidental.

Dani's parents are Terry and Maureen Hall of Walla Walla. She's participated in activities including DeSales varsity softball, four years of Knowledge Bowl, three years of varsity track and field, and student government. She has been a member of NHS since her sophomore year. President of Girls League Service Club, she was on the Math Team for four years, including its first-place win at state in her sophomore year. She was elected to class offices in her sophomore and junior years and is now ASB vice president. Dani updates a DeSales ASB Facebook page daily. She's participated in community and school theater productions, traveled to Europe with History Club; is a member and coffee call organizer for St. Patrick's Parish; is a Catholic Daughters of America local, state and national winner for poetry. She has been a volunteer assistant coach and umpire with Blue Mountain Girls Softball Association. Dani is considering many colleges, including Whitworth, Whitman, Gonzaga, University of Idaho, Carroll, University of Portland, Seattle Pacific and Seattle University.

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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