Etcetera - 09/22/10

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Walla Walla High School students participating in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program impressed members of the Walla Walla Rotary Club during an Aug. 26 presentation, reported the Aug. 27 online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

Rotary members hear how the AVID program has improved their school experiences and academic performance.

"Many of the students involved in AVID will be the first in their families to attend college." AVID helps improve their study and communications skills.

The students can participate in college visitations, collaborate with community members and enhance their leadership opportunities.

"Members of the Rotary Club flocked to the students after the presentation to learn how they can better support this program which was expanded to Pioneer and Garrison Middle schools this school year."

Gear Up's Sue Weber advised the students during their Rotary visit.

AVID student presenters, all Wa-Hi juniors, included Ana Andrade, a college-bound scholar who's involved in ASB, Latino Club, track and AVID, has a 3.3 GPA, and is taking honors and AP classes.

She plans to attend a four-year university and major in communications.

Cynthia Ongers is taking classes that will prepare her for more challenging classes in college. She wants become a nurse.

Marcos Medina is involved in ASB, varsity soccer, Math Lab and work. He has a 3.84 GPA, likes math and wants to earn a civil engineering degree.

Erika Torres is involved in Math Lab tutoring, Link Crew and AVID.

She holds a 3.95 GPA and is enrolled in AP and honors classes. She plans to attend college to become a doctor.

Cristina Sosa plans to attend a four-year college and major in sociology, aiming to become "a successful woman who will change the world."

Caitlin Lun is involved with Link Crew and AVID and volunteers at the Walla Walla Public Library. She maintains a 3.2 GPA and is enrolled in three honors classes this year. She wants to study deaf education in Portland and be an interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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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