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The Walla Walla High School auditorium stage will feature candidates vying for the 2011 Mr. Wa-Hi Pageant title when the event holds forth there at 7 p.m. April 21 at 800 Abbott Road. The pageant focuses on leadership and character, the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported online. Senior male students can showcase their talents and involvement in school. Proceeds from the senior class fundraiser will help buy the senior gift for the high school.

Reilly Roach spent the second week of March participating in the Washington Senate Page Program during the ninth week of the 2011 legislative session.

The DeSales Catholic High School sophomore was one of 18 pages who participated.

He and other pages ran errands and delivered mail, among other duties. He also spent time in the Senate Chamber and in page school learning about parliamentary procedure and the legislative process. His sponsor was Sen. Mike Hewitt (R-Walla Walla).

Reilly's favorite part was participating in a mock bill hearing. "My bill was about the death penalty and how it can be imposed on innocent people. I proposed that Washington state should ban the death penalty to make sure we don't impose it on the innocent," Reilly said. "The best part of the mock process was that my bill passed without one nay, it was unanimous."

Reilly is active in Knowledge Bowl and Math Team competitions and is class president. A member of Boy Scout Troop 305, he's pursuing his Eagle Scout award. His parents are Dan and Jacquie Roach of Walla Walla. For more on the Senate Page Program check out www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/.

The Washington State Future Problem Solving competition will see three Walla Walla High School teams that qualified for the April 14 event in Stanwood, Wash. They could earn a berth to international competition in June.

Garrison Middle School teacher John Buissink, now in his 27th year of coaching, will travel with them, the March 18 Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review noted. During the State Bowl, students will vie to solve a problem relating to water quality in a futuristic scene. Teams are timed and must work independently and interdependently in order to succeed.

Middle Division members are Daniel Butler, Lela Davidson, Jacob Leinweber and Catherine Feistner. Senior Division members are Julia Cosma, Rob Miller, Carrie Moore and Teagan Coleman. The third team that qualified but won't compete at the State Bowl includes junior Nicole Roscamp, and seniors Mike Collison, Dan Brown and Matt Skorina.

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