Etcetera - 08/03/11

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It's been 30 years since the Walla Walla High School Class of 1981 last spent time at campus.

Classmates will have three days of activities in which to catch up this weekend said reunion co-chair Ray Hansen. Sign-up deadlines are fast approaching, too.

An open social night will be Friday night at the Green Lantern Tavern, 1606 E. Isaacs Ave.

On Saturday a golf tournament will be at Veterans Memorial Golf Course, 201 E. Rees Ave., at the same time a chartered wine tour will be offered.

On Saturday night there will be a $30 social event at the Walla Walla Country Club, 1390 Country Club Road, that includes a variety of food items, no-host bar, silent auction and live music from the Dane Rinehart Band.

Dane is a Class of '81 alum and the band is a much-sought-after group from the Las Vegas area, Ray said.

Those who wish to attend Saturday night, but don't want to participate in the meal, can pay $5 at the door to help cover the cost of the band.

On Sunday a mixture of students and Walla Walla School District personnel will provide a tour of Wa-Hi. A bring-your-own picnic will conclude the reunion at the Pioneer Park Garden Center/fountain area.

The Friday night event and the picnic are open to all friends of the class as well as faculty from that era, Ray said. A 'pre-reunion' planned for those who attended Jefferson and Paine schools will be Thursday. Reservations will close Thursday for the wine tour and dinner. Contact Ray for more details at biggdaddy@charter.net

Walla Walla High School alumna Samantha Castoldi received the $500 Italian Heritage Association Scholarship at the June 26 IHA general meeting.

Samantha graduated with honors in May from Wa-Hi with a cumulative GPA of 3.893. While in high school, she was active in National Honor Society, Key and Crest clubs, FFA and a four-year member of choir.

During her active 12-year involvement in 4-H, Samantha showed rabbits, poultry and foods and served a term as a Walla Walla County 4-H teen leader at large.

During the summer months you'll find Samantha working on the family farm, selling produce at the Farmer's Market and onions at the farm stand, according to her parents, Paul and Pam Castoldi.

She became a member of IHA at birth, Pam said, has participated in the IHA Festa parade and assists her dad with the grape stomp contest every year.

"It was actually Samantha who inspired the kiddie grape stomp after observing the adult stomp one year -- she was about 3 -- and several days later recreating the grape stomp on the kitchen floor," Pam recalled.

This fall Samantha plans to major in environmental science and minor in chemistry at Washington State University.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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