ETCETERA - 12/05/11

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There may be a trophy belt buckle in store for shooters with a clear, sharp aim during Walla Walla Gun Club's Annual Buckle Shoot at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Trophy belt buckles will be awarded to the winner and runner-up, said club president Bob Bloch. There is a third-place prize as well.

WWGC provides new shells for everyone, "so don't bring your double-whammy 'loudenboomers' 'cause everybody shoots the same ammo. It's fairer that way, but a bit less pyrotechnic," Bob added

Participants who bring RVs to the WWGC for then event may stay over free if they're planning to attend the Pomeroy Sausage Shoot on Sunday.

For more details, 525-2579 or online, see wwgc.homestead.com.

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A local principal served as keynote speaker for the International Education Week Forum 2011 - Courage Beyond the Borders -- in mid-November at Whitworth University in Spokane.

Pioneer Middle School's Mira Gobel spoke about her life as a biracial Korean who faced discrimination in her birth nation and eventually came to America.

The forum promotes a greater understanding of international issues related to teacher education and the appreciation of other cultures according to a release. International Education Week is an international celebration of different cultures in our world and promotes education about these different cultures.

"I am truly honored to be invited to such an amazing event to share my personal story," she said. "I want to share that hope is the fuel that keeps the fire of courage burning. This same hope is what I try to cultivate in students every day."

This is Mira's first year as principal at Pioneer. She's has been an educator for 23 years, 15 years as a classroom art teacher and eight as an administrator. She first taught art at Pioneer in the late 1980s. In 1999, she transferred to Walla Walla High School and taught four years in the art department.

She then served as associate principal at Wa-Hi, where she specialized in curriculum and assessment, state graduation requirements, professional development, course development and scheduling.

She has trained extensively in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, which now spans grades 7-12 in Walla Walla Public Schools. AVID provides additional support so students can develop pathways to college entrance. As a second-language learner herself, Mira understands the importance of supporting students to help them meet their true potential, according to the release.

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