Etcetera - 01/12/11

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The 37th annual Walla Walla Balloon Stampede Presented by Gesa Credit Union will take to local airspace May 13-15 with a "Good Morning, Walla Walla" theme.

Designs have been submitted for the stampede's official poster and memorabilia and the winners will be unveiled in March, according to the January Chamber News.

Volunteers are a significant part of what makes events like this successful.

Volunteers will meet monthly on the first and third Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m.ish.

Vendors can apply for space online at www.balloonstampede.com.

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The Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Blue Devils Cadet Battalion Cadet of the Month for December is Cadet Cpl. Angela Romo, who was awarded an immediate promotion based on her achievements.

The 18-year-old senior was advanced to her new rank after she won the top spot with a total score of 311 points, said the presiding official on the board.

She was one of two candidates who were inspected and examined in oral interviews by a board of four advanced cadets, Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, senior Army instructor in Wa-Hi's JROTC program.

Angela joined JROTC because she thought it would be a good experience and it would get her ready for an Army career, it was reported in the Walla Walla School District Week in Review Jan. 7 issue.

She enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends and coming up with funny stories.

"Her strongest competitive category was her extremely well put together uniform," said Cadet Commander Sgt. Maj. Seth Thomas. "This Cadet of the Month was a close match, since both of the Cadets' performances were outstanding. Runner up was Cadet Pvt. Sara Beko, a 14-year-old freshman, whose strongest suit was her confidence. She garnered 253 points.

A ceremony to promote the winning Cadet one rank higher followed that recognized Angela's hard work and personal success.

Wa-Hi JROTC cadets develop leadership skills and strive to be better citizens in society. Many compete with drill, marksmanship and physical training teams as well as attend the class.

They get to travel to and compete in drill meets at 16 other schools in the Cascade Division that include Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy cadet programs.

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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