Etcetera - 06/02/11

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In preparation for the big shift this fall, students and staffers at Central Middle School hosted Milton-Freewater School District fifth graders for a tour and lunch in May.

The annual field trip helps alleviate the step up to the new school and allows fifth graders to get their bearings, according to a release from Bruce Neil, Central's principal/athletic director.

Student leaders and Bruce greeted the students upon arrival and ushered them into the cafeteria. While waiting for all the students to arrive, the Central Choir sang a few of the songs they had just performed at a state competition, and encouraged incoming sixth graders to try out for choir as one of their middle school classes.

Middle school students also took groups of younger students on tours around the school, pffered advice on lockers, rules, their favorite lunch items and other topics. Fifth graders then had lunch before returning to their elementary schools.

"Our students and staff look forward to this time every year," Bruce said. "It's great to see the fifth graders excited faces. It makes us excited about the next year as well."

AAUW Honors Achievement of Local High School Scholars

Members of the American Association of University Women Walla Walla Branch honored nine regional high school scholars in late April with a dessert reception at the Walla Walla School District administrative office.

High school teachers and administrators nominated the honorees for achievements in science, mathematics and technology, according to a release from AAUW.

Scholars include Anahi Diaz, technology, and Iris Batalla, mathematics, Prescott School; Dani Hall, science, Megan Moberg, mathematics, DeSales Catholic School; Olivia Welker, science, Gabrielle Anderson, mathematics, Walla Walla High School; Hillary Intinerelli, technology, Emily Huesby, science, Rebecca Thompson, mathematics, Touchet School.

The scholars' names are listed on the AAUW website alongside winners from 30-plus other branches in Washington state.

Former branch president Winnie Graham summarized the latest research information presented at the annual state AAUW meeting this spring on factors that are keeping women out of the STEM career fields. Julianne Sachs spoke to the students and parents about her journey from high school to college, graduate school and her current position as a math instructor at Walla Walla Community College.

Each student was presented with a Washington state AAUW Scholars Certificate of Excellence, a USB key chain, and a gift certificate.

AAUW promotes equity in education for women and girls, encourages them to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology, and awards scholarships for women at the local, national and international levels.

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

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