ETCETERA - Wa-Hi Class of '55 awards two scholarships

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Walla Walla High School Class of 1955 Scholarship Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to Wa-Hi graduates Beau Marshall and Rubi Villegas. Since its establishment in 2006 to administer distribution of scholarships to Wa-Hi seniors, the foundation has presented $11,500.

Beau has a 2.60 GPA and will attend Walla Walla Community College this fall, said Susan Queen in a release. He plans to earn an associate in arts before heading to Northwest Lineman College in Meridian Idaho.

Chris Scudder, vice president of Prescott Lions Club, recommended Beau. Chris said Beau has been active for a number of years in the community by serving, cooking and setting up the monthly fundraiser breakfasts. He also decorates, cleans up after community parties and bags and delivers holiday food baskets to people there.

Beau transferred to Wa Hi from Prescott his junior year. Social Studies teacher Anne L. Bickelhaupt cited him for his strong work ethic and for being a well-balanced individual. "He meets the demands of academic, extra-curricular school activities and community involvement, balancing them well with his responsibilities to his family," the release noted. Beau belonged to Wa-Hi JROTC and volunteered at the snack bar, served food at events and prepared pizza at Little Caesar's.

Rubi earned a 3.3 GPA and plans to attend Washington State University. She took Advanced Placement classes to prepare for college and was involved with meaningful activities that contributed to her school and community. She makes positive, empowered choices to become a strong, proud voice and role model.

Sherry L. McConn, AVID teacher, and Matt Shaw, English teacher, recommended Rubi for the scholarship. She participated in Writing Club and wrote at a college-level class focused on rhetoric and argument in writing. She was involved with Link Crew Academic Team, which matches upperclassmen with freshmen as mentors for their first year of high school. The Academic Team goes into freshman classes and teaches school and life-skill lessons.

She tackled public speaking with a speech delivered to Advancement Via Individual Determination students. The course helps prepare students from non-traditional backgrounds to go to college. She also is involved in Latino Club. She earned Certified Nursing Assistant certification and a CPR certificate. She has received numerous rewards and honors for activities and community service.

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Walla Walla Kiwanis Club and Walla Walla Kiwanis Camp Foundation awarded Service/Merit Scholarships to graduates from local high schools for the 2010 -2011 academic year, said Patty Courson, Kiwanis president and scholarship committee chairwoman.

Kiwanis Club scholarships of $1,000 went to Shelby Dandrea, daughter of Michael and Julie Dandrea; and Allison Henckel, daughter of Mike and Rebekah Henckel.

And Megan Moberg, daughter of Shawn Williams and Debbie Moberg-Williams, received a $1,000 Kiwanis Camp Foundation scholarship.

Shelby and Allison are Walla Walla High School alumna and Megan graduated with a 4.0 GPA from DeSales High School.

Kiwanis International's top priority is children, Patty said in the release. Walla Walla Kiwanis Club sponsors Key Club at Wa-Hi and many of the local Kiwanis Club's activities focus on youths in the community.

Megan has volunteered with the Latino Program at Garrison Middle School with first-sixth grades, with Head Start, 4-H Disabled Youth Horse Camp, Second Harvest, YMCA Summer Camp and Christ Lutheran Church. She plans to major in bioengineering at Washington State University.

Allison graduated with a 3.95 GPA. She has volunteered with Key Club, AWANA and Conspiracy of Hope Camp and as an assistant coach for Liberty Christian's girls volleyball team. She wants to major in elementary education and minor in Spanish at George Fox University.

Shelby graduated with a 3.89 GPA. She volunteered with KEY Club and was active with Pioneer United Methodist Church Youth Group, National Honor Society and Wa-Hi's Drama Club and Band. She wants to major in engineering at Whitworth University.

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Camp Four Echoes will operate this summer from July 5-Aug. 19 with a new science lab in the middle of a forest, according to Valerie Bacon, executive assistant. The camp in Worley, Idaho, serves Girl Scouts in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

A brand-new state-of-the-art lodge is set to open, according to a release. The $1.2 million structure features 11,500 square feet of space and replaces a structure built in 1940 by the Spokane Central Lions Club. More math, science and technology-related training and activities will be offered through a $1.7 million gift from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories founder Ed and wife Beatriz Schweitzer. The camp is on Lake Coeur d'Alene's Windy Bay.

Campers in first-12th grades can participate in such sessions as water adventures, leadership and wildlife. Details are online at www.CampFourEchoes.com

"I love summer camp! I know how to pack my gear, cook over a fire and I even have some awards from all the competitions," said one scout.

This is the first year for first-graders at Four Echoes. They can go on the night hikes, have campfires, see more than 300 different kinds of birds, go sailing and sing camp songs among other activities.

"This is good clean fun. You know, summer camp builds leaders. This is really the best spot to send your community's girls this summer. Camp Four Echoes is a short drive, and accepts all girls, Girl Scout or not. Scholarships are available for Girl Scouts within our council," Valerie said. Camp Four Echoes was established in 1938, and boasts teepees, cabins, chalets, gazebos and tree houses. Each shelter houses three to six girls. The goal is always to teach the girls to become more self-sufficient and confident, while enjoying "all those late night giggles."

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Environmental Science Outstanding Graduate Mariana Cains of Walla Walla earned a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University in Bellingha. She was among outstanding graduates for the 2010-2011 academic year to be honor at spring commencement

June 11.

Faculty members from each academic department select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

A Walla Walla High School alumna, Mariana's degree is in environmental science with an emphasis in toxicology as well as a minor in chemistry.

In addition, she received Western's Huxley College of the Environment Distinguished Scholar Award and was named the Institute of Environmental Toxicology's Outstanding Student. She also was a member of Western's national-champion women's rowing team. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in environmental toxicology and study stormwater toxicity and pesticide chemical mixtures.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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