Etcetera - 10/12/11


DeSales Catholic High School counselor Kathy Ruthven has been collecting statistics for many years and said DeSales graduates consistently outperform the state average.

That's in relation to an announcement by the College Board that said for the ninth year running, students' average score on the three major SAT exams in Washington was the highest in the nation among states where more than half the eligible students took the tests.

DeSales students beat the state's highest average by 20 points, noted Nancy Metro, Walla Walla Catholic Schools director of admissions and community relations, in a release.

In other Catholic schools news, a DeSales sophomore garnered top awards at the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days. Elizabeth Ruthven received Grand Champion Market Lamb and Grand Champion Lamb Showmanship awards.

Assumption Elementary students also participated in the fair, from riding on the Catholic schools' float to riding on horseback. Other students assisted at the food booth, which helps raise funds for school activities.

Assumption's Green and Gold Gazette reported that the fair was alive with Assumption 4-H kids ranging from fourth through eighth grades in the cow barn through the bunny barn. Students show sheep, cows, a chicken and a cat with their 4-H group.

A popular figure at Assumption, office administrator Yvonne Duncan will be missed on campus, according to a release. After 15 years with the elementary school, Yvonne is leaving the Catholic schools system for a new post.

"Her care and concern for the students and the school will be greatly missed. She truly believes every student at Assumption is needed and important.

To fete her last day on the job, she decreed Sept. 23 as a "Free Dress Day" for all students, faculty and staff. Students also enjoyed an extra recess that day.

Kati Hermann has been hired as Assumption's new administrative assistant.


Six area residents completed the six-step American Cancer Society Resource Center volunteer and host site training.

Recognized for their efforts by the ACS are Jean Carwile Masteller, CRC chairwoman, Dottie Monahan, Mary Haasch, Linda Thorne, Kathy Logosz and Chelsea Hardesty.

The Cancer Resource Center is situated inside Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center. Its trained volunteers assist patients, caregivers, family members and the community with program information, services and resources available here and through ACS.

The national community-based voluntary health organization strives to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

More volunteers are needed, Jean said. Additional information is available at the 509-529-8930, or 509-783-1574.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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