ETCETERA - DeSales alumna bound for Germany, China

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An essay composed by Kaelen Park is one of 125 selected by the Daimler Corporation for an upcoming conference.

The 2006 DeSales Catholic High School alumna graduated in 2010 in international business and Chinese from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. Kaelen has been awarded the opportunity to attend the Daimler World Dialogue in Stuttgart, Germany, Oct. 4-5, according to a release.

Part of the Global Compact Lead Group, Daimler takes a leading role in the economic world, actively supporting UN Millennium Goals and following the Global Compact Blueprint. Also a member of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, Daimler aims to develop the next generation of globally responsible leaders.

Kaelen titled her essay "What Does Globally Responsible Leadership Mean to Me." She and students from around the world will share their experiences and opinions regarding global business. They will meet with the GRLI General Assembly, made up of 60 representatives from noted business schools and companies, to talk about how to shape the future and build up a global network.

After Stuttgart, Kaelen will attend Hult International Business School in Shanghai, China, to study for her masters in international business. She is the daughter of Tana and Dan Park of Walla Walla.

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Riding as team "Shut Up and Pedal," two local students and their dad raised funds for multiple sclerosis research while on a 150-mile bike ride.

Dan Calzaretta, an Explorer program teacher at Pioneer Middle School, accompanied daughter Sonia Calzaretta, a Walla Walla High School sophomore, and son Gus Calzaretta, an eighth-grader at Garrison Middle School, on the trek.

The trio cycled along the Trail of the Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho. The students' mother, Allison Kirby, has multiple sclerosis, as does an aunt.

They cyclists raised about $1,200. Additional information is at tinyurl.com/44x6xev.

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Minding their business one recent Friday morning, the 2011 Walla Walla High School state championship softball team players were surprised to be called in to the principal's office.

The news turned out to have a pleasant ring when they discovered their long-awaited championship rings were there to be picked up.

Team coaches Jerry Humphreys and Arch McHie were in attendance along with school administrators to join in the fun.

The Blue Devils didn't give up a single run in last spring's state tournament, according to the online Walla Walla School District newsletter.

This is Wa-Hi's first-ever softball state title and the Blue Devils are the first team in the Big 9 to win a softball state title.

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Leave it to students to bring energy to a meeting of retirees, said Gordon Taylor, a member of the Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association.

That's what happened at the group's September luncheon. A pair of Walla Walla High School students talked about Big Blue Weekend, which develops leaders and community builders.

Jonathan Petri and Jason Klicker gave an enthusiastic description of their experience at the weekend, especially how it helped to connect them with fellow students and level the playing field for all participants. Students have the opportunity to plan and organize their own group activities at the retreat.

Andy Maheras, principal of Dayton High School, discussed how Dayton's school staff is developing positive recognition of academic achievement, increasing involvement in student government and promoting community service projects.

Mindy Meyer, vice principal at Wa-Hi, described the growth of student participation in the weekend retreat over the past five years.

Big Blue Weekend employs a series of small-group discussions, team-work activities, guest speakers and free fun times.

Kris Duncan, an English teacher, said 300-plus students participated last year and no school funds were used for the event. All costs are provided through tuition and scholarships for those in need.

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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