Etcetera - 04/06/12

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For all those applying for American Association of University Women-sponsored scholarships, completed applications are due to the group on April 20.

That means transcripts and letters of recommendation must be received by that date, too.

For details on what, where, when and how, see www.aauw-wallawalla.org or contact Debbie Dumont at 509-525-1088 or debodumo@charter.net or Jeanne Beirne at 509-525-7401 or beirnejj@charter.net.

Junior Club of Walla Walla received a $500 Bank of America grant through its Volunteer Grants Program.

Throughout the year, BofA employees volunteer thousands of hours around the world, said club member Karri Bruce in a release.

Her group is among the more than 3,000 charitable organizations that benefit from the bank employees' dedication each year. Bank of America Charitable Foundation awards grants of up to $500 to eligible charitable organizations of their employees' choosing to honor those who give time and service to causes important to them, Karri said.

Colby Burke, BofA Corp. senior vice president of online marketing, gave nearly 200 hours of volunteer time in 2011 directly in support of Junior Club and its selected core projects for the year. She requested that the $500 grant be awarded to Junior Club. Colby is also the club's current president. The funds will be used to provide scholarships to two deserving local women later this year.

Junior Club of Walla Walla serves the needs of several local non-profit organizations such as Books for Babes, YWCA, Walla Walla Community Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Children of Walla Walla and Herring House, and provides scholarship funds for deserving local women.

Walla Walla High School's JROTC Precision Air Rifle team excelled in its first year of competition at the National JROTC Air Rifle Championships. Teammates placed fifth overall out of 15 teams with a combined score of 4,555 points, according to the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

Cadets 1st Lt. Kyle Jameson and Capt. Karri Mickelson, seniors, Sgt. Caitlyn Lasseigne, junior, and Cpl. Sarah Jameson, sophomore, competed in the event in Anniston, Ala., March 22-24. They faced the best shooting teams from JROTC Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force programs around the country.

Wa-Hi shooters excelled individually, too. Out of 76 shooters, Kyle placed 28th, shooting a two-day total of 1,146; Sarah and Karri both shot a total of 1,145, placing 30th and 31st respectively, and Caitlyn placed 62nd, shooting a score of 1,119. They prepared for this match after placing first as a team at the Army JROTC Air Rifle National Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio, in February.

Sgt. 1st Class Mark Mebes said, "These students did a lot of work to get here. Countless hours of practice, analysis and in-house competition went into preparing for this match. It was truly a great experience to go and test ourselves against the top shooters in the country. The pressure was tremendous but the student's competitive nature came through."

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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