Etcetera - 04/18/12

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Exotic chocolate, small plates and desserts whipped up by Brasserie Four, T. Maccarone, Olive, Walla Walla Bread Company, Frosted, Arrowhead Chocolates and Whitehouse Crawford will benefit the Health Center at Lincoln.

The Chocolate Journey fundraiser, serving up wine and chocolate at Dunham Cellars, will be from 8-10 p.m. April 28.

The cost is $60 per person.

Proceeds will help fund essential medical and mental health services for students at the Health Center at Lincoln.

Participants can sip award-winning Dunham Cellars wines. There will be a silent auction for such items as a bottle of Washington's first 100-point wine and a basket of artisan bagels delivered hot and fresh.

"There's sure to be something for everyone," notes the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

For more details, call 509-529-5432 or email Deborah@thehealthcenterww.org.

Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Blue Devils Battalion Cadet Cpl. Aaron Awai earned Cadet of the Month honors for March and received an immediate promotion.

The 16-year-old sophomore was promoted to his new rank after he won the top spot with a total score of 73 points, according to the presiding official on the board.

First runner up was cadet Cpl. Jobe Diaz, a 15-year-old freshman, who earned 49 points. Second runner up was cadet Cpl. Shawn Weisner, a 16-year-old sophomore who earned 31 points.

The candidates were inspected and examined in oral interviews by a board of four advanced cadets, said Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, Senior Army Instructor for the Wa-Hi JROTC program.

Aaron joined the corps to become a better leader. He plans to attend a military academy or enlist in the Air Force after graduation. His hobbies include playing basketball and football.

"His strongest competitive category was military knowledge," said cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Malachi Matthews.

"This Cadet of the Month was a close match, since the cadets' performances were outstanding."

Wa-Hi JROTC cadets participate in the program to develop leadership skills and to strive to be better citizens in society.

Many cadets compete with drill, marksmanship and physical training teams as well as attend the class.

These cadets get to travel to and compete in drill meets at 16 other schools in the Cascade Division, which include Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy cadet programs.

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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