A small forest of close to 40 decorated and themed mini Christmas trees have become Junior Club of Walla Walla's best Festival of Mini-Trees ever, said club member Colby Burke. The trees were displayed in the lobby of the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center during the first two weeks of December.
Visitors bid on their favorites in a silent auction setting, and raised more than $2,500 for the club's core initiatives.
Junior Club serves the needs of several local nonprofit organizations such as Books for Babes, Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Children of Walla Walla, YWCA, Walla Walla Community Hospice and Herring House, and provides scholarships for deserving local women, Colby said in a release.
SWX, which stands for Sports and Weather Right Now, featured Walla Walla High School senior Kyle Jameson as its academic all-star in a Jan. 4 video online during the first week of January.
"He is one of those students who found inspiration for his future through one particular class and teacher, it noted online at www.swxrightnow.com.
The computer technology class taught by Dennis DeBroeck "has been the place where I've learned to develop that passion for computer technology," Kyle told SWX.
He holds a 4.0 GPA and takes advanced placement classes in chemistry, physics, calculus and history.
John Golden, Wa-Hi head boys basketball coach and history teacher, said "He's going to be successful whatever he does. You know, he's got that work ethic, and I had him in class. I just that saw from the beginning. He works real hard in class. That kind of work ethic is something that's going to take him a long ways."
Kyle, who wants to study computer science at the University of Idaho or U.S. Air Force Academy, said he likes programming, application development and software development. He is a member of the JROTC air rifle team that competes around the Pacific Northwest.
"I like the competition, the mental focus that it takes, and it's just another chance to compete."
SWX is seen over the air and on some cable services in the Spokane-Coeur d-Alene, Kennewick-Pasco-Richland and Yakima viewership areas.
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