Etcetera - 07/20/12


Claire C. Konen of Walla Walla and Rocio Escalante of Prescott plan to enter the medical field.

They'll be aided in this endeavor as the recipients of $1,000 Providence St. Mary Service League scholarships, according to a release from Mary Grant Tompkins, league scholarship chairwoman.

A 2012 graduate of DeSales Catholic High School, Claire plans to study speech pathology at either the University of Arizona or Gonzaga University.

Rocio, who graduated from Prescott High School in 2010, plans to enter the field of dentistry at the University of Washington.

Merina Gordon of Pomeroy gave her senior music recital in June at Lewiston United Methodist Church. "I was very happy with it," she said. Many people from around the area attended.

The June 9 high school graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame Home Study Program showcased her talents with works for solo voice, pipe organ and piano. She performed a variety of classical, impressionistic and modern works by Bach, Debussy, Diemer and others.

Her musical training began at 3 when she took Suzuki violin lessons in the Seattle area. At 5 she began piano lessons with Debra Stentzel-Pankaskie in Walla Walla and later with Marlene Schilling in Pomeroy.

At 10, she studied with Lori Legg-Germer at the Academy of Performing Arts in Clarkston and Moscow.

At 13 she started pipe organ lessons and voice lessons. For the past two years Jill Schneider provided piano lessons.

This fall, Merina will major in organ performance and keyboard pedagogy at Washington State University School of Music. She plans to be a music director for a Catholic parish in a large city and teach piano.

She is the daughter of John Gordon and Beverly Adams-Gordon, owners of the Hotel Revere building in Pomeroy, home of their Castlemoyle Books shop.

Walla Walla/Columbia Retired School Employees presented scholarships to four high school graduates.

Kyle Eggers, a 2008 Walla Walla High School alum who attends Walla Walla University, will begin student teaching in January 2013.

Fellow 2008 Wa-Hi grad and WWU student Chelsea White will begin student teaching in August. She and Kyle received scholarships from the WWCRSE unit.

June Wa-Hi grads Kayla Leinweber and Chelsea Cavazos received Robert J. Handy/PEMCO scholarships from the State Retired School Employees Association.

Kayla plans to attend Washington State University and Chelsea plans to go to University of Washington.

The selection committee commented on the difficult decision of selection, but were greatly impressed with the accomplishments of the winners, said Gordon Taylor, WWCRSE communications chairman.

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


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