While researching an item on how Rooks Park got its name, or more specifically who Capt. Albert Rooks was, I discovered a YouTube post titled "Rooks Park with Don Davis & Nora the Schnauzer."
Tim Phillips, director of photography at Picture U Pro Photo, put together a lovely montage of winter scene still images and moving film of a snowy Mill Creek and environs at the park.
While Tim documented the scene, U-B outdoor columnist Don and his delightful four-legged companion Nora made a surprise appearance. Tim's video short includes footage of Canada geese, hooded Mergansers, a blue heron and others.
Over President's Day weekend students from Walla Walla and Lincoln High schools competed in the District 5/6 State Qualifying Tournament in Speech and Debate at Chiawana High School Feb. 17-18 in Pasco. They vied against students from Moses Lake, Wenatchee, Cascade, Quincy, Liberty Bell, Ephrata, Othello, Eisenhower, Pasco and Chiawana.
In a combined 3A and 4A division, Wa-Hi placed first in debate, said coach Jean Tobin. Pasco was first in speech in the combined 3A and 4A division. Overall, combining speech and debate, in the 4A division, Chiawana was first with 78 points and Wa-Hi was second with 69 points. Points are given for each first- through third-place finisher in each event.
The Wa-Hi team had its strongest showing yet in debate events at a state qualifying meet, Jean said. The State Debate Tournament will be March 16-17 at Gonzaga University in Spokane. Wa-Hi qualified competitors in every form of debate.
In Congressional Debate, Marisol Beck, junior, and freshmen Maggie Grant and Emma Gregoire will attend state. Marisol placed second out of 32 competitors. Students will debate a variety of bills including birthright citizenship, the Bush tax cuts and the Keystone pipeline.
In Public Forum Debate, debating if the United States should suspend aid to Pakistan, freshman team Malcolm Gabbard and Emily Prull were district champions and advanced to state.
In Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Rosa Tobin, junior, was undefeated and is district champion. She will debate on whether or not targeted killings are a morally permissible foreign policy tool at state.
In speech 18 students qualified for State: senior Kimberly McLaughlin; juniors Marisol Beck, Hope Grant-Herriot, Rosa, Calvin Brigham, Konor Clark, Kera Parsons, Bryan Preston; sophomores Kendall Dunovant and Tristan Moore; freshmen Kurt Funk, Ben Parsons, Emily Prull, Malcolm Gabbard, Kate Kuhlmann, Sabine Vernon, Maggie Grant, Anna Apostolidis-Morefield. Emma Gregoire and Lupe Beck are first alternates. The State Individual Events Speech Tournament will be March 10 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.
Extemporaneous: Rosa, third. Dual Interpretation: Hope and Marisol, third. Expository: Anna, district champion; Kate, freshman, third. Impromptu: Emily, third. Interpretive Reading: Anna, district champion; Marisol, third. Original Oratory: Hope, second.
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