Etcetera - 05/07/12

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Noon Rotary Club of Walla Walla presented a $1,000 scholarship to Samantha Delgado, in recognition of resiliency and determination to succeed.

The granddaughter of guardian Debra Delgado, Samantha overcame a routinely unstable family situation, said Rotarian Linda B. Hardy in a release. For a number of years Samantha served a younger brother and sister in a parental role.

Samantha is an accomplished musician, participating in jazz, concert and marching bands while attending Richland High School.

Currently a Prescott High School senior, she holds a 2.72 GPA, has passed all four subject areas of the high school proficiency test and plans to attend Walla Walla Community College or Eastern Washington University. She would like to become a social worker.

Samantha "is such a pleasant, outgoing young lady, the very epitome of resiliency. You would not know her tumultuous history by merely looking at her. She presents herself as a very confident young woman. She is a beautiful person inside and out," said Marianne Newell, her Prescott school counselor.

Several area students made Eastern Oregon University's dean's list for the 2012 winter term. The 600 students who made the La Grande institution's honor roll qualified by achieving and maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher while completing a minimum 12 hours of graded coursework for the duration of the term.

Earning distinction locally are Kayla Turner, Laina Fairchild, both of Athena; Lizette Aviles, Linda Bowe, Michael Hagerman, Brittney Hall, Kayla Saager, all of Milton-Freewater; Jennifer Pace, Chantell Cosner, Amanda Macri, all of Weston; Madeline Jensen of Dayton; Juliana Humphreys, Mallory Livingston, Kara Hoel, all of Walla Walla

Western Governors University Washington, created by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Christine Gregoire a year ago, celebrated its first commencement April 21 in Seattle, with two local residents among its graduates.

Rebecca Wilson, College Place, earned a bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies; and James Peterson, Walla Walla, earned a bachelor's in information technology-software.

For more about this all-online institution, see washington.wgu.edu.

Annie Charnley Eveland will be back in the office on May 22. Items for the Etcetera column may be submitted to annieeveland@wwub.com or, if too timely, to Alasdair Stewart at alasdairstewart@wwub.com. Call Stewart at 526-8311 for more information.

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