Athletes at DeSales Catholic High School are gaining recognition by flexing their academic muscles.
DeSales football team members were named 2012 state academic champions for the second year in a row, said Nancy Metro, director of Walla Walla Catholic Schools admissions and community relations, in a release.
“That means that the DeSales varsity football team has the highest GPA in the state for all football teams at all levels,” she said.
“The Irish get to add to the State Championship signs once again,” said Athletic Director Greg Fazzari.
Those students include: Kyler Pommerening, Braden Kimball, Andrew Alexander, Luis Contreras, Nick Brown, Daniel Healey, Joe Duehn, Bill Ferrara, Kris Arellano, Chris Lopez, Paul Elmenhurst, Pablo Rodriguez, Luke Fazzari, Jeremiah Cox, Isaiah School, Jackson Kent, John Crowley, Rob Kelly, Ryan Baumgart, Cody Josifek, Adam Tompkins, Reilly Roach, Tim Caudill, Andrew Elmenhurst, Jarod Koopman, Connor Richard, Cole Miedema, Matt Jubb, Coach Spiess and Matt Baumgart.
In addition, Ryan Baumgart is a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. To be nominated, student athletes must have a 3.0 or better GPA, participate in one of the recognized sports, be a leader in school activities, be committed to community service and serve as a role model for underclassmen, Nancy said.
At the outset, every school in the state selects one senior female and senior male as a school winner.
From this group of about 1,020 students, the field is winnowed to 20 finalists, 10 female and 10 male student athletes.
Finally, just one female and male are selected per state. The announcement will be today.
Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary Club hosted a costumed crowd, from a bumblebee to a great ape, at its Halloween breakfast for children, grandchildren and friends of members, said John McKern.
Kids and most members dressed for the fun. Even Rotary President Hank Worden was kitted out — as a box of Wheaties.
Echoing the caring-for-children theme, Josh Gonzales, executive director of Walla Walla Camp Fire, gave a presentation about its after-school programs for grade-schoolers.
Rotary kicked off its Cash for Christmas raffle with tickets available from members.
To buy a ticket or join the group for breakfast, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club meets at 6:45 a.m. every Wednesday at St. Francis Church Parish Hall, 712 W. Alder St.
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