Etcetera - 9/12/12

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The rising costs of rent, food and gas forced an increase in the fee from $75 to $90 per Walla Walla High School student to attend Big Blue Weekend.

"Although we have received thousands of dollars from corporate sponsors, we are still in need of community donors to help with student scholarships," said Chris Backman, a teacher in the special education department at Wa-Hi.

Thus arises a need for student scholarships of $60, Chris said.

Last year more than 300 students attended, and 75 scholarships were used for the weekend of Oct. 12-14 at Washington Family Ranch in Antelope, Ore.

"With an emphasis on building relationships and positive character traits while having an amazing time, Big Blue offers something for everyone," Chris said.

"Those rising costs unfortunately are in Walla Walla, too, and many families will struggle to even come up with the $30 co-pay that we ask our scholarship recipients to pay.

"Although we have received thousands of dollars from corporate sponsors, we are still in need of community donors to help with student scholarships."

Contributions may be submitted to Wa-Hi, 800 Abbott Road, Attention: Chris Blackman; email cblackman@wwps.org or call her at 527-3020 ext. 4604. Checks should be made payable to Wa-Hi with a memo note of BBW scholarship.


Bachelor's degree firmly in hand, Walla Wallan Emily Rose Mayme Powers Brown is taking a year off and working in a Newport, Ore., bakery before she enrolls in graduate school.

The 2008 Walla Walla High School alumna graduated cum laude spring semester from Willamette University with an environmental science degree with minors in Spanish and politics.

At graduation the WU Department of Environmental and Earth Studies selected Emily as its honor graduate and Phi Beta Kappa academic honorary society inducted her into membership.

She was honored as a G. Herbert Smith Presidential Scholar and a Willamette University Scholar.

As a junior she was tapped as a William B. Webber Scholar and was part of a team that developed science education curriculum for middle school students.

She is the daughter of Tim and Beth Powers Brown of Walla Walla.

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

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