AAUW women's scholarship applications available


Up to eight scholarships of at least $1,500 each will be awarded this year by the Walla Walla Branch American Association of University women, according to co-chairwomen Jeanne Beirne and Debbie Dumont.

Applications are being accepted until the April 19 deadline for AAUW Educational Scholarships that provide assistance to women who have completed at minimum one year of college (30 semester or 45 quarter credits) and have a desire to complete their undergraduate or post-graduate education.

The scholarship committee is seeking women who demonstrate a desire to continue their education by completing or adding to their degree. While past academic performance will be considered, improvement in grades since returning to college will be even more important.

Individual financial need of the applicants will also be considered in making the awards. The scholarship funds will be directed to the college of the recipient’s choice to be used as needed for educational expenses.

AAUW volunteers make the scholarships available by raising funds through the annual AAUW Kitchen Tour and upcoming AAUW Book Sale in the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center ballrooms, 6 W. Rose St. Books will be sold from noon-8 p.m. Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 23 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 24.

Scholarship applications and additional details are online at wallawalla-wa.aauw.net or contact Jeanne at 509-525-7401 or beirnejj@charter.net . It can be printed or completed online. Completed applications should be sent to Debbie Dumont, AAUW Scholarship Committee, 827 S.E. Sentry Dr., College Place WA 99324.

Award recipients will be notified by the second week of May and will be introduced at the AAUW annual dinner meeting on May 15.

Through the Feb. 2 Souper Bowl of Caring Bowl-A-Thon at Bowlaway Lanes, Pioneer Middle School National Junior Honor Society members have raised $865.75 so far.

Society members solicited pledges from friends and family to give to the Blue Mountain Action Council food bank as a means of battling hunger in the community.

They collected non-perishable food and cash-check contributions for the effort, according to group advisor Alba Biagi.

During the Fort Walla Walla Museum Board of Directors annual membership meeting, lifelong Walla Walla County residents Wilber Pribilsky and Charles Saranto were elected to serve two-year terms for 2013-2015.

Mayor Jim Barrow will continue to serve as the city of Walla Walla representative.

Wilber and wife Karen owned and operated Bur-Bee Co. Wholesale Distribution for 46 years. His long history of community contributions includes service on many non-profit boards in Walla Walla, said Nancy Parry museum executive assistant in a release.

A founding member of the museum’s Living History program, Charles has portrayed Fred Stine since 1998 and is coordinator for off site Living History presentations. His grandfather Carl Penner was among key volunteers who founded Fort Walla Walla Museum.

The 2013 officers were elected at the January Board of Directors meeting. Officers include Steve Stevenson, president, Leonard Isaacs, vice president; Ernest Campbell, secretary; and Donald Meiners, treasurer.

The museum is at 755 Myra Road in Fort Walla d Walla Park. Current museum hours are weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through March 31. For more details, contact Fort Walla Walla Museum at 509-525-7703 or info@fortwallawallamuseum.org and online see fortwallawallamuseum.org.

Among its philanthropic contributions in the Valley, Noon Rotary Club of Walla Walla recently provided $16,296 in financial scholarships for students and raised funds for area food banks.

Helping deserving area students finance college educations, the club presented Walla Walla Community and Whitman colleges and Walla Walla University each with $5,432, said Linda Hardy in a release.

The club has provided scholarships through its Rotary Club of Walla Walla/Don Sherwood Scholarship Fund since 1977 to area students who are enrolled at the three local institutions.

“What better way to target our club funds than to help young people pursue an education,” said Casey Goodwin, club president. The club also works with seven area high schools and their counselors to select appropriate recipients to help them go on to college.

More than $3,300 was raised from among Rotary members and donated to Blue Mountain Action Council, earmarked to help stock area food banks with needed food items.

Club members opened their wallets to support food distribution to those having hard times, Casey said.

Rotary Club of Walla Walla was established in August 1919. It provides funding for student scholarships, park playground equipment and gathering places, youth activities and investments in people and the greater Walla Walla community.

The club has also supported international projects including the eradication of polio, construction of schools and drilling of wells in third world countries.

Walla Walla High School Debate Team competed in the Thomas Foley Tournament hosted at University High School in Spokane. The tourney honors former Speaker of the House Rep. Thomas P. Foley, from Washington.

The tournament attracts the top competition from the region: 30 schools competed and Walla Walla placed fourth as a team, said coach Jean Tobin.

Sophomore Anna Apostolidis-Morefield made it to Super Congress in International Diplomacy, Jean said.

“This is an extremely difficult event, in which students work together to discuss and create legislation in a second language. Students compete in German, French and Spanish. Anna competed in Spanish and did exceptionally well and also loved the event and the way that it stressed cooperation to resolve issues, an interesting exercise at a debate tournament.”

In individual events placing first-third:

In Novice Editorial Commentary, Mary Adamski, sophomore, third; Ricky Entrop, sophomore, second; Open Tall Tales, Calvin Brigham, third; Novice Expository, Ricky Entrop, third; Open Oratory, Marisol Beck, third; Open Original Performance, Emily Prull, sophomore, first, writing and reading her own poetry; Novice Interpretive Reading, Cora Cole, sophomore, first.

Wa-Hi’s most successful showing ever in all forms of debate had students breaking into outrounds, Jean said.

Debating whether the rise of China is beneficial for the United States in Open Public Forum, seniors Kera Parsons and Julia Cosma broke to quarter-finals, losing to the Snohomish team, which garnered first. Sophomore Malcolm Gabbard and Emily made it to semi-finals, losing to Mount Spokane.

Debating whether rehabilitation or retribution should be the primary value of the U.S. Criminal Justice System in Open Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Kendall Dunovant, junior, broke to quarter-finals, losing to Gonzaga Prep.

In JV Policy Debate, Bryan Preston and Sean Hamilton, seniors, placed second, losing in finals to Lake City. Bryan ranked as third speaker in his division.

Wa-Hi has had an extremely successful year in Congressional Debate, this tournament being another example of the strength of the team, Jean said. Seven of nine congressional debaters at Foley advanced to Super Congress.

“As a coach, I am extremely grateful for the help of Annie Capestany, a parent volunteer, who works tirelessly to help prepare our congressional debaters, assisting with research, helping editing speeches and offering critiques of performances before tournaments.

“Also, Emma Gregoire, sophomore, has stepped up as a leader in congressional debate, helping organize our team and helping our team members work together to compete more effectively. Our newer competitors in congressional debate have really appreciated her leadership,” Jean said.

In Novice Congressional Debate, freshmen Simone Tiulaepa, Jordyn Englander and Mattie Bialozor advanced to Super Congress.

The team’s most recent competition was Friday Chiawana High School, Pasco. As the District Tournament, it qualifies students to state.

“Our District has become extremely competitive, with many students from the 5/6 District doing very well at Foley, so we know it will be a challenge to qualify students to state in debate this year,” Jean said. For more details, contact her at jtobin@wwps.org .

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


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