Etcetera - 2/22/13

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Seventh- and eighth-grade band and orchestra students from Garrison and Pioneer Middle schools were well represented and did marvelously at the Feb. 9 Washington Music Educators Association Middle School Solo & Ensemble contest.

Roger Garcia, Walla Walla School District music director, said Garrison had 55 contest entries, and Pioneer 23, who performed solos, duets and trios for adjudication and ratings at McLoughlin Middle School in Pasco.

Garrison’s music program brought the largest number of students in the region, Roger said.

Its students earned 23 superior ratings, 26 excellent ratings and two good ratings. Pioneer earned 13 superior and eight excellent.

For more details about the district’s music program, contact Roger at 509-526-1915 or rgarcia@wwps.org.

Twenty students from the U-B circulation area made the University of Washington autumn quarter dean’s list, according to a Wednesday press release.

To qualify, students must complete at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.50.

College Place: Holly Elizabeth Erwin, senior, Chinonso Chidi Opara, junior.

Dayton: Christian Garcia, sophomore, Keisha Marie Phillips, freshman.

Pomeroy: Elena Vladimirovna Webb,freshman.

Walla Walla: Seth Franklin Hampson, Reanna Lee Hicks, Janet Loren Hill, Casey Jaye Hutchinson, Margaret Simone Kammer, Qianying Lin, seniors; Yuridia Cobian, Peter Gerrit Vander Griend, Olivia Montooth Welker, Matthew Allen Hutcherson, juniors; Nason Craig Babbitt, Kyle Martin Lindgren, Henry Metro, sophomores; Joel Phillip McClure, freshman.

Local artists Squire Broel and Jeffrey Townsend described their current work and future visions in presentations during the Walla Walla-Columbia Retired School Employees February luncheon, reported member Gordon Taylor in a press release.

Squire reflected how his ideas were formed as he developed a sculpture for Walla Walla’s 150-year sesquicentennial celebration.

The 150-inch-tall bronze sculpture features mementoes of the past, such as a belt buckle, coins and bricks from buildings, and rises to a representation of the future.

Known for his skill with media and technology, Jeff is developing a film-making boot camp at the Walla Walla Public Library. Through a grant Jeff is designing space at the library board room reflecting new tools and new methods. Once a week he currently teaches a multi-age group about film making.

Educators in the audience could relate as Jeff enthusiastically described the effectiveness of “project-based learning.” Both Squire and Jeffrey emphasized the importance of collaboration and sharing ideas with other artists, Gordon said.

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