Etcetera - 7/25/13

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Demonstrating a thirst for academics and a background in athletics garnered Katelyn Elmenhurst a John Eagon Scholar-Athlete Award.

The 2013 Walla Walla High School alumna also received the $500 Blue Devil College Cup and $750 Ed Freepons Memorial scholarships.

While at Wa Hi, she was worked with special-needs children through Project Active; did extensive orientation for incoming freshmen through Link Crew; was vice president of her National Honor Society chapter; was school newspaper editor-in-chief for two years; represented her church on a mission trip to Guatemala; participated four years and was senior captain on the swim team and was voted most inspirational.

Katelyn took numerous honors and AP classes while earning a 3.77 GPA. Yearbook advisor Kathi DeBroeck wrote in a letter of recommendation that “Katelyn is one of the most creative, motivated and responsible students that I have had the pleasure of working with.”

Katelyn’s swim coach, Katharine Curles, said, “when asked what her goals are, Katelyn replied,’My greatest goal is to help people and make a difference in others lives and the world.”

Scholarship founder, Wa Hi graduate and John Eagon’s close friend Jessica Walters Boschma said “this was the most gifted and extensive list of applicants in the eight-year history of the scholarship/award. Katelyn is an extraordinary young woman.”

The Eagon scholarship was created in memory of John, a 1994 Wa-Hi graduate whose athletic and scholastic achievements were exemplary. Before his death in 2001, he taught anatomy/physiology at Washington State University and was a published author, said retired Wa-Hi teacher Ted Cummings, who serves on the scholarship selection committee and provided this information.

The committee plans to do more fundraising this year to increase the scholarship to $1000 for a male and female recipient, Ted said.

Katelyn is the daughter of Dan and Wendi Elmenhurst of Walla Walla. She plans to attend the University of Washington this fall and study special education.

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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