Etcetera - 3/22/13

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The Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Blue Devils Cadet Battalion selected Gabrielle Niebel as its Cadet of the Month for February.

An immediate promotion is the reward for her achievement. The 15-year-old freshman was promoted to the rank of cadet corporal after she won the top spot, according to the presiding official on the board.

The top cadet was selected from three candidates who were inspected and examined in oral interviews by a board of four advanced cadets, according to Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, senior Army JROTC instructor.

Gabrielle joined JROTC to become a better citizen. She plans to attend college and become a detective, and enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, playing on the computer and doing drill in JROTC.

First runner up was Cadet Cpl. Paige Jones, a 16-year-old junior. Second runner up was Cadet Pvt. 1st Class Kenneth Bowen, an 18-year-old senior.

“This was one of the closest competitions in a long time. Two of the candidates were tied after the interview phrase. The tie breaker score was earned during a uniform inspection. All candidates really put forth their best effort and truly represented their representative companies superbly. Newly promoted Cadet Cpl. Niebel really had to work hard to win this one,” Bill said.


Walla Walla High School athletic programs are $10,000 better off through a donation from members of the Big Blue Booster Club, the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter reported.

Big Blue president Phil Oberg said boosters donated $10,182 in 2012 in support of Wa-Hi athletics.

Funding went to: athletics, for Hudl membership video-sharing software, $2,800; football, for a Training Zone Chute, $2,949; girls basketball, an iPad, $400; cheerleaders, pompons, $684; dance team, help with choreography, $1,000; track, spinning bike, $1,000; cross country, spinning bike, $1,000; and baseball, Tanner hitting tees, $349.


Berney Elementary first-grader Finn Mosher met his personal Accelerated Reader goal by reading one million words by the end of the year.

That’s right, one million and it’s only March. Finn is in Stacy Morrison’s class.

Stacy challenges students to set goals, and links academic rigor to her teaching and learning. Finn’s parents are Barbara and Jason Mosher.

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