Etcetera - 5/15/13

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It’s almost commencement time at Walla Walla High School and students need graduation gowns in all sizes, according to an item in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter. Gowns may be deliverd to Wa-Hi Assistant Principal Mark Pickel. “If anyone has a graduation gown that has been sitting in your closet looking for a new place to hang out, we have just the place,” he said. Drop them off at his office or the ASB office, 800 Abbott Road. Contact Mark at 509-526-8602 or mpickel@wwps.org .

Demonstrating they have the “write” stuff, five students in the Walla Walla Valley garnered wins in the state Daughters of the American Revolution history essay contest.

Victors are Cole Schmidt, Mary Clare McKeirnan, Lauren Bergman, Tristan Case and Lily Marie McKeirnan.

Lily Marie read her essay to the 300 DAR members and guests.

After the state presentation, certificates, medals and checks were handed out. Then Lauren and Lily Marie were announced as Northwest regional winners. Their essays have been forwarded to Washington, D.C., for national contest judging.

All but Tristan made the event, including Narcissa chapter essay contest chairwoman Sarita McCaw, Cole’s mom Beki Schmidt and Lisa McKeirnan, mom of Mary Clare and Lily Marie. The state winners were all sponsored by Narcissa Prentiss Chapter of Walla Walla, and were entertained at the state convention in Seattle.

A fifth-grader, Cole attends Rogers School and is taught by Loralee Thomas. Sixth-grader Mary Clare, Home Link school, and Lily Marie, Walla Walla High School, are also the daughters of Michael McKeirnan. He and wife Lisa are both teachers. Pioneer Middle School seventh-grader Lauren, DAR 2012 state essay winner, is the daughter of Sarah and Benjamin Bergman. Tristan, an eighth-grader at John Sager Middle School, is a student of Ted Knauft, and son of Doug and Ginger Case.

A solid academic history embellished by extracurricular activities earned Walla Walla High School senior Samantha Case a Washington Scholar designation.

The Washington Scholars program recognizes accomplishments of four high school students in each of 49 legislative districts. Samantha plans to major in history at Washington State University and has been accepted into its Honors program. With a 3.984 GPA, she ranks 10th in her senior class. She is in choir, NHS, FFA Floriculture Team and was in Link Crew as a junior.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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