Etcetera - 5/22/13

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Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affiliation Committee will conduct its quarterly business meeting at 7 p.m. June 3 in the Pioneer Park Garden Center, using the Alder Street entrance.

Reports and updates on the Sasayama March Home Stay Visit, one-year Sasayama Exchange student, and October Home Stay to Sasayama update, Parade, fair exhibit and other topics will be covered. For more details, contact Robert Keatts, committee chairman, at robert keatts


The numeral 1,000 on a Microsoft certification exam momentarily caught Walla Walla High School student Quinn Anderson off guard on April 24.

It was the first perfect score from a student at Wa-Hi, according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter. Quinn took the timed Excel Specialist certification 50-minute test in just 30 minutes 20 seconds flat. It’s administered through Microsoft’s testing portal, Certiport.

“When I got my score back, I was confused. I saw the 1,000 and thought ‘that’s weird, where is my score?’ When I realized that the 1,000 was my score I could hardly believe it. I feel very accomplished.”

CTE teacher Gay Buissink said Quinn is the first student in 2013 to attempt the Excel certification. She is on an accelerated independent study path in CTE. “Quinn always approaches learning with a serious attitude,” Gay said. “She also took the test over a week prior to the scheduled date.”

All students in the Microsoft Office Application classes took the Excel certification exam last year as their final exam. Students this year will do the same.


Walla Walla Noon Rotary honored Waitsburg High School senior Kelcey Scott with a $1,000 scholarship for facing life’s challenges and persevering, character intact.

“In every person’s life at some point a mishap, trauma, or hurtful situation will occur and it is up to that individual to work with that adversity in such a way that the person comes through it unharmed or even better for the experience,” said Rotarian Linda Hardy in a release.

When he was in seventh grade, Kelcey’s mother Dana Scott died from complications due to multiple sclerosis.

“Add to that the stress of having learning disabilities and you have a student who could have been overwhelmed by nearly all aspects of high school.” However, Kelcey lives in a close-knit, supportive community and gained exceptional help and determination from his family and school.

He plans to pursue welding or another ag-related degree at Walla Walla Community College this fall. He is an avid shooter on the FFA trap shooting team and has been a leader for his FFA chapter.

Teacher Roseann Groom said “Kelcey is very kind. If you need something done, Kelcey will drop everything and help you immediately.”

Kelcey is the son of Todd and stepson of Kim Scott of Waitsburg.

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