Etcetera - 5/24/13


Exchange Club of Walla Walla honored four students with Accepting the Challenge of Excellence awards. Winner, Vanessa Flores, of Prescott High School, received a $500 scholarship and plaque.

Her nomination packet was submitted to the service club’s district A.C.E. Award competition where she also won. It comes with a $1,500 scholarship award.

The district-level winner’s packet is sent on to compete for the national A.C.E. Award, which is presented along with a $10,000 scholarship at Exchange Club’s national convention. Travel accommodations will be provided to the winner and his/her parents/guardians.

At the local level, Precelia Clay, a Lincoln High School student, was second runner-up and received a $300 scholarship; Eternity Biegel, Lincoln High, and Hirut Senter, Walla Walla High School, each received $200 scholarships.

The A.C.E. program recognizes high school students who have made a dramatic change in their attitude and performance during their high school years. The students have overcome adversity.

Walla Walla Exchange Club ACE Award Selection committee members are Tina Bradbury, chairwoman, and Jackie George, Joshua Gonzales, Scott Morasch, Kim McDaniels, Carolyn Keyes and Mark Higgins.

What could go wrong in a Lego robotics tournament with team names such as the Beaconaters, Gigabytes and Five Falls Flood? Not a thing as they won the top prize in the North Pacific Regional Robotics Challenge at Walla Walla University in College Place.

The Phantom BrickKeepers won first prize in design and performance, the Awesome Onions placed first in core values, and Smooth Flying Golden Eagles won first in presentation.

The event encourages student involvement in engineering at an early age, according to a release from Hilary Nieland with WWU Relations and a staff writer with The Collegian.

Using kits purchased from Lego, competitors built robots to perform tasks, such as traveling a few feet down a table then turning a certain direction, or lifting an object. They also gave a presentation pertaining to the theme, “Senior Solutions.”

Project presentation judges were Kyle Craig and Delvin Peterson. Robot Design/Programming judges were Don Riley and Martin Scott. Teamwork judges were Tim Kyle and Corry Current. There were 14 First Lego League teams, three of which were local. The Awesome Onions are students from the farm labor camp and the Nanobots and Super Nanobots are from Rogers Elementary. There were three Junior First Lego League teams, including local teams the Hurricane Kids and Tornado Dragons.

The three teams that won first prize went to the Adventist Robotics League National Challenge competition in Sacramento. The Gigabytes came away with first prize.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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