"House Hunters International" features Walla Walla native - Etcetera - 9/16/13

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Native Walla Wallan Desiree Grote-Norens Bryant and her husband, Kyle, will choose between town center or river view rental housing options in Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim, in the north part of the Republic of Ireland.

Their search and resulting decision will unfold when the couple “stars” in an episode of "House Hunters International," which will air at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on HGTV Network, Desiree said.

The Bryants recently moved to the community of more than 3,000 residents for work and to do some traveling before they start a family, Desiree emailed.

For the show, they also filmed in the Tri-Cities from whence Kyle and his family hail.

I plan to follow up in Etcetera on Sept. 24 with more details, so stay tuned.


Seventeen Walla Walla High School students earned Microsoft Office 2010 master level certification, according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter. They passed rigorous Word and Excel Expert exams, PowerPoint Specialist and an elective specialist exam such as OneNote or Outlook.

Microsoft support staff note this was the highest total of any high school in the state, with Deer Park finishing second with 12 students.

Certified Wa-Hi students are Quinn Anderson, James Bogley, Lauren Clark, Michael Dandrea, Kevin De Santiago, Francis Eacker-Rude, Aaron Enriquez, Megan Evans, Garrett French, Micah Gordon, Loreen Herrera, Keralyn Parsons, Sydney Randall, Bethany Roulston, Danelly Salgado and Tessa Hankins-Snider.

Their instructors were Kathi DeBroeck, Gay Buissink and Scott Reardon.

As part of the Microsoft Office Applications course at Wa-Hi, and in conjunction with a statewide cooperative between Microsoft and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, students are able to complete the exams for free.

Exams would normally cost at least $85 apiece at a professional testing center. During the past school year, Wa-Hi students completed 971 exams, with a total of 340 certifications passed.

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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