Senior project to benefit St. Mary women’s services


Weston McEwen High School senior Taylor Rudolph is bound for North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene with set career goals in mind.

The Senior project that’s required to graduate has assisted Taylor in charting a course for the next few years through the choppy waters of early adulthood.

Students must create a service project or complete a job shadow and present it to three judges with a timed slideshow, she said.

“The intentions of these senior projects are to prepare a senior for life after high school. Many grasp significant skills needed such as leadership, communication, organization and time management. Most importantly, they learn what they would be interested in as a career or, in some cases, they learn their plans change entirely,” she said.

The daughter of supportive parents Mike and Kim Rudolph, Taylor plans to earn an associate degree in nursing at NIC over three years, then earn a bachelor’s from a university so she can work as a neonatal nurse.

“Because of my fascination with helping the young, I organized a fundraiser to benefit women’s services at Providence St. Mary Medical Center for my senior project.”

Proceeds will be used to buy baby blankets, car seats and materials to make the mother’s stay at the hospital more comfortable, she said.

Her fundraiser is a raffle for a dinner for six at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Watermill Winery in Milton-Freewater. The event features appetizers, prime rib, shrimp, baked potato, salad and dessert and wine or cider with each course. The winner will also receive a gift basket with one bottle of wine and cider, a homemade apple pie and a painting.

Kaye Cummings, Taylor’s mentor, will prepare the meal and Taylor will serve it.

“It’s going to be a night to remember, she said. The $25 tickets, which cover the six people, are on sale at Watermill Winery, 235 E. Broadway Ave., or contact Taylor at 210-415-6797 or .

Applications are now being accepted for the Walla Walla American Association of University Women Branch Educational Scholarships, established to provide aid to women who have completed a minimum one year of college and who wish to complete their undergraduate or postgraduate education, said Cherie Bernave and Debbie Dumont, scholarship committee co-chairwomen.

A break of at least one year at some time during the college education process is required.

Scholarship funds will be directed to the college of the recipient’s choice, to be used as needed for educational expenses.

Up to eight scholarships of $1,800 each will be awarded this year.

AAUW volunteers hold an annual AAUW Kitchen Tour and the upcoming annual Book Sale, which raise funds for the scholarship. The 2014 Book Sale is slated for Feb. 21-23 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center ballroom, 6 W. Rose St. Sale hours are noon-8 p.m. Feb. 21, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 22 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 23.

Additionally, the $1,800 Dr. Linda Gunshefski Scholarship is designated for women with a major in a science, engineering, or math field of study.

Scholarship applications and additional information about the application process is available online at or contact: Cherie at 509-522-6560 or

Applications are due by April 18. Award recipients will be notified by the second week in May and introduced at the AAUW annual dinner meeting in May.

Band, orchestra and choir students in Walla Walla Public Schools music programs are selling citrus to raise funds for the Music Boosters.

Students are taking orders for navel oranges, grapefruit, juice oranges and tangelos for $25 in 20-pound boxes or $40 for the 40-pound boxes. The sale runs through Thursday. Fruit will be delivered the week of March 24.

This is Music Boosters only fundraiser and helps provide extras for students participating in music programs at every level. For more information, contact the Walla Walla Public Schools Music Program at 509-526-1916.

Under careful coaching by Jean Tobin, the Walla Walla High School Speech and Debate Team continues to plow into tournaments with high and winning scores. At a January competition in Tacoma at the University of Puget Sound, Wa-Hi had more students advance to the Super Congress in the congressional debate final round than any other school involved.

In Junior Division, Cora Cole, Asia Clark and Simone Tuilaepa advanced. In Open Division, Anna Apostolidis-Morefield, Russell Skorina and Maggie Grant-Herriot advanced.

More than 50 schools competed, including from Canada and California, making it the most competitive tourney in the state, she said. All forms of debate had to research and prepare positions on new topics, such as that developing countries should prioritize environmental protection over resource extraction for the Lincoln-Douglas debate; and humanitarian assistance should be prioritized over military aid in the Sahel region of Africa for public forum. In congressional debate, students debated 30 new bills including legislation to raise the debt limit, increase nuclear power, shut down U.S. military bases overseas, restrict the power of the NSA and abolish the federal reserve.

“We have advanced and placed before in open Lincoln-Douglas but never at this tournament,” Jean said.

“Students worked hard over break to prepare to compete at this tournament. Their hard work paid off,”

In Lincoln-Douglas debate, Amelia Mott made it to semifinals in novice division. In Open Divison Malcolm Gabbard advanced to elimination rounds, losing on a 2-1 decision. This is the first time a Wa-Hi debater has advanced to elimination rounds in Open Division Lincoln-Douglas debate, Jean said. Malcolm was one of the only students from a Washington school to advance into elimination rounds at this tournament. Because this is a bid tournament for the Tournament of Champions, the competition is extremely difficult and most of the students that advanced in Open L-D were from California schools that flew in to compete specifically in this event.

“It has been a goal of mine as a coach for several years for a student to ‘break’ or advance at this tournament and I could not be happier that Malcolm achieved that goal. We are very lucky to have Jim Hanson, Whitman’s former debate coach, working with our Lincoln-Douglas debaters this year.

In individual events Noah Deitrick made it to finals in interpretive reading in the novice division and Amelia placed first.

In open division Anna placed first in expository and second in interpretive reading. Maggie placed first in oratory.

Kendall Dunovant placed fifth in extemporaneous speaking. “This was another goal of mine — to have a student make it to finals in extemp at this tournament. We have never had a student place this high in extemporaneous speaking and we are working hard to have students in finals at state in this event this year. Kendall’s success at this tournament is a good indicator that we may be able to achieve our goal.”

Then on Feb. 1 the Wa-Hi team traveled to Quincy, Wash., to compete in a District 5/6 tournament against peers from Pasco, Chiawana, Ephrata, Othello, Quincy, Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Eastmont and Liberty Bell.

“Many students had their most successful showing of the year on Saturday and we had a wonderful time,” Jean said.

Tournament directors are checking the totals as there is confusion about the final numbers for team points. Wa-Hi ranked second but Jean said they think that was inaccurate and Wa-Hi should have placed first, at least in debate.

Open congressional debate: Maggie, a junior, second; Emma Gregoire, junior, fourth.

“Wa-Hi had a complete closeout in Lincoln-Douglas debate, a first,” Jean said. Our LD debaters have been working very hard on this new topic and have demonstrated a lot of teamwork and commitment in preparing for this tournament. This was not an easy tournament for them as in the final round they had to compete against each other to determine first and second place.”

In open division, Malcolm, junior, first; Kendall, senior, second.

In Novice division, Noah, freshman, first; Amelia, freshman, second.

In individual events: Kendall, first, Malcolm, third in open extemporaneous; Kendall, first, Russell, junior, fourth in open impromptu; Sabine Vernon, junior, second, Cora, junior, third in open interpretive reading; Maggie, first in open oratory; Emma, third, open expository; Russell, third in open tall tales; Amelia Mott first, Noah Deitrick third in novice interpretive reading; Sarah Ray (sophomore) first in novice expository; Amelia, second, Noah, third in novice editorial commentary.

“Maggie, has had an incredible year so far. She has placed as a top congressional debater at every tournament that we have attended and she has placed first in oratory at the last three tournaments we’ve attended,” Jean said

Also doing well is new team member Sarah Ray, who placed first in novice expository. “Her speech discusses marijuana use, a pertinent topic considering Washington state’s recent legalization of marijuana.”

A team leader in congressional debate, Emma was ranked fourth by judges against tough competition and ranked No. 1 by the parliamentarian.

In terms of Sabine’s and Cora’s second- and third-place finish in interpretive reading, “We have been working on both of these speeches and this is the highest finish for both students in this event this year and a great showing for Wa-Hi in this event,” Jean added.

They planned to send a team of eight students on Feb. 6 to the huge Thomas Foley Invitational competition at University High School in Spokane. “It is always a highlight of our year.”

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


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