Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Month awards for March went to seniors Kalvin Foster and Destiny Arms, both of Lincoln High School, and Joella Deal and John Pease, both of Alternative Education Program at a recent club luncheon.
The students’s essays are now eligible to compete for the Club’s Youth of the Year awards and a $1,000 college scholarship.
The students wrote essays addressing Exchange Club’s 2013-14 Youth of the Year theme, “Parading the spirit of community service with passion and commitment,” according to Mark Higgins, Youth of the Month program coordinator.
The daughter of Amie and Steven Deal, Joella is described by AEP staff members as an “extraordinary senior with an old soul.” She plans to study physics and possibly mechanical engineering and has applied to Whitman College, the University of Washington and Portland State University. She has taken challenging courses, such as the physics and calculus series at Walla Walla Community College. Her favorite was Frank Skorina’s engineering physics. With a rigorous schedule, Joella wedges in time for indie rock music and playing piano.
John’s parents are Jim and Diane Pease. He plans to pursue a career in music composition or music education. His favorite class at WWCC was music theory with Tom Simon. John is looking into Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Kalvin began attending Lincoln in January 2013 and has become a star student, growing his GPA from 1.9 to 3.74. His contributions to the school are innumerable. An accomplished artist, he has an extensive portfolio in ink, graphite and watercolor. He won an award from the Children’s Resistance Initiative for his artwork on “learning resiliency” to combat Adverse Childhood Experiences.
“Kalvin is an incredibly kind, thoughtful, and wonderful young man. He has earned genuine respect from his peers and the staff at our school. He was unanimously voted to be our Student of the Month by the staff,” according to a release. He plans to pursue a degree in visual arts and studio arts from Eastern Washington University and has spent hours with staff members applying for scholarships and grants. He’d like to have a career in concept design and continue developing his personal portfolio and style of art.
Destiny moved to Walla Walla in spring 2013 from Arizona, reuniting with her mother. She missed a few years of high school while caring for her aunt’s children in Phoenix. When she started at Lincoln, she had 31/2 credits and was finishing her junior year, approximately 13 credits shy. From that time she worked diligently on credit retrieval before, during and after school, and will earn enough credit to be able to graduate in June. She volunteers for numerous school activities, has participated in fundraisers and had a role in Lincoln’s production of “Grease” at the Power House Theater.
“A bundle of energy with a constant smile, Destiny has won the hearts of all staff,” according to the release. She holds a 3.9 GPA. She plans to earn an associate degree in wind turbine technology from WWCC to get a job to help finance a marine biology degree she wants to earn from Western Washington University.