Nicole Sawatzki Hodgson headed to 3-year emergency medicine residency

Nicole Sawatzki Hodgson got the word that her three-year emergency medicine residency will begin in June at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix. Nicole is set to graduate in May from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she is in the top 5 percent of her class and earned admission to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She is an alumna in 2006 from Walla Walla High School and in 2010 from Washington State University, Pullman, with a bachelor’s in neuroscience. Nicole’s husband Mark Hodgson is completing his bachelors’ degrees in international relations and political science degrees with a minor in Spanish at Florida International University in Miami. He will also receive certificates in Latin American and Caribbean studies and in security studies. Mark directs the FIU Model United Nations Team, currently ranked in the Top Five in the nation. He will graduate magna cum laude in April and expects to pursue graduate studies in international relations when they move to Phoenix. Nicole’s parents are Tom Sawatzki and Gay Buissink, both of Walla Walla. Also a member of the Wa-Hi Class of 2006, Mark is the son of Jeanne Hodgson Thompson of Walla Walla and the late Gary Hodgson.

Winners emerge from local Toastmasters speech contest

A lively speech contest ensued when Walla Walla area Toastmasters gathered on March 23. Contestants showcased their skills, according to a release from Thomas Brown.

WW elementary schools compete in math contest

The Walla Walla Valley Elementary School Math Contest took place March 29 at Edison Elementary, said Albert Schueller, who records statistics for the competition and keeps track of rosters.

Love of God, husband inspire former WW writer

Aimee Filan Anderson, an alumna of the Walla Walla High School Class of 1953, recently finished a book that she and husband Albert worked on prior to his death a year ago.

At-large potholder tries sneak attack on columnist

All my pot holders, spotted veterans of oven-hot bubbling over dishes, recently took a bath in pairs.

Milton-Freewater Rotary Club present badges at meeting

Milton-Freewater Rotary Club members attended to a bit of housekeeping at a recent meeting.

Every 15 Minutes may be in swan song this year

Possibly the final Every 15 Minutes drunk driving prevention program is being presented to seniors at Walla Walla High School this week.

Volunteers plant rose, elderberry, sage around valley

Fourteen volunteers with Blue Mountain Pheasants Forever Chapter 258 planted a mixture of 78 rose and elderberry on Saturday at the Sudbury elevator site.

Walla Walla Gun Club seeks help for trapshooting event

Bob Bloch with the Walla Walla Gun Club is seeking assistants for scoring and trap filling duties on Sunday.

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Touchet students participate in national reading project

The national goal was Strive for Five Million, and participants across the country got very close, with 4,987,949 quizzes in one day.

Library embodies Whitman alumna's love of books

Whitman College graduate Jamie Soukup Reid, who was 25 when she died in a car crash in North Carolina last year, led an enthusiastic life energized by a lifetime immersion in books.

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Sharpstein students start Wednesdays with music

Performing duo “Torch & Burn” reunited for a special festival-seating performance one recent Wednesday morning.

Host families sought for exchange students

Plans to host new AFS students are in the works for the 2014-15 academic year and host families are new being sought, according to Darcy Dauble, WW Valley AFS chapter coordinator.

Local dance group raising funds to stage show

SuitCase Dances needs contributions to bring original dance theater to Walla Walla, according to Peter de Grasse, Vicki Lloid, Raffaele Exiana, artistic directors.

Quistberg receives nutrition manager state award

The Washington state Louise Sublet Award of Excellence for nutrition managers went to Jeanna Quistberg, the person in that post at Green Park Elementary.

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