Walla Walla Public Schools named Libby Thompson its new director of special education. She begins on July 1 and succeeds former director Karen Lehman.
Walla Walla Noon Rotary awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Waitsburg High School spring graduate Kare Shively, who gave up much of her high school experience to be her father’s caregiver. Mark Shively has severely diminished hearing and sight. She said caring for him made her stronger, more empathetic and more capable to meet future challenges, according to a release.
Isaac Mata, a standout spring graduate from DeSales Catholic High School, received a $1,000 scholarship from Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club.
Shilo Stolz received a $1,000 scholarship from Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club.
Megan Sierra Moberg of Walla Walla graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a bachelor’s in neuroscience and minors in chemistry and mathematics.
Rotary has a history of recognizing young people who are undaunted by personal challenges. “What the person becomes after overcoming hardship and trekking on toward a goal swells the soul and the spirit.”
Children’s day celebration Dia de los Niños will be from 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday in Washington Park, 700 W. Cherry St.
Gregg Heller, a junior member of the Bates College men’s track and field team, received the New England Small College Athletic Conference All-Academic distinction for the spring 2015 season.
In early June Sandy Conlee , secretary of Prescott Lions Club, presented a copy of “The Student Dictionary & Animal Gazetteer” to every student in Mrs. Adams’ Prescott third-grade class, said Jeanne McIntyre in a release.
In honor of Father's Day, Community Club in Prescott will cook up a storm for area residents from 8-11 a.m. on June 20 and 21. Bring dad to breakfast at Lions Hall, Highway 124 and D St. in Prescott.
Directors with Scottish Rite Scholarship Foundation of Washington came to the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center May 16 for their annual meeting.
Former Walla Wallan and internationally published children’s author Deborah Underwood is planning a new book.
Ten local students received a boost recently thanks to scholarships from the Washington State Penitentiary Employees Association.
Walla Wallan Lisa Anderson rubbed shoulders with an American hero this spring when she met and visited with Kristin Beck at a diversity conference in Port Angeles, Wash.
While serving overseas, Walla Walla native Gregory “Greg” Pepin saved a 36-day-old infant whose mother was attempting to flee Iraq. Complicating matters, Awaz Barwari, then 22, didn’t have identification for baby Lava Barwari and Iraqi authorities refused to let the little one leave.
How does one encapsulate a 42-year career without writing a book? Margie Fanciullo Douglas attempted to do just that when sharing a bit about her life.
Walla Wallans Allison Henckel and Bailey Nelson are among the more than 700 students who received degrees during commencement ceremonies May 2 at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore. The school hosted an undergraduate commencement for 430 graduates on May 2.
Several area students from the Union-Bulletin circulation area will graduate this spring from Oregon State University. Its 146th commencement will be 10:30 a.m. June 13 in Reser Stadium, Corvallis.
Members of the Walla Walla High School Class of 1970 are looking ahead to their 45th class reunion on June 26.
Former Edison Elementary teacher Kay Barga is helping coordinate a Social Concerns Committee partnership with 2nd Harvest Mobile Food Bank to provide free produce, nutritious perishable products, other groceries and beef to all in need. The food giveaway will be from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday at Assumption Catholic Church, 2098 E. Alder St. The giveaway requires no appointment or documentation and will be held no matter the weather. For more details, contact Kay at 529-3527.
James Graves of Walla Walla graduated cum laude and received his juris doctor May 16 from Seattle University School of Law.
Learning about the Cold War, Walla Walla High School students in Michelle Higgins’ sixth-period modern world history class attended and filmed a talk about Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s history during a field trip to Whitman College.
For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report named Walla Walla High School a Silver Medal Award winner, according to the school district online newsletter.
The Walla Walla High School Culinary Arts class prepared desserts for the AVID Senior Celebration on May 22 in the Wa-Hi commons and auditorium.
For completing required clinicals and class time and clearing an important program hurdle to sit for the state examination, 33 Southeast Technical Skills Center health sciences students received pins in a recognition ceremony in late May.
Proceeds raised from Camp Fire upcoming trivia night support programs for kids. The event encourages brain power and team work, all for the sake of raising funds to benefit Camp Fire programs.
The local National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI Walla Walla’s Steps for Awareness Walk 2015 will be Sunday from the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center to Rising Sun Clubhouse.
Oh boy, during Bike the Blues with Allegro Cyclery on Saturday, Steve Rapp and Mike Austin will lead bicycle rides catered to riders’ ages and interest. Rides are planned for the 4- to 74-year-olds and older, the once-per-year rider or experienced cyclist. Round-trip rides depart from Wildwood Park at 11 a.m.
Should enough people desire it, Kay Maxfield and Tam Lennox with the National Alliance on Mental Illness are prepared to offer a Family to Family Support group. Call 509-529-4854 or 509-200-8996 to let them know if you are interested.
What to do with the kids on Friday and the last day of school on June 12 when Walla Walla Public Schools have early dismissal? Elementary teachers use the time for report card preparation. Students in grades 6-12 are on a regular schedule.
Tri-State Steelheaders will host its annual Kids Fishing Day from 8 a.m.-noon Sunday at Bennington Lake.
Aiming to become teachers, Morgen Brown from McLoughlin High School in Milton-Freewater and a student from Pendleton received $2,000 scholarships during the InterMountain Education Service District’s Crystal Apple awards ceremony at the Red Lion Hotel in Pendleton.
Cameron Allan Davis of Walla Walla graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University with a mechanical engineering degree.
Emily Ford organized a group of Whitman College students to attend the recent ShellNo Seattle Flotilla Arctic Drilling Protests.
The stars aligned for four local couples, all members of First Congregational Church, who are celebrating their 50th-year wedding anniversaries in close proximity. The years they’ve been married tally 200 between them. They’ll get the chance to talk about what’s worked for them when the church fetes their unions on June 14.
The Summer Youth Program in Dayton is seeking a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant to benefit children there and needs your votes.
Exchange Club of Walla Walla honored area youths through its Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award program.
Michelle Carpenter and Jennifer Golden received $1,200 scholarships from the Walla Walla Columbia Retired School Employees Association during the group’s May 13 luncheon. Luke Alexenko from Waitsburg, state PEMCO scholarship winner, also came to the luncheon. Luke will attend Eastern Washington University.
A man who spent some 27 years “on the hill” at the Washington State Penitentiary has written a brief, but entertaining, history of the institution.
Two hundred sixty-one children have been impacted through Positive Life Radio sponsorship this year during its annual Days of Compassion. It’s the largest number ever sponsored in the event’s almost decadelong history, according to a release.
The Milton-Freewater Neighborhood Senior Center kitchen, 311 N. Main St., faced closure without needed funds to make improvements, said Ruth Meyers in a release.
Those who visited Mountain View Cemetery over Memorial Day weekend saw the nation’s flag flying at grave sites of folks who served our country in the military.
Walla Walla High School alumni Judy Chamberlain Holloway, Class of 1962; Richard “Dick” Moeller, Class of 1963; and Carol M. Barker, Class of 1974 are this year’s Walla Walla Public Schools honorees for the Graduates of Distinction program.
College Place Lions Club’s recent Big Event provided awareness about the service group’s activities, family fun, health screenings and environmental impact, said organizer Dave Walk in a release.
Writing about characters in a futuristic setting who face potential problems garnered Walla Walla High School junior Ryan Manny ninth place in the Future Problem Solving International Scenario Writing Competition.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes a vast array of efforts from saving a stream to recycling to caring for animals to helping others less fortunate than ourselves.
Walla Walla Public High Schools Fund founder Jerry Zahl said the scholarship resource has grown to nearly $60,000.
Former College Place resident Nikki Brueggeman is off to South Korea through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. She will spend the next year teaching English there.
Teacher on special assignment Casey Monahan received training on Common Core state standards from Student Achievement Partners. She presented in a session called “Collaborating to get great instructional materials” while part of a panel discussion sharing experiences reviewing instructional materials.
Walla Walla Public Schools named businesses and organizations as its 2014-2015 Partners of the Year. It gave the nod to GESA Power House Theatre, Legacy of Walla Walla, Kiwanis Club of Walla Walla, Carnegie Picture Lab and Nelson Irrigation.