Etc. - 10/08/09


Gerald Maib, a second-year media technology and animation student at Walla Walla High School, designed a banner for a local store's special kitchen promotion.

Home Depot turned to the Wa-Hi student for the project. His technology teacher, Dennis DeBroeck, said Gerald has found his talent in 3D modeling and animation and loves to have opportunities to further his skills.

"He had a very short deadline to complete the project. It went over so well, that he has been asked to do another," Dennis said.

Jamie Dressler, the assistant store manager, said, "The sign was awesome. In fact, it was so awesome our store manager would like another one the same size."

Gerald has tremendous skills, Dennis said.

"I've enjoyed watching him build 3D objects from polygons and points (no clip art ) and then turn it into lifelike imagery," Dennis said. "It's incredible. Gerald is now working on several projects including a 3D image of a B-17 Bomber."

Dennis appreciated Jamie and the store for allowing Wa-Hi students to demonstrate their skills and to see their work used in a professional setting. "There is no substitute for this interaction."


The Walla Walla School District plans to hold a 2009 Holiday Food Drive, according to its online Week in Review. Lori Finn, a Lincoln Alternative High School business teacher, and Michelle Carpenter, a fifth-grade teacher at Green Park Elementary, are co-chairing the project.

Donations of non-perishable foods will help replenish needed supplies at the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank.

The Holiday Food Drive will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18. All schools will have collection sites.

This year's focus is on teaching students the importance of helping others to make a difference in their community. More information will be forthcoming.

Food drive meeting participants included Lori and Michelle; Christina Price-Huntington, Pioneer Middle School, Carl Robanske, Garrison Middle School, Brenda Kirk, Blue Ridge Elementary, Christine Ludwig, Prospect Point Elementary, Margaret Thomas, Pioneer, and Mark Higgins and Betsy Adkins, both of the District office.

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