Etcetera - 06/16/10


On May 25, Walla Walla Kiwanis Club honored administrative personnel and teachers retiring from the Walla Walla School District.

In attendance for recognition were Rich Carter, superintendent for the past 10 years after 33 years of total service in the educational field; Bill Jordan, deputy superintendent, who started his 40 years of service in Walla Walla and returned to finish his career in Walla Walla; Nancy Withycombe, Edison Elementary School principal who taught at, and was principal at Paine School before becoming principal at Edison. Her years of service spanned 40 years; Steve Droke, special education teacher at Prospect Point and Edison, retired as resource room teacher at Edison Elementary. His years of service were 36. Claudia Ford, retired as third-grade teacher, after 40 years at Berney Elementary. Diana McNamara, library media specialist at Wa-Hi, after a career of 31 years.

Harvey Wellington, counselor, coach and teacher at WaHi, retiring after 43 years.

Others recognized for service were; Joe Jansen, 39 years; Don McCoy, 34 years, Greg Reid, 41 years and Lynn Waldron, 41 years.

"Kiwanis recognizes the important contributions these educators have made to this community and appreciate their efforts on behalf of our students," said Kiwanis member Nina Conn in an e-mail.

"As the Kiwanis Club and the Camp Kiwanis Foundation award college scholarships every year to graduating seniors, the efforts of the educators in Walla Walla are evident by the outstanding students eligible for scholarship assistance.

It is the goal of Kiwanis to make a difference, One Child and One Pacific Northwest Community at a time."


Samantha Gormsen of Pomeroy made the 2010 spring semester dean's list at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Conn.

Full-time undergraduate students must have a 3.50 or better cumulative GPA for the semester to be eligible for the list.


Two local students made Montana State University's 2010 spring semester dean's honor roll.

Rachel Huesby of Touchet and Allen Litzenberger of Walla Walla completed 12 credit hours to qualify for the list, which includes students earning grade point averages of 3.5 or higher for the semester at MSU in Bozeman.

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


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