Etcetera - 06/29/10

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Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club members presented Nylah Holt, Nancy Patino and Rocio Escalante with scholarships.

Walla Walla High School grad Nylah is actively involved with friends and sports. She set school records in track and field and enjoys volleyball and basketball. She dedicated 100-plus hours to community service and looks forward to a lifetime filled with community service. She developed a love for foreign languages in high school. Discovering a foreign exchange program, she ended up spending a year in Izmir, Turkey. While abroad, she recorded books for the blind. Nylah said "This was the best year of my life thus far, and it remains an unforgettable memory."

Nylah has maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher while taking many rigorous courses such as Advanced Placement English, Government and US history courses as well as many pre-AP classes. She plans to major in international studies and business and minor in languages at the University of Idaho. She wants to become involved in international affairs and someday return to Turkey.

Nancy, whose parents come from Mexico, is first-generation American. She has three sisters. It took her quite awhile to come out of her shell. She attended Walla Walla Valley Academy for four years and was involved in basketball and ASB yearbook staff. She was a class officer and has maintained good grades.

She has worked her way her high school years to pay for her tuition.

She was recently a speaker at a student week of prayer and took a mission trip to Peru this year.She plans to attend Walla Walla University in the fall and major in psychology and social work.

When Rocio, from Prescott High School, was in upper elementary school, she qualified for an Individual Education Plan and was in special education because of a reading disability. She was somewhat hindered in learning to read since English was not her first language, but she overcame the challenge through sheer determination. Rocio participated in student government, athletics and local high school clubs. She has been involved in the Pep Band; Associated Student Body secretary and vice president. She's also been active in Students against Destructive Decision as vice president and is a National Honor Society member. She received many academic honors while a student from her teachers. She played high school volleyball in ninth-12th grades. She is active also doing community service. Rocio graduated with an accumulative gpa of 3.80 and as class valedictorian. She has several areas of interest, including dental hygiene and secondary education. Rocio is the first in her family to attend college.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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