ETCETERA - 05/06/11


The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently honored Walla Walla High School spring sports athletic teams for academic achievement.

Seventeen of the school's 20 teams participating in spring sports received academic achievement awards the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported. This spring more than 450 student-athletes are participating in spring sports.

"Congratulations to the student-athletes and their coaches for a job well done," District Athletic Director Don Wilkins said. "Thank you to the coaching staffs for the emphasis you place on academic success and thanks to all the teachers and staff who support these student-athletes each day. Go Big Blue--keep up the great work on the field and in the classroom."

The Outstanding Team award (for team GPA of 3.5 or better) was earned by: Girls Track: Varsity 3.552 (Coach Eric Hisaw and staff); Girls Tennis: JV 3.605 (Coach Arthur Curry); Girls Tennis: Varsity (3.658 Coach Keven Peck); Boys Tennis: Varsity 3.513 (Coach Ted Cummings); Baseball: Frosh 3.608 (Coaches Ryan Van Dyke and Justin James).

The Distinguished Team award( for team GPA of 3.0-3.49) was earned by Girls Golf: Varsity 3.276 (Coach Mike Patterson); Boys Track: JV 3.176 (Coach Eric Hisaw and staff); Boys Track: Varsity 3.225 (Coach Eric Hisaw and staff); Girls Track: JV 3.108 (Coach Eric Hisaw and staff); Boys Golf: JV 3.312 (Coach Jim Smith); Boys Golf: Varsity 3.325 Coach Jim Smith; Boys Tennis: JV 3.438 (Coach Gayle See); Softball: Frosh 3.003 (Coaches Marnie Johnson and Kate Keyes); Softball: JV 3.167 (Coach Gina Eggers); Softball: Varsity 3.418 (Coaches Jerry Humphreys and Arch McHie); Baseball: JV 3.109 (Coach Jason Parsons); Baseball: Varsity 3.192 (Coaches Keith Gradwohl and Scott Tibbling).

Two area students presented at the 13th annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference on the Whitman College campus April 12.

Jeraldine Enriquez of College Place presented "Violence Reduction in the Washington State Penitentiary."

Ariel Ruiz of Walla Walla presented "Building Immigrant Persistence and Identity: An Analysis of Eastern Washington's Undocumented Dreams."

The conference celebrates the scholarship and creativity of the Whitman student body through a day devoted to original presentations that take the form of talks, poster presentations, musical performances and artistic exhibitions. Students from every academic discipline of the college can share their research and creative projects with the campus community.

More did so at this year's conference, covering a wide array of topics, such as Christianity in India, climate change effects on side-blotched lizards, epilepsy and motherhood, freshwater mussel populations on the Middle Klamath River, special needs education in Japan and diversity on the Whitman campus.

These presentations and demonstrations of original achievement by students come through course work, study abroad, senior theses, summer research, fellowships and internships.

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