Etcetera - 11/23/11

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Thir-teen Mc-Loughlin High School Band and Choir students were recently chosen for and participated in the Oregon Music Educators Association District 6 Honor Band and Choir Festival in Hermiston, said Michael Agidius, band director with the Milton-Freewater School District.

This special Honor Band and Choir consisted of the top 15 percent of high school musicians around Eastern Oregon. Both band and choir groups had approximately 100 members each.

The Honor Festival was Nov. 14 and 15 at Hermiston High School and featured a concert at the conclusion of the festival.

Jeremy Mims from Whitman College directed the honor choir. Honor band director was Patrick Winters from Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

In addition to Agidius, the school district's choir director is Melissa Cunnington of Mac-Hi.

Mac-Hi Honor Band Students include Caitlin Vaughan, Jacob Chaney, Patrick Dunphy, Andrew Kain and Lucas Simpson.

The Mac-Hi Honor Choir students include Jessika Dony, Charlene Home, Avery Wells, MyKaila Shakespeare, Michael Miller, Braden Cunnington, Glen Cunnington and Lance Warne.

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DeSales High School has won the statewide academic Knowledge Bowl competition twice in the past three years, Nancy Metro, director of admissions and community relations at Walla Walla Catholic Schools, said in a release.

The regional competition takes place with schools of all sizes from around the Tri-Cities to Clarkston. Once a team wins regionally it moves on to state competition. The team of 2011 was comprised of 36 students who were veterans of the competition, Nancy said.

"The team of 2012 is quite young in comparison and is just starting to know each other and what competition is like. However, that did not stop them from winning their first meet," held Oct. 10 in Walla Walla.

The team had another event on Nov. 15 in Dayton.

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Here's wishing all of our U-B readers a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. I'm looking forward to a special time with our children, grandchildren and friends.

Cheers!

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

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