Key Club raises 1,105 pounds of food for shelter


Walla Walla High School Key Club members sponsored a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat, which brought in a record total of donations and participants, said club adviser Shelley Mann in a release.

Hundreds of kids flocked to the Wa-Hi science parking lot in search of treats. Representing clubs on campus, students dressed up and decorated the trunks of their cars to hand out candy.

Participantes donated 1,105 pounds of food to the Christian Aid Center.

“Key Club officers and members coordinate this event every year as their main community service project and I am proud of their enthusiasm,” said Shelley, coordinator.

“Getting the other school clubs to participate has made this an all-school event with added attractions like the Haunted Barn and Auditorium. It’s a safe place for young children to get lots of candy and have a great time in a protected environment.”

Shelley’s time as a teacher is winding down. She plans to retire from teaching in the spring, after 40 years in education, 13 spent at Wa-Hi.

Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Blue Devils Cadet Pvt. 1st Class Carson Livingston won an immediate promotion for garnering the title Cadet of the Month for October, reported Cadet Capt. Uriel Bermoy, Blue Devils Cadet Battalion public affairs officer in a release.

A 15-year-old freshman, Carson was promoted to the new rank with a high score of 77 points. Also vieing for the title were freshman Pvt. Evan Lockwood, 14, who earned 74 points; and senior Pvt. Beau Remus, 17, who earned 64 points.

The candidates were inspected and examined in oral interviews by a board of four advanced cadets, said Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, JROTC senior army instructor.

Carson joined JROTC to become a better citizen. He intends to join the U.S. Marine Corps after high school. He enjoys playing guitar, soccer, running and track.

“His strongest competitive category was military knowledge,” said cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Brandon Webster.

Wa-Hi JROTC Cadets participate in the program to develop leadership skills and to strive to be better citizens in society.

Many Cadets compete with drill, marksmanship, and physical training teams as well as attend the class. These Cadets get to travel to and compete in drill meets at 16 other schools in the Cascade Division that include Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy Cadet programs.

Blue Ridge Elementary students and staff honored retired PE teacher Sue Hansen by naming the gym court after her.

During a recent ceremony, Sue teamed with first-year PE teacher Bryan Eggart to cut a red ribbon that officially open the new gym floor for use following a fire in August that caused extensive water damage.

The new wood floor has been named Hansen Court in recognition of Sue, who spent 26 years as the school’s PE teacher. She said it’s an honor to have the court named after her and that Blue Ridge will always have a special place in her heart, according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.

Before Vance Orchard, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin’s last roving reporter who retired in 1989, there was A.W. “Nellie” Nelson, who caught wind of Walla Walla chewing gum, and wrote about it in the U-B on Dec 12, 1943.

Someone at that time proffered a meaning for Walla Walla from the Choctaw dialect: hot air. Possibly a foreshadowing of our Balloon Stampede?

Nellie said local resident Al McVey heard from an nameless individual that Walla Walla gained its moniker from a gum company based in Tennessee.

“‘Even the remote possibility of such a thing is positively vulgar,’ sputtered Al,” who contacted the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce to clarify things.

The Walla Walla Gum company was in existence for 25 to 30 years, according to the Tennessee chamber. It started in Kentucky before moving to Tennessee, they informed Al. A spokesperson with the gum company said it came from a Cherokee Indian chief who lived there many years before.

Nellie concluded that “In our book, Walla Walla is still suggestive of beautiful homes, salubrious climate and affable people, but every man is entitled to his own opinions.”

Joe Drazan, who found this gem, supposed that “Nellie must have been Vance’s mentor and predecessor for all his wanderings and writings around Southeastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon.” It could be since Vance began his career here in 1950.

Check out Joe’s ever-burgeoning collection of vintage area photos and advertisement at

Garrison and Pioneer Middle School students involved in the Where Everyone Belongs program, ASB and National Honor Society went to the YMCA recently to receive training in improving their school climate and culture through treating people with kindness.

The activity was facilitated by Micah Jacobson, international leader of The Boomerang Project, which is father to the LINK Crew at Walla Walla High School,  it noted in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.

“Jacobson’s main message is students can change their instincts,” said Garrison Title I specialist Shelly Crump. “But in order to change one’s instincts it takes training.”

Micah challenged students to look at themselves and identify their strengths and weaknesses. Shelly said students will return to schools and continue with the training they learned at the YMCA.

They go into other classrooms as mentors and teach lessons to sixth graders and the incoming sixth graders, she said.Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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