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Walla Walla Public Schools continues to Develop Washington’s Most Sought-After Graduates as the 2023 National Merit® Scholarship Program Semi-Finalists and Commended Scholars are announced.

Walla Walla High School Seniors, Lily Franklin and Erin Iverson, have been named a National Merit Scholarship Program Semi-Finalist and fellow Wa-Hi seniors Jackson Adams, Marcus Christopher, Danielle Schmode, and Kai Sinnott have each been recognized as National Merit Commended Scholars. As a semi-finalist, Lily and Erin are in the running to be selected for one of 7,5000 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be awarded later this spring.

National Merit Finalists score in the top 1% of the 1.66 million students who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) each year and the Commended Scholars are in the top 3%.

“We are very proud of our scholars,” shared Walla Walla High School principal, John Schumacher. “It is exciting to have six of our seniors recognized for their academic accomplishments. These students have worked incredibly hard to achieve this recognition and they are the latest group of Blue Devils who have distinguished themselves academically. I’ll add that all six of these seniors are also greatly involved in a variety of school activities, clubs, and athletic teams. They represent Walla Walla High School and our community well. Congratulations to all of them.”

Photos of Semifinalists:


Lily Franklin


Erin Iverson

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) test during their junior year of high school.

Walla Walla is a great community. The support at the youth market sale was a reflection of just how much local businesses and individuals want to see young people succeed. Our FFA members grossed over $92,000 with the sales of their livestock! Thank you to the Walla Walla County Cattleman’s Association, the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Board of Directors, the many volunteers during the sale and the many community members who supported 4-H and FFA members!

Thank you to the parents and families of our students. You believe in our program and support your child in their endeavors. We are grateful for your trust and your belief in what we do.

Thank you to our FFA members. There were countless moments of leadership, teamwork, compassion, integrity, creativity, dedication and plenty of laughter - not just this week, but every day of these projects. We are proud of your success in and out of the show ring. You took a risk and you are guaranteed to grow from this experience. Thank you for inspiring us to be our best!
- The Advisors

Wa-Hi students welcomed in the new school year at a Beach Party dance held in the Academic Building Courtyard.
Shayna Hutchens

On September 9 the entire Blue Devil family met in the Big Gym for the first assembly in three years! Classes competed in a song lyric completion game, learned a dance and to sing the fight song and were introduced to our new administration and counselors. The cheer team and dance team demonstrated the theme of family by performing together. Class officers decorated each classes' section in the gym and helped the cheerleaders and dance team lead their classes. It was a great event bringing everyone in the Blue Devil family together.

The 2022-2023 school year began on September 6. Students were welcomed back to Wa-Hi last week with their name on a star. The freshmen class officers arranged their class stars in the shape of a heart.

Wa-Hi Marching Band with Drum Majors Spencer Crosbie and Aric Weston gave an awesome performance in the WW Fair Parade on Saturday September 3rd!!

On August 30 we welcomed 310 students for our Freshman Orientation. We taught them to dance and sing the fight song, as well as allowed them to explore campus walking their schedules. We ended in the commons with a message to make their time at high school count! We're so glad the Class of 2026 is part of the Blue Devil family!

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