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Thursday, May 5, students in the World Languages Department once again celebrated the Battle of Puebla in the festival commonly known as “Cinco de Mayo”. On this day in 1862 a smaller force of Mexican soldiers defeated a larger better-equipped force of French soldiers who were on their way from Veracruz on the Gulf Coast, with the goal of capturing Mexico City.

This day should not be confused with Mexican Independence Day. That is on September 16, when in 1810 the revolution to overthrow the Spanish commenced.

As we celebrated each class period, students from Spanish, French, German, ELD (English Language Development) joined with those in Culinary Arts and selected AVID classes to share ethnic food, music, piñatas, and games. A great opportunity for cultural cross-pollination.

Curtis Schafer
German and Spanish Teacher

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The World Language Dept. chose to celebrate Cinco de Mayo to honor foreign language, culture, food, and music as they do in their classes. And also to promote and honor cultural awareness, diversity, and inclusion on our campus.

The return of the Cinco de Mayo event was a big step in our return to normalcy! The only students who had previously enjoyed these festivities were our senior students. We are so glad to bring this tradition back to our language students and campus.

Aaron Martin
World Language Dept.
Walla Walla High School

Congratulations to 5 FBLA members, Jocelyn Parker, Raj Patel, Kai Lincoln, Jakob Sullivan and Finn Mosher, who will be representing Walla Walla High School FBLA at this year's NATIONALS in Chicago From June 27- July 3nd. These students have worked hard this year to master their events and we’re so proud of them for their achievements and wish them the best of luck in Chicago!

Thie Plant Sale is a great learning opportunity for our students to serve our community in a very positive way each year. While we currently have plans to proceed with this year’s plant sale, we do anticipate a much lower inventory than we are used to. Although we anticipated a “normal” plant sale this year, we have experienced multiple technical difficulties which have impacted the quality of our plants.
We thank you for your continued support of our program, our staff, and our students who are working diligently to ensure you have the best possible experience this year. We are very proud of our flexibility and perseverance to react to the multiple challenges that we have faced this spring that have impacted our inventory.

A huge thanks goes out to our students for managing our inventory in the face of adversity. FFA members Emma McGuire, Maddie Wilson, Leah Chapin, Lucy Kelly and Will Kytola worked dilegently outside of the school day to ensure that the sale would go forward as planned.

Important Information

  • The sale will start Wednesday, May 4 and conclude on Friday, May 6.
  • Hours will run from 7:00am to 6pm. For those early risers you can stop by and pull your favorites and set them aside. We will tally it up and have them ready for pickup at your convenience. Pulled orders are generally not ready for pick up right at 7am. We have to move those orders from the greenhouse outside after students arrive to help.
  • If you would like us to pull an order for you then we need to receive your order form by Thursday, April 28. We will do our best to try and get it set aside. Please note that we only see our Horticulture students one class period a day. We will do our best :) Please make sure your name is written on the order form so we can identify it.
  • We will only pull orders for plants that are highlighted in grey on the Plant Sale Prices 2022 Sheet (Attached)
  • Plants that are Italicized on the plant sale list will be offered at a reduced price during the plant sale. All of these plants were subjected to extremely low growing temperatures and are now starting to grow once again after a lot of intensive care. Due to the varying quality and regrowth of these plants you will need to make your own selections. We will have a separate area set up during the plant sale for you to see what is available.
  • We have a limited number of Cedar Planter Boxes with some designed to look like Dog Houses (Thank you Mr. King and Mr. Fretheim) These will be sold on a first come first serve basis.
  • The sale will take place outside of our building (west end of campus) in the grass where we will spread them out for viewing.
  • Parking will be on Abbott Rd with easy access to the plant sale area.
  • Cash, check or credit card will be accepted

By May 4 the plants will have been hardened off to 38' for over 3 weeks.
Attached is the plant sale list for 2022 and a few pictures of the boxes and plants.
For more information contact Arch McHie at amchie@wwps.org

 Thank you,
Wa-Hi Aggies

Walla Walla High School Jazz Combo earned 1st place in the Division I Jazz Combo competition February 26 at the annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival!

It was different this year--because of Covid there were no in person live performances--but rather all performances were recorded and submitted two weeks prior to the competition.

The combo consists of:

Andres Dankel--senior piano
Ava Kirtley-------junior bass
Noah Bruce-----junior drums

Way to go Jazz Combo!!

Wa-Hi Wind Ensemble and Concert Band classes received Superior and Excellent ratings respectively at the recent CBMEA Large Group Band Festival on March 17th at Kennewick High School!

Way to go Bands!

Walla Walla High School JROTC Precision Rifle Team won the League Championship at the Cascade Mountain League JROTC Drill Meet at East Valley High School in Yakima this weekend. (March 12)

On Saturday, 88 high school marksmen from JROTC Programs throughout Washington and Oregon met to compete in a match that would decide the champions of the 2021-22 league season.

The sporter class rifle match took place in East Valley High School’s auxiliary gymnasium with targets set in the prone, standing and kneeling positions. WAHI’s sporter team, consisting of Cadet Captain Wyatt Hutson, Cadet Staff Sergeant Aviella Wilson, Cadet Lieutenant Gerardo Soto and Cadet Corporal Isabel Dalan fired a team score of 2025 out of 2400 to finish in the second place position, just behind Lebanon High School from Oregon.

In the precision class, WAHI’s team, made up of Cadet Major Cassidy Hanson, Cadet Lieutenant Tristan Scott, Cadet Lieutenant Kaden Kerr and Cadet First Sergeant Raquelle Justice took the first place trophy, firing a score of 2249 and clinching their 12th Consecutive league championship title.

“Finding ways to keep these rifle teams shooting as much as possible during the pandemic quarantine has really paid dividends this season” Commented WAHI Rifle Team Coach Mark Mebes during the match on Saturday “A lot of schools were unable to do that, especially in our region. We didn’t need a rebuilding year. Our cadets were ready to go when the season started this fall.”

Following the team match, the top 8 shooters in both the sporter and precision categories met in a match “Final” to determine individual league champions. In a final, each shooter fires 10 shots from the unsupported standing position before a crowd. Shooters are allowed 50 seconds per shot and at the conclusion of each shot, the score is announced. Final scores are added to the shooter’s total match score, with the highest score being declared the league champion.

In the sporter category, 3 Blue Devil marksmen qualified for the final, Cadets Soto, Wilson and Cadet Lieutenant Maximus Malone. After the final shot was fired, Cadet Kyler Boyce from Lebanon High School claimed the league championship title, firing a total score of 658. Soto and Wilson finished in 5th and 6th place respectively, receiving league medals.

Blue Devil marksmen swept the precision class with Kerr claiming bronze, Scott bringing home silver and Cassidy Hanson clinching the league championship title with a total score of 671.7.  

“This is Cassidy’s second regional JROTC Championship title this season” Said Mebes “She won the JROTC Western Regional Championship in Phoenix last month, and now the Cascade Mountain Two State League title. Truthfully, in our league this year, her stiffest competition has come from shooters on her own team.”

WAHI’s rifle teams travel next to the CMP Western Regional Championship in Salt Lake City in April where they will face top rifle teams from 17 western states vying for invitations to the CMP National Championship in Ohio this summer.  

FFA advisor and Animal Science teacher, Erin Peek, welcomed triplet lambs, 2 boys and a girl, born this weekend. The first lambs of the spring were born at the school's farm on Sunday, March 20 and more are expected in the coming weeks. Students in the Vet Assistant class sign up to check the ewes in the evenings and throughout the weekend and assist with caring for the lambs throughout the spring.

Senior FFA members Nathanael Bennett and Eden Clark—along with Junior FFA member Jenna Johnson— competed in the Washington FFA District VI Employment Skills Leadership Development Event. Nathanael and Jenna both had outstanding scores in the preliminary round. Eden qualified for the final round of interviews and placed fourth overall, qualifying her to compete at the state competition at the Washington FFA Convention & Expo in May.

A recent FFA Agriculture Mechanics contest yielded a second place win for this hard-working team of six students (and five of the six team members placed in the top ten as individuals):

Brody Pingree
Drew Worden
Kenny Gabel
Eden Clark
Nathanael Bennett
Rem McBride

Wa-Hi  hosted an Ag Mechanics competition the Thursday of conference week. These students and many more from other schools competed for prizes and as practice for the state competition in April.