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Walla Walla JROTC Program conducted its monthly Athlete of the Month Competition for November where six cadets competed in various physical events.  Cadets were graded on their knowledge of knots, tying a safety/rappel seat, crossing a water obstacle, sprints, dragging 90 lbs, and a half-mile rucksack run with a 30lb sandbag.  Cadet Andrew Davis won the competition and was awarded the Athlete of the Month Ribbon and promoted to the rank of Cadet Corporal.

Walla Walla High School JROTC Cadets compete in the monthly Cadet of the Month Board. Cadets are selected from each class period to compete against their peers. During the November Board, eight cadets competed and Cadet Skyla Gohde was selected as the Cadet of the Month. Cadet Gohde was awarded the Cadet of the Month Ribbon and promoted to the rank of Cadet Private First Class.

Wa-Hi Wind Ensemble students under the direction of Andrew Ueckert restarted the annual "Christmas Band Tour of Walla Walla, Tuesday December 20th. Mr Ueckert commented, "It's been three years since we have been able to do this and we are very excited to share some fun holiday music with all these folks!!"

Itinerary:

9:00 AM Wheatland Village

10:00 AM Wa-Hi

11:00 AM Brookdale (Walla Walla)

LUNCH PLAZA SAFEWAY AREA

12:45 Brookdale (College Place)

1:45 Quail Run

WaHi Junior AVID in cooperation with Green Club, National Honor Society, ASB, FBLA, and the Chamber Singers engaged in a service learning project with the goal to increase awareness of the clean water crisis in many parts of the world.By partnering with the non-profit organization Gravity Water, AVID students set a goal to raise $2500, which is enough to fully fund one gravity-fed rainwater filtration system for a school of 250 students in rural Vietnam.

AVID students planned and hosted several events for 'Water Week" Dec. 05-11 including lunchtime activities, a movie night, and half-time activities at basketball games. Members of NHS, Green Club, and FBLA helped promote the events and lent a hand with the organization. With overwhelming support from students and staff, we were able to exceed our goals by more than $300. Students at Nam Luc Kindergarten School will now have unfettered access to clean water for drinking and hand washing.

It has been such a privilege to watch high school students step outside of their own world and see that they have the collective power to change lives in their communities and across the world. 

Clayton Hudiburg
Green Club Advisor

Congratulations to the GO BLUE Students of the Month for November!

GO BLUE Student of the Month is a way to recognize students who have shown the Blue Devil values of Grit, Ownership, Belonging, Lifelong Learning, Understanding and/or Engagement. Students are nominated by Wa-Hi staff members.

This month, the focus is on students who demonstrate Ownership: a value defined as Blue Devils take responsibility over the outcome of their choices. In the classroom these students: Follow directions the first time and use time to complete the assigned task.

142 students were nominated by staff and two students from each grade level were then selected as November Students of the Month. Mr. Schumacher met with these students and commended them for their hard work saying, “Our November GO BLUE students of the month were recognized for demonstrating taking Ownership of their learning. These students have exemplified this character trait. Please congratulate these students when you see them on campus. Next month we will be recognizing students for Belonging.”
Each student was presented a certificate and a GO BLUE t-shirt to celebrate their efforts.

Below are reasons these students were chosen.

Freshman

Mariah Brown was nominated by teacher Mrs. Hein who had this to say about Mariah, “You are amazing at juggling so many things and doing it with such enthusiasm!” She adds, “I see your determination and positive attitude every day as something that will carry you far in your life and help you reach your goals.”

Breanna Sweeney was cited by Angela Sallee as a “student that has high expectations for herself. When faced with some academic struggles, she took OWNERSHIP of the problem and put in the extra work to get control of the situation.” She continues, “she is able to do all of this with a smile, a positive attitude, and no complaints, only action. If there is a student that personifies ownership, it would be Breanna.”

Sophomores

Ivan Lerma-Acosta was recognized by Mrs. Hein as a student who has really turned a corner. She says, “I have noticed how you have really become more proactive in asking questions and seeking to understand the material in Chemistry and it is paying off.”

Colin Vernon was nominated by two teachers, Ms. Delfino and Ms. Mouat. “I appreciate how you complete and turn in your work on time!” says Ms. Delfino. Ms. Mouat adds, “Colin is a student who takes ownership of his learning by staying up to date with his work, paying attention, and taking the class conversation seriously. When no other students are willing to attempt an answer to a difficult question, Colin will jump in-often with a deeper insight or an unexpected connection.”

Juniors

Edgar Martinez was nominated by teacher Ms. Hart. “I’m noticing a change in Edgar’s desire to do well in class. He’s been advocating for himself and asking questions so that he understands one of the previous assessments. I appreciate the change” 

Brock Munsey was cited by Ms. Mouat for taking ownership of his learning by seeking out places to improve. “Brock is also always engaged in class discussions, making thoughtful and insightful contributions”

Seniors

Kaden Kerr was recognized by nominator Anthony Marrero. “During the month of November he personally led the color guard events at WaHi, Walla Walla Community College, Berney Elementary, Prospect Point Elementary, and led the battalion in the Walla Walla Veterans Parade. Most importantly, he was the narrator and sang the National Anthem for the Veterans Day Assembly at WaHi and Pioneer Middle School. Kaden’s dedication to duty and commitment to the local community, WaHi, and JROTC goes above and beyond his peers.”

Landon McNeil’s nominator Mr. McHie noted that “Landon is one of those quiet, behind the scenes workers that is always there and doing his best. He never shies away from the tough job. Usually the first to arrive and almost always the last to leave.”

A complete list of the nominated students can be viewed here.

It was a beautiful day for the first ASB Jingle Bell Jog on December 9. Runners and walkers dressed in holiday sweaters and donned Jingle bells to enjoy the fresh air. Senior Brody Hartley crossed the finish line of the 5K first and Liam Bergevin won best dressed.

The Winter Ball was held on December 3 in the small Gym. About 500 students attended. The lobby was festooned in white snowflakes, and white lights, while the entrance truly felt like you were being transported directly to the North pole. The photo backdrop also contributed to the feel of a Winter Wonderland, with white tulle in front of glistening twinkle lights. Dancers getting their photo taken stood amid evergreen trees.

6th period students from the ASB and JROTC competed in a tug-o-war before heading out for the Thanksgiving Day weekend. The ASB students were triumphant by defeating JROTC two out of three times.