▪ Pasco High School alumnus Joe Krumbach recently won a Golden Tennis shoe award for making a difference in his community.
He earned the honor from the state of Washington and the Department of Veterans affairs recognize his marriage to husband Jerry Hatcher, who passed away in 2008.
Krumbach fought to make his marriage recognized to receive survivor benefits from Hatcher, who was a decorated Vietnam veteran.
Kumbach, who lives on Vashon Island, was honored by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Vice President Joe Biden.
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▪ Sophomore Daniel Cooke and junior Sheridan Arntzen of Kamiakin High School placed in the top three in the state on the Microsoft Office Specialist exam for their knowledge about PowerPoint.
Cooke earned second place and Arntzen placed third. First-place finishers are invited to compete at the national competition.
Students who enrolled in the Computer Applications 1-2 class have the opportunity to take Microsoft Office Specialist exams in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel. The spring exams were taken in March as part of the second semester Computer Applications curriculum.
▪ The United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties Attendance Matters initiative was recognized with a Common Good Award at the International United Way Worldwide Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Attendance Matters is a communitywide initiative that focuses on the importance of school attendance. Beverly Weber, local United Way president and CEO, and Bruce Hawkins with Educational School District 123 and United Way’s Attendance Matters Champion, represented the local branch.
The local branch received honorable mention in the category of Issue Initiative, which recognizes excellence in bringing partners together and achieving measurable results in a community problem area.
Almost 11,500 students from 15 Mid-Columbia middle schools in seven school districts participate in Attendance Matters.