-- The following Richland High School choral students earned superior ratings at the recent Columbia Basin Regional Vocal Solo and Ensemble Festival in Pasco: Kambria Amidan, Christa Balero, Firen Hodges and Kendy Carey - quartet; Emily Cherry and Kristina Gaumnitz - duet; Sierra Sage and Cory Huntington - duet; Chris Purvis and Christa Balero - duet; and soloists Paige Foelber, Nathan Whitford, Mike Hoke and Christina Gaumnitz.
-- Hermiston School District was named a 2014 Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.
Hermiston is one of 376 districts across the nation, and one of four within Oregon, to earn the honor.
Evaluated factors for the BCME designation include funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction.
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-- WALLA WALLA -- Mick Miller, superintendent of the Walla Walla School District, has given the 2013-14 Art Regier Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award to five school volunteers. They are Karri Bruce, Troi Coram, Bunny Aragone, Rachel McCauley and Jim Hanson.
The award was instituted in 1991 as a memorial to "Grandpa Art" Regier, a retiree who devoted years of service to elementary schools in Walla Walla, epitomizing the spirit of volunteerism in education.
-- Kaylee Stiles of Kennewick has been selected to be a junior member of the American Angus Association.
Junior members are eligible to register cattle in the association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.
The group is the largest beef breed association in the world, with more than 24,000 active adult and junior members.
-- Seven Hanford High School students were recognized at recent a state journalism competition in Seattle.
The competition was held by the Washington Journalism Education Association.
Winners included Tiffany Liu, receiving a Superior award for yearbook photo editing and caption writing, and Sidney Otte, taking an Excellent award in editorial writing.
The following students received honorable mentions in their associated categories: Elisa Apra for advertising design, Alisa Chuang for newspaper feature writing, Natasa Kvesic for news writing, Mickey Shin for editorial cartooning and Lucy Williams for copy editing and headline writing.
-- DAYTON -- Dayton High School students took home a slate of awards from this year's Future Business Leaders of American state competition.
The chapter placed in 10 events at a recent conference in Seattle. Its awards included first place in computer applications, Ian Smay; second place in desktop publishing, Angie Dedloff and Angela Mascall; and second place in partnership with business project, Keelin Hovrud.
Other chapter winners were Carlos Oribio, Taylor Frame, Matthew Warren, Ally Chapman, Oscar Teixeiria, Caitlyn Robins and Marisa Klein.
The chapter was also awarded a Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit, thanks to coordinating work of junior Taylor Frame.
Frame was also elected to the state office of parliamentarian, and junior Keelin Hovrud was elected Southeast Region vice president.