School Briefs


Lower Valley students earn academic honors

SPOKANE - Four Lower Yakima Valley students have been named to Whitworth College's Laureate Society for fall semester 2004. The students qualified for the academic honor society by maintaining at least a 3.75 grade point average.

The academic achievers include Randal Newhouse of Mabton, Vanessa DeJong of Grandview, and Prosser's Alexandra Auld and Andraya Robertson.

EWU Dean’s List students named

CHENEY - Numerous students from the Lower Yakima Valley have qualified for the Dean's Honor List at Eastern Washington University for fall quarter 2004. To be listed, an EWU student must carry at least 12 credits and achieve a grade point average of at least 3.50.

The scholastic achievers include Sunnyside's Glenda Cullen, Kristi Bottineau, Alexis Heitzman, Kayla Monroe, Lindsey Phillips, Sergio Resendez, Juan Rivera and Andy Simpson; Mabton's Victor Fierro Jr., Oswald Fonseca and Monica Sanchez; Bickleton's Jennifer Clingan and Dana Hodge; Grandview's Laura Van Klinken; Granger's Laura Leach; and Prosser's Sara Adams, Torben Dalstra, Leena Haija, Claire Smelcer and Matthew Sparkmon.

Cullen, Juris EWU graduates

CHENEY - Melissa Cullen of Sunnyside and Lacie Juris of Bickleton earned college degrees from Eastern Washington University at the end of fall quarter 2004.

Cullen received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Juris was the recipient of a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic communications.

Also graduating from EWU at the end of fall quarter was Prosser's Veronica Gilmore. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in reading.

Quinn Memorial scholarship applications due

Now is the time for theater buffs to apply for the $500 Jack Quinn Memorial Scholarship.

The Valley Theater Company annually offers the scholarship to students who plan to pursue a career in music, theater or drama.

The scholarship is a memorial to Jack Quinn, one of the founders of the Valley Musical Comedy Company.

Application forms are currently available at counselors' offices in local high schools from Prosser to Zillah. They may also be obtained by contacting Rudy Slupsky (837-3342). Completed applications must be submitted no later than April 15.

Hudgens earns

Bachelor’s degree

MEMPHIS, TENN. - The daughter of Ed and Elner Becker of Sunnyside, Kimberly Hudgens was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Memphis during commencement ceremonies held Dec. 18, 2004.

She is married to Earl Hudgens.

Beauty school accredited


YAKIMA - The Yakima Beauty School, owned by 1965 Sunnyside High School graduate Mike Kennard, has been granted accreditation by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences.

Being accredited will allow Kennard to proceed with seeking eligibility and certification with the U.S. Department of Education to participate in Title IV financial aid. If certified, the school will be eligible to receive payments of Pell Grants and Stafford Loans by students for their tuition costs.

Yakima Beauty School currently offers courses in cosmetology, barbering, manicuring, esthetics and instructor training.

Kennard and his wife, Cis, have also owned and operated Bellingham Beauty School since 1985.


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