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Rudiger earns WWU scholarships
Arlington resident Willow Rudiger earned two scholarships from Western Washington University for the 2006-2007 academic year.
Rudiger, daughter of Raymond Rudiger of Granite Falls and Donna Rudiger of Arlington, earned a $694 Gary Gray Memorial Scholarship in Environmental Photography and a $1,000 Gerson F. Miller Journalism Scholarship.
Rudiger is an environmental journalism major. She is a member of Students for Renewable Energy and plans to be an environmental news reporter.
The Gary Gray Memorial Scholarship in Environmental Photography is intended for an environmental studies/journalism major with a desire to fulfill the mission of environmental photography. The Gerson F. Miller Journalism Scholarship is awarded to students with academic achievement and evidence of ability to contribute to the advancement of the field of communications.

Camp helps kids in Africa
African school children affected by war and poverty will have a little joy coming in the mail thanks to the efforts of University of Idaho natural resource students, including Reid Camp, from Arlington.
As part of an annual retreat geared at helping freshmen develop leadership and service skills, 20 students spent Sept. 8 - 10 focusing on relationship building, self-improvement and professional ethics. In one exercise, students put together school supply and health kits for African children.
The kits for Africa project are so important to do because so many people must flee from their homes and are left with nothing. As students, I think we take for granted the fact that we can be clean each day, and we have the supplies necessary to learn. For people in Africa, being clean is a huge source of pride. And I can only imagine the joy on the childrens faces when they are able to sufficiently learn in their school, said Marci Miller, the student who organized the effort.

The following students earned degrees at Washington State University during the 2006 summer. Several of these students graduated with honors summa cum laude, a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 or better; magna cum laude, 3.70-3.89 GPA; and cum laude, 3.50-3.69 GPA.
Arlington: Nicole Maurine Yoney, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

Jay Heath, a senior studying environmental humanities, received Academic Distinction for the Spring 2006 quarter at Whitman College. Jay earned at least a 3.5 GPA while attending full time, and is a graduate of Arlington High School, and he is the son of Emmett and Billy Hearth, also of Arlington.
Washington State University has awarded the 2007-2008 Regents Scholars program scholarships. An Arlington student, Krista Sparks, has been awarded a two-year, Crimson level Regents Scholarship worth $6,000.
Krista Sparks is a senior at Arlington High School. She plans to study genetics and cell biology. Sparks is the daughter of Kelli and Shawn Sparks.
To qualify for nomination, students must be high school juniors who are Washington state residents or are selected by participating Native American tribes. Students must have a grade point average of 3.80 or higher, and score at least 1200 on the SAT, 26 on the ACT or 180 on the PSAT. Judges base selection upon the nominees academic performance, leadership capability, as well as community and extracurricular activities.
WSU awarded 255 Regents scholarships to students nominated by high school principals from 167 high schools across Washington. In addition to the Crimson level scholarship, a four-year Distinguished Regents Scholarship worth more than $54,000 was awarded to the top 25 nominees and a two-year, Silver level Regents Scholarship worth $8,000 was given to 75 nominees.


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