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Choir competes in Regional Solo and Ensemble contest

Choir students of Wa-Hi competed in the Regional Solo and Ensemble contest at Hanford High School on February 23. Students competed against all high schools in our region. Wa-Hi choir teacher, Colleen Hatch, rehearsed with the Treble Choir and Belles Voix choir groups and coached various students along with their individual voice teachers. Each group or soloist had 10 minutes to perform but the two ensemble groups perform without a composer.  

Students can receive Excellent and Superior ratings. Peter Hoffman got a Superior Plus (I+) which is the highest rating one can get in the contest.

Other awards:

Caroline Blethen and Amanda Loney - Placed 1st in the Small Sop/Mezzo/Alto Ensemble Category

Peter Hoffman - Placed 1st in the Bass Category

Dominic Walker - Placed 2nd in the Baritone Category

Shemar Irizarry - Placed 2nd in the Tenor Category

Lydia Anderson - Placed 3rd in the Soprano Category

Belles Voix choir- Placed 3rd in the Large Sop/Mezzo/Alto Ensemble Category


FBLA members qualify for state competition

On February 8, students from WA-Hi competed at the FBLA Regional Conference in Tri Cities. Members competed in more than 70 events ranging from cyber security to social media campaigns. Competitions involved presentations, speeches, online tests, and interviews.

Twenty-two students from Wa-Hi placed in the top six in at least one event and have qualified to compete at the state competition which will be held from April 10 to 13. The annual State Business Leadership Conference for the Future Business Leaders of America will be held in Seattle.

Those who place among the top four in each event are eligible to move up to the National Leadership Conference held June 29 to July 2 in San Antonio, Texas.

Qualifying Members:

Natalie Manny

Ethan Goss

Magnus Frederickson

Dane Gomsrud

Julian Coleman-Hernandez

Hannah Peha

Nianzu Yan

Emma Jenkins

Luci Sullivan

Ellie Sieverstan

Marissa Manny

Bradley Anliker

Alicia Newcomb

Jarett Peha,

Anthony Mckerinan

Michelle Foster

Oliver Telander

Aaron Christopherson

Samir Ashford

Carolyn Bergman

Jackson Leinweber

Jordyn Helm


January GO BLUE students of the month

We would love to acknowledge the exceptional students of January. These students have exceeded expectations and impressed teachers thoroughly enough to select them. The following Blue Devils have affected the quality of life at Wa-Hi, making it easier for teachers and students. When asked why they believe they were nominated for this award, they responded with this:


9th Grade

Maxwell Wooster-

“I am pretty friendly and try to be the best student I can be.”


Nathan Feistner-

“I enjoy school and helping people.”


10th Grade

Brody Folk-

“I am helpful and enjoy going to class.”


Neliah Williams-

“I always try to help out in my classes.”


11th Grade

Keeley Hall-

“Mrs. Payne is really nice and I’ve been in her class before.”


Grace Anderson-

“I was chosen because I help others learn more.”


12th Grade

Catherine Janis-

“I am the dance choreographer for an upcoming Wahi musical and just really love being a dance director.”


Hannah Peah-

“I am working on a research project for FFA!”


The entire list of January nominees can be viewed here.

Staff Recognition: Cassie Buska, Jen Hein, and Clayton Hudiburg


December GO BLUE students of the month announced

We would love to acknowledge the exceptional students of December. These students have exceeded expectations and impressed us thoroughly. The following Blue Devils have affected the quality of life at Wa-Hi, making it easier for teachers and students. When asked why they believe they were nominated for this award, they responded with this:


9th Grade:

Meadow Fauver Ramirez-

“I try hard in class.”


Hunter Page-

“I have a positive attitude”


10th Grade:

Sergio Contreras Ortega-

“I’m a person who likes to make other people happy.”


Dezzaria Martz-

“I like to help the school out and I volunteered at the basketball game.”


11th Grade:

Dylan Ashbeck:

“Mostly just be nice to people; get work done”


Skyler Walker:

“Being nice.”


12th Grade:

Paulina Ochoa:

“I don’t really know why. But I think, well, this group really needed help so I stepped up.”


Also included was 9th grader, Clara Sharon and 12th grader, Cheyenne Smith. Congratulations!!


See all nominees here


Hair, Helm, and Utschinski Recognized

Hair, Helm, and Utschinski Recognized with All State Teams Honors


Junior Hannah Hair and Senior Noelani Helm recognized with All State Teams honors by Washington State Volleyball Coaches.

State Volleyball teams 2018

Patrick Utschinski was recognized by The News Tribune. The News Tribune says, "Powerful left tackle for the Blue Devils is one of the state's top offensive line recruits in the 2019 class, and chose WSU over offers from Oregon State, Eastern Washington and others.  4A MCC first-team pick." Link to full story


November GO BLUE Students of the Month Announced

We would love to acknowledge the exceptional students of November. These students have exceeded expectations and impressed us thoroughly. The following Blue Devils have affected the quality of life at Wa-Hi, making it easier for teachers and students. When asked why they believe they were nominated for this award, they responded with this:


9th Grade

Dominic Bayer:

“Maybe because I put school first.”


Diego Flores:

“I guess because I work hard.”


10th Grade

DJ Williams:

“I always have a positive attitude.”


11th Grade

Haleigh Fullen:

“I work really hard to help the kids in the special ed classes.”


Raenah Overbeck:

“I have a positive attitude and I always show up for school.”


12th Grade

Ryan Chapin

“My work ethic.”


Alexis Sanders:

“I’m not really sure, I pay attention in class.”


Winners also include was Sophomore Reece Falconer.


Walla Walla High School to receive an upgrade

This fall a bond passed to help remodel some of the public schools in Walla Walla. Remodels will happen at Wa-HI, Lincoln and Pioneer. At Wa-HI, they have big plans to improve the safety and efficiency of the buildings with construction to start in the Fall of 2019.

The renovation will start with a new Science wing being built off the academic building. This structure will be in place of the portables and will house all Science classes into the new wing. As for the Math, Art and CTE classes, those will stay in what is now the Science building. They plan to remodel the Science building as well temporarily moving the math and art classes in that building to empty classrooms around campus.

Next, there will be additions and improvements to the Commons, Library, CTE building, Auditorium, and the weight room. In the Commons, they plan to move the outdoor seating area and put a building in its place. This building will hold a classroom for the Culinary Arts students so they have access to a bigger kitchen. The Student Hub will also be in that new building.

On the Library, they are adding two more classrooms off the back; these classrooms will open up more space for the World Languages department. The Vocational building is getting a remodel of not only its classrooms but its greenhouse as well. They plan to not only enlarge the greenhouse but to better insulate it so plants will stay alive through winter. As for the auditorium, they will be making minor improvements as well as making more space in the band rooms and creating a small space for theater and performing art needs. The weight room right now is more of a shed than it is actually a building, so they plan to make a permanent building to take place of the temporary one that is there now.

All classrooms around campus will be improved. The goal for this whole remodel is to not only upgrade everything but make sure every classroom has a safe and comfortable environment. They also plan to improve the bus drop off and parking situation by adding a new place line for buses to drive down to drop off and pick up kids.

Though all this construction happening around campus for the next three years will be a bit crazy for everyone, this will be really great for Wa-HI especially when construction finishes in the Spring of 2022. The newly remodeled campus will be loved and appreciated by the students, staff, and community for many years to come.


October GO BLUE students of the month

We would love to acknowledge the exceptional students of October. These students have exceeded expectations and impressed us thoroughly. The following Blue Devils have affected the quality of life at Wa-Hi, making it easier for teachers and students. When asked why they believe they were nominated for this award, they responded with this:


9th Grade:

Rhett Babcock:

“I try to do all of my work and retake any quizzes or tests if I can do better.”

Carolyn Davis:

“I tried to help a kid without a backpack, so that he could carry his stuff easier.”


10th Grade:

Allyson Filan:

“I missed a lot of school due to a concussion, but I always went in got my work and turned it in the next day.”

Jacob Rose:

“I just want to make everyone happy.”


11th Grade:

Daniel Doyle:

“I always stay after class and help clean up.”

Mila Flowers:

“I work really hard at Wake-Up Wa-Hi. I am very determined and passionate.”


12th Grade:

Ellie Calvert:  

“I have no idea. I do stack chairs, make it easier for the custodians. It’s one less thing they’ll have to do.”

Enrique Chavez:

“I am just great with kids and enjoy helping them out.”


Congratulations to these outstanding Blue Devils! GO BLUE!


College and career fair advantageous to students

On October 19, Walla Walla High School hosted its annual college and career fair. Wa-Hi students of all grades visited the small gym to talk with representatives for colleges and occupations about opportunities outside of high school. The featured stations ranged from services such as the Marine Corp. to the prestigious University of Washington.

We thought it would be interesting to find how those involved actually felt about the event and set out to ask: Do you think the fair is an advantage to students, and if so, how?

Western Washington University representative: Oh definitely. With the smiles and information I’m sending out? I think the fair is worth it.

Renee Williams, 10th grade: The college fair? Well, I guess it’s ok.

Isaac Swanson, 11th grade: Yeah, it brought me into SeaTech so it obviously had an effect.

Brett Ferguson, 12th grade: I’d say so, it provides students with an opportunity to learn about the colleges they have or may not have thought about.

Philip Stilson, 12th grade: I think it’s helpful, you can get to learn more about school. Plus, it’s hard to navigate the websites. It’s easier to just talk to the colleges directly.

Kathy Pritcher, Wa-Hi Teacher: I don’t know. I would probably say yes. I’m seeing my students come back with good information about the fair. Though I do hate giving up a day of teaching. The problem is the students coming back two or three times.

Walla Walla Community College representative: Definitely, I think it’s all about the interaction. Students will come away feeling good about talking to us. And I think if they do feel good that interaction will stick in their heads and help them make a choice.


September students of the month announced

The Wa-Hi Blue Devils of the month are students who were individually picked by teachers for their good attitude, work ethic, and positivity. Two students from each grade are chosen and they go to Mr. Higgins office to receive some gifts. This months students are:


9th Grade:

David Howard, who when asked why he was chosen tells us, “I’m always trying to help people find the answer instead of just giving it to them.”

And, Serena Jacob, who explained, “I always do my best.”


10th Grade:

Luz Vasquez-Perez said that the reason she thinks she was nominated was, “School is important and I want to strive to do good.”

Daniel Girardin enlightens us with saying, “I always come to class with a good attitude.”


11th Grade:

Junior, Meghan Harvey, responds to us with, “I care about my education and strive to succeed.”

And, Amber Patterson tells us, “I try hard in school.”


12th Grade:

Josue Leal delivers, “...I always have a positive, mature attitude that makes everyone's day.”

Caroline Blethen says, “My future is very important to me, so what I do here matters.”


Congratulations to these hard working Blue Devils! Go BLUE!

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