Walla Walla Valley Academy
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|Walla Walla Valley Academy|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Seventh-day Adventist Church|
|Grades||9 - 12 Academy|
|Accreditation||Adventist Accrediting Association|
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Walla Walla Valley Academy (WWVA) is a Seventh-day Adventist grade 9-12 school located in College Place, Washington. College Place is next to the larger town of Walla Walla and is in the Walla Walla Valley.
The school opened in 1886 as the Milton Academy. Originally the school was located in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, where the City Hall building is situated today. It was the first Seventh-day Adventist academy in the Pacific Northwest. Its sister school is Upper Columbia Academy.
In 1892, Milton Academy joined Walla Walla College (now Walla Walla University) and was renamed Walla Walla College Academy. It academically separated from the college in 1935, and was accredited by the State in 1937. When a new elementary school, Clara E. Rogers Elementary School, was built in 1953, the academy moved to the old elementary school building. In 1964, another move brought the school to its current location and the academy became known as Walla Walla Valley Academy (WWVA).
WWVA has several music groups including the concert band, Praise Ringers (bell choir), string orchestra, choir, and WWVA Singers, who present programs for various church, civic, and school activities.
WWVA is currently in the Southeast District Nine of the WIAA. Within the Southeast 2B Division with DeSales, Asotin, Dayton, Tri-Cities Prep, and Waitsburg-Prescott. In the fall WWVA competes in Co-Ed Soccer, Cross Country, and Women's Volleyball. The varsity soccer and volleyball teams compete in the annual Fall Classics, an Adventist high school tournament, hosted by the neighboring Walla Walla University. In the winter students may compete in men's and women's basketball. At the end of the season, they compete in a similar tournament hosted by Walla Walla University called the Friendship Tournament. In the spring, WWVA offers track and field, co-ed baseball, and Co-Ed Golf.
WWVA also offers a program called AcroKinghts, an acrobatics team. While not technically a sport, with the team performing at various venues instead of competing against other acrobatic teams, it is offered year-round and students are awarded with credits. The team does a bi-annual mission trip to various countries with past trips including Belize and Jamaica. The team's largest performance to date was at the March 12, 2013 Portland Trail Blazers game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
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