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Peace Lutheran recognizes 3 high school grads with handmade quilts

Trina Kleist
Special to The Union

A church-based quilting group honored three high school graduates this month with pieced and hand-tied quilts — a long-standing tradition for Peacemakers of Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

"We hope they will take these quilts with them wherever they go and remember that love and prayers from this church go with them as they head off into their lives," said Marilyn Engelking, who coordinated the presentation during a recent Sunday worship service.

The students honored were:

Kimberly Pugel: Kimmy graduated from Bear River High School where she ranked third out of a class of 190 students and was class valedictorian.

She has earned four scholarships totaling more than $11,000; she'll attend California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where she will major in environmental engineering. Kimmy is the daughter of Rick and Amy Pugel.

William Powell: Liam graduated from Nevada Union High School, where he was a class valedictorian. He will attend the University of California, Davis (which means he can ride the train with sister Amanda Powell, who attends California State University, San Francisco). At Davis, Liam will major in computer science and engineering, and he also will play trumpet and French horn in the university band. He is the son of Bill and Kirsti Powell.

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Bennjamin Siemers: Benn graduated from Nevada Union High School and will attend the University of Hawaii, Hilo, majoring in kinesiology. He also will be playing soccer with the university team. Benn is the son of Rebecca Siemers and Joe Siemers.

Pastor Virginia Ward asked the congregation to join her as she prayed over the graduates and blessed them.

The quilting enthusiasts who make up Peacemakers design, cut and stitch on Thursday mornings at the church. Peace Lutheran is at 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley (near downtown). For more about Peacemakers, call (530) 273-9631.

Grass Valley resident and freelance writer Trina Kleist may be reached at or 530-575- 6132.

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