Heather Erin Lucas-Ross, the daughter of Carla and Tom Cipollone of Grass Valley, and a graduate of Nevada Union High School, graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno School of Medicine. She will be practicing medicine at Sutter Hospitals in Sacramento.


Melissa McGuire, a 1998 graduate of Bear River High School and the 1998 recipient of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Scholarship, will begin the doctorate of physical therapy program at Chapman University in Orange later this month. She is the daughter of Mike and Cindy McGuire of Alta Sierra.


Applications are being accepted for the Penn Valley Academy of Dance’s Laura Wilcox Memorial Dance Scholarship. The winner of the scholarship, founded in honor of former Penn Valley Academy of Dance member Laura Wilcox, who was killed in a shooting rampage Jan. 10, 2001, will receive a scholarship good for two dance classes a week for a year.

Applicants are asked to submit a one-page paper on their merits for receiving the scholarship, the importance of dance for the applicant, and the applicant’s dance background, if applicable.

Applications are available at the Penn Valley Academy of Dance, 17324 Penn Valley Drive, Penn Valley 95946. For more information, call 432-8985.


Dan Finlay, who graduated from Nevada Union High School in 2000, has graduated with honors from the University of California-Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and behavior. He was named a recipient of the Lakenan Scholarship for Nevada County high school graduates who pursue higher education in the technical or natural sciences. He also received a scholarship from the Sierra Club. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa honors organization. He is the son of Allan and Nancy Finlay.


Joia Coombs has been named to the 2003-2004 dean’s list at Lawrence University for maintaining a minimum 3.4 grade point average.

She is the daughter of Kasandra Green of Penn Valley and Michael Coombs of Albuquerque, N.M.

She is a 2001 graduate of San Domenico School in San Anselmo.


Tracey Holmes, a junior at California State University-Chico, was named to the Dean’s Honor List in the College of Natural Sciences for the spring 2004 semester with a 3.72 grade-point average. Inclusion on the list is determined by the attainment of a minimum 3.5 grade-point average in 12 units over the course of a semester.

Holmes is a double major in mathematics and professional accounting. She is a member of Students in Free Enterprise at Chico State, and the Phi Eta Sigma honor society.

She is the daughter of Edson and Lynell Holmes of Grass Valley and is a 2002 graduate of Nevada Union High School.

Jonathan Minor of Grass Valley took part in a special White Coat Ceremony on July 26 at the Texas A&M University campus. Jonathan received a white coat signifying entry into the medical profession.

Minor is one of the members of the entering class of 2008 at the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine.

He is the son of Frank and Louise Minor of Grass Valley.


Classes for kindergarten through eighth-grade students in the Pleasant Ridge Union School District, which includes Cottage Hill, Pleasant Ridge, Alta Sierra and Magnolia schools, will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

Class lists, scheduling of classes, buses and other important information for parents and students will be posted at each of the four schools on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. School offices are open between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Records of immunization are required for all new K-8 students. Birth certificates are required for all new kindergarten students.

If you have any questions, call the schools: Cottage Hill, 268-2808; Pleasant Ridge, 268-2820; Alta Sierra, 272-2319; and Magnolia at 268-2815.


Got education news? E-mail David Mirhadi at or call 477-4229.

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