Jenna Larson made the dean’s honor list at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is studying dance and global studies.

She plans to spend the summer working as the art director for the University of California, Berkeley, Alumni Family Camp in Pinecrest, Calif.

Larson graduated from Nevada Union High School in 2006 and is the daughter of Tracy Larson of Nevada City.


Nevada County resident Paul Haas, who taught at Margaret Scotten School in Grass Valley from 1991 to 1996, has since been working at the Butte County Office of Education.

There, Haas directs a statewide technology program called CTAP, for California Technology Assistance Program. He’s in charge of Region 2, which covers the nine northeastern counties of California (Nevada County is in Region 3, but also receives CTAP services).

On June 19, Haas started a nine-day bicycle ride to all nine county offices – covering about 775 miles and crossing Sierra foothills, mountains, high desert and the Central Valley. He averaged about 100 miles per day.

“I’m doing this for both professional and personal reasons,” Haas wrote in his blog of the ride – which chronicles his adventures day-by-day at

Those reasons, he wrote, included creating a virtual field trip of the region’s nine counties, raising awareness of the services and resources CTAP offers to schools, promote the CTAP Summer Technology Leadership Conference for teachers, and “building partnerships and sponsorships with companies and organizations that provide quality digital resources that support teaching and learning.”


The Exploring Careers in Health Summer Institute begins July 30.

The institute is free to the first 20 high school students who enroll; lunch is provided. Classes are held at both Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for four days, students learn about careers in nursing, radiology, medicine, physical therapy, nutrition, pharmacy, emergency medicine and epidemiology. Participants also earn certification in CPR and First Aid.

For more information or an application, call Debbie Wagner at 271-1491.


To submit information for the Learning page, contact Staff Writer Soumitro Sen at or 477-4229.

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