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Two students from western Nevada County have been selected for the Dean’s Honors list at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for their excellent academic work during the winter quarter.

Brendan James Beahm of Grass Valley, a biochemistry major, and Sara A. Heidelberger of Nevada City, a pre-biology major, attained the qualifying grade point average of 3.75 on a program of 12 or more grade units to make it to the Dean’s list.


One of the feature stories in this month’s edition of the Harper’s Magazine is “Swine of the Times: The making of the modern pig.”

The article, which is about today’s pork industry, is written by Nathanael (Nate) Johnson, a 1997 Nevada Union graduate. Johnson graduated from Pomona College in 2001 and received his master’s degree in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005.

He is now a freelance writer, based in San Francisco.


Nicole Nicholson-Porter, a 2003 Nevada Union graduate, has been inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, a nationwide society of scholars, at San Diego State University.

Porter maintained a 3.8 grade point average as a biology major in order to be chosen for induction; she was one of the six students to be accepted from her class.

Nicholson-Porter attended a formal luncheon ceremony to be accepted into the society.

There she spoke of her ambitions of becoming a pediatrician. Nicholson-Porter is now applying to various medical schools to start in fall 2007.


Kayla Harrington, daughter of Neal and Tracy Harrington, has been named in the Dean’s list for the winter quarter at the University of California, Davis. Kayla is a 2004 graduate of Bear River High School.


Nathan D. Entrekin of Nevada City was recently recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Entrekin is a 2004 graduate of NU and is completing his sophomore year. He maintains a 3.67 grade point average and plays for the UCLA lacrosse team.

Sigma Alpha Lambda promotes and rewards academic achievement and provides members with opportunities for community service, personal development and professional fulfillment.


Robin McFadden has accepted a $10,000 grant for her selection to the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo’s Paraprofessional Teacher Assistant Program. McFadden will design lessons and curriculum used in Cal Poly’s English Language Acquisition program. The purpose is to assist beginning teachers with English learners in K-12 classrooms. McFadden will graduate next year with a Liberal Studies major and a Spanish minor. She is currently working toward a bilingual teaching credential.

She is the daughter of Francis and Louise McFadden of Nevada City.

She is a 2002 graduate of Nevada Union High School.


Genevieve Finch, of Grass Valley, is graduating from California State University Long Beach on May 25, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

Genevieve is a 2001 Nevada Union High School graduate, and the 2001 Miss Nevada County. She graduates from CSULB with honors, the “2006 Outstanding Graduate for the College of Education” and Summa Cum Laude for maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Genevieve is the daughter of Stephen and Beverly Finch of Grass Valley.


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