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Marianne Greenberg of Nevada City has been selected to run the local student exchange program for Aspect Foundation, a non-profit organization that sponsors students from nearly 30 countries.

Greenberg will help to match students with families, and serve as Aspect Foundation’s liaison with local schools and colleges.

Local teens can participate by spending a semester or academic year studying abroad in Brazil, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain or Uruguay with Aspect Foundation’s Outbound Program. Aspect Foundation students are aged 15-18, and are chosen on the basis of maturity, grades, and language ability.



For more information, contact Greenberg at 265-3696, the Aspect Foundation national office at 1-800-US-YOUTH, or visit http://www.aspectfoundation.org.

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Zach Wood, son of Nancy and Chris Wood of Manzanita Lane in Meadow Vista, has received an Honor scholarship and a merit-based Buschman award from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Zach will graduate from Nevada Union High School; he intends to major in international affairs at Xavier.

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Stephanie Lynn George-Mello of Grass Valley received academic honors at the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. George-Mello is a junior.

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Evan McDaniel, a graduate of Nevada Union High School, received a bachelor of arts degree from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. McDaniel, a resident of Grass Valley, is a philosophy major.

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Erik Brenner, graduating senior from Nevada Union High School, has received the Haggerty-Miller Music Scholarship from the Lake Wildwood Community Relations Committee. Brenner is also deeply involved in jazz music -which made him eligible for the award. He will be presented the award at the high school on June 7.

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Joanna Gaines has been awarded a Masters of Business Administration degree from Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Her specialization is in international finance, and part of her studies were completed at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Gaines is a graduate of Nevada Union High School and Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. She is the daughter of Alan and Ann Gaines of Nevada City.

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Nathan Moyer, a graduate student of mathematics, at Washington State University won the Sidney G. and Evelyn Hacker Graduate Teaching Award. The prize money is worth $1,500.

Moyer, a 2000 graduate of Nevada Union High School, completed a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash. He is the son of B of Penn Valley.

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Dustin Kerksieck, Nevada Union class of 2002, recently graduated summa cum laude with a degree in physics from University of San Francisco. He is a part of Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society and also completed the liberal arts curriculum of the Saint Ignatius Institute.

Kerksieck received The Batey Prize and the Dr. Raymond Genolio Award, awards given to the most outstanding mathematics and physics students respectively. He will begin his doctoral work in physics at Boston College. His parents are Serene and Tom Turner of Nevada City, and Fred and Brenda Kerksieck of Rough and Ready.

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Have an item to submit to the Learning Page? Contact Staff writer Soumitro Sen via e-mail at soumitros@theunion.com or by phone at 477-4229.


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