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Elizabeth Zapata graduated with honors from Sierra College on May 10 with an associates degree in liberal arts.

Zapata is the 2006 recipient of the Nevada City Rotary Club’s Drew Reynolds Memorial Scholarship. She also received the Nevada City Merry Widow’s Society Scholarship and the Sacramento Harold Cox Memorial Scholarship.

Zapata has been attending Sierra College since January 2003 and is transferring to Chico State in the fall, pursuing a degree in statistics. She lives in North San Juan with her 7-year-old son, Dantes.



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Caleb Miller received a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, in civil engineering from California State University, Chico, on May 20.




While attending college, Miller worked as an intern at Northstar Engineering, a civil engineering and land surveying firm in Chico. Miller will start working for Vector Engineering in Grass Valley in June.

Miller was educated at home and graduated in 1999. He’s the son of James and Sherry Miller of Nevada City.

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Club Live, a student club at Ready Springs School, has received the Frances M. Quinlan Award from the Nevada County United Way for its humanitarian services.

This year, Club Live members have done two projects at Western Gateway Park involving painting and cleanup. They’ve also developed an all-school recycling program and a program to raise money for needy children and families in the Darfur region of Sudan.

United Way gave the award to student representatives of Club Live at a ceremony recognizing various groups and individuals who’ve contributed to Nevada County.

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David Richey, a 2007 graduate of Bear River High School, has been awarded the Best Buy Children’s Foundation Scholarship based on his academic achievement and community service record.

Richey is the son of Gordon and Janice Richey. He plans to attend Sierra College in the fall.

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Kelly Hale graduated magna cum laude from University of California, Berkeley, on May 18, earning a bachelor’s degree in anthropology with an emphasis on archaeology and biology.

Hale, a 2003 Nevada Union High School graduate, is the daughter of Ken and Shannon Hale of Grass Valley. She’ll attend Arizona State University in the fall pursuing a doctoral degree in bioarchaeology.

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Do you have news to share about local students or educational opportunities? Contact Staff Writer Soumitro Sen at 477-4229 or e-mail him at soumitros@theunion. com.


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