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Adrianna Fildes named to dean’s list

Adrianna Fildes, a senior criminology major, has been named to the fall 2003 Dean’s List at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. She was one of more than 470 students named to the list of those maintaining a 3.5 grade point average.

California Lutheran University serves 1,900 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students in 36 degree programs.



Parent night at Bear River High




Bear River High School hosts its annual Eighth Grade Parent Night on Feb. 25, from 7 to 8:35 p.m., in the McCrory Gym. Information will be given on registration and scheduling for next year’s classes, the California High School Exit Exam, student activities and athletics, School-to-Career, ROP, and other school programs.

The highlights of the evening will be short performances by Peter Schram’s Jazz Band, Joyce Gouveia’s dance group, and Cherry Hayes’ Starlite Express.

Local students honored by Elks

The Grass Valley Elks Lodge has announced the local winners of the annual Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student scholarship contest.

The winners were selected from Nevada Union and Bear River High School’s college-bound seniors. This year’s winners are Anthony Kochis, Courtney Hernandez, Britney Vanburkleo and Jamie Harris.

They will now compete in the Elks Northeast District, and, if successful, they will go on to compete at the state level.

The students will be honored at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge next month.

Vanessa Flinn earns spot on honor list

Vanessa Flinn of Nevada City was named to the Baylor University Dean’s Academic Honor List for the 2004 fall semester.

To earn a spot on the list, undergraduate students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.7 while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.

Bush spotlights school vouchers

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush said Friday the first federal experiment in school vouchers will liberate District of Columbia families and fuel the school choice movement.

“This initiative is one that’s the beginning of what I hope is change all across the country,” Bush said about the emerging private-school voucher plan in the nation’s capital.

At Archbishop Carroll High School in northeast Washington, Bush said vouchers and other choice programs send a message that “we want our public schools to succeed, we want them to do well. But we’re going to raise the bar and raise expectations. And when we find children trapped in schools that will not change, parents must be given another viable option.”

By proposing the D.C. voucher program and putting a national spotlight on its passage, Bush reinforced a school agenda that he plans to pursue through his election-year budget.

Bush has asked for $50 million in the next budget year for local voucher initiatives, which allow students to attend private and religious schools at public expense. The Democratic rivals for his job oppose vouchers.

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