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Woolman Semester graduates first class

Close to 100 people gathered at the central campus of the Sierra Friends Center on a recent Saturday afternoon to celebrate the graduation of the first class of students from the Woolman Semester.

The small group of high school students traveled from as far away as Maine to spend the last four months participating in an intense academic program based on the themes of peace, justice and sustainability.

“We could not be more proud of our first graduating class,” said Amy Cooke, head of school and director of the Sierra Friends Center. “Our students are leaving with a globalized perspective and an awareness of self almost beyond our dreams.”

Robin Weinman gets USC degree

Robin Brooke Weinman, daughter of Gail Baker and John Weinman, graduated May 14 from the University of Southern California with a bachelor of science degree in the school of dentistry in the dental hygiene program.

She also earned a bachelor of arts degree in biological sciences at USC in May 2002. She is a 1997 graduate of Nevada Union High School and attended Washington School from kindergarten through the sixth-grade.

Cory Maier makes Dean’s List

Cory Maier, a 2003 graduate of Nevada Union High School, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester 2004 at Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison. He is the son of Charlie and Teri Maier of Nevada City.

Jami Ganskie earns B.A. degree

Jami Ganskie, the daughter of Duwaine and Linda Ganskie of Grass Valley and a 1998 graduate of Bear River High School, has received her bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies from California State University, Monterey Bay.

While at CSU, Monterey Bay, Ganskie played two years of varsity basketball and was a four-year standout at Bear River and at Sierra College.

Ganskie plans to return to CSU, Monterey Bay in the fall, where she has been accepted into the teaching credential program.

Cum laude for Matthew Volz

Matthew Volz, a 1999 Nevada Union High School graduate, graduated cum laude from Northern Arizona University on May 7 with a bachelor of science degree in communication and a minor in political science.

He plans to enter the master’s program in political science at Northern Arizona in the fall.

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