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Deann Allbee received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at San Diego on March 20 in animal physiology and neuroscience, with a double major in psychology and special studies in Spanish. She has been on both the Dean’s List and the Provost Honors List and has been named to the National Dean’s List.

Before pursuing medical studies, she plans on spending the next year working and volunteering in community service, which will include a trip to Africa to work and learn in a medical clinic in Uganda.

She is a 1999 graduate of Nevada Union High School and the daughter of Neal and Linda Allbee of Grass Valley.


Rebecca Eckert of Grass Valley was named to the 2004 Spring Semester Dean’s List at the University of Portland.

She is a senior and majoring in electrical engineering. Students need at least a 3.5 grade point average to make the dean’s list.


Suellen Brattin and Gale Wright are retiring this year from Union Hill School. Brattin has taught kindergarten through fourth grade at Union Hill for the past 30 years. Wright has 37 years of experience in elementary education, including the past 23 years at Union Hill. She has also taught in Los Angeles and at a U.S. school in Mexico City.

When Brattin began her teaching career in 1971, Union Hill had 125 students, roughly one-sixth the amount it has today, and was located in six classrooms. The school now includes 27 classrooms, housing 37 teachers.


Amy Lynn Guy, daughter of Ross and Hattie Guy of Peardale and a 1999 graduate of Nevada Union High School, received her Master of Science degree in earth science from Stanford University on Sunday. She has also been awarded a fellowship to do research on hydrogen technology with the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, Mass., this summer.


Cheryl Kitowski, daughter of Mike and Judy Kitowski of Nevada City, has received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a minor in marketing from San Diego State University. She graduated summa cum laude with distinction in her major and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She received the 2004 Outstanding Graduate Award for the school of communication.

She is a 1999 graduate of Nevada Union High School.


Helen Huggins of Grass Valley received the Lumina Award for her major from Valparaiso University.

The Lumina Award is given in each major in the College of Arts and Sciences to juniors whose cumulative grade point average for the five preceding semesters is 3.60 or higher. Department chairs present the award to students in their major.

Huggins is a junior German and international economics and cultural affairs double major and a member of Christ College, Valparaiso’s interdisciplinary honors college.

She is the daughter of David and Virginia Huggins of Grass Valley.


Eli Pittman of Grass Valley will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., on June 11.


Katey Davidson graduated May 14 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design from the Design Institute of San Diego.

She was a 1999 graduate of Nevada Union High School.

She is the daughter of Duane and Judy Davidson of Nevada City.


Michael Seck of Grass Valley will receive his Bachelor of Science degree in software engineering technology from the Oregon Institute of Technology this month.


Stephanie Witt received her master’s degree from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

She is a 1994 graduate of Nevada Union High School and a 1998 graduate of UC Santa Cruz, where she captained the Bananaslug Women’s Varsity Basketball Team and received highest honors in her major of molecular, cellular and developmental biology.

She is the daughter of Hillard Witt and Maddie Graham of Lake Wildwood.


Got education news? E-mail David Mirhadi at davidm@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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