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Kayla Haley of Grass Valley recently enrolled in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, taking place in San Francisco July 7 through 16. Haley will join 350 other high school students from around the country who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in a career in medicine.

Attendees will study a variety of concepts in public health, medical ethics, research and general practice, and will include site visits to medical facilities and clinics. Students will engage in a simulation using problem-based learning, an educational method in which students will be presented a fictional patient’s case history and must diagnose and develop a treatment plan for the patient.

In addition to visits to cutting-edge medical schools and clinical facilities, Haley will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with leaders within the medical field. Students have up-close and personal contact with physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists and medical educators as they go behind the scenes to view these professionals at work.


Kathleen Treiber, daughter of Kent and Joette Treiber of Nevada City and Claudia Gardner of Laguna Nigel, has earned a juris doctorate from Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California at Berkeley. She will be taking the bar exam in July and will be starting as an associate with Cooley Godward LLP in San Francisco, starting in October.


Richard “Rusty” Bigelow, a 1992 graduate of Bear River High School and the son of Susan Bigelow of Grass Valley, graduated in May from Minot State University in Minot, N.D., with a bachelor or science in management information systems. He has accepted a position with the state of North Dakota in the Workplace Safety and Insurance Department.

His wife, Tracy, also graduated in May from Minot State with a bachelor of science in accounting with minors in management information systems and humanities. She has accepted a position with the state of North Dakota in the Auditor’s Department. She is the daughter of Mike and Mary Serr of Bismarck, North Dakota.


Host families are needed to house 25 high-school aged students from France who are coming to Nevada County on Aug. 3. The participants are coming as part of World Exchange, a nonprofit international educational exchange program. The participants coming to Nevada County have full insurance and come with ample spending money. The program doesn’t require that the students have their own rooms, and is designed for all participants to have a memorable and enriching experience.

Photos and profiles of the students are available.

Many past host family references are available. For more information, call Linda Turner at 477-7706 or Mandy Hummell at 470-8521.


Crystal Herron of Washington received her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in May. She is presently involved in a 10-week undergraduate research program at Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y., studying the inner workings of membrane-bound receptors in the brain.

She graduated from Washington School, was a 2000 graduate of Nevada Union High School and is the daughter of Dale and Vivian Herron of Washington.


Three residents of Nevada City were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Scripps College in Claremont.

The dean’s list recognizes students who have achieved a grade point average of at least 11 (A-) in four letter-graded courses in one semester. Of the 817 total enrolled students, 198 students qualified for the list.

The Nevada City students are: Meghan Elizabeth D. Askins, a graduating senior who earned a degree in anthropology; Tessa Ely, a junior, majoring in English; and Kelly Janes, a sophomore majoring in environmental studies.


Douglas Young, son of Tony and Meg Young and a 1999 valedictorian graduate of Bear River High School, received his bachelor of arts in chemistry with a minor in philosophy and a bachelor of science in biological science with emphases in evolution and ecology from the University of California at Davis.

He will be spending the summer at the Georgia Institute of Technology to participate in the aquatic chemical ecology research program. In the next year, he will be working in his field while applying to graduate schools, where he hopes to attend school in the fall of 2005.


Ryan Richard Dejesus, son of Robin A. Zimmerman and Richard Dejesus of Grass Valley and a 1999 Nevada Union High School graduate, graduated from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo on June 12.

He majored in construction management from the college of architecture and environmental design and achieved lifetime member status in Sigma Lambda Chi, the International Construction Honor Society. He will begin his career as a project engineer with Turner Construction in the fall.


Janet Lee 6/22/04 need to rerun…moms name is sharon….was run as susan in the first go around.

Darren Call graduated this month from California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. He received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and graduated cum laude.

He will be working as project engineer for Critchfield Mechanical Inc. in Menlo Park.

He is the son of Jack and Sharon Call of Grass Valley.

He is a 1999 graduate of San Lorenzo High School in Felton.


Sarah Bienko Erikson and Christina Salisbury have each been awarded $500 scholarships from the Regional Council of Rural Counties and the Rural Alliance Inc., which honors students who are children, dependents or grandchildren of Nevada County employees. The students must each have earned a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, a background in community service and a demonstrated financial need.

Erikson, the daughter of Torben and Kristine Erikson, is a top honors graduate of Bear River High School who graduated with a 4.17 grade-point-average. She is on the National Honor Roll, volunteers for the Nevada County Animal Shelter and is involved in dance troupes. She has been accepted to the University of California at Berkeley and will be studying architecture.

Salisbury, daughter of Carol Salisbury, graduated from Nevada Union High School with a 3.43 grade-point average. She worked several jobs while volunteering for the Elks Lodge and for the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition. She plans to pursue a major in psychology at San Francisco State University in the fall.


Elizabeth Harrison Dayton, daughter of Laurie and Charles Dayton of Nevada City, received her master of arts degree in sociology from Stanford University on June 13.

She is a 1999 graduate of Nevada Union High School and received her bachelor’s degree in 2003. At the commencement ceremony, she was recognized for her master’s thesis, “Returning to School to Earn a Living Wage: Factors That Influence Adults’ Success,” for co-founding Stanford’s Association of Women Academics in the social sciences and humanities, and for receiving the Dean’s Award for Excellence.


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

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