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David Mirhadi

Kevin Donaghey was named to the Dean’s List for the School of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo for spring 2004. He is majoring in architecture and earned a 3.78 grade-point-average while carrying a course load of 21 units. The School of Architecture requires of grade point average of 3.5 or better to qualify for the Dean’s List.

He is the son of Patrick and Sheila Donaghey of Grass Valley.

He is a 2000 graduate of Nevada Union High School.


Larry Landsburg of Grass Valley, a student at Nevada Union High School, left Saturday for a 10-day National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine trip to Boston. He joins 350 other high school students from around the country who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in a career in medicine.

Students will engage in a simulation using problem-based learning. They will be given a fictional patient’s case history and asked to diagnose and develop a treatment plan for the patient.

Landsburg will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with leaders within the medical community and will meet with physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists and medical educators.


Brian Hurley Prosser of Grass Valley graduated with a bachelor of arts in psychology from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash.


BreeAnna Rath, 18, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss California Pageant to be held Aug. 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Orange County. The pageant is for girls ages 16-to-18.

The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California.

Miss Rath’s activities include gymnastics, cheerleading and baby-sitting. She also enjoys singing, playing the piano and helping out at church. Her sponsors include friends, family and local businesses.


Christopher Campbell graduated cum laude from the University of California in San Diego with a bachelor of arts in history and a minor in anthropology. While in college, he sang with a university-based a cappella group and spent his junior year abroad in St. Andrews, Scotland. He was a founding member of the Pre-Law Society at UCD and active in mock trial.

Campbell, a 2000 graduate of Nevada Union High School, is the son of Stuart and Paula Campbell of Nevada City. He will attend the UCLA School of Law in the fall.

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Teddie Cox of Nevada City represented the future of the United States at the Global Young Leaders Conference from June 20 to July 1 in Washington, D.C., and New York.

The conference is a challenging leadership development program for high school students from around the world who demonstrate leadership potential and strong scholastic skills. Cox was among 400 scholars to attend the conference, which explored international politics, finance, culture and diplomacy with key world leaders and newsmakers.


Kristin Desmond, a 2000 graduate of Bear River High School, received her bachelor of arts degree in business management economics from the University of California in Santa Cruz on June 13.

She has been hired by Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in San Jose as director of recruiting. She is the daughter of Marc and Shelley Desmond of Nevada City.


Emily Benson, a 1999 graduate of Nevada Union High School, received her bachelor of landscape architecture degree from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo last month.

At graduation, she was honored by the Southern California chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for excellence in the study of landscape architecture. She is employed by Lifescapes International in Newport Beach. She is the daughter of Jean Benson of Nevada City and Scott Benson of Santa Barbara.


Ashley Evans of Grass Valley, a 2004 graduate of Sierra Foothill High School, attended a National Teen Leadership Program at San Jose State University July 16 through 18. The three-day weekend included motivational speakers, interactive workshops and small-group sessions focused on unity, communication, problem solving, peer pressure and conflict resolution.

Evans plans to attend Sierra College in the fall while assisting in teaching Sierra Foothill’s leadership class.

Evans is the daughter of Janet Malone of Grass Valley.


Jeff Gaines received his bachelor of arts degree in history in May from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. He was also commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army reserves.

The oath of commissioning was administered by his father, Cmdr. Alan Gaines, USN Reserve (retired). He is currently awaiting assignment. He is a 2000 graduate of Nevada Union High School and is the son of Alan and Ann Gaines of Nevada City.


Joseph Halby, a junior at Nevada Union High School in 2003-04, has been selected to participate in The Gillette Company’s Economics for Leaders program being conducted at the University of California in Davis, July 11 through 18.

He was one of 30 students from around the country honored by being accepted into The Gillette Company, Economics for Leaders program, which is sponsored by The Gillette Company in partnership with the Foundation for Teaching Economics, a University of California, Davis nonprofit foundation. All of the students were selected because they have demonstrated leadership potential.

The week-long course combines leadership training and economics.


Kevin Keyser, a 2000 graduate of Nevada Union High School, received his bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of California at San Diego last month.

He is currently completing requirements for a minor in anthropology (with an emphasis in archaeology) this summer on a six-week archaeological field school in a small village near Amman, Jordan. While at UCSD, Keyser was a standout volleyball player who holds the school record for career hitting percentage and other single-season records. He is the son of Paul and Debbie Keyser of Grass Valley.


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

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