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University of Wisconsin-Platteville graduate student John McDaniel of Penn Valley graduated spring 2004 with a Master of Education degree in engineering.

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Hadjh Ahrns, a student at the University of California-San Francisco school of medicine, recently spent a month in Uganda working with Dr. Scott Kellermann, who is working with Batwa pygmies in the Bwindii Impenetrable Forest. Ahrns, who graduated at the top of his class at Nevada Union in 1999, graduated with honors from California State University-Long Beach with a degree in biochemistry. He is the son of Karen Ahrns.



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Two local students have been selected to attend upcoming National Youth Leadership Forums in Washington, D.C.




Samuel White, a junior at Bear River High School, and Annie Creasey, a sixth-grade student at Mount St. Mary’s Academy, will be heading to the nation’s capital for week-long conferences.

White will be attending the National Young Leaders Conference beginning Tuesday. He is one of 400 students selected for the conference, “The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today.” For 10 days, White will interact with a variety of personnel who operate within the three branches of government, the news media and the international community.

Highlights of past conferences have included welcoming remarks from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and a panel discussion with prominent journalists at the National Press Club, in addition to meeting with senators and representatives or appointed staff members to discuss important issues facing the nation.

Beginning Nov. 6, Creasey will join 200 middle school students for the National Junior Young Leaders Conference. The theme is “The Legacy of American Leadership.” She will participate in educational activities and presentations led by individuals in high-level positions as well as young people who exercise leadership skills within their communities. Students will also visit historic national landmarks, including Colonial Williamsburg.

She will also study the impact of leadership throughout critical periods of American history, including the Civil War, World War II and the civil rights movement.

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The Nevada Union High School debate team took top honors in the Harker Tournament Sept. 25-26 in San Jose.

Kate Avansino and Clare Velasquez were the top two speakers at the tournament and took first place, as well. Sophomore John Meagher took sixth, and sophomore Gabe Olson took seventh. With only six students from Nevada Union competing, the team took fourth place overall. The team competed in a Long Beach tournament over the weekend, where they took second place last year.

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


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