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Comcast Cable is sponsoring an essay contest for graduating high school seniors in the Grass Valley area. The topic is “How Technology Has Impacted My Education.” The essay is limited to 250 words. You must include your name, school, address and contact information on your essay.

To apply, send the essay to essay_contest@comcast.com

The essay contest is open to graduating seniors in public, private and charter schools in Grass Valley. Essays will be judged by Comcast employees and local school officials.



Winners are eligible to receive a $1,000 first prize, a $750 second prize or a $500 third prize. They will be notified by phone during the week of May 9.

Deadline for entries is Saturday, April 30.




The Grad Night Club of Nevada Union High School is planning for the 16th annual Grad Night Party. Grad Night is a safe and sober all-night party, offered to all graduating seniors at Nevada Union, and is scheduled for June 12.

Activities at Club Sierra Sports and Fitness include swimming, racquetball, dancing, movies, a casino room, sumo wrestling, food and drink. The graduates will also receive prizes and a complimentary photograph as mementos of the evening.

This event is not a school-sponsored event, so parents and community involvement via donations or volunteering is crucial. The event is funded entirely by donations.

Donations may be sent to NUHS Grad Night Club, P.O. Box 1997, Grass Valley, CA 95945. For more information, contact Mike Ulinski and Cathy Clemo at either 265-5820 or 432-3576.

Rachel Combs, a student at Ready Springs School, has returned from the People to People World Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. Combs joined a group of students who earned high school credits while studying leadership and exploring some of the most prominent monuments and institutions in the United States.

Combs visited Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg and the National Museum of American History, examining the characteristics of American leadership during times of national challenge and prosperity. She also participated in small-group discussions and exercises to experience how successful leaders develop strategies, make decisions and build consensus.

The program is coordinated by People to People Student Ambassador Program, founded by President Dwight Eisenhower during his presidency in 1956.

Junior Kenlyn McGrew from Grass Valley has been inducted into Gonzaga University’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu. This Jesuit Honor Society accepts only 4 percent of the upperclassmen, who are chosen for their outstanding achievements in scholarship, loyalty, and service to their university. Gonzaga has also selected Kenlyn to be included in the 2005 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

She is the daughter of Bruce and Kristen McGrew of Grass Valley and is a 2002 graduate of Nevada Union High School.

Abigail Ransom, a junior in communication studies, was named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2004 academic semester at the Sonoma State University School of Arts and Humanities.

She is the daughter of Missy Patton and Rich Ransom, both of Grass Valley.

She is a 2002 graduate of Nevada Union High School.

Got local education news? Contact David Mirhadi at davidm@theunion.com or 477-4229.


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