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Grads honored at scholarship night

Something was radiant about the large group of young men and women who filled the stage Wednesday evening at the Don Baggett Theatre at the senior scholarship night at Nevada Union High School.

As donors stepped on to the stage one by one and presented the scholarship awards to the young achievers, the auditorium resounded with rounds of applause both for the giver as well as the receiver.

“I’ve received two scholarships so far, but I think I’ll get more – about eight scholarships – tonight,” said 18-year-old Sally Hermansen.



Hermansen is all set to major in aerospace engineering at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

“I am excited,” she said, about winning so many awards. “It makes college more relaxing, not having to worry about the financial thing.




“I am also very happy that people are so ready to give money to students to go to college,” Hermansen said.

Jenna DeVere, 18, won two scholarships to help her pursue a degree in nursing at the University of San Francisco.

“It’s an honor,” she said. “It’s really exciting that the community is supporting us through the scholarships.”

Karen Henderson, who’s been teaching agriculture at Nevada Union High School for 15 years said it “leaves her speechless” to see such great achievers come out of a small community.

“I always push my students to go out of Nevada County, to see the world, experience the best education in the best university they can go to, and then come back,” Henderson said.

Achievers typically stand out in the classroom, as they ask for more, and put in more work, Henderson said.

“There are those who step up and you know those are the ones who want more and you give them more,” she said.

These students are also those in whom their parents – irrespective of their financial position – have instilled “very solid family values,” Henderson added.

Henderson presented the J.E. Hollinsworth Memorial scholarship Wednesday night to Jordan Dixon.

George Rebane who presented the Sierra Environmental Studies Foundation Scholarship to three students said the level of student achievement “is fantastic in one way, but it’s natural in another way because a small community can take the time to work with their young people and help them get on with their careers. That is more difficult in bigger cities.”

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