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Where did girls find time to apply for scholarship?

I recently attended a dinner given by Masonic Lodge 13 in Nevada City. Scholarships were awarded to Meghan Lewis of Bear River High School and Brittany Urban of Nevada Union High School. (See photo on the left.) To include everything that these girls have accomplished would fill three columns.

Meghan and Brittany were chosen because of their academic achievements, community service, social life inside the high school and written essays submitted to a review committee. Each girl will receive $1,000 a year for four years at the college of her choice.

Brittany1s accomplishments are many. She was on the school newspaper staff, competed on the water polo team (where she was chosen best defensive player in 2000) and the swim team, and has received honors in writing. She has been a Shriners helper, worked on road cleanup, planted flowers at the fairgrounds and helped organize a toy drive and a canned food drive.

In her spare time, she works in a local dentist1s office. In addition, Brittany is a pupil-assisted liaison, working with at-risk students. And she1s maintained a 3.5 grade-point average.

Brittany wants to attend the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she hopes to earn a teaching credential. Her teachers call her extremely motivated. No kidding.

Meghan has been an intern for Big Brothers Big Sisters and a Sierra Nevada Hospital volunteer, and works part time at the Holiday Market. At school, she helped produce homecomings, worked on yearbooks (she loves photography) and was named most improved in softball.

Meghan has lofty goals. She plans a four-year degree in global studies, and then would like to attend law school. She would also like to study abroad. But Meghan doesn1t back down when asked what her lifelong dream is: She1d like to be the first woman president of the United States. Why not? Teachers say Meghan is organized, dedicated, creative and self-motivated, and can take charge of anything.

Also honored by the Masons were two outstanding teachers. Voted best teacher by their students were Janet Mason of Bear River High School and Louise McFadden of Nevada Union High School. On hand to add his kind words to an accolade-saturated evening was Joe Boeckx, Nevada Joint Union High School District superintendent.


The Nevada City chapter of Soroptimist International will be sponsoring a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser to benefit the High Noon Senior Nutrition program from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Grass Valley Senior Center at the Fairgrounds, Gate 3. A $10 donation will include a dinner of spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert.

For more information, call 273-6389.


It1s time for another trip to the South Yuba State Park at Bridgeport. On May 18, the Yuba Watershed Council is sponsoring its second annual Spring Run-Off Festival. Experience interactive booths and watershed displays, and enjoy food, music and performances. Join this community celebration of the watershed from 1 to 5 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 265-4860.


A spaghetti feed to raise funds for the American Stroke Association will be held Wednesday at Saint Joseph1s Hall, 410 S. Church St. in Grass Valley. Food will be provided by Bucca Di Beppo, an Italian restaurant located in Roseville.

The spaghetti feed is sponsored by a Grass Valley resident taking part in the Train to End Stroke team running a marathon in June. All proceeds go directly to the American Stroke Association for research, and for raising awareness of the devastating effects of strokes on victims and their families.

Tickets ($15 for adults and $8 for children) may be purchased in advance at Odyssey Books on Sutton Way, Warehouse Deli on Loma Rica, and Mountain Recreation in the Freeman Shopping Center. The first seating is at 5 p.m.; the second seating at 7 p.m.

For more information, call Savra Frounfelker at 613-4805, or Ann and Kyle at (916) 979-0315.


Pam Fortner is a free-lance writer in Grass Valley. Her column on nonprofits appears each Saturday. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Monday. The column will appear in the following Saturday edition. Send information to Pamela Fortner at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley 95945; e-mail nonprofits@theunion.com; or fax to 477-4292.

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