SV grad joins Tau Beta Pi
George Tuma, a 2004 Scotts Valley High School graduate, has been initiated into the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society at University of California, Santa Cruz. Named in "Who’s Who Among American High School Students" and a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, he is pursuing a computer engineering degree.
Tuma also flies a private plane and rebuilds cars. He recently drove one of his rebuilt cars 4,500 miles to Alberta, Canada, and back.
SV teacher earns PhD
Gregory Olson of Scotts Valley, a teacher at Baymonte Christian School, received a doctorate with an emphasis on U.S. history in ceremonies at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont.
Olson, a graduate of Brook Knoll Elementary, Baymonte Junior High and Harbor High schools, lives in Scotts Valley with his wife, Christie, also a Baymonte teacher, and two children. He is the son of Janie and Ken Olson of Scotts Valley.
SV teens head to Boys State
Scotts Valley High seniors Mike Pond and Anteres Yee will represent American Legion Post 64 and the high school at the annual American Legion Boys State simulation
They are two of three boys in the county who will attend, giving Scotts Valley a strong representation for the second year in a row.
Last year, Scotts Valley’s Tyler Fujishin was chosen from the state group to go on to Boys Nation.
The boys will take part in a weeklong camp in Sacramento, where they will learn the inner workings of government while holding mock elections, running for political office, managing an economy, writing a newspaper and forming laws.
Photo intern earns award
Julia Fredenburg, a 2008 graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz, was named one of 12 Irwin Scholars by the university’s fine art’s department.
"It’s really great," Fredenburg said. "It seems pretty selective."
Her photography project, illustrating aspects of California’s Central Valley using disposable cameras, was shown in a gallery at the university. She was also awarded a $2,500 grant.
Fredenburg completed degrees in math and photography and is involved in a photography internship with the Press-Banner. She hopes to become a photojournalist.
Sanderson goes to
Logan Sanderson of Meeker, Colo., grandson of Marylynn and Dave Sanderson of Scotts Valley, will participate this summer in the Future Business Leaders National Leadership Conference in Atlanta. He placed first in state competition in Web site development.
Bands raise $2,000 for VCUM
Valley Churches United Missions received $2,000 in contributions, plus uncounted food items, from a benefit show at Henfling’s Tavern in Ben Lomond staged by local bands Honest Mistake, Who’s Holdin’ and Solaren on June 21.
"They set a great example for young people to follow," said VCUM operations director Linda Lovelace.
VCUM is seeing record numbers of requests for food and rent assistance because of the rising costs of gas and food.
Rodriguez completes basic training
Seaman recruit Luis F. Rodriguez, son of Carmen and Joe Rodriguez of Ben Lomond, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Great Lakes, Ill. He is a 2007 graduate of Harbor High School
Two graduate from Lewis & Clark
Two local students graduated recently from Lewis & Clark College in Portland.
Guy G. McClellan of Felton received a bachelor’s degree in history and Nicholas S. Wells a bachelor’s in art and Spanish-Hispanic studies.