The staff at The Californian, the student newspaper at San Ramon's California High School, have earned several awards for their excellence in journalism, including the 2012 Dean Lesher High School Newspaper Award in Overall Excellence.

They also won second place for graphic presentation, in addition to 13 individual awards, including Patrice Mardo, who won the Newspaper Association of America Scholastic Journalist Award.

Emma Von Der Lieth won first place in hard news writing, and Emily Jones won first place for lifestyle/feature writing.

Amir Sagafi won first place for sports photography, and Haley LeDuc won second place for news and sports photography.

Ritika Iyer won second place for in-depth reporting and third place for hard news writing. Shalaka Gole won second place for in-depth reporting and Jake Hirsohn won third place for column writing.

Christina Calderon won third place for lifestyle/feature writing, and Samantha Cookson won third place for news photography.

The Californian staff is led by longtime journalism and English teacher Brian Barr.

FOR CHARITY: Several doctors and staff from the San Ramon Valley Primary Care Medical Group rode their bikes to raise money for the American Diabetes Association and its work to prevent and cure diabetes.


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Kia Evans, Tracey Ford, Mary Gabrielson, Laura Larsen, Karina Prado and Drs. Michael Cheng, Thomas Long, Cynthia Hann and Paul Wheeler rode their bikes through the Napa Valley as part of the Napa Tour De Cure, a cycling fundraiser for the ADA. The group raised $3,000 for the ADA.

HEALTH FAIR: The Bishop Ranch Wellness and Safety Fair is being held today from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard and parking lot of Bishop Ranch 11, 2301 Camino Ramon.

The free event will feature more than 40 vendors with the latest on health, diet and exercise, interactive demonstrations and free cholesterol screenings, bone density tests and blood pressure checks.

Also on hand will be San Ramon Fire Department personnel with lifesaving tips and advice. Purchase a Jamba Juice fresh fruit smoothie to benefit the American Heart Association. A Wii, Wii Fit and set of Wii Fitness games will be raffled off.

For more information, call 925-866-0100.

IMPROV U: San Ramon's Improv U will present its latest show to kick off the summer Saturday at the Front Row Theater beginning at 8 p.m.

Improv U is a group of entertainers who specialize in short form improvised comedy that is created "on the spot" by using ideas from the audience. There is no script. The actors have to create characters, locations, actions and dialogue based on suggestions from the audience. The result is pure fun.

Improv U began eight years ago and is now under the direction of Venessa Sanchez. Classes in basic, intermediate and advance improvisation are offered as well as summer improv classes for children in grades one through 12.

Tickets for the show are $10. This show is intended for mature audiences (18 years or older). For more information about Improv U and summer classes, visit www.SanRamonImprovU.com.

Contact Monica Lander at landerfamily@comcast.net.

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