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Marie Davies, of San Ramon, received the Eli Lilly and Company Pharmacy Achievement Award during Campbell University's graduation ceremony. The award recognizes the superior scholarship, ethical standards and leadership qualities of an exceptional student with a medical textbook. Davies is a 2012 doctor of pharmacy graduate from Campbell University's College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Buies Creek, NC.

Emily Suzanne Salmon graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City on May 25 with a Master of Music degree in violin performance. While at Juilliard, she was a recipient of the Joseph Fuchs Scholarship and the Helen-Mae Knafel Askin Violin Scholarship. She studied with Ronald Copes, a member of the Juilliard String Quartet. Emily is a 2009 college graduate of New England Conservatory in Boston, MA and a 2005 high school graduate of Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA. Daughter of Thad and Cyndy Salmon, Emily was born and raised in Livermore. She began her violin study at age 4 in the local Suzuki Violin academy as a student of Goran Berg. She attended Livermore public schools until she left home at age 16 to pursue a musical education on the East Coast.


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Emily lives in New York City, where she works as a freelance musician and violin teacher.

Six students from Foothill High School in Pleasanton won second place in Coming Attraction, Secondary Level at Destination ImagiNation's Global Finals in Knoxville. Tenn. This was the first time the team qualified to compete at the Global Finals. The team members are sophomores Ryan Hobbs, Shona McCarthy, Alex Monks, Melissa Muller, Nadia Siddiqi and Nick Soldati. The finals are billed as the world's largest celebration and competition of creativity and problem-solving skills.

The team, It's an Ego Thing, researched two cultures (Celts & Aztecs), created a story that would make a good movie trailer, wrote a script, built a set, made costumes, created a soundtrack and practiced. The judges awarded the team the highly coveted Renaissance Award in addition to the second-place title. The Renaissance Award for the team's outstanding design, engineering, execution and performance. The award recognizes teams that show extraordinary amounts of effort and preparation. Destination ImagiNation is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the challenge requirements. The team is advised by parent Judy Lawrie.

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