academic

Honor Students Announced. At Baylor University in Waco, Texas, the fall dean's list includes four Pleasanton students who each earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher. They are: Kaitlin L. Park, Hankamer School of Business; and Kenzie N. Amack, Micaela L. Dougherty and Meredith Lynne Mills, all of the College of Arts and Sciences.

At Midland University in Fremont, Neb., the fall honor roll includes student Ramonda Harris, of Dublin. At Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, from Livermore, Travis John Heidrich, mechanical engineering. At University of Wisconsin, Madison, from Dublin, Alexander Anklam, College of Engineering and from Pleasanton, Kelly Morgan, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

O'Neill Foundation Honorees. The Eugene O'Neill Foundation, Tao House, has honored Claudia Mauzy Nemir, of Alamo, and Role Players Ensemble, of Danville, for their significant contribution to the O'Neill Foundation's success in recent years.

Mauzy Nemir, a member of the foundation's board of directors for 12 years, and board president in 2005 and 2006, was awarded the foundation's Open Gate Award, which honors those who have served as director of the Foundation and whose dedication and service has enhanced the memory of Eugene O'Neill.


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The Eugene O'Neill Foundation also honored Role Players Ensemble of Danville with the Partnership Award in recognition of cooperative efforts to perpetuate the life and literary contribution of Eugene O'Neill as America's only playwright to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature and four Pulitzer Prizes. Role Players' productions of O'Neill's plays include "The Hairy Ape," "All God's Chillun' Got Wings," "Mourning Becomes Electra" and "Anna Christie."

New Eagle Scout named: Krishna Venkat Peri, of Danville, son of Mani and Loxmi Peri, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 805, under the leadership of Scoutmaster Ray Chan. For his Eagle community service project, Krishna planned and built a chicken coop for the garden at The Athenian School in Danville. Peri is a senior at The Athenian School.

military

Military honor: Pfc. Kevin Leathley, machine-gunner, Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, assigned to 5th Marine Regiment, received the prestigious French Fourragère, a green braided cord worn on the left shoulder, during a ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton on Jan. 22. Leathley is a San Ramon native and a 2013 graduate of California High School.

The 5th Marine Regiment was authorized to wear the fourragère by the French government after demonstrating valor in combat in at least three battles during World War I for which the regiment was awarded the Croix de Guerre. The unit is the most decorated infantry regiment in the Marine Corps.

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