military

Air Force Graduate: Air Force Airman Michael J. Turbes graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Karal Turbes of Danville and a 2013 graduate of San Ramon Valley High School, Danville.

Promotion: Army Capt. Kris Conklin was installed June 27 as the commander of Special Operations Command -- Central Command -- Signal Detachment at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

Conklin joined the Army as a Signal Support Specialist in 1998 and was commissioned in the Signal Corps from the Army Commissioned Officer School in 2009. He is the son of Peggy and Mike Conklin, of San Ramon.

Graduate: Airman Benjamin S. Wooster graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Kim Wooster, of Hayward, and a 2013 graduate of Venture High School, San Ramon.

accomplishments

Local Outstanding Musicians: The 2014 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition Winners were recently announced. Recorded submissions are evaluated by a panel of national celebrity musicians and Yamaha Performing Artists. The program recognizes outstanding young jazz, classical and contemporary musicians. This year's winners include Annie Wu, of Pleasanton, on the flute. The winners receive a part in the YYPA Concert that will kick off the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha.


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National Fellowship Awarded:

Samuel Weaver, a teacher at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, has been awarded by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, Virginia. The fellowships support U.S. history study by secondary school teachers of American government and social studies. The fellowship will fund up to $24,000 of Weaver's course of study toward a master's degree. He was selected for the fellowship in competition with applicants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Memorial Award Winner: Amy Riele, a graduating senior at San Ramon Valley High School, was awarded the $500 Margaret Anne "Maggie" Daly Memorial Award. The award is given to a student who has consistently demonstrated excellence in athletics and academics, while at the same time possessing the personal qualities of leadership, involvement and community service. The award is named for Maggie Daly, of Alamo, a nationally recognized golfer who died in a car crash in April.

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