Academics

Caroline Elizabeth Feindel has graduated from Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y., with a bachelor's degree in creative writing and sociology. She is the daughter of Lynn and David Feindel of Pleasanton.

Hannah Sharp has graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO with a bachelor's degree in business administration in accounting and organizational behavior from the Olin Business School. She is the daughter of Margaret and Ben Sharp and a 2005 graduate of Summit Academy, Livermore.

San Ramon student Stephen P. Levy of San Ramon made the spring honor roll of the Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.

Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., has graduated two local students, Jordan Even of Livermore graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's in music performance and humanities, San Ramon resident James Wickboldt graduated with a bachelor's in communication law and art.

Jeffrey Hazelwood of Dublin has graduated with a bachelor's from Curry College in Milton, MA.

Cameron Bracken has graduated with honors from Humboldt State University with a bachelor's in environmental resources engineering and applied mathematics. He received the 2009 campus award for the Best Undergraduate Research Project, a mathematical model created for the Arcata Waste Water Treatment System. He was a 2004 graduate of California High School and is the son of Judy and Bryan Bracken of San Ramon.

Accomplishments

The Town of Danville has honored three Monte Vista High School students who participated in National Forensic League annual tournaments. Nipun Bhandari, a senior, was awarded third place in the national tournament; Sebastian DeLuca, a junior, took first place at the UC Berkeley Invitational, second place at the Stanford Invitational and third place in the state competition; and senior Elliott Velson, ranked fifth in the state. They were coached by David Matley, Because of the students' accomplishments, Monte Vista received a Distinguished School designation from the league.

The Junior Varsity Squad from the Livermore-Pleasanton Rod & Gun Club earned first place at the California State Scholastic Clay Trapshooting Program championships. Squad members and their scores are: out of 200 targets, Cory Wing (197); Chris Swasey (193); Cole Rao (194); Austin Hull (187) and Robbie Mariani (181). Cory Wing also won second-place in the individual Intermediate Advanced competition. All members are from eastern Alameda and Contra Costa County communities as well as Tracy and Mountain House.

Jennifer Norpchen, of Danville, has earned a second and a third place award at the Wellburn Art Festival in San Diego, the biggest art festival for gourd artists in the United States. Jennifer has been asked to teach here art throughout the area and her art has been published.

Military

Cary C. Chun, 50th Space Wing commander, was recently selected for promotion to brigadier general and was pinned with his first star by Air Force General Robert C. Kehler, commander of Air Force Space Command. Chun was a 1981 graduate of Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton.

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