Education Briefs

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Hamada among Who’s Who Susan M. Hamada, a 1975 Del Oro High School graduate, has been recognized as a lifetime member of the 2008-09 edition of the Cambridge Who’s Who registry of executives, professionals and entrepreneurs. Hamada has been a special education teacher in the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District in San Jose for 20 years. She teaches seven autistic children. Before receiving a Master of Arts from California State University, Fresno, Hamada also graduated from CSU, Sacramento, Sierra College, Del Oro, and Loomis Grammar School. She is the daughter of Amy Hamada of Loomis. Del Oro boys medal in volleyball Kyle Duffin, a Del Oro High School student, and Austin Smotherman, an incoming freshman, won gold medals in U14 at the USA Volleyball Jr. Beach tournament held in Santa Cruz recently. The boys are now headed for the championship in Huntington Beach on Aug. 16. Another Del Oro student, Aly Duffin, and her partner, Brittney Larsen, took silver medals and will also compete in Huntington Beach. Two Loomis undergrads on dean’s list Kara Christine Raibley and Ariel Alyssa Miller, both of Loomis, have been selected for the dean’s honors list for the spring quarter at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Raibley is an English major, and Miller is in environmental studies. AAUW awards scholarship to Cook Dennielle Cook, a graduate of Del Oro High School, has received a scholarship for 2008-09 from the Auburn American Association of University Women. Cook will attend Calfifornia State University, Chico, to obtain a degree in nursing. Del Oro grad gets Army training Army Pfc. Logan A. Moss has participated in an annual training exercise termed "Diamond Saber" at Fort McCoy, Sparta, Wis. Moss, a finance management technician, is assigned to the 33rd Finance Management Company, Fort Drum, Watertown, N.Y. He has one year of military service. Moss is the son of Melissa Bram Lott of Loomis and Benjamin E. Moss of Sutter. The private is a 2005 graduate of Del Oro High School. The training exercise is for financial management units of the U.S. Army (Active and Reserve Components) to refresh their knowledge and practice the skills needed to perform their mission. Diamond Saber 2008 included training in military pay entitlements, cash management, vendor payments, applicable procedures and record maintenance, and other theater scenarios. The exercise involved approximately 10 percent of all finance soldiers in the Army (Active and Reserve Component), and included more than 700 attendees and guests.