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FFA team heads to nationals

Sunday, May 17, 2015 — Fifteen Susanville FFA members competed at the State Finals Career Development Events contests May 2 at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and it resulted in a big win.
    The veterinary science team — Lindsay Noggles, Ashley Miller and Courtney Jones — placed first in the state against the top 51 teams. As a result, the team earned a trip to Louisville, Kentucky in October to compete in the National FFA Veterinary Science finals against the top team from each state.
    The other teams that competed at the state competition were agriculture mechanics, floral design and vegetable crops.

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Teacher’s association honors volunteers

Sunday, May 17, 2015 — The Susanville Teachers Association honored some of the most helpful volunteers during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Social on Wednesday, May 6.
    According to Susanville Teachers Association president Cyndy Martin, a School Bell award from each Susanville School District campus was given to a deserving volunteer.
    Alison Templeton was honored from Diamond View School, Michelle Joyce from Meadow View and Jennifer Siemens from McKinley Elementary.  
    Volunteers are nominated and teachers help select those who will be honored that year.

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Locals sought for upcoming inaugural pageant

Saturday, May 16, 2015 — The inaugural Miss Sierra Nevada and Mini-Miss Sierra Nevada HeartShine pageants are seeking interested young ladies to participate  in the event.
    According to Emily Fluke, who has participated in many pageants with the HeartShine system, she decided to start up a pageant in the area for all interested boys and girls.
    Participants, age 0 to 25, can sign up to flaunt their best formal wear and modeling June 27 at the Veterans Memorial Hall.

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Students learn about dangers of drunk driving

Saturday, May 16, 2015 — Two students are dead and another’s future is shattered after sustaining a paralyzing spinal cord injury in a drunk driving accident.
    This is the Every 15 Minutes scenario portrayed at Herlong High School to show students the horrifying consequences of drunk driving.
    The program was presented Wednesday, April 29 followed by an assembly the next day.     
    “It was a really good program for such a small school,” said CHP public information officer Shaun Simmons.

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Forest hires new public affairs officer

Saturday, May 16, 2015 — The Lassen National Forest welcomes its new public affairs officer, Joyce El Kouarti, who started in the position the first week of May.  
    “She brings strong experience in forest stewardship and communications to the Lassen,” said Forest Supervisor Dave Hays of El Kouarti. “I’m confident she’ll be a great addition to our team and an asset to the community.”
    Replacing former Public Affairs Officer Heidi Perry-McCourt, who retired at the end of last year, El Kouarti brings with her more than 15 years of public affairs and communications experience.
    After earning a bachelors degree in English from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, El Kouarti accepted a job at Boston University’s Office of Public Relations.

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