accomplishments

Local student to attend U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: Eve Watterson, of Danville, has been accepted to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck, New York for the Class of 2018. Eve, a graduate from San Ramon Valley High School, where she was president of her sophomore class in 2012 and club president of the National Junior Honor Society. For many years, competitive sailing has been a passion for Eve, and she said she plans to continue sailing for the USMMA sailing team. Also, Eve ranked among the top of her graduating class and was nominated for the Academy by U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez.

High school student films important documentary: Amador Valley High School junior Jacob Baer created a video called "CODA Pride," which was recently chosen an official selection for the 2014 Varsity Brands All-American High School Film Festival. The documentary will be screened the weekend of October 24-27 at the AMC Empire Theaters in New York City's Times Square. The documentary highlighting Children Of Deaf Adults' and their unique, but universal experiences, their relationships and their proud bilingual community. The documentary is powerful in its deconstruction of deaf stereotypes. It was written, directed and edited by Jacob and includes several other Pleasanton Unified School District students: Rachel Baer, Sarah Baer, Dante Brooke, Jackson Anderson-Kovacs, Danielle Moyers, Jarod Moyers and Jessica Smario, who are also included in the film.


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Valley Stars is written by Louise Hartman. Contact her at 925-847-2111, by email at vtletters@bayareanewsgroup.com or send a fax to 925-847-2189.