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Jahna Rico-Zager of Zephyr Cove received her bachelor of arts degree in education May 6 from North Greenville College, Tigersville, S.C. A 2000 graduate of George Whittell High School, she is the daughter of Craig and Terri Zager of Zephyr Cove.

Rico-Zager achieved a 3.35 cumulative grade-point average and was the president of the Teachers Education Association on campus her senior year. She intends to teach at the elementary level with the Leon County School District in Tallahassee, Fla., this fall.

Thorne joins scholars society

Alicia Nicole Thorne has been inducted into The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and will be honored during a campus ceremony this fall at the University of Arizona. The daughter of Kathy Thorne of Stateline, she is a 2003 graduate of George Whittell High School and was valedictorian of her graduating class. Thorne just completed her first year of college and had grades that included her on the Dean’s List both semesters.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is a highly selective, national, nonprofit honors organization. Founded in 1994, NSCS recognizes first-and second-year undergraduate students who excel academically. The society was established on the principle that with scholarship comes responsibility to develop leadership and a duty to perform service.

Shaw receives DCDW award

Haley Shaw, a 2004 graduate of George Whittell High School, is the recipient of a $1,000 award from Douglas County Democratic Women. Since the DCDW is only five months old and has not yet set up its official scholarship fund, members decided to donate their private personal funds to the effort. By next spring the DCDW hopes to be able to fund regular scholarships for one senior at Douglas High School and one senior at Whittell High School.

Shaw will be attending the University of Georgia, which is known for its school of journalism. She applied and also was accepted at the Universities of Washington, Wisconsin and Maryland. Shaw was chosen for the award based on her academic, extracurricular and community service activities. She wrote an essay on the importance of public service and elective office.

Zaskoda on Dean’s List

Shelly Zaskoda, daughter of Gary and Yvonne Zaskoda of Stateline, has been put on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, College of Fine Arts Dean’s List for her academic excellence.

Zaskoda, a 2003 co-valedictorian at George Whittell High School, earned a 4.0 grade-point average for the spring semester while carrying a full course load and ended up with a cumulative GPA of 3.97 for the first year. Students in this college are involved in a variety of artistic and professional activities that fill 12 or more hours a day. Zaskoda, an art major, intends to pursue a career in digital art/animation.

EDCEA awards scholarship

El Dorado County Employees Association No. 1 has awarded a $250 scholarship to Kevin Capellino, a 2004 graduate of South Tahoe High School.

The scholarships are open to any EDCEA, Local No. 1 Union member and/or their dependents. Certificates of achievement are presented to each student at his or her high school awards ceremony and funds are received after the student has registered for classes. The selections are based on the applicant’s personal statement of educational or professional goals and the quality of an essay on a historical union issue/event.

– Provided to the Tribune


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