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Glen Ellen Telegram: 06/01/2017

Glen Ellen Telegram June 1, 2017

June is the month of transitions. Summer is upon us. Schools are letting out. Things are in motion: Promotions, graduations, culminations, and moving forward into more school or careers. This column is dedicated to all of our Glen Ellen families who are celebrating various transitions this month. Several wrote in to share, and we'd love more stories for future columns, so keep the communication flowing!

Son of Nicole and Jean-Francois, Jonas Liam Ducarroz, is graduating from Sonoma Academy on June 9. He will be attending Seattle University in the fall. Younger brother Julien Mishka Ducarroz will have been promoted from Altimira Middle School by the time you are reading this. Older sister Nikita spent Memorial Day weekend in France competing at the UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup.

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Griffin Hill (above) will graduate from Standford University later in June.

Glen Ellen native and Dunbar and SVHS alum, Griffin Hill, son of Vicki Hill and Bruce Goldstein, will graduate from Stanford University on June 18 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Honors degree in Marine Biology. He has worked hard for four years, spending summers at Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey where he conducted research on corals and fish. He traveled to the remote island of Ofu in American Samoa as an intern to study corals that have been found to adapt to ocean warming trends. In his spare time, Griffin was a proud member of the irreverent Leland Stanford Jr. University Marching Band (LSJUMB), rocking out and drumming his way through two Rose Bowl appearances and many public events. Griffin plans to pursue work in Marine Biology in ocean conservation issues. After graduation, he is heading to Palau in the South Pacific with a Stanford program to study coral reef ecology. He hopes to follow up with research opportunities there and in other exotic ocean locations.

Daughter of Alissa and Jeff, Dunbar alum Hayden Pearce is graduating from Sonoma Valley High School and will attend San Diego State University in the fall. Younger sister Jaymee will be a sophomore at SVHS.

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Left to right: Emily Greenslade, Hayden Pearce, and Shelby Decker.

Daughter of Jon and Joanna, Dunbar alum Emily Greenslade will be attending California State University Chico in the fall. Older sister Annie is finishing off her first year of college at UC Santa Barbara where she has enjoyed being an integral member of the crew team. Younger brother Robert has just been promoted from Altimira Middle School and will join brother James (junior in the fall) at SVHS.

Daughter of Glen Ellen residents Jennifer and Tom, Dunbar alum Shelby Decker is graduating SVHS, Salutatorian, and will be attending UCLA in the fall. She graduates on June 2 and takes off for a Thailand service trip on June 4, with quite a few classmates. Younger sister Emily will be a sophomore at SVHS in the fall.

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Jose Heredia (below) graduated from CSU Chico in May.

Jose Heredia, Glen Ellen resident and Dunbar, Altimira and SVHS alum, graduated from CSU Chico on May 20, with multiple awards. As a double major, Jose was awarded the “Highest Distinction in Criminal Justice” and Magna Cum Laude (top three percent) and was selected as the “Outstanding Student of 2017 in Sociology.” He also received the Robert P. Rankin Award, which recognizes students who have put their sociological knowledge into action through civic engagement, activism, or campus or community leadership. Jose was an active member of the Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity and Student Ambassador for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. In November 2016, Jose received the Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award for exceptional scholarship, involvement in extracurricular activities, and commitment to giving back to the community. Jose has overcome numerous obstacles in his pursuit of a college degree. In his own words, “Being a first-generation college student has made me realize that dedication and commitment can make dreams come true.” His parents, Teresa Rodriquez Garcia and Samuel Garcia are very proud of his accomplishments. To pursue his passion for helping at-risk youth, Jose has been hired by the Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin County as a Transitional Age Youth Coach, providing life and job skills training and overall support to teens and young adults for a better future.

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Suzy and Squire Fridell with director Kate Kennedy (right) at A Bad Day at Gopher’s Breath.

There was a great celebration this past weekend at Dunbar School, commemorating 25 years of the 5th Grade Melodrama Project. Original author of the set of four plays, Squire Fridell, his wife Suzy, and daughter Lexy were honored with thanks and praise from both play director Kate Kennedy and school principal Melanie Blake. Rosemary Haver (Dunbar's principal at the time of the first play) and family (who helped to build the stage) were also thanked on Saturday night. The seventh production of A Bad Day at Gopher's Breath was a resounding success as both a right of passage for the current fifth graders and a beloved annual community event.

Transcendence Theater Company opens its sixth full season with “Another Openin' Another Show!,” scheduled for three weekends, June 16-18, June 23-25, and June 30-July 2. They revealed to us that this showis a personal show concept for Transcendence as they mark their 10th anniversary as an arts organization. As the company reflects on its beginnings and looks ahead to its future, this show brings Transcendence's triumphs and challenges to the stage, exploring new beginnings, the ups and downs, and pure joy we all share on our journey through life. The show pays tribute to some of the most poignant and powerful songs that have originated on Broadway, from shows including Les Misèrables, Fiddler on the Roof, Rent, Chicago, Gypsy, and more.”

The Glen Ellen Forum will have its monthly meeting on Monday, June 5, 7 p.m. at Dunbar School. All community stakeholders are encouraged to attend. The group will then take a hiatus for the month of July. Returning on Aug. 7, 7 p.m. at a new location: Mayflower Hall.

The Glen Ellen Village Fair Committee will hold its monthly planning meeting on Monday June 13, 7 p.m. at the Jack London Lodge. Anyone who has input or who would like to volunteer is encouraged to attend. This year's fair is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 8, noon-5 p.m. and the theme is “A sense of community.” Vendor and nonprofit booth applications will be going out to locals first, then to the broader group of past participants. This process will begin in June. If you have any questions regarding the fair, would like to request a booth application or sign up to be in the parade, email

As always, if you have any Glen Ellen-related news to announce, please email, or call 996-3352.

Do you have any Glen Ellen stories to share? Milestones? Celebrations? Email, or call 996-3352.

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