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Chana grad impresses

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It was heartening to read the story of Jessica Hammitt’s triumph over adversity (Journal, June 3-4). At the June 2 Chana High graduation, the Auburn Area Democratic Club awarded Jessica our $1,000 Continuing Education Scholarship to support her efforts at Sierra College. We focused our search for a worthy candidate at Chana and Maidu high schools, programs designed to support students struggling with difficult life challenges. We were struck by Jessica’s mature, thoughtful responses. From our interviews we can also note that there are many more students dealing with adversity who deserve community approbation and support. Brian Hassett, Auburn