Placer Sheriff's Association awards $5,000 in scholarships

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Five sons of Placer law enforcement received scholarships Wednesday. The Placer County Deputy Sheriff’s Association announced that four college students and one high school student were awarded money to help offset the cost of their post-secondary education. Michael Poretti, Kevin Kleppe, Logan Hunt and Russell Bettencourt received the $1,000 James B. Machado Memorial Scholarship for students currently enrolled in college. Aaron Thomas was awarded the $1,000 Rick Meredith Memorial Scholarship for high school students graduating in 2009. Their biographies are listed below: Michael Poretti — Michael is the son of Sgt. John Poretti. He currently attends Sierra College where he maintains a 3.872 GPA. He plans to graduate from Sierra College in 2010 and transfer to Cal Poly where he will continue his studies in pursuit of an electrical engineering degree. Michael works part time and has been involved in the engineering and cycling clubs. Kevin Kleppe — Kevin is the son of Sgt. Bill Kleppe. He currently attends California State University, Sacramento. Kevin’s overall GPA is 3.619. Kevin is pursuing a degree in criminal justice. He also volunteers his time coaching basketball. Logan Hunt — Logan is the son of Sgt. Dave Hunt. He currently attends Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His current GPA is 3.34. He is a member of the Society of Civil Engineers and is employed as an engineering intern. Russell Bettencourt — Russell is the son of Deputy Laurie Bettencourt. He currently attends the United States Military Academy where he maintains a 3.7 GPA. Russell is a member of the Army wrestling team. His major is undeclared. Russell will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation at West Point. Aaron Thomas — Aaron is the son of Sgt. Art Thomas. He currently attends Del Oro High School and maintains a 3.6 GPA. He plans to attend either Williamette University in Salem, Ore., or Sierra College. Aaron served as the captain of the Del Oro football team for four years. Aaron plans to major in international business with an emphasis on environmental sciences.