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People in the News 05-08-11

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Kaitlyn Renee McCranie of Los Alamos made the Seattle Pacific University 2011 Winter Quarter Dean’s List. Students on the Dean’s List have completed at least 12 credits and attained a 3.50 or higher grade point average.

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The Los Alamos Garden Club scholarship of $500 in memory of Liz Saunders, was awarded to Meredith Webster. She’s the daughter of Roxanne and Robert Webster and will attend the University of Minnesota.
Webster is in the marching band/wind ensemble and was the section leader for two years. She is also in the Olions theater group and was part of the German Club for four years, during which she served as vice president for two years and president for one year. Webster is planning to major in international affairs and Middle Eastern studies with the hope of working in the Foreign Service.

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Benjamin Macdonell graduated from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Academy  on March 24. The LVMPD operates its own 28-week training academy and the police recruits’ training is centered on intense physical conditioning, basic defensive tactics and copious academic classroom instruction. The academy is regarded as one of the toughest police academies in the nation. Macdonell’s class started in September 2010, with 45 recruits, of which 31 graduated.
Macdonell was one of two people chosen from the April 2009 testing, to enter the academy. He finished with a 94+ average for academics and achieved second place in marksmanship. He is continuing with an intensive 19-week field training and evaluation program, riding side-by-side with a certified field training officer.
Macdonell is a 1999 graduate of Los Alamos High School. He served eight years in the Marine Corps as a military police K-9 handler, with two tours in Iraq.
He is married to Dawna Elliott, also a 1999 LAHS graduate. The couple has been married three-and-a-half years.
Macdonell is the son of Carolyn Macdonell of Los Alamos and Dan Macdonell of Grand Junction, Colo.

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All World Beauties International and the United States All World Beauties National Pageant Organization announces that Mrs. Karen Zavicar of Los Alamos has been selected to represent All World Beauties International Pageant as 2011 queen.
Zavicar is married and has four children and five grandchildren. She’s a nurse, personal trainer and martial arts instructor and has owned and operated several martial arts schools across the country.
She has received several employee awards over her years as a nurse and was nominated for the 2008 New Mexico Outstanding Women of the Year Award. She has also received recognition awards for her women’s self defense program and for her 20 years of community service.
Zavicar works as a fitness specialist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Wellness Center under the occupational medicine division.

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Julia A. Kautz, a junior from Los Alamos majoring in Civil Engineering made the Scholastic Honor Roll Winter term at Oregon State University.
To be on the honor roll, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work.