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Good news about CASA and A’lia Martin

Juvenile Court Judge Linda Hurst, sixth from right, recently swore in 11 new CASA volunteers who will be advocates for abused, neglected or abandoned children and young adults in San Luis Obispo County.
Juvenile Court Judge Linda Hurst, sixth from right, recently swore in 11 new CASA volunteers who will be advocates for abused, neglected or abandoned children and young adults in San Luis Obispo County.

SLO County

Juvenile Court Judge Linda Hurst recently swore in 11 new Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers. The advocates will be assigned to a local abused, neglected or abandoned child or sibling group or a young adult who has recently left foster care and has requested a mentor.

The CASA volunteers are: Rachel Ryan, Sue McKee, David Hughes, Dianne Cruce, Maria Roberts, Zaf Iqbal, Kathy Hennekey, Sean Pellerin, Lisa Bugrova, Charlene Bucis and Sarah DeYoung.

For more information, visit www.slocasa.org.

San Luis Obispo

A’lia Martin, a freshman at Morro Bay High School, was recently awarded the Jennifer Thoma Memorial Ballet Scholarship of $2,500 to help pay for a six-week summer intensive with the Houston Ballet. The scholarship is administrated by The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County.

Martin, who has been dancing since she was 4 years old, is a member of Dance Fusion, a company at her school, and was at SLO Movement Arts Center last fall. She has been in several productions and is a veteran of three summer intensives, in Chicago, Newton, Mass., and Holland, Mich.

She hopes to become a ballet dancer with a professional dance company.

The scholarship is named after Jennifer Thoma, a longtime San Luis Obispo resident who passed away from cancer in 2012.

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