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.
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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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