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Reed district psychologist named among state's best for second time


Allan Gold of the Reed Union School District has been named one of 10 outstanding school psychologists statewide by the California Association of School Psychologists.

The award, given out to one school psychologist from each of 10 regions in California, recognizes professionals who stand out in their service to students, teachers, administrators, parents and the community.

Gold, the school psychologist at Del Mar Middle School and Bel Aire Elementary School, was chosen among his peers in Region 2, which includes Marin, San Mateo, Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

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Three Tiburon students named merit scholar semifinalists

At least three Tiburon Peninsula teens are among the semifinalists for a National Merit Scholarship.
Redwood High School students John Fitzgerald and Jack Walsh, and Katie O'Neill, who attends The Thatcher School in Ojai, are among the 16,000 teens nationwide who are still in the running for the scholarship program. Students qualify based on their scores on the PSAT, a standardized test they take during their junior year.

To become a semifinalist, entrants must have a consistently high academic record, obtain a letter of recommendation, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm their performance on the PSAT.
About 90 percent of semifinalists will become finalists for the 7,500 scholarships, worth more than $32 million. Those finalists will be announced in February, with winning merit scholars named April through July.

The scholarship program was established in 1955 to recognize high-achieving students. More than 1.6 million students from 22,000 high schools across the country entered the 2018 competition.
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