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February 9, 2023

Local Scene: Academic honors, Climate Action Week

Valencia joins University Iowa Class of 2026

The University of Iowa continues to attract high-achieving students. This fall’s incoming first-year class includes Nyla Valencia, of Morgan Hill, who plans to pursue a degree in biology, says a press release from the University of Iowa. 

Collectively, the incoming Class of 2026 has topped previous university records with an average high school grade-point average of 3.82. The average high school GPA for the classes of 2025 and 2024 were 3.81 and 3.78, respectively. 

“We are so excited to welcome these newest Hawkeyes, a large and accomplished class full of energy and new perspectives,” said University of Iowa President Barbara J. Wilson. “We’ll make sure they have the extraordinary opportunities they deserve as we continue to make progress on our university priorities: student, faculty and staff success; transformational research and discovery; diversity, equit, and inclusion; holistic well-being for our campus stakeholders; and public engagement and impact. I can’t wait to make this year another great one for the University of Iowa.”

Morgan Hill resident named to President’s List

Thao Le Truong, of Morgan Hill, was named to the summer 2022 President’s List at Georgia State University, says a press release from the college. To be eligible for the President’s List during the summer semester, degree-seeking students with a minimum Georgia State University cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 must earn a 4.0 GPA for the semester and complete at least 6 semester hours of academic credit with no incompletes.

Educators prepare for Climate Action Week

The Santa Clara County Office of Education is launching the Climate Action Week Educator Guide to support educators incorporating climate education into their classrooms and school sites during and beyond Climate Action Week.

Climate Action Week begins Monday. It is an annual event that gathers climate leaders from public, private and nonprofit sectors. It is held every year in partnership with the United Nations and leads up to the United Nations Council of the Parties or COP, historically held each year in the fall.

“Engaging students in environmental topics and encouraging action is an investment in our youth and in the health of our planet,” said Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mary Ann Dewan. “It is important for students to learn the value of natural resources, the resources’ impact on our environment, and their connections to our efforts to combat climate change.”

The Educator Guide provides background, lessons, and resources on climate justice, clean energy and transportation, food and organic waste, water conservation and greening school campuses.

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