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William "Billy" Burton graduated cum laude May 8 from The University of Montana Western with a bachelor's degree in biological and biomedical science. Burton is the son of Leiann Burton, of Juneau, and Lynn Burton, of Grangeville, Idaho.
Isaac A. Cadiente, a 2003 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, graduated May 1 with honors from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Cadiente received his bachelor of science in environmental biology.
This will be his fifth summer working for Sealaska in natural resources helping to evaluate the effectiveness of forest practice regulations for the protection of fish habitat and water quality.
He plans to attend graduate school at the University of Oregon after taking a year off to travel and get settled in Corvallis. Cadiente is the son of Carlos and Paula Cadiente, formerly of Juneau, and grandson of Irene and the late Andres Cadiente, of Juneau.
To conclude their second season, The Juneau Cheer Club sent two teams to Las Vegas to compete in the Gold Rush Competition this past month: the Alaska Elite Sr., coached by Carlene Nore and Aszli Skrzynski, and the Alaska Elite Jr., coached by Julie Wyatt and Helen Imamura.
Both teams placed first in the competition, which was held on May 15. They also both received the "Travel Award" for traveling the farthest to attend the competition.
Additionally, the Jr. Team placed third for best choreography, thanks to team choreographer Amanda Daugherty.
Individually, members of the club also placed in the tumbling and the jumps events.
For tumbling, first place went to Caila McCoy and second place to Demetrius Campos; for jumps, second place went to Randi Held and third place to Claire White.
On June 2, the Juneau Cheer Club will be hosting a Family & Community Show at Floyd Dryden Gym at 7 p.m. so that Juneauites can come watch both teams perform their first place routines. Refreshments will be served afterward.
Megan O. Murayama has received a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. She plans to study graphic design and education.
To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, students must submit an application that includes an outstanding academic record, endorsement and recommendation from a school official, as well as SAT scores that confirm the qualifiying academic record.
Erika O'Sullivan was listed on the 2010 spring semester dean's list at the University of Portland. She is a senior, studying political science.
Students need at least a 3.5 GPA to be eligible for the dean's list.