Pvt. Scott McEtchin, son of Cindy and Doug McEtchin of Pleasanton, graduated from Marine basic training at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. He completed an intensive 13-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Marine Corps values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. McEtchin is a 2009 graduate of Amador Valley High School.
Las Positas College student Brenda Cruz of Pleasanton is one of six finalists in the annual competition of Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) for her feature story in the student publication, "Naked." Other finalists are from George Washington University, Indiana University, University of Georgia, Kent State University and Miami Dade College.
"The purpose of 'Naked' is to expose the diversity of Las Positas College students by digging deeper into their lives and stripping away the layers," according to the magazine's website. In her story, Cruz writes about student perceptions of Las Positas College.
Cruz became a staff writer of the "Naked" spring 2010 edition, and now serves as executive editor. In April, her cover story won third place in state competition of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. Cruz also received honorable mention from JACC for her first-person "Naked" article about the experience of re-entry students.