Heart of an Olympian/S.R.’s Silas Stafford on Suffering, Joy

Santa Rosa's Silas Stafford says he “miraculously” found his sport at age 18. After college he pursued it instead of a career, even sleeping under a pool table one hot summer in Princeton, N.J., so he could endure endless hours of team rowing.

By | November 6th, 2012|0 Comments

Sara Bei Hall advances to finals at Olympic trials

Former Santa Rosan and Montgomery High grad Sara Bei Hall on Friday will seek to qualify for the Olympics by competing in the finals of the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

By | June 25th, 2012|0 Comments

The Carvolth Bros., SR High Grads, Build A Biz with Cream Puffs

Brothers Trent and Rhys Carvolth grew up in Santa Rosa and graduated from Santa Rosa High (Trent in 2000 and Rhys in 2003). In 2009 they opened Pacific Puffs, a San Francisco bakery that offers delicious cream puffs based on a recipe that their mom perfected more than 30 years ago.

By | December 6th, 2011|2 Comments

Discount Deals for SRJC/ Sonoma State Students and the Woman Behind the Idea.

Emily Fernandez grew up in Rohnert Park, graduated from Rancho Cotate High School in 2007; attended Sonoma State University for two years before attending the Santa Rosa Junior College. In January of 2011, she began MyCollegeDiscounts.com with partner Kacee O'Daniel. The site lists the Sonoma County restaurants, beauty shops, and other retailers that offer special discounts to college students.

By | October 26th, 2011|2 Comments

Sara Bei Hall: Becoming an Athlete Who Gives Back

Sara Bei Hall became the first Californian to ever win four individual cross country state titles as a high school athlete. Today she is a professional athlete who is seeking ways to give back to others. Her husband, Ryan Hall, and she have created the Hall Steps Foundation. The photo from her days competing for Stanford University was taken by my colleague, Kent Porter.

By | September 28th, 2011|0 Comments

Chris Fisher: Becoming a Sports Broadcaster

At age 26, Chris Fisher is in his second year as the play-by-play announcer for the USC Trojans men's basketball team. Los Angeles Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth said the Cardinal Newman High grad has a "polished, steady delivery that usually comes with years of practice." The newsman was even more inspired by Chris' perseverance.

By | September 14th, 2011|2 Comments

Montgomery Grad Joins Harvard Push for SAT Smart Phone App

Former Montgomery grad and current Harvard College student Lauren Xie shares a little of her entrepreneurial spirt as she describes her work on a new SAT study app that was developed by her fellow students.

By | September 1st, 2011|1 Comment

Becoming a Professional Actor: Seth Clayton

Montgomery alum Seth Clayton went on to graduate from New York University, where he studied acting and physics. He now lives in Manhattan where he acts, performs and composes music, and is a founding member of Pipeline Theatre Company.

By | August 3rd, 2011|4 Comments

Becoming a Humanitarian Advocate: Kathryn Anderson

Kathryn Anderson went from working as an attorney at a large law firm in South Bend, Indiana to doing advocacy work at the United Nations on issues affecting Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is close to completing her year of service with the Mennonite Voluntary Service and is working with World Vision International's United Nations office.

By | June 7th, 2011|1 Comment

Becoming A Real Estate Star: Alex Hodara

Alex Hodara wasn't content to start what MSNBC called the nation's first-ever student-run real estate company. Now 23 and a Boston University graduate, he's got more plans for making moves Fox Business, ABC News, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald also have told his story.

By | May 18th, 2011|0 Comments