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.
Healdsburg High’s Rebecca Friedemann, a senior who in September will attend the University of Pennsylvania, was named the outstanding high school journalist Thursday at the 62nd Annual Redwood Empire Excellence in Journalism Contest. Included are all the winners from the region's high schools. The photo is by my colleague, Beth Schlanker.