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St. Francis grad wins CFSV essay contest

St. Francis High School graduate Evan Sheahan of Los Altos wrote one of two winning essays in the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley’s third annual essay contest.

Sheahan’s essay addressed the question: “What is the difference between a democracy and a republic, from the point of view of the Founders of the United States of America?”

Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley President Jerry Mungai presented Sheahan with a scholarship for $1,000.

Sheahan plans to attend UC Berkeley in the fall.

The winning essays were chosen from among more than 50 submissions. The contest is open to all high school seniors in Santa Clara County.

For more information, visit theconservativeforum.com.

Los Altos resident receives teaching award

Los Altos resident Randee G. Fenner received the Walter J. Gores Award, the highest teaching honor, at Stanford University’s commencement ceremony June 15.

Fenner, a lecturer at Stanford Law School, was honored “for the enthusiasm she brings to her Federal Litigation course and critiquing legal briefs, providing detailed, clear and substantive comments that help students make stronger arguments.”

The award included praise for Fenner’s “masterful teaching of advocacy skills – both in the classroom and in her individual review of written and oral communications,” and for her “abiding support and empathy for students that goes well beyond the classroom – encouraging both their academic success and personal happiness.”

Fenner and her family have lived in Los Altos since 1986. She has taught written and oral advocacy skills at Stanford Law School for more than 25 years.

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