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Life at Diablo Valley College – Taking the Road Less Traveled from Dublin High School

December 21, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–Choosing to go to a community college after graduation is quite the taboo risk in Dublin. Articles in this ‘Life In College’ section cover students that go to amazing four year schools, and here I am writing about my life at Diablo Valley College. Don’t be deceived; I graduated with all A’s and one B, I did very well on my SAT’s, and I currently am in an internship program with a fashion journalism company. So, why DVC? No doubt that I had the grades and SAT score to get into a four year college, but I had to look at the bigger picture.


As graduation was soon approaching, many of my friends had asked me where I had applied to. Their faces said enough when I nonchalantly said, “DVC.” I felt like in that moment they thought slightly lower of me. They didn’t think I was dumb; they just thought my decision was where the dumb people go. This is a common misconception of many Dublin High School students. Students joke about their bad test scores and say, “Well, I guess I’m going to Las Po!” At a school like Dublin High, the best is what anyone strives for. It’s not outwardly said that every graduate must go to a highly accredited four year, but it is heavily implied within the student body. The student body has this belief that if one does not get into a decent college, their future is completely done with. I’m writing this article to prove, with my case, that it is in fact a misconception.

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Life After University of Nevada, Reno – Jaime LeQuin’s Four Year Journey to a Silicon Valley Start-up

December 19, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–We continue our Life After College series of articles by following up with Dublin High School Class of 2012 alum and University of Nevada, Reno Class of 2016 graduate Jaime LeQuin. Jaime contributed an article to our Life in College series after her junior year. Since that article Jaime has successfully graduated in four years, earning a B.S. in Business Information Systems, and secured a full-time project management job with a Bay Area start-up. We met up with Jaime to learn more about her college experience and transitioning to the real world. As a recently graduated University of Nevada, Reno alum, what are the top three reasons you’d recommend UNR to other students?

Jaime LeQuin: “First, I love being outside so being close to Lake Tahoe and being surrounded by mountains was terrific. The UNR campus is beautiful – I loved just walking around campus.

“Second, the people at UNR are really good, genuine people. I found UNR students not only cared about their education but also have balance between school and activities outside the classroom.

“Third, I was able to get into every class I needed and wanted. I never felt limited or restricted. Being on top of my plan helped and I was never in a scramble for securing a class I needed.”


jaime-lequin-1 How did your academic experience at the University of Nevada, Reno change as you transitioned to upper year classes?

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Dublin High School Senior Anirudh Surapaneni Caps Off Cross Country Career on a High Note

December 11, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–Dublin High School Senior Anirudh Surapaneni wrapped up his remarkable cross country season, finishing in sixth place with a time of 15:26 and leading his team to a 4th place finish at the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships. The runner-up in the 2016 EBAL and NCS Championships, Anirudh became the first Dublin High School athlete to compete in three Cross Country State Championships, the first to medal at States after nearly a decade, and the third Gael ever to make it to the podium.


Here, Anirudh reflects on his experiences running cross country and track for the past four years, and shares some advice for aspiring Gael runners.

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Kari Byron Returns Tonight in Netflix’s “White Rabbit Project”

December 9, 2016

Dublin, California fans of Kari Byron and MythBusters are in luck as Kari re-unites with Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara (aka “The Build Team”) for Netflix’s new series “The White Rabbit Project“, streaming starting today. The program looks at history’s greatest inventions, heists and more and from the producers of MythBusters.

Back in 2012 Kari Byron and MythBusters co-host Adam Savage headlined the Dublin High School Engineering and Design Academy Open House during Engineering Week 2012. Over 50 episodes of MythBusters were filmed in an around Dublin and according to Byron “Sooner or later we seem to find the right place. You know, we are very, very lucky to film in the Bay Area because we have just such a wealth of things to pull from, and Dublin in particular. The bomb range has made it possible for us to do so many things that we couldn’t do anywhere else.” (source)


Kari Byron speaking at Dublin High School in 2012

Since then Byron and MythBusters parted ways, and Byron went on to host Thrill Factor (with Tory Belleci), Head Rush, Punkin Chunkin, and LDRS (that’s Large and Dangerous Rocket Ships). According to Deadline, in the White Rabbit Project Kari, Grant and Tory “head down the rabbit hole to investigate weird and wonderful events from pop culture, science and history. Under their microscope are topics as diverse as jailbreaks, superpower technology, heists and crazy world war two weapons. In each episode the hosts immerse themselves in experiments, builds and tests as they sleuth the truth behind these and other well Googled themes.”

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Dublin High Cross Country Varsity Boys Sail Into the History Books After Strong Finish at State Championships

December 4, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–On November 26, the Dublin High School Cross Country team made history at the California Interscholastic State Championships at Woodward Park, Fresno. Their 4th place finish in the Division II race was the highest ever for a DHS team, and an NCS team (after Petaluma’s 2nd place in 2007). The incredible and historic season, which culminated with this 4th place finish, moved Dublin Cross Country’s state ranking from 56th at the beginning of the season to a remarkable 11th. Senior Anirudh Surapaneni led the team with an exceptional performance, placing 6th with a time of 15:26; he was supported by teammates Gaurav Phanse (27th – 15:53), Adrian Schroeder (28th – 15:53), Loic Scomparin (30th – 15:54), Hunter Lampi (115th – 16:34), Christopher Middleton-Pearson (132nd – 16:49), and Kyle Morrison (154th – 16:59).


I recently had the chance to sit down with one of the most successful cross country teams in the history of Dublin High School, to get to know more about how they came to achieve this kind of success, and what they’ve learnt from this experience and from each other.

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Dublin Students and Rotary Club Partner to Build Bicycles for Needy Children

December 2, 2016

DUBLIN, CA–While there weren’t any reindeer sightings and no snow visible on the ground, there was a bit of holiday magic occurring on the campus of Valley High School on Thursday. For an afternoon, the Rotary Club of Dublin joined forces with students at VHS in an effort to brighten Christmas for a number of deserving local students.

In its second year, the annual “Bike Build” occurred at both Valley and Dublin High School. The mission is to acquire and assemble bikes for some in our community that could truly benefit from this generous program.


Dublin Rotarian Ron Mazur explained to us that this idea was not originated locally. Instead, in the spirit of cooperation, the concept was shared by another Rotary chapter in Visalia. This program in southern CA had existed for many years and they had successfully donated hundreds of bikes to deserving families. As the bicycles are manufactured in China by Micargi, they are shipped to the U.S. via a port near Los Angeles. So, the only challenge was to have them transported up north. And, in another gesture of corporate responsibility, Micargi continues to provide these donated rides at manufacturer’s cost.

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What the 2016 Election Means to a Dublin Millennial [Opinion]

November 11, 2016

NEW YORK, NY, November 9, 2016 2:30 am EST–I called my parents in California, with my heart in my stomach, and asked, “What do we do now? My job? This country? How did we let this happen?” A fury of emotions pouring over me; fear, pain, defeat. “We don’t know, there are tears here too.” I quickly realized that the people who I naturally sought comfort from, the adults who I always thought knew the right answer to everything, were asking the same questions and had the same shock of feelings I had. The people whose protection I sought, I realized, couldn’t protect me in this moment. This was when true fear set in.img_5862

The past 48 hours have been grueling for me, and many (but not all) of us across the country. From excitement, to feeling like a ton of bricks had been placed on our chest, to crying next to my coworkers as we watched a New York favorite, Secretary Hillary Clinton, give her concession speech. New York City fell eerily silent yesterday as we went on with our lives wondering, “What now? Who do we blame? I am angry and hurt and want to yell at someone.” Those thoughts soon turned into Facebook rants which turned into protests that broke out throughout the country yesterday evening.

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