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Maria Carrillo alum Shao honored for dance program

Maria Carrillo High School alum Michelle Shao has been named a 2012 finalist for the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. The prize honors 25 students each year. The top 10 winners each receive $2,500. Shao, a freshman at Harvard, has earned loads of accolades in Sonoma County both for her academic prowess and her creation of “Chance to Dance,” a program that brings dance instruction to children who would otherwise have trouble affording lessons. To read about Shao, click… Read More »

Maria Carrillo’s Michelle Shao is student of the month

Maria Carrillo High School’s Xiaoyi “Michelle” Shao is Santa Rosa City Schools student of the month for May. Readers may recall that Shao was honored last week as one of the Press Democrat’s 10 outstanding seniors in the Community Youth Service Award. Shao won in the music category for her work in establishing and then dramatically expanding the “Chance to Dance” program with the Boys and Girls Club. The program is now active in other cities in California and across… Read More »