Accolades: Tracy High graduate goes for robotics doctorate
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Graduate sets sights on robotics doctorate

Kristen Marie Holtz, the valedictorian of the Tracy High Class of 2009, graduated with honors from California Institute of Technology on June 14.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and completed a minor in control and dynamical systems.

Holtz will begin work toward a doctorate in the fall at The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

She is the daughter of Peter and Lynette Holtz.

Tracy High alumna earns bachelor’s degree

Chanelle Cecchi, a graduate of Tracy High School, received a bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral sciences from California State University, Monterey Bay, on May 18.

She is the daughter of Rich and Jill Cecchi of Tracy.

THS grad receives degree, studies sharks

A 2009 graduate of Tracy High School, Cara Gallagher, is studying the feeding behaviors of great white sharks in South Africa as an intern this summer.

She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, East Bay, on June 15 and will begin graduate studies at San Francisco State University in the fall. She will also resume her research on harbor porpoises.

Gallagher is the daughter of John and Jo Ann Gallagher of Tracy.

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