School Bulletin: Granite Bay alumna honored by Federal Aviation Administration

Cavitt student wins essay contest
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Granite Bay alumna honored by Federal Aviation Administration

Granite Bay High School alumna Gabriela DeFrancisci was recently named one of two outstanding students of the year by the Federal Aviation Administration. She will receive a $1,000 award. DeFrancisci is a Ph.D. engineering student at the University of California at San Diego.

Her work has strong implications for aviation safety, according to a press release. Her main focus area involves the formation of wide-area blunt impact damage in composite structures. This is relevant to accidental contact between heavy ground service equipment and commercial aircraft with composite-fuselage structures.

DeFrancisci received her bachelor’s degree in 2008 from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo’s Department of Civil Engineering. She received her master’s degree at UC San Diego in 2010.

Cavitt student wins essay contest

Satgur Maan, an eighth grader at Cavitt Junior High School in Granite Bay, was one of two winners of the American History Essay Contest, sponsored by Gold Trail Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. This year’s topic was “forgotten patriots who supported the American struggle for independence.” Students were asked to focus on often unrecognized people and groups, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and others, who provided military, patriotic and public service in support of the American Revolution.

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