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Modesto 8th-grader publishes first novel, with another on way

Juliana Presto knows what it means to chase your dreams. “I think I was around 8 or 9 years old when I realized I really wanted to become a published author,” says Juliana, a 13-year-old living in Modesto. “That’s when I started working on different stories and really writing my ideas down.” Just four years after the realization of her dream job, Juliana has published her first novel, “Fire and Ice: The Awakening.”

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Tech’s female pioneers forgotten

It’s no secret that people are often erased from the history of big-tech companies. It’s so prevalent in Silicon Valley that it is known as “The Creation Myth.” But what may come as a surprise is the number of women who played a pivotal role but who are now forgotten.

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A high note for Johansen AP music students

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra struck a chord with Johansen High Advanced Placement music theory students. The class got to speak with orchestra members, watch a rehearsal and attend a performance at the Gallo Center for the Arts earlier this month.

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