Nevada County Republican Women Donate to TechTest

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Nevada County Republican Women Federated donated $500 dollars in support of SESF’s merit scholarship programs TechTest and TechTestJr. Below is a picture of the Executive Director Russ Steele accepting the check from Vice President Jo Ann Rebane, while  Kim Pruett, the President observes the transfer.

Republican Donation

Russ thanked the Republican Ladies for their much appreciated donation on behalf of the Board of Directors and the students who will benefit.

TechTestJr2013 Results Posted

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The scoring for TechTestJr 2013 are available under the TechTestJr Navigation Tab.


TechTest2012 Survivors Breakfast (Updated)

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Russ Steele

The TechTest2012 Survivors Breakfast was held on the 25th of May at Tofinelli’s in Grass Valley.  Students, Parents, Teachers and SESF Board Members gather to celebrate the completion of TechTest2012.  A special guest this year was Joe Fenner who was the top TechTestJr performer, from the Seven Hills Middle School.

Here are some picture of the event starting with the TechTest Junior Survivors, who took the test for practice.

Here are is a picture the Senior Survivors who competed for the top scholarship grants in 2012.

The three top TechTest2012 performers are shown here, who was the top winner will be announced at Award Night in June.

Finally here is Joe Fenner in the blue shirt and his parents Greg and Sue Fenner, Nancy Knaus wife of Board Member Ron Knaus listening to the author tell Nevada County economic war stories.

Update 05-27-12, 20:00)  Board Member George Rebane has posted more photos and additional commentary at Rebane’s Ruminations. (Photos by Jo Ann Rebane)

TechTestJr2012 Huge Sucess

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Mike McDaniels

SESF organized and sponsored a successful inaugural TechTestJr2012 exam for Nevada County 8th graders.  Six Nevada County schools participated in the 1st annual TechTest Jr. fashioned after SESF’s very successful Nevada County high school merit based scholarship exam called TechTest.   93 Nevada County students, primarily 8th graders, took the TechTest Jr. exam.

The 1 hour exam covered a wide range of math and science related questions.

The top score was earned by a student of Robert Sharp’s at 7 Hills School who scored a whopping 97% on the exam.  4 of the top 5 scores were earned by 7 Hills students.  Magnolia Intermediate School also had a very strong showing with one of the 4 runner-ups coming from Magnolia.  The 4 runner-ups each scored 93% on the exam.

The top scoring student from each of the 6 school’s will be recognized for their achievement.  Grass Valley Charter School’s (top score of 90%), Mt. St. Mary’s Academy (top score of 87%), Clear Creek (top score of 83%) and Union Hill (top score of 76%) students also participated in the very difficult merit based exam.

The exam was proctored the week of April 16th in Nevada County.  SESF expects to add additional Nevada County schools to next years list of participants.  If your school is interested please email mcdanielwealthman at

The goal of the TechTest series is to encourage continued education (and future vocation) in the technical fields of math and science.

Results of the TechTest Jr 2012 are posted HERE.

Additional information on the TechTest2012 and TechTestJr can be found at Rebane’s Ruminations.

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