Kudos to: Elise Nelson, heroine
Accomplishment: Received a Sacramento police commendation for saving a child.
Details: In July, Nelson saw a 2-year-old boy floating face-down in her apartment complex swimming pool. She removed the child from the water, yelled for help and started CPR. Nelson was able to re-establish a shallow pulse prior to the arrival of paramedics.
Kudos to: Rose Vermazen, ballet dancer
Accomplishment: Moscow-bound to be a Bolshoi Ballet Academy trainee.
Details: The Davis 15-year-old is moving to Russia to train at the academy, founded in 1776. The dancer has been an apprentice with Sacramento Arte de Flamenco and studied with the Sacramento Ballet.
Kudos to: Josephine Kao, Mira Loma High School senior
Accomplishment: Serving a yearlong appointment to the State Board of Education.
Details: She earned her spot on the board with a fine academic career. Kao was also a spelling bee champ in 2009 and a finalist in the U.S. Figure Skating national synchronized skating championships last year.
Kudos to: Annette M. Jones, state veterinarian and director of Animal Health and Food Safety Services
Accomplishment: Received the California Poultry Federation's "Golden Rooster" award.
Details: The industry's highest honor went to Jones for her leadership of a task force to combat Exotic Newcastle disease and to keep the contagious bird virus from moving north of the Tehachapi Mountains.
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