Accolades: Tracy High alumnus earns law degree
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THS alumnus earns law degree

Gerald D. “Gerry” Latasa Jr., a 2006 graduate of Tracy High School, received his Juris Doctor degree May 18 at University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.

Latasa was awarded the Outstanding Student Service Award and a Capital Commendation for Public Service-Extraordinary Commitment.

He earned a certificate in public law and policy, with emphases in criminal justice and international comparative law.

Latasa graduated from University of the Pacific in 2010.

His parents are Deborah and Gerald Latasa Sr. of Tracy.

Teenager studies plant genetics

Philip Hwang, a rising senior at Tracy High School, has spent his summer studying an aspect of plants’ genetic codes that could help researchers create better vaccines against viral infections in plants.

Hwang was selected to attend the UC Davis Young Scholars Program with other high school juniors and seniors from June 23 to Saturday, Aug. 3, at University of California, Davis.

The participants attended biology and natural science lectures and conducted their own research under professional researchers. Students also wrote papers and presented their findings.

Hwang’s research focused on methylation of plant DNA in the presence of a viral infection.

Selection criteria included strong academics, teacher recommendations and a personal essay.

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