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Brenda Edwards Bernet, Azle, won first prize at the Dallas Bar Association Philbin Awards in October for her Plano Star Courier newspaper spot news. She and a co-writer shared the prize for their account of the Plano school district’s policy on students distributing candy canes in class with religious messages.

John Hernandez
, Fort Worth, was named an independent contractor for LandStar Express. He and Amy Lewis-Hernandez (’99) welcomed their son, Jason, in 2003. Amy is a dropout prevention counselor for the Fort Worth ISD.

Adam Rubenstein and Gwen Olson Rubenstein (’01), Austin, welcomed daughter Ava Kristine in January 2005. Adam is a seafood broker with Rubenstein Seafood Sales and Gwen is “loving every second of being a mommy.”

Joseph Warren (Ph.D.), Burleson, was named chair of the Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators for 2006-07. He is an assistant professor of pathology and anatomy and assistant director of the DNA Identity Laboratory at the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

Marissa Ann Bates, Austin, works at the University of Texas at Austin in the corporate data services division of the Office of Development.

Richard Grissom, Dallas, has been hired as an account executive for Dover Motorsports Inc. at its Nashville Superspeedway. He is a graduate of the Game Face Executive Academy in Portland, Ore.

William Quinn, Combine, graduated from the Graduate School of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas. He earned a School of Worship and Technical Arts certificate in December.

Kortnye Victory, Fort Worth, completed the instructor certification for the Jazzercise dance fitness program. She teaches fitness classes in Burleson in addition to teaching K-4 gifted and talented classes in the Aledo ISD.

Jon O’Guinn (M.J.), Dallas, has been writing and editing special sections at the Dallas Morning News since 2003. He began his journalism career on the news desk at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram while still in the master’s program at UNT. He married Cliff Garner in Vancouver, B.C., in December 2004, and they have settled in Dallas with their three dogs.

Sarah Reece-Fincanon, Garland, and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of their son, Riley William, born in July.

Maike Rode (M.J.), Enid, Okla., has been working as a staff photographer at the Enid News and Eagle for two years.

Arne Schwettmann (M.S.), Norman, Okla., is working on his doctorate in physics at the University of Oklahoma.

Jennifer Snoek-Brown (M.S.), Platteville, Wisc., was hired as a reference librarian for Karrmann Library at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and was selected for the Wisconsin Library Association’s WeLead Initiative, which helps prepare new library leaders. As part of the program, she receives WLA membership, conference stipends, leadership opportunities and a professional mentorship. Previously, she was the adult and youth services librarian for Lewisville Public Library in Lewisville.

Anita Varghese (M.J.), Los Angeles, Calif., has been promoted to news editor of the Argonaut, a weekly newspaper for beach communities in west Los Angeles County. She was previously the education reporter and government/politics reporter.

Molly McCullough (M.J.), Lewisville, received a 2005 Texas Media Award from the American Cancer Society. In October she was promoted to assistant managing editor of the Star Community Newspaper, working in the Lewisville office.

Margaret Myrick (M.J.), Austin, is writing for the Bastrop Advertiser and wrote a short piece for the October issue of Austin Monthly.

*Eric Purdin and *Wendy Davis Purdin (’99), Little Elm, celebrated the birth of their first child, Anya Faith, in September.

Jeffrey Ryder (M.J.), Austin, is a copy editor at Keller Williams International and was previously a copy editor for the House Journal.

Douglas Simms, Frisco, is the manager at Wells Fargo-Stonebriar and says he is beginning his journey into real estate investing. He married his college sweetheart, Rachel Bennett, who works at UnitedHealthCare and also has plans for real estate investing and teaching.

Michael L. Porter (M.S.), Tyler, is employed by the University of Texas at Tyler as a distance education librarian. He received his master’s degree in library science in August.

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