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Intern Is Headed to the White House

June 27, 1993|CHRISTINA V. GODBEY

Elaine Lyles left her native Washington, D.C., to start a new life in Southern California more than a decade ago. Now, the 35-year-old Santa Monica College student is returning to the nation's capital to serve an internship with the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.

Lyles is one of seven Santa Monica College students who won a Dale Ride Internship, established in memory of the late college faculty member. The program gives students firsthand experience in government offices and agencies for eight to 10 weeks. Interns receive stipends to cover transportation, housing and other expenses.

Lyles is the first student to be placed in the executive branch of the federal government. She will work with Brooke Shearer, White House Fellowships director, to recruit a more diverse group of applicants.

"To have the opportunity to go to the White House is beyond whatever I hoped or dreamed," the Los Angeles resident said. "I look forward to going and being a representative for the college."

Lyles recently returned to school after a long hiatus, during which she worked for two law firms and became a mother of two. Last summer she enrolled in a few courses; she became a full-time student in the fall.

"I decided that I needed to go back to school," she said. "I find my days are a lot longer but I have a lot of energy and my kids help me."

Lyles, who is a business administration major, plans to go on to law school.

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President Clinton named several Westside high school students as this year's National Science Scholars in a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and National Science Foundation.

Los Angeles students named were Sirvard Khanoyan, Sonia Herrera, Yen Hoang and Mark Peng. Santa Monica High student Nersi Nikahtar also was named.

Scholars will receive a $1,750 scholarship for the 1993-94 academic year.

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The University Women of the University of Judaism have named Fay Kanin as "1993 Artist of the Year."

The award winning writer and producer received the Burning Bush Award at the 26th Annual Author/Artist Luncheon June 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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Heidi Paul has been awarded the "Wisdom Award of Honor" and named to the Wisdom Hall of Fame for Physicians and Surgeons by the Wisdom Society for the Advancement of Knowledge, Learning and Research in Education.

The Beverly Hills chiropractor was selected for her contributions to the field of chiropractic therapy.

She is the first chiropractor in the United States to be given such an award from the nonprofit educational publishing society.

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Marian Rosenthal was appointed chief of internal medicine for Kaiser Permanente in West Los Angeles.

Rosenthal was the first women to receive "The 1992 Exceptional Contribution Award" given by Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers.

The Santa Monica resident received her medical degree from New York University and competed her residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York and UCLA. She is also an assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCLA and an attending physician at Wadworth VA Hospital in Los Angeles.

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The Aids Chapter for City of Hope gave "The Spirit of Life" award to Bernie Hecht.

Hecht, a longtime resident of Beverly Hills, was recognized for his support and commitment to numerous educational and service organizations in Los Angeles.

He was honored at a dinner June 5 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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