"We have been very successful building our real estate business over the past eight years utilizing the marketing, sales and business skills from our former corporate backgrounds," said Paul and Ginny Mees. "The Harper Team not only brings with it many of these same corporate skills, but has proven to be one of the most innovative Realtor teams in the country while leveraging the Internet and new technologies to build its business."
They said they see this as being critical to long term plans of building on their client base here in California, as well as developing a new client base in Europe and for those relocating between the U.S. and Europe.
The principals of the new team - Paul and Ginny Mees, Craig and Tracey Harper and John Harper - bring more than 65 years of experience in sales and marketing, with 27 of those years being in real estate; over 30 years of Internet marketing experience; and 642 closed real estate transactions.
Cookies for the troops
Super cookie sellers at the age of 7 are Caitlyn Russell; Kali Wiseman; Gina Sinclair; Katharyn Wahleithner; Shaina Zins, Emily Ayers; Sophia DeGracia, Kaitlyn Trainer, Kristen Lucasey. The girls, from Blackhawk's Brownie Troop No. 2426, sold 1,455 boxes of cookies during one month.
They are especially proud that they are sending more than 500 boxes to American soldiers overseas. Cookie patrons were able to buy the treats to be sent to the American troops overseas to bring them a little piece of home. The Blue Star Moms picked up the cookies last week to mail to the troops.
Monte Vista High School students and teachers played their own role during the international week of the French language, March 17-21. Ten students from French 4 and 5 took part in the contest of the "Amis de la Culture Francaise" (Friends of the French Culture). Ali Doroudchi, Pamela Peters, Alex Starr, Ariana Luna, Trenton Szewcyzk, Jessica Crossley, Tuhin Roy, Diane Fazli, Mike Domalewski and Becky Miller all went to Berkeley and competed against students from many East Bay high schools. Diane, Tuhin, Alex, and Ali went to the final round where they had to speak on current events. Ali won second place in the French 4 division.
On Monday, March 17, all of the French 3 and AP French Literature students participated in the National French Exam organized by the American Association of Teachers of French. This is the first time in at least 20 years that Monte Vista has taken part in this contest, where students are ranked nationally and can win fabulous prizes like a trip to France.
The French 4 students are doing some podcasting, recording MP3s telling about their first encounter with the French language, in yet another contest, sponsored by the French Consulate in San Francisco. Also, French students from all levels wore their famous French T-shirts on Thursday to school.
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