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Lair of the Golden Bear

TAAP Scholars Take on the Lair

By Josephine Thornton

On Friday, August 26, an incoming cohort of The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) Scholars and Alumni Scholars Program staff traveled to Pinecrest for a weekend at the Lair of the Golden Bear. The result—a weekend of bonding, hikes to the lake, sunshine, and of course, s’mores.

Scholars from The Achievement Award Program's graduating Class of 2022 celebrate a shared milestone. CJ Poloka / Cal Alumni Association
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