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Danny Mitchell '08, A Bright Spot for Sun

Danny Mitchell
Danny Mitchell (second from left) with Sun employees

Danny Mitchell, an incoming freshman at Pitzer College, was recently honored by Sun Microsystems at an event held by the Palo Alto Unified School District for his contributions to Sun's Work Experience Program. Mitchell, an intern with the company since February 2002, was lauded as an important member of Sun Labs Planning and Operations Team.

Mitchell received a Work Experience scholarship of $1000 and a commendation from Liz Kniss, Santa Clara County Supervisor and former mayor of Palo Alto. Mitchell said he will use his scholarship to buy a laptop to accompany him when he leaves for Pitzer in mid-August, where he will focus on political studies.

The Work Experience Program is a partnership between the school district and local businesses. Mitchell, who was just a sophomore at Gunn High School when he joined Sun, cited the value of the work experience class, which teaches students about work ethics, resumes, finance, time management, and the expectations of employers.

Joining in the celebration were Mitchell's proud parents, Joani and Larry Mitchell. Besides carrying a full load of classes and keeping their grade-point averages high enough to select a university of their choice, students in the program participate in many extracurricular activities. In Mitchell's case, he was on the Gunn High School water polo team and was an active participant in the YMCA's Youth and Government Program, which recently spent a week in Sacramento attending meetings with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and debating bills in the Congressional Chambers.

According to Sun, Mitchell made himself particularly invaluable as coordinator of the activities of the company's university interns -- providing information to newcomers, planning meetings and events, and generally ensuring the integration of the new interns into the company's culture. Mitchell is the intern liaison and is always mentioned in their outgoing evaluations as the person who made a real difference in their experience while at Sun, the company noted in an online article.