University Medalist takes an educational path less traveled

Aaron Benavidez speaks to his fellow graduates at UC Berkeley’s 2011 Commencement.
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Aaron Benavidez speaks to his fellow graduates at UC Berkeley’s 2011 Commencement.

For UC Berkeley University Medalist Aaron Benavidez, who graduated this month with a 3.98 GPA and 11 A-pluses, part of being successful at UC Berkeley came as a result of years behind a cello. Benavidez, a 31-year-old sociology and rhetoric double major who grew up in Stockton, began an unusual
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