Providing stellar support – ACSA EdCal v48.7

Exceptional leadership doesn’t require having a job title at the top of the organization.  It isn’t about publicity, nor does it need to be widely seen to make a wide and powerful impact.  Many times, those creating lasting change, ensuring the smooth day to day function of a district, and leading beyond limits are those in supporting roles.

One such leader is Laryn Bishop, Chief Assistant to the Superintendent at Solano County Office of Education.

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BHS senior spends summer doing medical research at UC Davis – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

How did you spend your summer? Did you go to the pool? Did you go on a trip? Did you spend some much-needed relaxation around the house?

You probably did any combination of the above plus some additional summer activities, but you probably did not spend your summer doing research at UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine. However, Benicia High School senior Jason Own certainly did.This summer, UC Davis put on its Young Scholars Program where academically inclined sophomores and juniors take part in research in the fields of biological and natural sciences. The program is more than 50 years old and only accepts up to 40 advanced high schoolers. This year, Own was among them.

Own has had an interest in the medical field since a child, when he frequently visited hospitals as he was afflicted with iron deficiency anemia. Despite being a very difficult experience, Own took away from it a love of medicine.

Source: BHS senior spends summer doing medical research at UC Davis

Benicia High grad earns Gold Award for efforts to refurbish Mare Island center – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

After 13 years as a Girl Scout, Emily Radtke of Troop 20640 received the highest honor she possibly could: a Gold Award. The award was a culmination of more than 8 months of work to address Vallejo’s homeless problem.

Radtke, an 18-year-old recent Benicia High School graduate, joined the Girl Scouts at the age of 5 at the Daisy level. She continued with the organization until she recently graduated at the Ambassador level. As one of her final tasks Radtke, chose to work toward a Gold Award, which is no easy task. A scout has to put in a minimum of 80 hours completing an individual service project that address in issue in their community.

Radtke decided to help the homeless population in Vallejo and did so by partnering with the Global Center for Success on Mare Island, a nonprofit organization that aims to help the homeless and lower-income members of Vallejo’s population through such services as life skills counseling, financial and computer literacy classes, GED training, and health and wellness education. Radtke learned about the Global Center for Success after visiting Vallejo’s Christian Help Center, a partner of the center. She decided she would focus her project on helping out there.

Source: Girl Scout, Benicia High grad earns Gold Award for efforts to refurbish Mare Island center

Armijo grad DeVries to be inducted into USTA NorCal Hall of Fame – Daily Republic

By Paul Farmer

When you refer to Steve DeVries as a hall of famer, it’s quite an understatement.

Already a member of the Sac-Joaquin Section and University of California halls of fame, DeVries is set to be inducted into the United States Tennis Association Northern California Hall of Fame.

The 1983 Armijo High graduate, as well as San Francisco 49ers radio broadcaster and longtime TV tennis announcer Ted Robinson and three others, will be inducted in a ceremony on Thursday at Stanford University during the Bank of the West Classic.

Source: Armijo grad DeVries to be inducted into USTA NorCal Hall of Fame

Fairfield student building leadership skills – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Briana Arbaca-Cervantes, a senior from Fairfield High School, will spend her summer navigating the nonprofit sector.

She was awarded a paid internship through a partnership between Bank of America’s Student Leaders Program and Junior Achievement, and will work on building her workforce and leadership skills.

The Junior Achivement is a volunteer-delivered, kindergarten through 12th-grade program to foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential.

Source: Good news: Fairfield student building leadership skills

Benicia Middle School drum major reflects on undefeated season – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

Meadow Iniguez had an incredible season with her school band. She was an undefeated drum major, picked up several awards and got to compete in the high school division.The catch? She is only in middle school.

The incoming eighth-grader at Benicia Middle School has been performing music since she was a member of Joe Henderson Elementary School’s band. Meadow enjoys being able to take several different pieces of music and turn them into a cohesive work of art.“You can tell a story through music,” she said. “It’s a type of expression.”

For the last two years, Meadow has been a member of the BMS Viking Band under the direction of Glenn Walp. Along the way, she has won awards in conducting, parade band, drum major and an Outstanding Performer Award.A big achievement for Meadow was when she got to compete in Rodriguez High School’s Winter Band Review.

Source: Benicia Middle School drum major reflects on undefeated season

Public Safety Academy grad ready to engineer a new life – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

Things have not always gone the way Melissa Spencer would have preferred.

She lives with the daily pain of a degenerative spinal disease that forced her to abandon her dream of being a U.S. Army Ranger, and her family life has not always been the best either.

“My mom has had a lot of mental health issues and addiction problems,” said Spencer, adding her mother has not been a big part of her life.

She said her father Stephen Spencer’s second marriage added its own kinds of pressures, and at 13, she moved in with her brother, Mark. Spencer has three brothers and one half-brother.

Source: Public Safety Academy grad ready to engineer a new life

Armijo High School Top Students: 2017 – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Jayson Rick Abique

Highlights: Going to sports games such as football and basketball, as well as participating in clubs such as robotics and ping pong. Plans next year: I plan to go to the University of California, Santa Cruz. Career goal: To work in the medical field using chemical engineering. In 10 years: I see myself working for a major pharmaceutical company, creating medicine and prescriptions.

Source: Armijo High School Top Students: 2017

Will C. Wood Top Students: 2017 – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Delani Fish

Highlights: I’m extremely proud of my athletic accomplishments being MEL champion back to back, attending the Arcadia invitational in Los Angeles. I will never forget the journey with my peers with freshmen orientation, leadership camps, and atom bomb debates and I’m extremely honored to walk the stage with my amazing Class of 2017. Scholarships, awards: Parent Teacher Club Scholarship and Wildcats Booster Club Scholarship. Plans next year: I will be continuing my academic and Track and Field career at the University of California, San Diego in the Fall.

Source: Will C. Wood Top Students: 2017

Vanden High School Top Students: 2017 – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Ashley Young – Valedictorian

Highlights: Community service through my church and the National Honor Society, of which I was both an activities chair and a historian. The music program, captain of the Color Guard and Winter Guard teams during my senior year. I attended both the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference and the California Leadership Academy. Scholarships, awards: Valedictorian; Rotary Scholarship for Arts, Athletics; a Sandy Montana Memorial Scholarship (provided by the California Color Guard Circuit); Fairfield Community Services Foundation Scholarship; grant money to attend UCLA. Plans next year: Attend the University of California, Los Angeles, and double major in Political Science and Global Studies. Career goals: Hope to work as a diplomat in the Foreign Service, but am also interested in roles concerning foreign relations within the United Nations and the Central Intelligence Agency. In 10 years: I would like to be experiencing the vast intricacies and perspectives of the world, either by continuing my pursuit of higher education, immersing myself in an effort such as the Peace Corps, or living out an ambitious career in global affairs.

Source: Vanden High School Top Students: 2017

Vanden celebrates 11 student-athletes signing letters of intent – Daily Republic

By Marcus Lomtong

There were 11 Vanden High student-athletes honored for signing a letter of intent inside the school’s small theater, Wednesday.

On the surface it was a normal signing ceremony with the athletes being honored for getting the opportunity to play at the next level, but this class wasn’t as normal as it may have seemed.

Being honored were Korie Corral, Aryel Moreland, Andrea Walker, Kaelee Campbell, Julie Blackshell-Fair, Clarissa Sanchez, Lauryn Zabat, Phoenix Shackelford, Hope Brandner, James Ballard Jr. and Kiera Connelly.

Source: Vanden celebrates 11 student-athletes signing letters of intent

Armijo’s Jordan Terrell signs letter of intent to George Fox – Daily Republic

By Marcus Lomtong

It’s not that often a student-athlete can play just three games of his senior season and still get the opportunity to play baseball at the next level.

That ‘s the case for Armijo High baseball player Jordan “JoJo” Terrell, who signed a national letter of intent, Friday, to play baseball at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

Source: Armijo’s Jordan Terrell signs letter of intent to George Fox

Brendan Erwin to run for University of St. Mary after career at Armijo – Daily Republic

By Marcus Lomtong

Running long distances is Brendan Erwin’s specialty for the Armijo High cross country and track teams.

He won’t have to run a long distance to go to college, but he will have to travel a long distance, having signed a national letter of intent inside E. Gary Vaughn Gymnasium, Friday, to the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kan., on a full-ride scholarship.

Erwin didn’t choose the Spires because the campus is more than 1,700 miles away, though. In fact, he chose them because life after athletics is just as important as being a student-athlete.

Source: Brendan Erwin to run for University of St. Mary after career at Armijo

Papa Roach Day will be declared Saturday in Vacaville – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Wednesday will be declared Papa Roach Day for the world-touring, Grammy-nominated, triple-platinum rock band with members who originally hail from Vacaville.

Papa Roach will come home Wednesday to deliver a message to Solano County children: Be fearless, dream big, aim high to develop your full creative potential, a statement released about the event said.

Papa Roach, formed in 1993 with members Jacoby Shaddix, a student at Vacaville High, Jerry Horton, of Vanden High, Tobin Esperance and Tony Palermo – has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, the release added.

Source: Papa Roach Day will be declared Saturday in Vacaville

Vanden JROTC honored for service – The Reporter

By Kelli Germeraad

On Saturday, April 8, the Vacaville Veterans Organizations and Auxiliaries hosted a “Celebration of Service” to honor fifteen years of community service excellence by the Vanden High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) to the Vacaville veteran’s community.

It was an event that included cadets and their parents currently in the program; past alumni of the program; instructors Lt. Colonel Billy Lakes, Major Marian Collins and MSgt. Hollis Huvar, as well as some special invited guests.

The veteran’s hall was a sea of green and gold, fifteen years of pictures, posters and memorabilia. Volunteers on the committee scanned some 400 plus photos of the past in order to highlight a continued service to area veterans and their families. You could not walk in to the main hall at the veterans building and not be overwhelmed by the veteran’s gratitude to this group of young people who may have set out to earn ribbons and medals for community service, and instead provided life changing support to a community.

Source: Vanden JROTC honored for service – The Reporter

 

Benicia High grad treats orthopedic injuries in East Bay – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

Ten years ago, BASS (Bay Area Surgical Specialists) Medical Group was formed to provide state-of-the-art medical care through a variety of offices and doctors located throughout Northern California. One of its more than 150 surgeons is Dr. Benjamin Busfield, an orthopedic surgeon with offices in Antioch, Brentwood and Walnut Creek, but it was Benicia that he originally called home.

Busfield grew up in Benicia, having attended its schools and even delivered the Benicia Herald on his Rose Drive route from the age of 10 to the age of 18. Busfield graduated from Benicia High School in 1992 and credited then-physiology teacher Brian Kelly with giving him a love for sports medicine.

“He just got me to love physiology, which has direct applications to medicine,” Busfield said.Busfield went on to get a bachelor’s degree in physiology at the University of California, Davis; a masters in physiology and biophysics at Georgetown University where he also got his medical degree. He also did a year of sports medicine fellowship training at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, where he provided orthopedic assistance to several of the area’s professional sports teams, including the L.A. Dodgers, Lakers, Kings and Sparks and the Anaheim Ducks.

Source: Benicia High grad treats orthopedic injuries in East Bay

Vanden grad making waves in roots music – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

She is Nell Robinson now.

Vanden High School staff and students, circa 1976-80, knew her as Hilary Perkins.

She is heralded today as a “modern day Patsy Cline” and “one of the freshest voices in roots music.

”Robinson, who graduated from Vanden in 1979, grew up loving music. Her parents listened to many styles and Robinson sang in church choirs, played the flute and other instruments.

Source: Vanden grad making waves in roots music

Will C. Wood grad, former DR reporter, on team that won Pulitzer Prize – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Daily Republic staff writer David DeBolt is on the team of reporters who earned a Pulitzer Prize for their work on the Ghost Ship Fire in Oakland.

DeBolt, a 2003 graduate of Will C. Wood High School, joined the Contra Costa Times in July 2012, after spending a year at the Daily Republic.

He now covers crime and public safety for the Oakland Tribune, which, along with the Times, is part of the Bay Area News Group.

Source: Will C. Wood grad, former DR reporter, on team that won Pulitzer Prize

BMS creative thinking team advances to World Finals – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

As part of the Odyssey of the Mind competition, seven Benicia Middle Schoolers have been working to think outside the box. That type of thinking will take them outside the state when they participate in the World Finals in May.

Odyssey of the Mind is an internationally sponsored competition for students ranging from kindergarteners to college pupils that blends academic education with creative, out-of-the-box thinking. The goal is to bring students together through teamwork as they solve problems.This year, two teams from Benicia participated but only one from BMS— consisting of seventh-grader Aidan Schultz and eighth-graders Aidan Torres, Aly Diaw, Blake Harris, Michael Cerna, Jacob Knott and Jonah Tillotson and coached by Amy Cerna and Carrie Todd— will be advancing to the World Finals at Michigan State University. It all began with the Regional Competition, which was held March 4 at Concord High School and El Dorado Middle School in Concord. From there, they were able to advance to the State Competition at Heritage High School in Brentwood on March 25 and then finally to the World Finals, which Todd said had never happened before.

Source: BMS creative thinking team advances to World Finals

Vanden senior bound for West Point – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

His hair freshly cut, clad perhaps a slightly ill-fitting uniform, Vanden High senior Cameron Castillo on July 3 will raise his right hand and take the Oath of Allegiance, entering the West Point class of 2021.

He will be among some 1,250 plebes, or freshman as they are known at the United States Military Academy, who will recite the oath on the sprawling parade grounds, on the granite bluffs above the Hudson River, about an hour’s drive north of New York City, where he will begin the grueling seven-week Cadet Basic Training, commonly called “Beast Barracks.”

In an interview last week, Castillo, who will turn 18 in June, told The Reporter he had just recently received his acceptance letter into the storied co-educational federal service academy, with its long list of graduates who are household names: Grant, Lee, Sherman, Pershing, Patton, Eisenhower, Bradley, Westmoreland, Aldrin, and Schwarzkopf.

 

Source: Vanden senior bound for West Point