The Stanislaus County Fair took home six first-place awards at the Western Fairs Association Convention.
It won for best website, magazine advertisement, any other advertising piece, new featured event/exhibit or program, new children's program and new community outreach program.
The fair also took two seconds and a third-place.
The 2013 Stanislaus County Fair opens July 12 for a 10-day run.
Stanislaus County's Office of Education and the Association of School Administrators Stanislaus Charter has recognized numerous classified employees from schools throughout the county.
They included: Sharon De Greek, Ceres Unified, child nutrition; Karen Souza, Turlock Unified, para-educator category; Reggie Valenzuela, Empire Union, maintenance/operations; Brian Chandler, Ceres Unified, support/ security services; and Kim Leverett, Oakdale Joint Unified, office and technical.
Vickie Rocha, Stanislaus County Office of Education, received the first Jane Johnston Civility Award.
Clark D. Burke will become the new deputy superintendent of the Manteca Unified School District. Burke comes to Manteca from Granite Bay, where he is the human resources director for the Eureka Union School District. He replaces Donald Halseth, who retires in June.
Patrick Dell of Manteca has been named Engineer of the Year by the San Joaquin Engineers Council. He will receive the honor Feb. 21 during the Engineer Week banquet at the University of the Pacific's Grace Covell Hall in Stockton. In 2012, the organization raised $10,500 for scholarships given to high school graduates enrolling in engineering programs.
Gloria Bracco, president of the local Epsilon Nu chapter of Delta Kappa, announced its officers for 2013. They include Carol Berberian, Bonnie Jones-Lee, Rochelle Rosen, Mary Murray, Ellen Vager, Mary Lomax and Nancy Scheer. The chapter has 45 members and promotes the professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
Joseph Gallo Farms of Livingston was among the 17 companies and organizations that received the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, the highest environmental honor in the state. They were recognized Wednesday at a ceremony at the California Environmental Protection Agency in Sacramento.
Joseph Gallo Farms uses biogas digesters that set a new industry standard and for its work to become the first large cheese plant to integrate green energy. The farm reclaims or reuses 100 percent of its effluent. And the company has reduced the need for 3,000 truck deliveries by pumping milk directly into the cheese plant, saving thousands of gallons of diesel fuel.
Established in 1993, the GEELA honors individuals, companies and organizations that make significant contributions to the state by developing environmentally friendly practices, while contributing to the local economy.
Christina Alger, a student at California State University, Stanislaus, was recognized among the nation's top human resources students. She received the Undergraduate Education Award and a $2,500 scholarship from the Society for Human Resources Management. She became the school's fourth student in six years to be honored by the organization.
Relief Inc., a Modesto-based nonprofit, received a 2012 Top Rated Award from GreatProfits.org. The award is based upon positive online reviews. Go to www.reliefinc.org for more information about the Modesto group.
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