Teen News: Stanislaus County Leadership Academy graduates

local@modbee.comMay 7, 2013 

Pictured (L-R): Second-place winner Flex Maxim Dalit from Merrill F. West High School in Tracy, CA; third-place winner Gerardo Paez from Ceres High School; Rep. Jeff Denham; and first place winner Madeleine Gini.

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The 2012-13 Leadership Academy will graduate 31 students from the Stanislaus County Office of Education's Prevention Programs Department program.

The students will be honored during a ceremony today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto.

Designed to develop the leadership potential of high school juniors and seniors, the Leadership Academy began during the 2003-04 school year. Approximately 300 students from throughout the county have participated in the program since its inception.

Students meet one day each month throughout the school year to learn about emerging community issues.

This year's graduates are:

Blake Avant, Modesto Christian High

Chelsey Azevedo, Gregori High

Jill Bigler, Turlock High

Brad Borges, Hughson High

David Brunn, Central Catholic High

Chris Cacho, Modesto High

Karissa Clawson, Big Valley Christian High

Martin Coleman, Turlock High

Garrett Cook, Modesto High

Carter Day, Pitman High

Marlen Diaz, Central Valley High

Eugene Garcia III, Enochs High

Isaiah Henry, Ceres High

Brooklyn Kelley, Enochs High

Karrie Le, Gregori High

Jenna Rose Lee, Modesto High

Micayla Lowe, Downey High

Madeline Lundgren, Big Valley Christian High

Eric Mak, Beyer High

Alexandra McClellan, Pitman High

Shannon Mitten, Beyer High

Keuren Parra, Davis High

Natalie Perez, Central Catholic High

Karly Reid, Pitman High

Felicia Romo, Downey High

Keoni Sablan, Modesto Christian High

Thomas Sawyer, Turlock Christian High

Maia Skowron, Modesto High

Kenny Smart, Central Catholic High

Amit Uma, Modesto High

Bradley Wilkerson, Beyer High

For more information about the Leadership Academy, call Jeri Trainor at (209) 238-1375 or jtrainor@stancoe.org.

Congressional art competition winners

U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, announced that Central Catholic High School student Madeleine Gini is the winner of the 2013 10th Congressional District Art Competition during a reception last month that showcased student artwork entries at the Chartreuse Muse Gallery and Art School in Modesto.

The Artistic Discovery Contest, sponsored by members of the U.S. House of Representatives, recognizes and encourages artistic talents of high school students.

Modesto-native Madeleine will represent the 10th District at a congressional reception with winners from across the country. The reception will be this summer at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., where her first-place entry, "The Valley Will Bloom," will be exhibited for one year.

A third-place tie went to Gerardo Paez and John Butler, both students at Ceres High School, for "The Bird and the Flower" and "Teddy," respectively. All second- and third-place winning artwork will be showcased in Denham's Modesto office for a year.

Military academy appointees named

U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, recently honored U.S. Service Academy appointees from California's 10th Congressional District during a reception at the Salida Library.

Three graduating seniors nominated by Denham last year have been selected to attend the country's leading service academies, including the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and Naval Academy at Annapolis.

To be considered for admission to the armed service academies, potential students must be nominated by a U.S. representative, U.S. senator or the vice president.

In January, Denham selected nominees after an application and interview process considering factors such as academic achievements, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character and motivation. Acceptance is then decided by each academy.

Local students accepted into the Air Force Academy include Adam Groesbeck, from Turlock High School, and Kahleb Kelsey, from Mariposa County High School. Kelsey also was accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy.

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