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 firstname.lastname@example.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.