Merced City School District recognizes students for perfect test scores

dyawger@mercedsunstar.comNovember 24, 2013 

— Billed as “A Night With the Stars,” the Merced City School District honored 104 students and their parents this week for perfect scores on state achievement tests at an awards dinner.

Annie Jew Dossetti, assistant superintendent of educational services, said 104 students received 112 medals during an awards presentation ceremony that followed dinner at Stefani Elementary School.

“We also served 322 dinners for all the students, their guests, our administrative team, board members and their guests,” Dossetti said. “I think the most rewarding portion of the evening was the proud look on all of our parents’ faces and the smiles on all our students’ faces as they received their ‘Perfect 600’ medal.”

Gene Stamm, a member of the Board of Education, called Wednesday night’s dinner a beautiful event and wonderful evening. He said even rainy weather didn’t dissuade people from participating.

“It was well worth it,” Stamm said. “It was something that was needed. The kids really appreciated the medals and I was very proud of the parents.”

Superintendent RoseMary Parga Duran said the medal winners will become leaders.

Community donors came through to underwrite the cost of the dinner, she said, and lauded the 20 volunteers who helped the event run smoothly.

Dossetti said 126 students scored a perfect 600 on the California Standards Tests given to second- through eighth-grade students each spring. She said board members and administrators have set student achievement as the first priority for the district.

For the past three years, board members have given certificates at their bimonthly sessions to students with perfect CST scores. Reading, language arts and math tests are administered each spring. Fourth- and seventh-graders take a writing test and fifth- and eighth-graders take science, history and social science tests.

Sun-Star staff writer Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or

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