News & Notes

February 23, 2014 


Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies were investigating a homicide Sunday evening, but few details were available. A Latino man with gunshot wounds was found dead shortly after 5 p.m., Sgt. Mario Moreno said. He said the body was found near volleyball courts in the 300 block of Olivero Road in south Modesto.


The Modesto Junior College African American Education Conference will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center on the west campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Topics at the free conference for junior high through college-age students and their parents will include how to prepare for college, financial aid, career options, and social and interpersonal skill building. Entertainment highlights will include drumming by Sista Khemya and a step show. The keynote speaker will be Kevin Parker, recruiter and NFL pro liaison for the UC Berkeley football team. Preregistration is required for complimentary breakfast and lunch. To register, email with “AAE Conference” in the subject line by today. For more information, call Monika Schortner at (209) 575-7990 or John Griffin III at (209) 575-6479.


San Joaquin County teams swept the 2014 Central Valley Regional High School Science Bowl held at Downey High on Saturday. Lodi’s Tokay High School Purple team bested the Tokay High Gold team in the final match of the day in Modesto. Two dozen four-student teams, representing 13 high schools from Lodi to Visalia, answered timed responses to math, biology, earth and space, physics and chemistry questions. Tokay Purple won all nine of its matches and Tokay Gold won all but two. Lincoln High School, from north Stockton, took third place. Modesto’s Enochs High and Downey High sent both of their four-student teams to eight-team double-elimination rounds at the event. First-place finishers won a five-day trip to represent the region at the National Science Bowl competition in Washington, D.C., in April. Tokay High has won three of the last four regional events and is coached by retired Lodi teacher Sue Heberle.

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