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Wuzzz Up? July 31, 2008

The North Modesto Kiwanis Club Al Barr Memorial Scholarship Committee has selected four 2008 Al Barr Scholars. They are:

Lauren Bjelde, an Oakdale High School graduate who will be a freshman in the fall at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, $1,000.

Sandi Lavito, a Turlock High School graduate who will be a freshman in the fall at California State University, Stanislaus, $500.

Caryn Nydam, a Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa) senior, $500.

Rachel Wade, a Downey High School graduate who will be a freshman in the fall at California State University, Long Beach, $500.

Al Barr Memorial Scholarships, established by the North Modesto Kiwanis Club, are designed to encourage students to seek careers in graphic design or fine arts by enrolling at a four-year college or university as a graphic communications or art major.

Barr, who died in 2000, was one of the first graphic designers in Modesto to start his own business, doing so in 1974 after a 12-year career as a graphic artist at The Bee and the Pasadena Star News.

Al Barr Design won numerous local and national design and advertising awards. Barr was an avid watercolor painter whose award-winning works appeared in galleries and art shows throughout Northern California.

An active community member, Barr was a past president and North Modesto Kiwanis Club member for almost 30 years. He served on the City of Modesto Public Art Committee and was a portfolio adviser to Modesto Junior College graphic design students.

For information, contact Ron Wilkinson at Nishihara/Wilkinson Design in Turlock, 668-7627.


Courtney Floyd, a ninth-grader from Riverbank, has been selected to attend the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference next year in Washington, D.C.

The Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference brings together high school students from around the country. Students will see the swearing-in of the president and vice president of the United States, plus meet with political officials, hear speakers, and learn about the workings of Washington.

Courtney attended Cardozo Middle School last year. She also participated in the National Young Leaders State Conference.


Mitchell McIntyre, an Oakdale High School graduate now at Dartmouth College, recently received a $1,500 scholarship from the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America.

To be eligible, applicants must be a child or grandchild of an association member. The program is funded by The Environmental Institute for Golf and supported by Syngenta Professional Products.

Mitchell is the son of Daniel McIntyre of Valley Crest Golf in Oakdale. He is majoring in business/economics.


Samantha Anderson, a Modesto High School graduate, has received a scholarship from New United Motor Manufacturing. Samantha is the daughter of Jay and Linda Anderson and will attend California State University, San Diego.


Ariel Coomes of Ceres High School recently attended a forensic science conference in San Diego.

In the 10-day program, students met crime scene specialists, government agents and others, as well as worked in a lab and attended leadership workshops.

Ariel hopes to join the Navy after high school, then attend college in order to become a criminal investigator.

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