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Success & Service: Air cadet to receive Earhart award

Colin Ramos, a 17-year-old Beyer High student, will receive the Amelia Earhart Award on Thursday in Los Angeles. He is a cadet with Civil Air Patrol Squadron 50 in Modesto.
Colin Ramos, a 17-year-old Beyer High student, will receive the Amelia Earhart Award on Thursday in Los Angeles. He is a cadet with Civil Air Patrol Squadron 50 in Modesto. Civil Air Patrol Squadron 50

Colin Ramos of Modesto, a Civil Air Patrol Squadron 50 cadet, will receive the Amelia Earhart Award in a ceremony Thursday at the Modesto Airport in Modesto. He also will be promoted to the rank of cadet captain.

Ramos, 17, is a student at Modesto’s Beyer High School and plans to study forensic anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He became a Civil Air Patrol cadet in May 2010 and serves as the cadet commander after working his way through the ranks as deputy commander, flight commander and flight sergeant.

Cadets earn the Amelia Earhart Award by completing the first 11 elements of the cadet program and passing a 100-question exam on aerospace, leadership theory and staff duties. He is among the 15,000 cadets to earn the award since its inception in 1964.

Chamber award winners named

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce has recognized eight individuals or organizations at its 101st awards and gala celebration at the Gallo Center for the Arts.

The honorees are Johnny Garcia, welcome team member of the year; Mike Nash, ambassador of the year; the City Ministry Network, nonprofit of the year; Seven-Up Bottling Co./Noah’s Spring Water and the Varni Family, distinguished service award; Tera Chumley, Leadership Modesto student of the year; Doctors Medical Center, chamber member of the year; and Carl Boyett, citizen of the year.

The chamber also honored Stanislaus County Supervisor Dick Monteith as the first recipient of the new Champion of Free Enterprise award, for 55 years of public service.

LearningQuest gets new board members

Four new members have joined the board of directors of LearningQuest – Stanislaus Literacy Centers. Attorney Tom Hogan of the Law Offices of Thomas P. Hogan; business owner Stephen Kellogg, president of Flooring Liquidators; banking executive Teddi Lowry of Oakdale Community Bank; and retired educator Marylou Hacker-Rousseau were each elected to serve three-year terms, according to LearningQuest Executive Director Karen Williams. Williams also announced the election of a new slate of executive officers: Vaughn Brenda, president; David Darmstandler, vice president; and Nancy Ugarte, secretary/treasurer.

Learning Quest is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide education to adults for a better tomorrow. Free or low-cost instruction in reading, writing, math and English is provided by a combination of staff and more than 250 volunteers. LearningQuest receives funding from public and private contracts and through donations from businesses and individual donors. Nearly 1,500 Stanislaus County adults were served by LearningQuest programs last year.

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