For many years we have been judges at the Academic Decathlon, sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education, and it has always been extremely rewarding. This year there were more high schools participating, and the young people involved were outstanding.
At the orientation we sat next to a volunteer who was involved because her daughter had been a decathlete and it changed her life. She told us her daughter is attending UC Berkeley, where she is doing great. Her mother expressed her gratitude to this program, which motivated her daughter. It's these success stories that make us proud to be involved in this student event.
We congratulate Oakdale, Waterford and Modesto high schools, this year's team winners. Actually, we feel every student who participated was a winner.
JEAN and BETTE BELLE SMITH
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