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Turlock native making waves

Turlock High School graduate Garrett Weston has gone bicoastal. As one of two students selected at California Maritime Academy for the prestigious Admiral Douglas H. Teeson scholarship, Weston spent the past semester taking part in the Williams-Mystic Program where learning spanned far beyond the textbook.

December 30, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Local men step up to the challenge for women's center

While Mayor John Lazar is used to being in front of the camera at community events, it is not every day that he is photographed while teetering in red stilettos in downtown Modesto.

December 30, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TUSD, CSUS enhance education through Practicum program

A school is just a block of buildings and a classroom is just a room, but what makes these places learning environments is the collaboration between students and teachers that breeds academic and personal growth.

December 27, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


School district offers more mental health services

Matthew Devins, a program specialist at Turlock Unified School District's Special Education Office for the past nine years, works on a daily basis to bring support and services to mentally ill students in the District. Having suffered first hand from anxiety and depression, Devins knows the importance of addressing students' needs at an early age.

December 27, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


New perspective on old media

While I've been on the job for a few months now, I've yet to formally introduce myself: My name is Elizabeth Arakelian and I am the newest reporter at the Turlock Journal. I am covering the education and agriculture beats and have been writing for the Journal since October, which means I have tested the waters and can safely say I am very glad to be on board.

December 26, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Editorial


Walnut teacher earns Presidential award

Whether it's a Little League trophy or a pat on the back from your boss at work, being recognized for hard work feels good; when it is the President of the Unites States congratulating you, it feels great.

December 23, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


The frost effect: Almond growers rejoice at cooler temps; cold kills local citrus crops

Waking up to the windshield of your car frozen with ice and the chilling bite of a frosted morning are telltale signs that winter is officially here, but these weather conditions affect more than people's morning routines as they play an essential role in the agricultural cycle.

December 23, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Farmers, food banks bring more produce to locals in need

Recent farming trends showcase the public interest in a "farm to table" approach, which promotes a transparent process of food handling for the consumer, but this movement has reached beyond the individual consumer as farmers have developed relationships with larger operations such as food banks to provide those in need with the same healthy advantages.

December 23, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Santa Claus is coming to town

While the North American Aerospace Defense Command is typically patrolling the skies for possible aerial threats, once a year employees focus their attention on another airborne invasion: Santa Claus.

December 20, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Student's recycling proceeds provide holiday joy for others

Recycling is a great way to earn some extra cash on the side, but when the proceeds go towards others in the community the benefits of giving outweigh the dollars earned. Steven Shamgochian of Turlock Junior High School experienced this first hand as he has spent the past year recycling, ultimately raising over $2,000 and using the proceeds to purchase items to donate to fellow schoolmates.

December 19, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Onward and upward: Alice Pollard tackles county education

Thousands of students have attended school in the Turlock Unified School District, many of whom have interacted with Alice Pollard in one way or another. As a teacher, advisor, dean, assistant principal and principal, Pollard has left her mark on TUSD at all levels and will continue to influence education at the county level in her newly elected position on the Stanislaus County Board of Education.

December 19, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Denair Unified restructures charter schools

Change is not unfamiliar in the Denair Unified School District, where currently the district's charter schools, Denair Academic Avenues Elementary School and Denair Charter Academy, are undergoing structural changes amidst the district's fiscal crisis.

December 17, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Cut from the same cloth

Whether it's a ballerina tutu or a costume, receiving a dress is a special moment for a little girl. Pitman High School students are helping to make the Christmas time even more special by providing local, underprivileged girls with handmade dresses.

December 17, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Cheyenne Musgraves: Contemporary, but classic girl

Cheyenne Musgraves' interests are somewhat paradoxical: she is a self-proclaimed old soul with an interest in digital design. It is these unique interests that make her a school leader.

December 17, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Envy Fine Clothing: Thinking outside of the gift box

While individuals are rushing to complete their holiday shopping, Envy Fine Clothing of Turlock is asking customers to consider allocating some funds from their Christmas lists to sponsor local families in need.

December 13, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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