Three local students were recognized at the Merced County Speech Festival awards ceremony held Feb. 29. Students were given three speech topics to choose from, fourth and fifth grades speech topics centered around healthy eating habits and one of the favorite topics was "If the saying were true, 'You are what you eat,' who would you be? How could you make a difference at home or school with regards to nutrition?"
Julien Elementary sixth grader Megan Vanhoogmoed and Denair Middle School sixth grader Matthew Heffe will be among a group of about 25 exceptional young people who will represent the region as ambassadors during a two-week visit to England and France this summer. Turlock Junior High seventh grader Whitney Perry will be part of another delegation bound for England and France, as well as Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland
Denair Unified School District is part of a California Department of Education list of 127 school districts with "serious financial challenges," meaning they either will not or may not meet financial obligations this year or in the next two years.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recently unveiled his Career Readiness Initiative designed to help lower dropout rates and provide graduates with career readiness skills to enter the workforce or pursue higher education.
2008 Sacred Heart graduate, Mia DiGiovanni (now a senior at Central Catholic), commissioned the help of Sacred Heart students to make dozens of valentines for a special delivery to patients and their family members at Emanuel Cancer Center in Turlock.
At just 10 years old Valerie Mercado can see the writing on the wall for the future employment marketplace: "If I am bilingual and biliterate I have a better chance at a good job than someone who isn't. If you look at the job ads in the newspaper a lot of them say bilingual needed," she said.
Key Academy Students were recently honored for their participation in the VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Contest. This year's theme was "Pride in Service." Rachel Segars took home first place and she will move on to the national competition.