The old adage 'all that glitters is not gold' is true for the expansive American Elm trees that have provided aesthetic beauty to the historic Turlock Unified School District building for several generations but are now the subject of a District project to remove and replace the trees due to interior rot and disease.
When Simon Staley attended the Turlock Chamber of Commerce Ag Scholarship Luncheon a few years ago as a Pitman High School senior, he was slightly conspicuous as the only student honored not wearing a blue Future Farmers of America jacket - the unofficial uniform for many local agriculture students.
Fireworks exploded in the sky over Hilmar on Thursday evening but it wasn't an early Fourth of July celebration, but rather a celebration to mark the 102nd graduating class of Hilmar High School graduation.
When Emily McAlister began private music lessons as a child she hated practicing, but little did she know that those lessons would serve as a foundation for her success as an award winning violinist at just 17 years old.
High school graduation season is not only a time for families to gather and congratulate their siblings, children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews on their milestone achievement, it is a time for graduating seniors to express themselves. From throwing confetti and releasing balloons to chest bumping and taking 'selfies' on stage with their diplomas, the Class of 2014's creative solutions to going out with style could be seen at ceremonies across the Valley.
Across the state of California there are more than 7,000 student participants in the Future Business Leaders of America club, 297 of which are registered to compete at the national level this summer in Nashville, Tenn. Six Pitman High School students are among the 297 teenagers flying from California to compete side by side against teenagers from across the country, vying for a top spot in a multitude of business-related examinations and performances.
Ana Orozco Cortez is the daughter of immigrants that came to the United States to pick grapes for a living. As the first in her family to earn a college degree, Cortez's story is inspiring but it is not unique.
The Turlock Unified School District is in the process of examining claims against Crowell Elementary principal Linda Alaniz made by several instructors who filed grievances against the principal after being involuntarily reassigned to teach different grade levels.
Pitman High School graduating senior Samantha Scott has spent 15,210 hours in class while a student in the Turlock Unified School District over the past 13 years. Each school year consists of 180 days and Scott has been at all 2,340 days, from kindergarten to senior year of high school.
Pitman High senior Ryan Hanson's father was born on the Castle Air Force Base in Atwater so when he discovered that he could return to the site and give tours to younger students at the now Castle Air Museum through a program at his high school, he jumped at the opportunity.
Seven graduates preparing to leave Denair Charter Academy can start the next chapter of their academic career with a smile on their face as they are the first group of graduates from the Charter to receive scholarship money.