A large military-oriented family gathering, scholarship offerings, dean’s list and the county’s employee of the month are among this week’s collection of good news from around the area.
Fairfield’s Doug Daut reports that his family will have a major party Saturday as his youngest son, Reid, goes into the Army to follow in his brother’s footsteps.
Reid, a 19-year-old Rodriguez High School graduate, will enter the Army on Aug. 4, then go to military police training after basic training. His brother Ryan, 24, is in the Army reserve. He works at Genentech in Vacaville.
There will be family members in attendance who have served in five military branches. Reid’s grandfathers – both Army veterans – are hospitalized and unlikely to attend.
Doug’s late grandfather will be represented by his coffin flag and a box of trinkets he sent back to his mother in November 1945. He was part of the first occupational forces in Hiroshima after the atomic bomb blast.
Congratulations to the entire family.
The Travis Knights of Columbus awarded four $500 scholarships to local high-achieving university and high school students earlier this month.
The students were Shannel Houston, Audrey Moore, Veronica Delos Reyes and Alexis Richardson. They received the checks from Louise Henry and Melissa Henry of St. Michael’s Catholic Community in a ceremony at Travis Air Force Base’s Twin Peaks Chapel.
The scholarship winners were judged on their academic records, community involvement, extracurricular activities and essays on any two of the four virtues of the Knights of Columbus: charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.
Four Solano County students are among an estimated 1,300 who were named to the dean’s list at the University of Oregon for the 2014 spring term.
They include Gianna Burns, a senior journalism and public relations major from Fairfield; Luke Miller, a junior business administration major from Vacaville; John Dolan, an undeclared freshman from Dixon; and James Ward, an undeclared sophomore from Benicia.
To qualify, a student must complete at least 15 credits and 12 of the 15 credits must be graded with a GPA of 3.75 or better.
Congratulations to all the Solano students on the list.
Urlita Coronel-Mangune is Solano County’s employee of the month for August.
The Solano County Board of Supervisors honored her Tuesday. She has worked as an architectural project coordinator in the General Services Department since March 2001, relocating from Guam to take the job.
Coronel-Mangune has done such things as co-write portions of a successful proposal to get more than $84 million from the state for Clay Bank Jail expansions.
Solano County began naming an employee of the month in 2005, with departments rotating to name an employee.
Brad Stanhope and Barry Eberling contributed to this report. Have good news? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.