Solano County

Students shine as academic year winds down

By From page A2 | May 31, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Middle schoolers, high schoolers and college students have earned recognition for their efforts as the 2013-14 academic year nears its end. A countywide business group also singled out a Fairfield entrepreneur and author for a prestigious award.

Local students shine in video contest

Three winners emerged out of almost 100 contestants in the Solano County Water Agency’s Water Awareness Video Contest.

Contestants submitted one-minute videos in a public service announcement format on the theme of checking sprinklers for water-wasting problems. The awards are split evenly between the winning students and their schools.

Chad Sambajon and Chelsea Viola of St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo won first place. The prize is $1,500.

Armoni Carter of Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville won second place. The prize is $1,000.

Connor Thrasher and Ashley Del Core of Vanden High School in Fairfield tied for third place. The prize is $500.

One video features a James Bond theme with a fancy car, graphics and stunts. Another takes a serious approach, noting that “We can’t go back in time to save wasted water.”

Go to the Solano Saves Water YouTube channel at www.tinyurl.com/scwavideo to see the videos.

Public Safety Academy pair host assembly

Aaron Ortega-Andrade and Isabel Ochoa, students at the Public Safety Academy in Fairfield, hosted the first Leadership Assembly at the school in late May.

It came after the National Student Leadership Week in April and focused on how leadership works in everyday life, according to a press release. During the assembly, Principal Kathleen Frazier called up cadets who had reached a lieutenant, captain or commander position. Staff and faculty also honored students who represented the theme, lead strong.

Ochoa-Andrade awarded the Excellence in Community Service award to students Daniel and Kaitlyn Overby and Reyna Rodriguez, who spent their spring break in Mexico, helping those in need.

Congratulations to all those honored at the Public Safety Academy, and kudos to Aaron and Isabel for organizing the assembly.

FHS senior lands big scholarship

Fairfield High School senior Victor Martinez was one of two winners of a $16,000 scholarship from Boral Industries, which has a manufacturing plant in American Canyon.

The company awards six scholarships annually to children of employees in the U.S. – and two went to children of American Canyon employees this year. Rosa Martinez of American Canyon was the other honoree.

Martinez plans to attend the University of California, Davis in the fall to study computer science.

Retired teachers groups awards scholarships

Members of the California Retired Teachers Association, Division 24, presented C. Shirley Michel scholarships May 21 to 14 of area students.

The $2,500 scholarships were presented during a luncheon at The Clubhouse at Rancho Solano in Fairfield. Recipients are:

Lauren Lee from Benicia; Carlton Arnold, Nirmandeep Grewal, Laura Odneal, Tamara Potier and Kimberley Tretten of Fairfield; Kimberly Leyerly of Rio Vista; Eric Anderson, Jeremy Hahn, Amy Hannon, Yesenia Ildefonzo, Cynthia Miles and Jared Rondoni of Vacaville; and Janice Cabahug of Vallejo.

They attend Brandman University, California State University, Monterey Bay, the California State University Teacher Preparation Program, Sonoma State University, Touro University and the University of California, Davis.

We wish each of the scholarship recipients great success as they move on to college.

Fairfield native represents SF State graduates

Commodore Perry St. Germain, who was raised in Fairfield, represented his fellow students as the top graduates from the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University during commencement exercises May 24.

St. Germain worked full time for nearly 12 years to help his family after his father died. His financial support helped send his younger brother to college, according to information from San Francisco State.

He completed his associate degree at Napa Valley College and transferred to San Francisco State in 2011.

St. Germain presented a poster at the 2014 Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego and hopes to soon publish an academic paper, according to the college. He will pursue his doctorate this fall at the University of California, Davis program for biochemistry, molecular, cell and developmental biology.

Congratulations, and best of luck at UC Davis.

Chamber of commerce honors author

The Solano County Black Chamber of Commerce awarded Fairfield author and entrepreneur Janie P. Bess with the organization’s African-American Women’s Legacy Award.

The award was presented Wednesday at the First 5 Solano facility in Fairfield.

Bess was singled out for her outstanding accomplishments in business ownership, the arts and community volunteerism, according to a press release about the award.

Congratulations are certainly in order.

Glen Faison contributed to this report. Send your good news items to Brad Stanhope at [email protected]

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope is a former Daily Republic editor. He began his career at the DR in the last millennium. He spent 24 years as a sports editor, associate editor and news editor before leaving the Daily Republic in 2014. Brad lives in Suisun City with his wife, Mrs. Brad, and two sons. He enjoys cheese.

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