Honored in community service, strength of character and heroic resilience, 27 students were acknowledge at the 10th Annual Caring Youth Count ceremony hosted by the Colusa County Office of Education and the Community Advocates for Parents and Children.
On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Colusa County Superintended of Schools, Mike West was the master of ceremonies at the Colusa County Education Village in Williams.
Students from around the County were honored by members of their community and their teachers.
“Colusa County has a lot of youth that cares about others and themselves,” said West, “We thank them for their dedication and motivation to make their lives and the lives of others better in so many wonderful ways.”
The students who’s received recognition include:
Lupe Ocampo, a third grade student of Burchfield Elementary School was selected for the Strength of Character Award by Jim Imhoff.
“Lupe has shown to be respectful, trustworthy, and responsible in her daily actions,” said Imhoff in his nomination, “She cares about others and never complains when asked to do a challenging assignment. She will grow to be a strong, contributing member of our community and I look forward to seeing her grow in the coming years.”
Courtney Carter, a senior of Williams High School was selected for the Community Service and Strength of Character award by George Simmons.
“Courtney has always displayed an eagerness to learn and has never forgotten an assignment,” said Simmons in his nomination, “she challenges the curriculum, enrolled in college courses, and the captain of the moral squad. She is also a teacher at her Vacation Bible School, administered a blood drive this year and is a certified EMT. Courtney constantly test her limitations, yet maintains a balance in her life; she will be an asset to any institution that has the food fortune to recognize her as the effective, reliable, and authentically concerned individuals she is.”
Grace Meek, a seventh grade student at Our Lady of Lourdes, was selected for the Heroic Resilience, Community Service, and strength of character award by Carolan Meek.
“Despite some family struggles, she has remained strong in her morals and ethics, and displays them accordingly every day,” said Meek in her nomination, “She is a girl scout and is very active in helping her community; be it assisting at a care home facility to picking up garbage in the park. She has shown herself to be an outstanding young lady.”
Jessica Hickel, a eighth grade student at Egling Middle School, was selected for the strength of character award by Claire Morris.
“Jessica is a sweet girl who is helpful, kind, and true to her moral compass,” said Morris in her nomination, “She is the first to help at any opportunity.”
Santana Garcia, a third grade student at Burchfield Elementary School, was selected for the heroic resilience and strength of character award by Benet Guidera and Rosemary Hicks.
“Santana has shown resilience in all areas of his life, and always has a smile on his face” said Guidera in her nomination, “He has been resilient in his attitude and strength in helping his father during difficult times.”
“Santana is a kind young man,” said Hicks in her nomination, “He is always helping others and we are very proud of him!”
Loita Fred, a sixth grade student at Maxwell Elementary School was selected for the strength of character award by Julie Brule.
“Loita is a remarkable person who is kind, gentile and thoughtful – best of all, she has a wonderful sense of humor,” said Brule in her nomination, “She works hard to overcome difficulties and is persistent in her efforts to improve herself.”
Alexis Jauregui, a fifth grade student at Egling Middle School was selected for the heroic Resilience award by Genia Friel.
“Alexis has had a wonderful year and has overcome so much and has shown great personal growth,” said Friel in her nomination, “He is kind, helpful and a great friend to his peers.”
Madden Rund, a second grade student at Burchfield Elementary School was selected for the strength of character award by Tiffany Bailey.
“Madden always has a smile on his face and is will to help whenever someone is in need, and is always positive in encouraging others to keep trying when things are difficult,” said Bailey in her nomination, “He is a very admirable young man because he always tells the truth even if he may get in trouble for his actions. I appreciate his honesty and willingness to right his wrongs. Madden would make a great ambassador of goodwill for the world because he encourages everyone to get along.”
Caitlyn Bidwell, a senior at Williams High School, was selected for the community service and strength of character award by George Simmons.
“Caitlyn always displays an eagerness to improve herself as well as adding on extra responsibility. She is a volunteer at the Vacation Bible School, and assisted with this years blood drive. She also designs and decorates for school dances and draws art for the community,” said Simmons in his nomination, “Her greatest strength lies in her tenacity – her desire to against all odds and her work habits inspire others to excel. She is an effective, reliable and authentically capable person.”
Parth Patel, a sixth grade student at Williams Upper Elementary School is selected for the strength of character award by Toni Rivera.
“Parth is always willing to help promote school spirit and participation,” said Rivera in her nomination, “This school year he has promoted a chess club and chess class during lunch. He has been a great leader an I admire his positive attitude and great work ethic.”
Christian Reyna, a seventh grade student at Our Lady of Lourdes is selected for the strength of character award by Natalie McCullough.
“Christian is content to be reserved and shy away from excess of attention; However, he is an amazing role model,” said McCullough, “He has a strong moral compass and passion for people and makes sincere connections with others. He is self-motivating and determined. Our community and the world in general, need more people like Christian.”
Keian “Bella” Swift, a third grade student at Burchfield Elementary School is selected for the strength of character award by Debrah Reid.
“Bella is a dedicated student but a friend to all,” said Reid in her nomination, “She told me that there is no other way to live, except to give back because her dad is a policeman and her mom a nurse.”
Ethan Lay, a fifth grade student at Egling Middle School is selected for the strength of Character award by Jennifer Rogewski.
“Ethan’s actions this school year have proved to be an inspiration not just to other students, but to the adults of the school as well,” said Rogewski in her nomination, “Ethan has gone out of his way to befriend a student having a difficult time following directions and socializing. Not only a friend on the playground, Ethan encourages this student in class to succeed. His actions have inspired others to follow suit, and it is my honor to recognize Ethan.”
Ariana Avera, a second grade student of Burchfield Elementary School was selected for the strength of character award by Courtney Lemenager.
“Ariana is a very kind girl, and many time during the school year I witnessed her purchase a popsicle for other students and not asking for anything in return,” said Lemenager in her nomination, “If she is offered something in return she simply says ‘no thank you’.”
Mary O’Sullivan, a fourth grade student of Arbuckle Elementary School was selected for the strength of character award by Molly Conrado.
“Mary shows the strength of her character in may ways. She is kind and considerate, and she is accepting of all classmates,” said Conrado in her nomination, “Mary gives to others without a thought of what she will get in return.”
Emily Miranda, a third grade student of Burchfield Elementary School was selected for the strength of character award by Cindy Cerney.
“Emily is extremely kind, and almost daily she eats lunch with a classmates who benefits from her encouragement,” said Cerney in her nomination, “She is always helpful and thoughtful to those around her who struggle. Her kindheartedness and positivity benefits all who encounter her.”
John Meek, a freshmen at Colusa High School was selected for the heroic resilience, community service, and strength of character award by Carolan Meek.
“John is a strong person of character while in the face of diversity. Despite family struggles he continues to work hard and school and always there to help others,” said Meek in her nomination, “He is willing to give his time to help others and has shown himself to be an outstanding young man.”
Zaret Solis, a third grade student of Burchfield Elementary School was selected for the strength of character award by Cindy Cerney.
“Zaret is a very sweet and helpful girl,” said Cerney in her nomination, “Almost every day she eats lunch with a student who she encourages to make good choices. She has a natural ability to help others who are struggling and is very compassionate and positive to those around her.”
Amrit Sahota, a sophomore of Williams High School was selected for the strength of character award by Cindy Gobel.
“Amrit is a special person because she cares so much about her grades and her physical fitness,” said Gobel in her nomination, “When a family vacation to India delayed their return home, Amrit lost a few weeks of school – this was devastating to her. She faced adversity and made up her points in P.E. by running a mile at 7:15 am before school started.”
George Revell III, a junior of the Colusa Alternative High School was selected for the community service and strength of character award by Lucille Imhoff.
“George is being recognized for community service because he is an active member of his church and he recently gave a talk to the congregation that he had to do research and prepare for,” said Imhoff in her nomination, “His strength of character is when he makes a point to befriend each person he meets. George makes his peers feel important and has a special way of cheering people up when they are down.”
Sophia Stocks, a eighth grade student of Our Lady of Lourdes was selected for the community service award by Natalie McCullough.
“Sophia approaches life with such spirit and enthusiasm that is truly contagious. It is with this attitude that Sophia approaches each task ahead of her. She often steps up and fills in to serve her school and the faith community,” said McCullough in her nomination, “Sophia reminds me of the enthusiasm we should all have each morning as we prepare to give and serve our community – even in the smallest ways.”
Marco Valdez, a third grade Burchfield Elementary School student was selected for the strength of character award by Debrah Reid.
“Marco encourages every student in our class to do their best and to try a little harder each day,” said Reid in her nomination, “He models both of these traits each day and was one of the first peace builders of the year for our class.”
Carmen Sanchez Gonzalez, a senior at Colusa High School was selected for the heroic resilience award by Barbara Hankins.
Carmen first came to the United States and Colusa County at the age of nine from Mexico. Neither she or her mother spoke English. With the love and support of her single, hard working mom, she built a strong work ethic and built huge dreams. Carmen will graduate with a strong GPA this year,” said Hankins in her nomination, “Not only has Carmen pushed herself academically, but she is also active in many extracurricular actives such as Friday Night Live, FBLS, and other community service. Her dream is to get a college degree and work in the United Nations.”
Stephen Avery, a fifth grade student from Maxwell Elementary was selected for the strength of character award by Julie Burle.
“Stephen is a kind and intelligent young man and works hard to improve himself in all areas,” said Brule in her nomination, “He shows kindness and empathy for his peers and always has a positive attitude.”
Clara Dorsey, a fifth grade student from Egling Middle School was selected for the community service and strength of character award by Ashely Csicsery.
“Clara was noticing bullying happening on the playground and this upset her,” said Csicsery in her nomination, “She then made flyers and posted them around the classroom advertising a student support group that would meet once a week to talk about their problems related to bullying.”
Jose Ceron, a second grade student of Burchfield Elementary School was selected for the community service and strength of character award by Sheraya Harmon.
Jose is hardworking, caring, and a devoted student,” said Harmon in her nomination, “He is always trying his hardest to complete his work, and to help others in the classroom and out on the playground.”
Mariah Gutierrez, a freshmen at Williams High School was selected for the strength of character award by Cindy Gobel.
“Mariah’s first semester in high school wasn’t the best; she was absent a lot and didn’t have much self-esteem,” said Gobel, “Today, she is a lady wrestler who is proud of herself. She beams with confidence and cares about her self. She is a much happier person. Mariah knows that she can do just about anything she puts her mind to.”
Special thanks were given to the California Advocates for Parents and Children for providing the pizza, Kari Provost for coordinating the event, Barbara Hankins for arranging to have the Colusa Unified Nutritional Services make the parfaits, and the Colusa High School Friday Night Live Club for helping that evening.
“I would like to thank them very much for all they do in their community,” said West.