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Congressman McCarthy Announces Kern County Merit Award Recipients

May 6, 2009
Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced the recipients of the 22nd Congressional District of California Merit Award:

Miss Allison Wiener – Bakersfield High School
Miss Kelsey Linford – Centennial High School
Mr. Jake Jacobus – East Bakersfield High School
Mr. Eric Mercado – Foothill High School
Mr. Michael Golich – Frontier High School
Miss Mayra Estrada – Golden Valley High School
Mr. Matthew Dustin Rodgers – Highland High School
Miss Jessica Tyack – Kern Valley High School
Miss Lynsey Fringer – Liberty High School
Miss Janeth Medina – Maricopa High School
Mr. Nathaniel Ketelhut – North High School
Miss Brianna Gonzalez – Ridgeview High School
Mr. Joseph Towe – South High School
Mr. Evan Szablowski – Stockdale High School
Miss Kalyn Valentine – Taft Union High School
Miss Olivia Tanner – Tehachapi High School
Miss Sarah Urata – West High School
Mr. Vincent J. Oddo – Bakersfield Christian High School
Miss Kathleen Riola – Garces Memorial High School

“The Merit Award honors the achievements of our communities’ best and brightest, and recognizes their positive achievements and inspires all of our students to work toward their goals,” said Congressman McCarthy.  “By coming together and recognizing these students, I believe we help to create a positive community environment that supports the hard work of the next generation’s leaders.”

Earlier this year, high school principals were invited to select one outstanding graduating senior per school to receive the 22nd Congressional District of California Merit Award. The Merit Award was created by Congressman McCarthy to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated academic excellence, exemplary school citizenship, volunteerism, community service, involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and have earned a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Merit Award Presentation Ceremony:

Friday, May 8, 2009
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office (Board Room)
1300 17th Street, City Centre
Bakersfield, California
                                                      

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