Accolades: Denham awards students, Central School fifth graders are honored & a Tracy math whiz
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Denham honors local students

Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, honored local high school students with Congressional Merit Awards on Tuesday.

Madison Tessera from West High School, Zachary D. Hoffert from Kimball High and Megan Harrison from Tracy High all received honors, along with 25 students from other high schools throughout the 10th Congressional District.

The award recipients were nominated by the principals of their schools for their academic achievement, campus leadership, community service and extracurricular activities.

Denham said in a news release Wednesday that the students represented the best and brightest young minds in the community.

Fifth-grade classroom receives pizza party for reading levels

Students in West Walker’s fifth-grade class at Central School will get a pizza party today for achieving national recognition by Renaissance Place for exceptional reading levels.

The class is the first in San Joaquin County to obtain “Model Classroom” and “Master Classroom” certifications on the Accelerated Reader National Honor Roll.

In a written statement, Walker said his students had reached an average 88 percent in comprehension scores and a combined count of more than 1,550 books read thus far this academic year. The students had to read at least 25 minutes a day for an 18-week period to achieve this success.

Walker’s students, most of whom are English language learners, began fifth grade reading, on average, at a third-grade level. According to Walker, most of the group has caught up to or exceeded fifth-grade reading standards since the beginning of the school year.

The director of TUSD food services, Valerie McDonald, will serve the students pizza, fruit, cookies and milk to honor their success.

Middle school student places second in math competition

Monte Vista Middle School seventh-grader Alex Klassen competed in the 2014 MathCounts Sacramento Valley Chapter Competition on Feb. 8 and won second place in individual competition.

According to Alex’s mother, Chemmie Klassen, he is part of the Gifted and Talented Education program at Monte Vista and is taking math classes two grades above his level.

Klassen said that even in his spare time, Alex is always studying math.

• Accolades runs in Our Town whenever we hear about a local person who deserves kudos. If you have news for Accolades, send an email to or drop off a note at the Tracy Press office, 131 W. 10th St., in downtown Tracy.

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