No fewer than five Tracy High School upperclassmen will join the best of their peers next month to perform as part of the California All-State Honor Choir in Sacramento.
In a typical year, choir director Thomas Renner said, Tracy High’s Performing Arts Magnet might send one, or maybe two, seniors to the state choir. This year, two girls and three boys were among the top 100 voices after solo auditions that included an academic song, vocal and pitch exercises, scales and sight reading.
Senior Aaron Gozum is joined by juniors Pauline Gutierrez, Ian Nool, Emily Teixeira and Matt Testo as part of the honor choir.
“It takes years of musical training to develop the skills to sing amongst the best in the state,” Renner wrote in an e-mail. “We’re very lucky and proud to have these here at THS!”
Three days of intense rehearsals will culminate in a public performance at 3 p.m. April 2 at Sacramento Convention Center, 13th and L streets, in Sacramento. No tickets are required to attend. For information about honor choir and the April 2 show: http://acdacal.org/allstatehc.htm
FFA students earn state degrees
The FFA groups at Tracy and West high schools celebrated five of their own as they received their state degrees March 17 at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.
Elliott Mello, Jerry Sillivan, Mario Arnaudo and Nathan Yerian of Tracy High and Kaitlynn Doyle of West High were among just 432 students of 17,000 in the Central Region FFA who earned the award.
The degree recognizes more than 500 hours of work or earnings of at least $1,000 as part of the students’ Supervised Agricultural ExperienceProjects, which included raising animals for breeding or for market, entrepreneurship and agricultural jobs in the Tracy area.
Also recognized during last week’s ceremony were Proficiency Award winners from Tracy High: Stephen Miller for beef production (entrepreneurship), Elliott Mello for grain production (placement) and Damon Pombo for specialty animal production. Jessica Escobedo was named Star Counselor, and Joni McGinnis was Star Administrator. Local farmer Hal Robertson was recognized as an FFA Hometown Hero for his support of Tracy Unified School District agriculture programs.
‘Tracy’s Got Talent’ winners announced
Dozens of acts were whittled to three as the Tracy Educational Foundation hosted its annual “Tracy’s Got Talent” show March 5 at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.
Silent Motion — Chris Scarver, Christian Bautista, Raymond Gonzalez, Austin Muller and Christian Valenzona — claimed the top prize.
In second place was Julia Price, and in third, Horatio Walls.
The show also raised money for the foundation’s work for Tracy area schools.
Mountain House boy among Air Force Auxiliary cadets
Jeremiah Jallorina, 13, of Mountain House, was among nine area teenagers promoted to cadet airmen this month by the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary’s Civil Air Patrol.
The boys completed five weeks of orientation in leadership, fitness, aerospace education and character-building activities, as well as a weekend of field training in emergency skills. They are the first cadet graduates for the Civil Air Patrol’s Modesto squadron.
Jeremiah, a student at Bethany School, is the son of Wally and Aurora Jallorina.
The Civil Air Patrol is the nonprofit, volunteer auxiliary of the Air Force. Cadets, ages 12 through 20, participate in flight academies, specialized courses, summer camps and other activities both locally and nationally.
The Lt. Col. Arthur King Composite Squadron meets from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Modesto Airport, Hangar 1S, Tioga Drive. Newcomers are welcome.
For information: 1st Lt. Jon Domke, 834-6663; or http://sq50.cawg.cap.gov.