Accolades: Piano students' perfect 100s; Jimenez Woman of the Year; Youth completes Senate work
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Piano students score perfect 100

Eight young piano students from Tracy were among 27 students in the region to score a perfect 100 on the Music Teachers Association Certificate of Merit theory examinations.

Perfect scores were recorded by Mathew Nguyen and Mikaela Mizuno, Tracy High School ninth-graders; Janessa Le, a Traina School seventh-grader; Anna Fisher, a St. Bernard’s Catholic School seventh-grader; Clarisse Ocampo and Emma Sales, Discovery Charter School fifth-graders; D.J. Ryder, a Bella Vista Christian Academy fourth-grader; and Jennifer Nguyen, a Freiler School third-grader.

Their scores placed them in the top 5 percent of the 523 students who were tested in February on music theory and ear training.

The eight students are taught by Donna Mizuno and Lauren Goodall.

In all, 46 Tracy piano students participated in the Certificate of Merit program, and all passed.

Jimenez 13th District Woman of the Year

Tracy’s Linda Jimenez was named Woman of the Year for the Assembly district that includes Tracy during a March 27 ceremony in Stockton.

Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, who represents the 13th District, chose Jimenez based on her time as a member of Tracy’s Parks and Recreation Commission, her voter registration efforts and her work with the local Democratic Party, to which Eggman belongs.

“I am a firm believer in recognizing our unsung heroes, people who may not be recognized as elected (officials) but who are doing the work of the community every single day,” Eggman said Wednesday, April 3. “She always impressed me by the energy she brings to everything.”

It was the first such honor awarded by Eggman, a Stockton resident first elected as a state representative in 2012. She said Jimenez — who raised her daughter as a single mother and helps raise her grandchildren, in addition to her numerous activities — was a natural choice.

“At the Fourth of July, you have the party at (Lincoln) Park, and every year I’ve gone and every year it seems to get hotter and hotter, and she’s always out there,” Eggman said. “Her dedication and commitment just inspires. And I guess I’m not surprised by it anymore, but it inspires me every time I see it.”

Eighth-grader completes Senate work

An eighth-grader at Jefferson School recently completed a weeklong working program with the Washington State Senate.

Isabel Vaishampayan was one of 19 students to serve as a Senate page for at the Capitol in Olympia. She served the 10th week of the legislative session with Sen. Jim Honeyford, her grandfather, according to a March 28 press release from his office.

“The people I met this week were absolutely amazing,” Vaishampayan said. “I learned so much while being on the floor watching all the senators. … I’m very proud I could take advantage of this opportunity.”

The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for students to work with state senators, and responsibilities include delivering mail and documents. They also have the opportunity to observe senators on the floor during legislative sessions.

Honeyford said the page program is “one of the best opportunities a student … can use to supplement their education.”

Isabel is the daughter of Sanjeev and Julie Vaishampayan of Tracy.

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