Accolades: City employee of the month, Eagle Scout and piano prodigies
by TP staff
Aug 08, 2014 | 3223 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cathey named top city employee

Bill Cathey is the city of Tracy’s August Employee of the Month. His dedication in building maintenance, where he has worked since 2005, has earned him acknowledgment as a top city employee.

A news release from the city described Cathey’s unfailing work ethic, whether sacrificing a 40-year-long tradition of annual family vacations to work, maintaining the city’s key system or coordinating citywide building inspections.

Cathey and his wife, Jan, who is also a city employee, celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary in March. He enjoys spending time with his two daughters and four grandchildren, camping and riding on his motorcycle. 

Eagle Scout recognized

Joseph Christopher Alcalde Kost, a member of Tracy Boy Scout Troop 515, was recognized for achieving the highest rank in scouting during an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on July 29.

Kost sewed more than 300 hats from soft fabric for chemotherapy patients as his Eagle service project. The hats, which he gave to the American Cancer Society office in Stockton, were distributed in communities as distant as Auburn, San Francisco and Palo Alto.

He served in several leadership positions in Troop 515 and earned the Ad Altare Dei medal in 2008.

Kost, a student at San Joaquin Delta College, is a lector at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. He graduated from the mass communication pathway at Kimball High School, where he was involved in theater, the Kimball Classics and the Anime Club. He also represented San Joaquin County at the state science fair.

He is the son of Maria and Brian Kost of Tracy. 

THS alumna earns master’s degree

Jessica Acosta, a 2004 Tracy High School graduate, recently earned a master’s degree in reading and language arts from California State University, San Bernardino.

She also earned her teaching credential and a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from CSU San Bernardino. 

Tracy piano students perform in L.A.

Two local girls were selected for a piano master class this summer as they and eight other pianists from Tracy performed at a convention in Los Angeles.

Jharen Rivera, an 11th-grader at Tracy High School, and Anna Fisher, a freshman at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Stockton, were among the top 10 students chosen for an intermediate piano master class taught by Diane Hidy and Nancy Bachus at the 104th annual Music Teachers Association of California convention.

Also performing at the convention were fourth-grader Hanh Trosien, Tracy Learning Center; fifth-graders Chilam Huyhn, Tracy Learning Center, and Ronin Tsang, Hawkins School; sixth-graders Sadie Fisher, St. Bernard’s Catholic School, and Daniel Ryder, Bella Vista Christian Academy; seventh-grader Romi Tsang, Connections Academy; eighth-grader Hudson Tsang, Hawkins School; and 11th-grader Preston Tsang, Tracy High School.

All 10 study with piano teacher Donna Mizuno.

In all, 1,247 piano students qualified, based on their performance and theory test scores, to perform at the convention from June 27 to July 1 at the Hilton-Los Angeles Airport.

• Send news for Accolades to, or drop off a note at the Tracy Press office, 95 W. 11th St., Ste. 101.
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet

We encourage readers to share online comments in this forum, but please keep them respectful and constructive. This is not a space for personal attacks, libelous statements, profanity or racist slurs. Comments that stray from the topic of the story or are found to contain abusive language are subject to removal at the Press’ discretion, and the writer responsible will be subject to being blocked from making further comments and have their past comments deleted. Readers may report inappropriate comments by e-mailing the editor at