The College Board has named Gabriella Herrera, a junior at West High School, as a National Hispanic Scholar. To earn the honor, she scored in the top 5 percent on the October 2009 PSAT exam and maintained a 4.0 grade-point average.
Herrera has also been selected by the National Institutes of Health for its 2010 internship program. She will conduct medical research for eight weeks at the University of California, San Francisco, and receive a $2,300 stipend. After finishing her research, she will travel to Bethesda, Md., to present her research findings to a panel of scientists at the National Institutes of Health.
Herrera is a candidate for the Tracy Junior Miss Program next month. CHP welcomes new officer
The Tracy-area California Highway Patrol named Lt. Barry Koenig as the new area commander this month.
Koenig has worked with the CHP since 1987 in Modesto, Stockton, Fresno and Hayward. Musicians win scholarships
Five middle-school musicians in the Tracy Unified School District each will have $250 to spend on lessons or an instrument after they received music scholarships last week.
The five students are winners of Gordon and Anthea Wells Scholarships, given out at the annual all-district music festival Thursday evening in the West High School gym.
The scholarships were presented by Gretchen Talley, president of Tracy Friends of the Stockton Symphony, which awards the scholarships based on the recommendations of music teachers.
• Loren Bennion of Williams Middle School plays trombone. His teacher, Tom Renner said that Loren, despite having many talents and interests, has persisted to progress in music, where he has played “a vital role” in the ensemble. “I know that with time, encouragement and consistency, his music talents will continue to shine brighter and brighter,” Renner said.
• Karina Martinez of North School plays flute in the school band. Despite playing flute only since the seventh grade, she has become one of the best players, said her teacher, Mark Williams. “She has been a near-perfect band student and has decided to take band in high school,” he added.
• Jensine Clifford is an alto saxophone player in the Monte Vista Middle School band. “Jensine is a fine musician and possesses extraordinary character,” said her teacher, Randy McMillian. “She is always willing to help others and give encouragement to young musicians.”
• Michaela Evans has sung in the Poet Christian School choir the past four years and has participated in the all-district music festival all four years. “She is a good role model for her fellow students and with younger students in the choir,” said her teacher, Lori Yates.
• Reese Maxfield, a seventh-grader, has been an alto saxophone player at Kelly School for the past three years and has “grown immensely” as a musician, said his teacher, Celia Rosenblum-Stime. “Not only does he possess the technical aspects of his instrument, he has also worked very hard to express the aesthetic aspect of musicianship,” she said. Local salon raises money for Haiti
Tresses Hair Salon, 1005 A St., raised $800 for victims of January’s earthquake in Haiti. The salon sponsored Cuts for a Cause-Hands for Haiti on March 21 at SouthWinds Church, where the stylists gave more than 70 haircuts.
Stylist Samm Bacon organized the fundraiser.
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