Congressional Merit Awards announced
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Local students, teachers recognized
Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced Friday the recipients of the 23rd Congressional District of California 2014 Merit Award for students in Kern and Tulare counties.
Five students — all from Porterville — were selected for Tulare County. Making the list were Granite Hills High School’s Jose Gonzalez, Harmony Magnet Academy’s Kayla Holloway, Monache High’s David Ivancovich, Porterville High’s Anthony James Moore and Strathmore High’s Jakoba Duffin.
This year, local educators, chosen by the students were also honored, including Tiffany Ross, GHHS; Krystal Miller, HMA; Dana Newkirk, MHS; Herman Price, PHS.
“This award is not only about outstanding academic achievement; it is also meant to recognize the character and positive values that these students uphold,” said Congressman Kevin McCarthy. “Today, we honor the hard work and dedication that these exemplary young men and women have demonstrated in their scholastic and community endeavors. I look forward to watching these young leaders continue to succeed in the future.”
In addition, there were 18 students and 18 educator recipients from Kern County.
The 23rd Congressional District of California 2014 Merit Award was created to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated exemplary school citizenship, volunteerism, community service, involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership skills and have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Earlier this year, high school principals were invited to select one outstanding graduating senior per school to receive the 23rd Congressional District of California 2014 Merit Award.