Stanislaus County Leadership Academy Announces Their New Class

Contact:  Vicki Bauman, Prevention Programs Director III, 238-1361; Judy Boring, Public Information Officer, 238-1709

Stanislaus County Office of Education’s Leadership Academy has selected 36 students representing 14 individual high schools throughout Stanislaus County for their 2020 Leadership Academy Class after a rigorous application and interview process. New class members include: Jennifer Andrade, Riverbank High School; Erica Ascencio, Modesto High; Jacob Berlin, Peter Johansen High School; Jaden Brazil, Hughson High School; Brian Camacho Penaloza, Riverbank High School; Jovana Camberos, Patterson High School; Jose Cardenas, James C Enochs High School; William Castleberry, Big Valley Christian; Jacob Christopher, Hart-Ransom Charter High School; Paul Envia, Turlock High School; Abbygayle Gagaza, James C Enochs High School; Kaiah Gloria, James C Enochs High School; Jonathan Goss, Gregori High School; Ada Jack, Patterson High School; Kali Jericoff, Oakdale High School; Ty Luu, Riverbank High School; Cristal Martinez, Waterford High School; Zackary Mendez, Central Catholic; Charles Morrison IV, Modesto High School; Zoie Nunes, Modesto High School; Avni Parmar, Gregori High School; Lyla Patel, Modesto High School; Brian Rodriguez, Riverbank High School; Izaac Ruiz, Patterson High School; Lauren Sique, Waterford High School; John Souza, Thomas Downey High School; Joseph Leonard Tecson, Modesto High School; Jasmin Tello Esparza, Patterson High School; Devin Thompson, Enochs High School; Jaden Todd-Nelson, Gregori High School; Veronica Trejo, Central Catholic; Claire Turner, Modesto High School; Hannah Underwood, Thomas Downey High School; Ethan Valdez, Waterford High School; Amelia Velazquez Valencia, Gregori High School; Martha Wenstrup, Modesto High School.

Students, along with their families, gathered for a “Meet and Greet” event back in August, and recently attended their first class, “Team Building and Intro to Leadership Day” on September 6. At the first class, author and founder of the “Every Monday Matters” movement, Matt Emerzian, inspired students. Students also had the opportunity to hear from the Modesto Mayor, the Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools, and a Stanislaus County School Board Member about local leadership roles. Students finished the day with a team-building activity at the Escape Room downtown.

Students look forward to their next class, “Non-Profit Day,” coming up on October 4, where they will visit a variety of local non-profit organizations. Students will meet and hear from some of the clients served by Howard Training Center, tour the Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter, and learn about all of the services that the Salvation Army provides. Board member Kenni Friedman also plans to speak to the class about what it takes to be a leader in our community. Students will then serve lunch to the clients at the Salvation Army before traveling to the Alexander Cohen Hospice House for a tour and overview of the services provided there. Students will end the day at the Stanislaus Community Hospice Logistics Center where they will help sort clothes for their resell stores.

For more information, contact Vicki Bauman at (209) 238-1361 or vbauman [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org

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Date Published: 
Thursday, September 26, 2019