Welcome to the thirty-seventh edition of 
Panther Press, 
a biweekly electronic newsletter sent to families and friends of 
San Joaquin Memorial High School
It's the middle of summer and we're busy preparing for the new school year, which begins August 13. Here are a few quick updates about the end of this academic year and our summer.
Celebrating Our Faculty and Staff

Before the end of our 2020-2021 school year, we celebrated our excellent faculty and staff with awards. Service awards were presented to the following employees for over five years of service to SJM!

John Hodges - 10 years of service
AP Drew - 5 years
Amparo Cisneros - 5 years
Felix Lugo - 5 years
JD Salles - 5 years
Amanda Pombo Bailey - 5 years

Denise Zanutto was also presented with the Lasallian Educator of the Year Award for her commitment to Lasallian ideals and education. Congratulations!
Important Links
San Joaquin Memorial High School FFA Awarded $2,500 As Part of America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program 

San Joaquin Memorial High School’s FFA (Future Farmers of America) program has been awarded $2,500 as part of America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program, sponsored by Bayer Fund. The program partners with farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits to help their communities. Through the program, farmers enroll for the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization of their choice. The Carvalho family, whose son Emilio is a current Memorial student, nominated SJM.
“I feel honored and excited to see this community support for this program and happy to be able to pass on what I learned in high school as a member of FFA,” said Amanda Bailey, FFA Advisor and Science instructor at SJM.
The funds will go toward kickstarting the FFA program at SJM and procuring materials and uniforms for the chapter. 
“It’s an honor to be selected as a Fresno County Winner,” said Nino and Kandi Carvalho, who won the award and decided to direct the funds toward Memorial FFA. “Nino Carvalho himself was a product of the FFA program in Tranquillity, CA. Our daughter went through the FFA program in Kerman. Now, it’s an honor to give back to the SJM budding FFA program. As an agricultural based family, our son, Emilio Carvalho, has taken every Ag based class that SJM offers. He is set to take the newly formatted Ag Chemistry class for the 2021-2022 school year. It’s an honor to watch the SJM family benefit from the small gift. We hope the SJM FFA program can grow into a large school wide participation.”
Since 2010, the America’s Farmers programs have awarded more than $59 million to nonprofits, aspiring ag students and public schools across rural America. Farmers are leaders in their communities, which is why America’s Farmers programs rely on them to help identify the most worthy causes.
Dedicated to making a difference in rural farming communities, the Grow Communities program asks farmers across the country to participate by nominating nonprofit organizations with resources to strengthen their local communities. Last August, farmers entered for the chance to direct a $2,500 Grow Communities donation to a local eligible nonprofit of their choice. Farmers have directed donations to food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others that reflect the spirit and support the vibrancy of rural America.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, including those in rural regions, and farmers play a critical role in helping communities overcome challenges, like the ones we’re currently facing” said Al Mitchell, Bayer Fund president. “Bayer Fund is proud to work side-by-side with farmers to identify local eligible nonprofit organizations that are able to provide their residents with solutions that leave a lasting impact.”
To learn more about how America’s Farmers programs are making an impact, visit www.AmericasFarmers.com.
About Bayer Fund
Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.
S Club Welcomes New Officers, Bids Goodbye to Graduating Officers

S Club held its Board Induction Mass before the school year ended, with a traditional sunflower ceremony. The new board is as follows:

1. President: Sasha Richburg
2. VP: Hallie Pham
3. Treasurer: Gemma Mowatt
4. Corresponding Secretary: Zoey Cardosa
5. Recording Secretary: Ashley Belleza
6. Publicity: Talyn McCaslin
7. Historian: Spencer Douangphouxay
8. Community Outreach Member: Ella Sablan
9. Upper Rep: Juliana Gutierrez
10. Lower Rep: Araxi Richburg
11. S Club Ambassadors: Jacob Levy and Nathalie Medrano

They are pictured with outgoing President Ellie Luchini and VP Zach Levy.
NHHS Honors Seniors

On Sunday afternoon, May 16th, in the Academic Center, The National History Honors Society held its annual Senior Ceremony, fifteen seniors were honored for their active 2-3 year participation in NHHS, each earning a red graduation cord and history medal. The national organization, The National History Club, provides red graduation cords to all its chapters across the United States to seniors who fulfill requirements set by the local chapters. The seniors listened to the ceremony’s keynote speaker, NHHS’s first President and co-founder, Elliott Nerenberg, currently a student at UC Berkeley. The senior honorees are pictured above.

Back Row, L to R: LaReina Torres, Ellie Luchini, Cate van Garsse, Catherine Gleason, Emmit Boyer, Daniel Monge, Mikko Mowatt, Pat Mon Pere, and Cobe Young; Front Row, L to R: Luca Fanucchi, Jacob Tashjian, Emma Farris, Xochilt Noriego, Emily Douty, and Christian Valdez.
Additionally, the Mt. Vernon Ladies Association who operate Mt. Vernon, George Washington plantation, donated a book to each chapter for a History Student of the Year. This year’s book is entitled: Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. This year’s History Student of the Year is NHHS President Catherine Gleason (pictured above right) who adeptly and enthusiastically guided the 60+ member club through a difficult but productive and fun year. Catherine organized 7 Kahoot! history tournaments, two virtual field trips to Renaissance Florence and Rome and historical sites in Virginia and Massachusetts, as well as a Cinema Night.
Congratulations to this year's CMAC All-League members, and to our six coaches of the year! The full list is to the left. View more honors at https://sjmhs.org/athletic-honors
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Alumni Contact Update

Panther Alums, even though your time here at Memorial has passed, this is still your home! Please stay connected with us so that you can be part of our exciting engagement opportunities such as our sporting event tailgates, alumni mixers and so much more! To stay connected please fill out this form.

Join our Parent Guild or Booster’s Club!

Interested in getting involved at SJM and supporting the school? Join our Parent Guild or Booster’s Club! Contact Shirley Boujikian for more information regarding the Parent Guild at sboujikian@sjmhs.org, (559) 475-5831 and sjmboostersclub@gmail.com for more information on the Booster’s Club. 

Click here for the application forms: 
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