June 7, 2019
STAFF AND STUDENT RECOGNITION

At the Tuesday, May 28 , Board meeting, the Board of Trustees recognized Crestwood Elementary Early Learning Center Teacher Kayla Faught, who was selected as the KSEE 24 Educator of the Week. Congratulations, Mrs. Faught, and thank you for your support of students and parents.

Additionally, students who were selected as the Sequoia Kiwanis Club’s Middle School Student of the Season were recognized. Area Superintendent Angela Sanchez opened the presentation by thanking and acknowledging parents and families for their involvement in the scholastic accomplishments of their students.

VUSD would like to congratulate all who were recognized for their exceptional accomplishments and thank everyone who came out to support them. We also want to thank the Board of Education for their continued commitment to student achievement and public recognition of the positive and outstanding accomplishments of our VUSD students and staff.
KSEE 24 Educator of the Week
L-R: Board President Crabtree, Kayla Faught, Area Superintendent Sanchez, Acting Superintendent Ravalín 
Divisadero Middle School
L-R: Board Member Foster, Florence Konder, Alex Elick, Principal Aguilar, Acting Superintendent Ravalín 

Florence Konder – Middle School Student of the Season
Alex Elick – Middle School Student of the Season
Green Acres Middle School
L-R: Assistant Principal Hawkins, Sierra Nelson, Jackson Coon, Board Member Vazquez,
Acting Superintendent Ravalín

Sierra Nelson – Middle School Student of the Season
Jackson Coon – Middle School Student of the Season

La Joya Middle School
L-R: Principal Hambleton, Joseph Schuster, Saleen Mariscal, Board Member Naylor, Acting Superintendent Ravalín


Joseph Schuster – Middle School Student of the Season
Saleen Mariscal ­– Middle School Student of the Season
Ridgeview Middle School
L-R: Board Member Gamoian, family members, Principal Yates, Acting Superintendent Ravalín

Not pictured: Nikko Gutierrez
Not pictured: Jaden Hydash

Nikko Gutierrez – Middle School Student of the Season
Jaden Hydash – Middle School Student of the Season
Valley Oak Middle School
L-R: Principal Waters, Carter Brunson, Sawyer Pratt,
Board Clerk Guerrero, Acting Superintendent Ravalín



Carter Brunson – Middle School Student of the Season
Sawyer Pratt – Middle School Student of the Season
Redwood High School Mock Trial
The Mock Trial program was established by the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) to help students acquire a working knowledge of the judicial system. Each year, CRF creates and produces a new set of Mock Trial materials based on an important issue facing America's youth. The materials include a hypothetical criminal case including summaries of case law, witness statements, official exhibits, and rules of evidence. Utilizing the same set of case materials, teams compete first in county-level competitions and then county-level winners move on to the state-wide competition. The state program currently involves 36 California counties.

At the Tuesday, May 28 , Board meeting, Redwood High School's Mock Trial Silver Team was recognized for winning the Tulare County Mock Trial Competition and advancing to the State competition, where they won three of their four rounds. The team went on to finish eleventh in California. The junior varsity Blue Team also did very well, placing fifth in Tulare County.

Congratulations to Redwood High School’s hard working Mock Trial Team and thanks to their dedicated teacher and attorney coaches!
Pictured above: Attorney Coach Gaston, Teacher Coaches Adams and McFadden, Principal Shin, members of the RHS Mock Trial team,
Board President Crabtree, Acting Superintendent Ravalín
STUDENT ATHLETES RECOGNIZED FOR
EXCEPTIONAL SEASON

El Diamante High School Boys Swim
El Diamante High School Athletic Director Adam Thompkins introduced senior Preston Niayesh. At the CIF Central Section Championship, Preston won the 100-yard breast stroke for the third year in a row, defeating Division II and Division I swimmers. He is ranked number one in his senior class and will swim next year for the University of California, Berkeley.
L-R: Acting Superintendent Ravalín, Preston Niayesh, Athletic Director Thompkins, Board President Crabtree

Golden West High School Girls Swim
Golden West Athletic Director John De Long introduced the first-ever Division II Central Section Swimming Champions. He acknowledged Coach Torres and Coach Lambert for their support and noted team chemistry as putting them “over the top.”
L-R: Coach Lambert, Coach Torres, President Crabtree, Golden West High School Girls Swim Team, Board Member Gamoian,
Athletic Director De Long, Acting Superintendent Ravalín
Golden West High School Individual Champions
Golden West Athletic Director John De Long introduced swimmer Mackenzie Garza, who won the 50-meter free, took second in the 100-meter free and she set nine records at the Section Finals. She has received a full swim scholarship to San Jose State University.

Mr. De Long then introduced Valen Johnson, the Division II diving champion who finished second overall. This is Valen's second year as Division II diving champion. Mr. De Long shared that Golden West is a dominant diving school in the region, thanks to Coaches Diedre Alves and Dustin Gragg.
L-R: Board President Crabtree, Valen Johnson, Athletic Director De Long, Mackenzie Garza, Superintendent Ravalín
Mt. Whitney High School Boys Varsity Tennis
Athletic Director John Perez introduced the Mt. Whitney Boys Varsity Tennis Team and their coach, Martin Herrera. The team finished as the runner-up in the CIF Central Section Division III Championships after earning the number two seed. The team won the Division IV Team Championship at the California Tennis Classic and the team championship in Division I, Tier 2 at the Visalia Tennis Invitational. They ended the season with seventeen victories and qualified one singles player and two doubles teams for the Central Area Tournament and one doubles team to the Central Section Championships.
L-R: Board President Crabtree, Mt. Whitney Boys Varsity Tennis Team, Athletic Director Perez, Coach Herrera, Acting Superintendent Ravalin
Mt. Whitney High School Track & Field
Mt. Whitney's Jade Whitfield finished fourth at the CIF Central Section Championships in discus and qualified for the State Championships. Ms. Whitfield finished first in discus at the Pioneer Invitational, the Exeter Monarch Invitational and WYL Championships and finished second at the CIF East Area Qualifying Meet. Jade is the school record holder in the shot put and discus.
L-R: Board President Crabtree, Coach Powell, Jade Whitfield, Coach Moshier, Acting Superintendent Ravalín, Athletic Director Perez
Redwood High School Girls Swim
Redwood Athletic Director Matt Sozinho introduced team members Alex Roberts, Megan Ridenour, Katie Sullivan and Skylar Ford, who helped the team win the West Yosemite League title for the seventh year in a row. The student-athletes swam in the 200-yard medley relay at the Central Section Division I Championships, finishing in second place and securing a spot in the California State Championships. Megan Ridenour was the Section champion in the 100-yard breaststroke. Her individual performance qualified her to the California State Championships. Alex Roberts was a two-time Section Champion in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke and she finished in eleventh place in the 100-yard backstroke at the California State Championships.
L-R: Board President Crabtree, Katie Sullivan, Skylar Ford, Megan Ridenour, Alex Roberts, Acting Superintendent Ravalín,
Athletic Director Sozinho
Redwood High School Track & Field
Athletic Director Matt Sozinho introduced the Boys Track and Field Team, who completed their season with a perfect WYL record, winning the WYL Championship for the fourth year in a row. The team won the Central Area Championship and represented Redwood at the Central Section Division II Championships, winning the Section title. This is the first Section Championship for Boys Track & Field in Redwood history. Brandon Andrade and Ryan Hemphill qualified for the State Championships. Brandon finished sixth and Ryan placed fourteenth in the state.
L-R: Board President Crabtree, Redwood High School Track & Field Team and coaches, Athletic Director Sozinho,
Acting Superintendent Ravalin, Principal Shin
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