May 2, 2019
On Tuesday, April 9 , the Board of Trustees recognized the 21st District PTA Reflections Award winners.The Reflections Program provides a venue for students to create and be recognized for original works of art based on a student-inspired, pre-selected theme. Categories of the competition include dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, and visual arts.

Area Superintendent Judy Burgess introduced 21st District PTA Secretary Rachelle Pierce who then introduced the award winners.
Visalia Council Award of
Merit winners

Visual Arts
Mia Altamirano, El Diamante High School
Ivree Sanchez, Ridgeview Middle School
Wes Scholl, Hurley Elementary School
Dempsey Yavasille, Hurley Elementary School
Photography
Olivia Tolman, Ridgeview Middle School
Ruby Houser, Hurley Elementary School
Visalia Council Award of
Excellence winners

Visual Arts
Kilah Contreras, El Diamante High School
Zion Lange, Ridgeview Middle School
Carly Noronha, Hurley Elementary School
Brynn Bartlett, Hurley Elementary School

Photography
Seth Brewer, Hurley Elementary School
Dylan Brewer, Hurley Elementary School

Literature
Abby Hoogland, Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
Film Production
Autumn Batti, Hurley Elementary School

Awarded at the State level
Zion Lange, Ridgeview Middle School
Seth Brewer, Hurley Elementary School
Dylan Brewer, Hurley Elementary School
Pictured above: Board President Crabtree, 21st District PTA Reflections Award winners,
21st District PTA Secretary Pierce, Superintendent Oto
California Interscholastic Federation Central Section
Athletic Director of the Year
On Tuesday, April 9 , Golden West High School principal Jose Fregoso announced to the Board that Athletic Director John De Long had been presented with the Norm MacKenzie Athletic Director of the Year award by the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section. The award was officially presented a week prior at the California State Athletic Directors Association Conference.

Under De Long’s leadership, the Golden West High School Blazer athletic teams have accomplished much:

2015
Boys Water Polo: Earned WYL Championship and Central Section Championship (Division I)
Girls Water Polo: Earned Central Section Academic Championship and Central Section Championship (Division II)
Girls and Boys Cross Country: Earned Central Section Academic Championships
Girls Golf: Earned Central Section Academic Championship
Volleyball: Earned WYL Championship

2016
Boys Soccer: Earned WYL Championship
Girls Wrestling: Earned WYL Championship
Girls Swimming: Earned WYL Champions and Central Section Runner-up (Division II)
Football: Earned WYL Championship

2017
Boys Soccer: Earned WYL Championship and Central Section Championship (Division II)
Girls Golf: Earned Central Section Runner-up (Division III)
Football: Earned Central Section Championship, (Division IV), Southern California Champions (5-AA), California State Runner-up (5-AA)
 
2018
Girls Golf: Earned Central Section Runner-up (Division III)
Football: Earned Central Section Runner-up (Division IV)
 
2019
Girls Soccer: Earned Central Section Runner-up (Division III)
Boys Wrestling: Earned Central Section Championship (Division V)
Boys Soccer: Earned WYL Championship
 
GWHS athletic teams have also won 13 Individual Section Championships and 1 Individual Area Championship in addition to the 5 Section Championships, 5 Section Runners-up, 8 WYL Championships, 4 Section Academic Championships, 1 So-Cal Championship, and 1 State Runner-up as listed above.

VUSD and the Board of Trustees would like to extend their congratulations to Athletic Director John De Long for his accomplishments and his commitment to the students of Visalia Unified.
Pictured L-R: Board Clerk Guerrero, Principal Fregoso, Board Member Gamoian,
Athletic Director De Long, Board President Crabtree, Superintendent Oto
2019 WYL Girls Basketball Coach of the Year
El Diamante High School Athletic Director Adam Thompkins spoke on behalf of Head Girls Basketball Coach Jessica Cervantes, who in the past season was named 2019 WYL Girls Basketball Coach of the Year. Coach Cervantes in her second year as Head Coach of the Lady Miners improved the
team's record from 4-8 to 6-4 plus a playoff berth.

The Lady Miners took on the number one seed, Fresno High School, in the playoffs and unfortunately lost, but the battle was well fought and the team walked away with much to be proud of.

Head Coach Cervantes continues to build the comradery among team members of the El Diamante Lady Miners. "As an athletic director I could not be more proud of a coach. Coach Cervantes is building young women who represent all that I could hope a Miner would be."

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, and Athletic Director Thompkins, we congratulate Head Coach Jessica Cervantes as the 2019 WYL Girls Basketball Coach of the Year and thank her for her ongoing commitment to the students of Visalia Unified.
Pictured L-R: Board President Crabtree, Athletic Director Thompkins, Head Coach Cervantes,
Board Member Naylor, Superintendent Oto
Visalia Unified School District exists to provide students with an education that affords them limitless opportunities for the future.