Fresno County Young Democrats mixer
Fresno County Young Democrats will hold their annual summer mixer 6 to 8 p.m. June 24 at the Law Offices of Tafoya & Associates, 1044 N. Van Ness Ave. Special guest is Amanda Renteria, former National Political Director for Hillary for America and chief of Divisions Operations for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Tickets cost $25. Details: fresnoyoungdemsRSVP@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/events/472412869774287.
Fresno State student is 2017 Veteran of the Year
Assemblyman Jim Patterson honored Marine Corps veteran and Fresno State student Jordan Cody as the 2017 Veteran of the Year at a ceremony in Sacramento on June 21. Cody served his country in Afghanistan through three deployments and is a student assistant in the Fresno State Veterans Education Program where he provides mentoring and guidance for incoming veteran students. His personal awards include combat action ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor, the Good Conduct Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
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Buchanan graduate heading to Naval Academy
Alexander Peralta, a 2016 graduate of Buchanan High School in Clovis, was inducted into the Naval Academy Class of 2021 and will begin six weeks of basic midshipman training as part of the Plebe Summer. Approximately 1,200 candidates are selected for the “plebe” or freshman class and during training, plebes have no access to television, movies, the internet or music. They are only permitted three phone calls during the six weeks. The rigorous training is designed to prepare the incoming freshmen for their first academic year at the Naval Academy. Peralta hopes to become a naval aviator.
UnitedAg grants scholarships
UnitedAg has awarded to 12 students in Fresno County and neighboring counties scholarships totaling $17,500. Applicants submitted an essay focused on immigration reform and how they believe it will impact the future of California’s agricultural industry.
Recipients are Candice Lopez of Hanford, Beatriz Garcia of Hanford, Nathalie Marie Aceves of Hanford, Julie Lascano of Turlock, Ben Loscano of Turlock, Marcos Amaro of Visalia, Denver Noell of Hanford, Venissa Garcia of Hanford, Sandy Rubio of Firebaugh, Oscar Garcia-Medina of Hanford, Sylvia Benitez of Visalia and Peyton Fernandez of Porterville.
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