VFW to give out scholarships
Thousands of dollars in scholarships are up for grabs by local middle and high school students, courtesy of the Veterans of Foreign Wars District 9.
Interested high school students can compete in the Voice of Democracy Audio Essay competition, where they must write and record a three- to five-minute essay on “My Responsibility to America.”
Copies of the essay along with a completed entry form should be submitted to the local VFW post by Nov. 1, using an audio disc or flash drive with their recording and typed essay.
A statewide first place winner earns a four-day trip to Washington, D.C., and a chance to earn a share of more than $150,000 in scholarships. A national first place winner in that competition will receive a $30,000 scholarship.
The Young American Creative Patriotic Art competition, also open to high school students, gives them a chance to compete for $21,000 in national scholarships by submitting original art on paper or canvas. Digital art will not be accepted.
Entries must be done during the 2016-17 school year and be signed by a teacher.
For middle school students, the Patriot’s Pen competition encourages students to reflect on the statement: “The America I Believe In.” Winners in that competition earn a $5,000 scholarship.
Chamber hosts Entrepreneurs Academy
The Clovis Chamber of Commerce will host a Young Entrepreneurs Academy Informational session for students in grades 6-12.
Students, families and local business leaders are invited to learn more about a 30-week program that guides students through launching and running their own businesses.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Clovis Community College, 390 W. Fir Ave., in room 308. The event is free and open to the public.
The program, which gives students project-based, hands-on education, will meet every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning in October.
The application deadline to be part of this club is Sept. 30. Enrollment is limited, and spaces are filling fast.
Woman’s Equality Day Award winner named
Deborah Ikeda, who recently retired as president of Clovis Community College, won the Women’s Equality Day Award from the League of Women Voters of Fresno.
Ikeda has served on the California Community College Board of Chief Instructional Officers as well as the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Advisory Committee for Matriculation.
Ikeda has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Illinois.
Women’s Equality Day was started Aug. 26, 1971, to commemorate the date when the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote.
Armenian Studies prof appointed
Khatchig Mouradian of Clark University in Massachusetts is the newly appointed 13th Henry K. Khanzadian Kazan Visiting Professor of Armenian Studies at Fresno State.
His first lecture in a series titled “Genocide and Humanitarian Resistance in Ottoman Syria” will be 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the University Business Center.
Mouradian has a Ph.D. in history from the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. He also is the author of several articles and book chapters, including “The Meskeneh Concentration Camp.”
The lectures and receptions are free and open to the public.
Virtual Academies welcome students
California offers several online public charter schools in which full-time students can enroll from home.
California Virtual Academy @ Fresno, @ Kings and @ Jamestown are just three of 10 independent charter schools in California that use the K-12 online curriculum.
The Virtual Academy @ Fresno is open to students grades kindergarten through 8. Students have the option to enroll in advanced placement or college classes as well, through the dual enrollment program.
Students follow an academic program that includes web-based lessons along with instructional materials that are shipped to the student’s home.
To learn more about enrollment visit: http://cava.k12.com/.
COS hosts Disability Awareness Day
The College of the Sequoias’ Access and Ability Center is hosting this year’s Disability Awareness Day event as part of Disability Employment Awareness Month.
The event celebrates diversity, awareness and empowerment with the theme, “Too many walls and not enough bridges.”
Community organizations will present information about services, employment and financial assistance. There also will be music and a campus tour.
This event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Visalia campus quad.
League of Women Voters awards scholarships
The League of Women Voters of Fresno awarded $1,000 scholarships to 11 students from Fresno State and Fresno City College.
The scholarships are donated by league member Bette Peterson, who is a philanthropist and book publisher. This is the fifth year she has donated the money.
The League of Women Voters said the money was given to students in need who have shown academic progress.
The Fresno State students who received scholarships are: Daisy Cruz-Maya, Alexandra Gallo, Victoria Martinez, Rachel Ochoa, Madison Prettyman and Rosa Rosas.
The Fresno City College students who received scholarships are: Ana Lopez, Oscar Aleman Rivera, Elnora de la Rosa Sabroso, Frank Jourdain Solis and Danny Yang.
The scholarships were celebrated with the students and their families at the league’s annual ice cream social last week.
Officials visit Harmony Magnet
California School Board Association President Chris Ungar and Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward visited Porterville Unified School District administrators and board members to learn more about the Pathways program.
The visit to Harmony Magnet Academy included talking with teachers and visiting classrooms at the academies of engineering and of performing arts.
Porterville Unified School District earned the NAF President’s Award as one of the top school districts in the nation in 2015-16.