Academic All-Stars

Meet The Bee’s 2017 Academic All-Stars

The Bee’s 2017 Academic All-Stars. Top row, from left: first grade, Arthur Kandarian, Marshall Elementary, Fowler; second grade, Angelika Magana, Temperance-Kutner Elementary, Fresno; third grade, Jake Reeves, Saroyan Elementary, Fresno; fourth grade, Marlee Rutowicz, Dailey Elementary, Fresno; fifth grade, Garrett Chan, Sun Empire Elementary, Kerman; sixth grade, Michael Peter Bedrosian, Quail Lake Charter, Sanger. Bottom row, from left: seventh grade, Emily Garza, Ahwahnee Middle, Fresno; eighth grade, Lucas Gutierrez, Sutter Middle, Fowler; ninth grade, Makenzie Suzanne Thomas, Clovis West High; 10th grade, Mark Thomas Topoozian, Bullard High; 11th grade, Ryan Golden, San Joaquin Memorial High; 12th grade, Jerome Davis, Buchanan High.
The Bee’s 2017 Academic All-Stars. Top row, from left: first grade, Arthur Kandarian, Marshall Elementary, Fowler; second grade, Angelika Magana, Temperance-Kutner Elementary, Fresno; third grade, Jake Reeves, Saroyan Elementary, Fresno; fourth grade, Marlee Rutowicz, Dailey Elementary, Fresno; fifth grade, Garrett Chan, Sun Empire Elementary, Kerman; sixth grade, Michael Peter Bedrosian, Quail Lake Charter, Sanger. Bottom row, from left: seventh grade, Emily Garza, Ahwahnee Middle, Fresno; eighth grade, Lucas Gutierrez, Sutter Middle, Fowler; ninth grade, Makenzie Suzanne Thomas, Clovis West High; 10th grade, Mark Thomas Topoozian, Bullard High; 11th grade, Ryan Golden, San Joaquin Memorial High; 12th grade, Jerome Davis, Buchanan High.

Meet the 22nd class of Fresno Bee Academic All-Stars, students who get the most out of school and community – and usually are the ones giving the most back, too.

They’re active in difficult classes, of course. But they also play sports, from soccer to basketball to baseball and beyond. They donate their time in activities ranging far and wide including running a lemonade stand for Catholic Charities and being a volunteer in the “Be the Match” bone marrow campaign. And they’re active in band, 4-H and Scouts.

Nearly 500 central San Joaquin Valley students were nominated.

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“Awesome students!” said Lisa Birrell, communications and public relations officer for the Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools who served as a judge and helped assemble a blue-ribbon panel of fellow judges.

Awesome like Jerome “JD” Davis, the 12th-grade Academic All-Star from Buchanan High. A former teacher, Kendia Herrington, nominated Davis and said, “JD is an Academic All-Star because he loves to learn and shows everyone what you can do with your life.”

Or seventh-grade winner Emily Garza from Ahwahnee Middle School. History teacher Stephen Ruiz said Emily “not only raises the bar for herself and other students but she inspires me to be a better person and a teacher.”

Academic All-Stars

First grade: Arthur Kandarian, Marshall Elementary, Fowler

Second grade: Angelika Magaña, Temperance-Kutner Elementary, Fresno

Third grade: Jake Reeves, Saroyan Elementary, Fresno

Fourth grade: Marlee Rutowicz, Dailey Elementary, Fresno

Fifth grade: Garrett Chan, Sun Empire Elementary, Kerman

Sixth grade: Michael Peter Bedrosian, Quail Lake Charter, Sanger

Seventh grade: Emily Garza, Ahwahnee Middle, Fresno

Eighth grade: Lucas Gutierrez, Sutter Middle, Fowler

Ninth grade: Makenzie Suzanne Thomas, Clovis West High

10th grade: Mark Thomas Topoozian, Bullard High

11th grade: Ryan Golden, San Joaquin Memorial High

12th grade: Jerome Davis, Buchanan High

Judges

  • Lisa Birrell, Office of Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • Krista Cantrell, Clovis Unified
  • Michele Copher, Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • Janine DeLaCerda, Fresno Unified
  • Francine Farber, retired educator and past president of the League of Women Voters of Fresno
  • Murray Farber, retired co-managing editor of the New Haven Register in New Haven, Conn.
  • Jennifer Freeman, Office of Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • Jason Horsman, Central Unified
  • Lisa Houston, Fresno Unified
  • Janet Wile, Central Unified
  • Ellen Wilson, Fresno Unified

Zoo passes

Again this year, grade winners received a family four-pack for a visit to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, courtesy of the zoo.

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