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June 19, 2007 > Newark city council recognizes education

Newark city council recognizes education

Council chambers were occupied in shifts on the evening of Thursday, June 14. Accolades were flowing as former councilmember Sue Johnson was recognized for 22 years of service on the council and former mayor (yes, there was another mayor before Dave Smith) Clark W. Redeker was honored with a day, his 90th birthday, June 20, 2007 in his name. Mr. Redeker was present and continues to adhere to his slogan, "The good guys are still ahead." Kelsey Riley, a seventh grade student at Newark Junior High received a commendation for her composition, How I Can Make My Community A Better Place" which won first place in the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) essay contest, besting 300 essays at her local school and over 1,000 entries at 7 other local junior high schools.

The triumphal procession of awards extended through the evening with introduction of the Newark Memorial High School Rocketry Team which recently placed first in a national competition in The Plains, Virginia on May 19. The group will travel to Paris, France to compete at an international competition in July. Next April, they will compete at NASA's invitational competition of the top 25 teams in the United States at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The award ceremonies continued as friends and families of honored students and teachers excitedly watched as Mayor Dave Smith called them to the podium and presented each with proclamations announcing their selection as Students or Teachers of the Year. The following individuals were honored (teacher listed first):

St. Edwards Jocelyn Pierre Antoine
Mark Balleza
Bunker Shannon Wild
Amanda Williamson
Graham Lauretta McCarthy
Elitania Lopez
Kennedy Tina Silva-Kyee
Danelle Stuart
Lincoln Cindy Halladay
Sandra Lee
Milani Lilia Woo
Sarah Pangilinan
Musick Carol Broad
Krishan Lal
Schilling Diane Jamison
Cendy Vasquez
Snow John Gallup
KerrNeil Azucena
Newark JH Yvette Haley
Jean Michelle Kristi Cornejo
NMHS Anne Magario
Collin Breen
Newark Adult` Julian Tarasuk (teacher)
Comm Day Clarence George (student)
Bridgepoint Erica Paramore (student)
Whiteford Pre Claudia Riley (Newark Teacher of the Year)
Ryan Bischofberger

After unanimous approval of the consent calendar, a Youth Protection Ordinance and updating the Area 2 Specific Plan, Clark Redeker was reappointed to the Industrial Development Authority and council adjourned in memory of Tom Kitayama, "Mr. Union City," the first appointed and elected mayor of Union City.

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