18 Kern County high school students, educators recognized for GPA, involvement, character

BAKERSFIELD - Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced the recipients of the 23rd Congressional District of California 2014 Merit Award for students Friday.

The 23rd Congressional District of California 2014 Merit Award was created to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated exemplary school citizenship, volunteerism, community service, involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership skills and have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Earlier this year, high school principals were invited to select one outstanding graduating senior per school to receive the 23rd Congressional District of California 2014 Merit Award. 

Kern County student winners:

Mr. Austin Huckaby - Bakersfield Christian High School
Mr. Patrick Crowley – Bakersfield High School
Miss Sarah Manges – Centennial High School
Mr. Ben Ward– East Bakersfield High School
Miss Breana Garcia – Foothill High School
Miss Erin Glavin – Frontier High School
Mr. Ryan Young – Garces Memorial High School
Miss Sara Baldridge – Highland High School
Mr. Michael Cushine – Independence High School
Mr. Mason Meyers – Kern Valley High School
Miss Morgan Wonderly – Liberty High School
Mr. Jacob Allen – Maricopa High School
Mr. Andrew Francis – North High School
Miss Gurjot Kaur – Ridgeview High School
Miss Pratyusha Gogulapati – Stockdale High School
Mr. Clayton Wikoff – Taft Union High School
Mr. Kyle Mathes Orr – Tehachapi High School
Miss Casey Ross – West High School

Kern County educators, chosen by the above students:
Mr. Jeff Ward - Bakersfield Christian High School
Mr. Kevin Reynier – Bakersfield High School
Mr. Ryan Coleman – Centennial High School
Mrs. Kitty Hay– East Bakersfield High School
Mr. Shawn Kunasek – Foothill High School
Mrs. Kenelee Henderson – Frontier High School
Mrs. Crystal Huddleston – Garces Memorial High School
Mr. James Maddox – Highland High School
Mr. David Green – Independence High School
Mrs. Carolynne Fandino (Posthumously) – Kern Valley High School
Mrs. Brooke Slayton – Liberty High School
Mrs. Debbie Myers – Maricopa High School
Ms. Natalie Ryan – North High School
Ms. Carla Rivas – Ridgeview High School
Ms. Susan Walters – Stockdale High School
Mrs. Caroline Schoneweis – Taft Union High School
Mr. Hollis Kimbrough – Tehachapi High School
Mrs. Debra Keller-Mitchell – West High School

“This award is not only about outstanding academic achievement; it is also meant to recognize the character and positive values that these students uphold,” said Congressman Kevin McCarthy. “Today, we honor the hard work and dedication that these exemplary young men and women have demonstrated in their scholastic and community endeavors. I look forward to watching these young leaders continue to succeed in the future.”

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