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Valley Home News for June 1, 2011

POSTED May 31, 2011 11:26 p.m.
The familiar strains of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance filled the air on May 23, 2011 as the Valley Home eighth grade students made their entrance into the School Multipurpose Room for their Graduation Ceremony. Judah Burton, Nathan Soares and Luis Penaloza joined in rendering the Pledge of Allegiance. Principal Kevin Hart welcomed parents and members of the audience to the ceremony.
Next on the program was the presentation of the Sam Hartsfield Memorial Award by Mrs. Sam Hartsfield to Hailee Pettit, followed by presentation of the Valley Home Teacher’s Association Award by Mrs. Rathbun to Diana Sanchez. Presidential Awards were presented by Mr. Reid. Introductions of the members of the Eighth Grade class was made and followed with Presentation of Diplomas by Mr. Reid, and Board of Trustee members Mr. Ron Smith and Mrs. Heather Duvall.
Selena Mendez and Diana Sanchez stepped to the microphone and offered the Class Farewell. Once again the strains of Pomp and Circumstance filled the auditorium and the Graduates exited the auditorium, taking their first steps on the road to new paths in education. Congratulations to all on this happy occasion in your lives!
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Congratulations and best wishes to Lainey Smith who graduated from Oakdale High School on May 27th. Lainey spent the weekend with family and friends and is getting ready to head off to college in August.
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Valley Home 4-H Rabbit Group members are getting ready for the Stanislaus County Fair and we hear that members, Ben Fletcher, Halley Smith, and Kiley Rinna have been busy practicing their showmanship routines. Halley has a barn full of baby rabbits she will be taking to the Fair and entering as meat pens and single fryers.
New this year …Valley Home 4-H members who are showing and selling market animals at the Fair could really use help from our Valley Home community on sale day. In the past our group has participated in the Oakdale Livestock Boosters which helped the kids received a good sale price for their animals. Oakdale Livestock Boosters no longer exists and our 4-H members need buyers! If you are interested in purchasing a market animal, either to process and use, or for resale, please contact Tammie Smith at 604-6942 and she can explain the process and options further. Tammie informs us that this is going to be a challenging year for our 4-Hers to break even on their market projects and any support will be greatly appreciated. Market species from Valley Home 4-H going to the Fair this year include beef, sheep, swine, meat goats, rabbits and poultry.
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We are delighted to share the results of the county 4-H Fashion Revue that was held on May 7th at the Valley Home School Multi-purpose room. Valley Home 4-Hers from the Sewing Group were: Ashley Barreto who participated in the Traditional Category and won a Medal and County alternate, the $15 Challenge and was awarded a Medal and County Alternate winning a Blue Ribbon and received a Blue Ribbon in the Accessory category
Marrissa Campbell participated in the Traditional Category and won a Blue Ribbon and also a blue ribbon in the Accessory Category.
Nikki Truhett won a medal in the Traditional Category and also a blue ribbon in the Accessory Category and in the Embellished Category, a Medal and County winner.
Results for the May 28th State 4-H Fashion Revue in Davis were: Ashley Barreto participated in the $15 Challenge and was awarded Medalist and blue ribbon. Nikki Truhett was awarded a blue ribbon in the Embellished Category. Congratulations to all three girls on their winning entries!
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How nice to share the news that budding artist, Bryce McKenzie, age 7, a member of the Oak Valley Art Society, received a First Place Blue Ribbon at the recent Railroad and Transportation Art Show at Mary Beth’s Grand Central Station Restaurant in Oakdale. His colorful train engine drawing entitled “Whoo Whoo, Choo Choo, Here comes the Train” overwhelmingly received the most public votes in the show. Next stop for Bryce’s art work is the county fair!
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We have received word that Bryce’s mom, Michelle McKenzie has published her first children’s book entitled “Beavers’ Big Problem.” It will be released in stores July 5th by Tate Publishing & Enterprises. Pre-release copies are now available for purchase from Michelle or at Tate publishing.com.
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This reporter wants to remind our readers that the dedication of the Valley Home Community Park is Saturday, June 18th at 2:00 p.m. More details will be in next week’s column.
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Eva Matos enjoyed a celebration in honor of her birthday on May 28th.   Happy birthday to Eva from all her Valley Home friends!
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