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OJUSD Student Rep Hill Given His Send Off

Monday evening, May 13 marked the final meeting for Oakdale High School senior and Oakdale Joint Unified Student Representative Zach Hill. As is customary, Hill led the final meeting beginning with leading attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Leading off the meeting was recognition of the Oakdale High School Occupational Olympics team who secured the title as large school champion for Stanislaus County, earlier this Spring.

“Oakdale students, when we provide them the opportunity to compete they’ll always do very, very well,” Superintendent of Schools Marc Malone shared with the audience following recognition of individuals placing top three in varying categories.

“The students really did represent well this year,” OHS Vice Principal Joni McGinnis said to the board. “There was a lot of competition and people were aiming for us. It all comes back to the students and the teachers.”

In keeping with general house keeping by way of financial reports and other district business, first and final reports were reviewed and discussed.

The night however belonged to Hill, as the Board sent him off not only with well wishes for a bright future but acknowledgements for a job well done while serving the students of OJUSD.

Superintendent Malone made note of the student representative’s serious demeanor and his about business way of commitment to his duty.

Board Member Barbara Shook, echoed Malone’s words noting in a day and age of negative press regarding youth, Hill is a positive light to what so many students represent.

“Students like Zach who really represent all the good that our kids provide,” Shook stated. “I’m really excited about his future and what he’ll be doing.”

Hill will be attending the Maritime Academy this fall in pursuit of his career goal of being a ship’s captain. He was also recognized board members for his ability to maintain a heavy class load, as well as keep the board informed of the happenings throughout the district school sites.

“I can’t thank you all enough for this wonderful experience I’ve been given,” Hill stated, addressing the board. “To be able to serve among all of you, it’s been absolutely amazing, extremely beneficial for me. I’m so glad I took the time to do this.”

The meeting was concluded by Malone reviewing upcoming graduation dates, beginning the week of May 20. Graduation dates, times and locations are as follows: Oakdale Charter, May 22, 5 p.m. at Magnolia Elementary Auditorium; East Stanislaus/ Valley Oak, May 22, 7 p.m. at OHS Gym; Oakdale Junior High, May 23, 7 p.m. at OHS Corral and OHS, May 24, 7 p.m. at OHS Corral.

The next OJUSD meeting will be hosted on Monday, June 10 at the OJUSD Tech Center, 331 Hinkley Ave., Oakdale. Open Session begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.