Milestones for May 24, 2012 edition

May 24, 2012 

Barigian and Norton: college graduates

Two local residents graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich. May 6.

The graduates are:

Alyssa Barigian, daughter of Dennis and Tamarra Barigian of Coarsegold, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication.

Amanda Norton, daughter of Steve and Jackie Norton of Coarsegold, graduated with a degree in exercise science.

Harrison graduates from Fresno State

Kelley Harrison graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Fresno on May 19, 2012.

Harrison earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a certificate in applied behavioral analysis. She was chosen by the university's psychology professors as the Outstanding Psychology Student of 2012. Harrison grew up in the Mountain Area, graduating from North Fork Elementary School in 2004 and Yosemite High School in 2008. She will continue her education at Kansas University in August of 2012 where she has been accepted into a doctoral program, specializing in the use of applied behavioral analysis in the treatment of autism.

Harrison is the daughter of Robert and Mary Beth Harrison of North Fork and granddaughter of Mary Lou and Darwin Bahr of North Fork.

Garcia and Aiello recognized by Rotary

Members of the Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club recognized top Yosemite High School students Caitlin Garcia and Conner Aiello for the month of April.

The club praised them not only for outstanding scholarship and student achievement, but also as being highly-regarded by teachers and staff.

Garcia is an assistant in the attendance office where her work is always careful and conscientious. Culinary arts teacher Deena Boortz said her classwork shows the same attention to detail and that she placed in the top group during a culinary arts competition. She was also a member of the YHS Mock Trial team in 2010-11. Garcia is the daughter of Carol and Paul Garcia.

Aiello is a teacher's assistant in the special education department and was recognized for his dedication to learning skills necessary to help with challenging students and his excellent communication skills. His duties have included teaching reading groups, working on art lessons, math and cooking classes. For the students taking main-stream classes, Aiello has helped assure class assignments are appropriate for the needs of each student.

Lori Blate with the Special Education program praised Aiello for his patience and flexibility during his three years of work with her students.

"We will all miss him when he graduates, especially the students," Blate said.

Aiello is the son of Marc and Sandy McNally.

Each student was presented with $100 by YHS Principal and Rotarian Ed Vanhoose. Vanhoose chairs the Sunrise Rotary Student Recognition Program and feels it is important to bring talented, hard-working students to the attention of business and civic leaders in the community. The monetary awards were donated jointly by Yosemite Bank and the Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary.

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