Community Generosity

Yosemite High School Community Awards Night

Brian WilkinsonMay 9, 2013 

Nearly 200 Yosemite High School Community Awards totaling $103,000 were presented to 77 graduating seniors Monday before proud family members and friends at the school's Performing Arts Center.

The cash awards from Mountain Area clubs, businesses and individual memorial funds ranged from $100 to $4,000. Many Mountain Area clubs and organization hold fundraising events year-long specifically for YHS Community Awards.

Three of the seniors, Angelica Smith, Brian Tenorio and Steven Garcia, accounted for 29 of the awards totaling $16,400. Morgan Mearse and Daphne Norman gathered seven awards and Robin Meister collected six awards.

Smith will attend California State University, Chico, to study ag education. Tenorio will attend Sacramento Community College, eventually transferring to UC Davis to major in biomedical engineering and Garcia will attend California state University, Fresno, to study criminology and enter the ROTC program.

Smith said she was thrilled with everyone that has supported her through high school and for the awards from the community.

"It's a blessing -- I'm excited to start the next chapter of my life."

In addition, 40 seniors received two or more awards.

Jeanne Ratchford, YHS coordinator of Community Awards Night, said the night is successful due to the support of so many people joining together to encourage Yosemite's young people to further their education.

"I'm happy to be a part of this program once again and it's heartwarming to see so many of the same names sponsoring awards as in years past," Ratchford said. "This community faithfully takes care of its own. There are many reasons to choose to live in this community including clean air, low crime and deer in your backyard -- tonight will give you another reason to love this wonderful place -- its citizens."

The majority of the businesses and organizations presented multiple awards. Oak Creek Intermediate School presented nine awards and eight individual awards were presented by the El Capitan Education foundation, Gerald A. Smith Memorial and Service Organization of the Sierra.

Sherry Colgate and Sheri Lee, representing the El Capitan Education Foundation, presented eight $500 awards to students who will attend the Oakhurst Community College. Over the years the foundation has presented more than 180 awards to graduating seniors.

Harry Baker, president of Sierra Telephone, presented a $1,000 award to Jordan Keyser in memory of his parents, Harry and Marie Baker. The company provided an additional six awards. Sierra Telephone has been giving scholarships to students in the Mountain Area for more than 45 years.

Memorial awards were presented in honor of Barbara Banich, Billy Vukovich III, Buddy Cudd, Eakin Peirsol, Gerald A. Smith, Ibrahim Kabbani, Jeremy Carter, Travis Myers, Wilma Ely, Dalton Mayn, Frank Logar, Ruth Ross and Cary Simms.

Athletics was well represented with five $250 awards from Yosemite Youth Basketball Association (Luke Blate, Matthew Davenport, Ty Grant, Derek Jenkins and Dahlia Lopez), two awards from Yosemite Badger Youth Football and Cheer (Kylie Johnson and Christopher Kanaley) and one award from Rivercreek Golf Course (Jordan Keyser).

A new award was presented this year -- The Barry Bartlett Service and Recognition Award to honor the years Bartlett has devoted to Yosemite High. As one of the original counselors at the school, he helped to found the Yosemite High School Scholarship Foundation and still serves on its board. He and his wife, Carolyn, still work advocating for students as home and hospital teachers. The winner of the award was Kyle Radanovich.

Bartlett said he remembers when the awards program started in 1977 with 10 awards totaling $12,000.

Prior to the presentations, Sierra Smith sang the National Anthem.

Ratchford told the seniors that no matter where their paths take them, they will always have this special community to proudly call their own.

"Know that we believe in you and remember how tonight makes you feel and do it for someone else some day," Ratchford said.


Ash Bridgette

Swortzel Trust


Bayt Nickolas

Harmelin Family Award


Beaver Cheyanne

Gerald A. Smith Memorial


Blate Lukas

Grant Mercantile

Oak Creek Intermediate School


Blate Luke

Yosemite Youth Basketball Association


Borough Katrina

Class of 1991 Award

Marine Corps League Griswold Mtn. Det.#1121

Veterans of Foreign Wars


Brewer Margaret

Gerald A. Smith Memorial


Brosi Cayla

Eakin Peirsol Memorial Award


Brown Stephanie

Bass Lake Water Sports

Tenaya Lodge


Burton Carson

Eakin Peirsol Memorial Award

North Fork Lions Club

North Fork School


Cambrelen Christian

Swortzel Trust


Casey Margaret

Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club


Conley Katie

Oak Creek Intermediate School

Sierra-Oakhurst Kiwanis Club


Dangleis Amanda

El Capitan Education Foundation


Davenport Matthew

Caring on Higher Ground

Ladies of the Lakes - YLP

Our Lady of the Sierra Women's Guild

Yosemite Unified CSEA Chapter 698

Yosemite Youth Basketball Association


Davis Kayla

Doctors Dennis Jones, Rodney Peter & Staff

Service Organization of the Sierra

Sierra-Oakhurst Kiwanis Club


DeBock Ciara

Sierra Ambulance

Sierra Masonic Lodge #788

Oak Creek Intermediate School


Ekman Joseph

H.O.L.I.D.A.Y.S.(Hallmark Ornament Collectors)

Vision Academy of the Arts -Music


Elsworth Tori

Wilma Ely Memorial


English Amelia

Veterans of Foreign Wars


Enyart Kaylee

El Capitan Education Foundation

Jeremy Carter Memorial


Esposito Alyssa

Doctors Dennis Jones, Rodney Peter & Staff

Oakhurst Democratic Club

Sierra Tel Business Center

Vision Academy of the Arts -Music


Garcia Steven

Golden Chain Theatre

Martinez Family Award

Oak Creek Intermediate School

Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club

Our Lady of the Sierra Women's Guild

Recycle Award

Sorich-Tomlinson Award

Travis Myers Memorial

Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors


Garza Melissa

Gerald A. Smith Memorial


Gill Daman

Martinez Family Award


Gill Daman

Sierra Tel Internet


Goldman Kaylee

Cary Simms Memorial Scholarship

Oak Creek Intermediate School

Oakhurst Elementary School

Yosemite High FFA AG Boosters


Grant Christopher

North Fork School

Oakhurst Sierra Noon Rotary Club

Sierra Tel Business Systems


Grant Ty

Jeremy Carter Memorial

Yosemite Unified CSEA Chapter 698

Yosemite Youth Basketball Association


Griffin Ethan

North Fork School


Haas Chandler

Oak Creek Intermediate School

Service Organization of the Sierra


Haggard Fletcher

ACSA - Madera County Office of Education

Gerald A. Smith Memorial


Jenkins Derek

Service Organization of the Sierra

Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors

Yosemite Youth Basketball Association


Johnson Kylie

Bass Lake Lions Club

Oak Creek Intermediate School

Service Organization of the Sierra

Yosemite Badger Youth Football and Cheer


Kanaley Christopher

Class of 1991 Award

Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club

Rivergold Elementary School Teachers

Yosemite Badger Youth Football and Cheer


Keyser Jordan

River Creek Golf Course

Service Organization of the Sierra

Sierra Tel - Baker Memorial


Kleist August

Billy Vukovich III Memorial - Auto Award

Buddy Cudd Memorial


Koellish Shanelle

Gerald A. Smith Memorial


Leath Michael

Grant Mercantile

Madera Republican Women Federated

Oakhurst Sierra Noon Rotary Club


Lopez Dahlia

Bass Lake Lions Club

Soroptimist International of The Sierras

Vern & Delores Brooks Educators Award

Yosemite Youth Basketball Association


Madsen Emma

Impression Award

Wilma Ely Memorial


Masuen Morgan

Jeremy Carter Memorial

Soroptimist International of The Sierras

Tenaya Lodge


Meister Robin

Barbara Banich Memorial

Impression Award

Ladies of the Lakes - YLP

Oakhurst Sierra Noon Rotary Club

Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club INTERACT

Service Organization of the Sierra


Miller Thomas

El Capitan Education Foundation

Sierra Pines Church

Wasuma Elementary School


Mills-Cuthbert Corey

Gerald A. Smith Memorial


Misner Austin

Dalton Mayn Memorial

Yosemite Unified CSEA Chapter 698


Mistry Twinkle

Aiming High Award

Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club


Mitchell Delaney

El Capitan Education Foundation


Nobles David

Billy Vukovich III Memorial

Caring on Higher Ground

Service Organization of the Sierra

Sierra Telephone

Yosemite High ASB Leadership


Norman Daphne

Billy Vukovich III Memorial

Cary Simms Memorial Scholarship

Grant Mercantile

Madera County Cattlemen & Cattlewomen

Madera County Farm Bureau

Travis Myers Memorial

Yosemite High FFA AG Boosters


Parker Chanelle

Wilma Ely Memorial


Peredia Jacob

Swortzel Trust


Putman Louis

Yosemite Bank


Radanovich Kyle

Barry Bartlet Service & Recognition Award


Rounsivill Whitney

El Capitan Education Foundation


Rubottom Lindsey

Ladies of the Lakes - YLP

Wild, Wonderful Women

Yosemite High ASB Leadership


Segraves Darci

Raymond Community Association


Simms Payge

Soroptimist International of The Sierras

Wasuma Elementary School


Smith Angelica

American Legion Coarsegold Auxiliary

Bass Lake Lions Club

Billy Vukovich III Memorial

Cary Simms Memorial Scholarship

Monica McClanihan Writer's Award

Oakhurst Democratic Club

Oakhurst Elks Award

Travis Myers Memorial

Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors

Yosemite High FFA AG Boosters


Smith Christopher

Heart of the Mountains Award


Smith Shane

Gerald A. Smith Memorial


Smith Sierra

Frank Logar Memorial Music Award


Sneed Brittny

Eric and Virginia Seger Memorial

Madera County Retired Teachers Assoc.


Statkus Alexander

North Fork Lions Club

North Fork School


Sterling Colton

Ibrahim Kabbani Memorial


Sullivan Susanne

Indian Lakes Ladies Auxilary

Sierra-Oakhurst Kiwanis Club


Sumrall Jason

El Capitan Education Foundation


Taylor Dylan

Oak Creek Intermediate School

Wilma Ely Memorial


Tenorio Brian

49 EARS (Yosemite-Oakhurst-Sierra)

Billy Vukovich III Memorial

Buddy Cudd Memorial

Caring on Higher Ground

Oak Creek Intermediate School

Oakhurst Sierra Noon Rotary Club

Pines Civic Council

Sierra Ambulance

Sierra Lions Club of Oakhurst

Sierra Tel Sierra Cellular


Troup Danielle

Gerald A. Smith Memorial


Turner Carizma

Soroptimist International of The Sierras

Yosemite Bank


Villa Brittany

Eakin Peirsol Memorial Award

Sierra Lions Club of Oakhurst


Voltmer Zachary

Coarsegold Elementary School Teachers

Marine Corps League Griswold Mtn. Det.#1121

Sierra Tel Long Distance

Yosemite Unified CSEA Chapter 698


West Brittaney

El Capitan Education Foundation

Positive Living Center (Ruth Ross Memorial)


Whalley Denby

Heart of the Mountains Award


Whitecotton Matthew

Madera County Office of Education Academic Decathlon

Service Organization of the Sierra


Wick Christian

James H. Watkins, Law Office


Williams Rebecca

El Capitan Education Foundation

Raymond Community Association

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