County recognizes local students for achievements in career education

CTE/ROP students awarded with certificate of merit, scholarship

The Contra Costa County Office of Education recognized six high school students from the San Ramon Valley last month among the 41 recipients of Students of Excellence Awards for achievements in career-focused classes.

Contra Costa County's career technical education/regional occupational program (CTE/ROP) serves nearly 12,000 students in the Contra Costa and Alameda counties each year, aiming to prepare students for success in college and future careers by exposing them to emerging technologies, academic standards and modern equipment.

The following students from the San Ramon Valley received certificates of merit plus $250 in scholarship awards for the CTE/ROP courses they excelled in during the current school year:

* Grant Hayes, architectural design, Monte Vista High School

* Katie Parker, AP environmental science, San Ramon Valley High School

* Annissa Bensalah, journalism productions, California High School

* Kathryn Lew, analytical forensic science, California High School

* Emily Lai, introduction to business, Dougherty Valley High School

* Bethany Vega, computer graphic arts, Dougherty Valley High School

More than 200 people attended the award event on May 12 at the Concord Senior Center, including students, their families, teachers and ROP business-partnership representatives.

Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata presented the certificates and scholarships to students individually, followed by a brief speech from each recipient in which many said CTE/ROP classes were the highlight of coming to school and helped them with their career goals, according to county officials.

Scholarship funding was provided by Honda Walnut Creek, John Muir Health, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Walnut Creek Honda and C&H Sugar.

To see the full list of recipients, visit the county office's website.

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