Silver Star Youth Program Students Recognized During Celebration

US Congressman Jimmy Panetta Honors Students' Success. 

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Silver Star Youth Program Students Recognized During Celebration

Silver Star Youth Program Students Recognized During Celebration

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017

student speaker talking at podium in black shirt

On September 29, 2017 The Silver Star Youth Program at Rancho Cielo celebrated student success with an afternoon celebration and awards ceremony. Honored guests joined the Silver Star community to recognize student success and collaboration through the Salinas Valley Health Professions Pathway Partnership (SVHPPP). Greg Ludwa, Lead Teacher of the Silver Youth Program at Rancho Cielo, opened the program welcoming the parents and guests to Rancho Cielo.

Dr. Deneen Guss, Deputy Superintendent of the Monterey County Office of Education, opened the program with a welcoming address, describing the program the Silver Star Youth Program at Rancho Cielo and the components of the collaboration program with Hartnell College.

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, Superintendent of Schools for Monterey County, then introduced the Keynote Speaker, US Congressman Jimmy Panetta. Dr. Kotowski described an extensive curriculum vitae noting the years of service Congressman Panetta has given to the residents of Monterey County and the United States as an intelligence officer, attorney, Monterey County prosecutor, and US Representative for our district.

Keynote Speaker, US Congressman Jimmy Panetta addressed the students and guests with celebratory comments and personal stories of his support of Rancho Cielo. He praised the students' work and successes in academic studies, and he brought Congressional Certificates of Recognition for all the students, staff, and collaborative partners.

Congressman Panetta, Superintendent Kotowski, Greg Ludwa, and Milton Grant, EMT Pathways teacher, presented SVHPPP stipend checks, funded by the CA Endowment, and recognition awards to the students, present, and to the graduates.

Student speaker Arianna spoke to the impact the program has had upon her education and her plans for the future.

Chris Devers, Director of Alternative Education Programs, then recognized the academic, social agency, and business partners, who received their certificates from Congressman Panetta’s office during the reception following the program. The following is a list of some of the honored partners:

Rancho Cielo
The California Endowment
The Salinas Valley Health Professions Partnership Pathway
The Epicenter of Monterey County
Monterey County Office of Education and Alternative Programs
Monterey County Juvenile Probation
Educational Partners
Hartnell Community College
Hartnell Community College Foundation 
Jennifer Suttie, Hartnell College
Mayor and City of Salinas
Building Healthy Communities, East Alisal Hub
Monterey County Childrens’ Behavioral Health
Turning Point
Alisal Family Resource Center
Business Partners
Monterey County Business Council
Cardinale Automotive Group
Leavenworth Electric
Searle Electric

Also on the stage honoring the student success in the EMT/Allied Health Pathways, were the following dignitaries and guests:
Mayor Joe Gunter, Mayor of the City of Salinas
Kimbley Craig, Salinas City Councilmember
Supervisor John Philips, Founder of Rancho Cielo
Willard Lewallen, Superintendent/President of Hartnell
Hermelinda Rocha-Tabera, Ethnic Studies Professor, Hartnell College

After the program, the Drummond Culinary Academy staff and students provided hors d'oeuvres and refreshments to the students, parents, guests, staff, and dignitaries.

Congratulations to all!

Group of students and dignitaries celebrating and holding certificates on stage