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Friday, Mar 29 2013 04:00 AM

Education roundup: BCSD to add to hall of fame

By The Bakersfield Californian

The Bakersfield City School District will induct nine people into the BCSD Hall of Fame at a banquet 6:30 p.m. June 7 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court.

Inductees are former students who are notable for their professional accomplishments, and community members who have distinguished themselves by their service to the district.

The 2013 class is:

* Bradford Anderson, physician;

* Fred Dukes, retired BCSD teacher, counselor and principal;

* Nancy Ann Dunn, retired BCSD, teacher, Professor at University of La Verne;

* Mayor Harvey Hall;

* Dolores Huerta, advocate for farm workers and immigrants;

* Lori Hughes, retired BCSD teacher, interim principal;

* Raymond Jacobus, retired BCSD teacher, principal;

* Lillian Tafoya, BCSD board member; and

* Benjamin Matthew Victor, sculptor.

Tickets are $50 per person. Call 631-4893 for more information.

The Bakersfield City School District is among 307 school districts nationwide that the NAMM Foundation has designated as "Best Communities for Music Education."

The designation honors school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools' core curriculum.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music making by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry.

Centennial High School placed No. 17 out of 34 teams at the California Mock Trial competition last weekend in Riverside.

Twenty-three students from the school competed at the event. Centennial earned a spot in the state finals by placing first in the Kern County Superintendent of Schools' sponsored Kern County Mock Trial held in January.

La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks won state for the third straight year and will represent California at the National High School Mock Trial competition in May in Indianapolis.

There was a dance on Saturday night at which teams had costume themes. Centennial won the contest with a zombie theme.

The Youth Financial Literacy Program for High School Seniors and Emancipated Youth presented certificates of completion to 33 students at a ceremony March 12 at the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.

Classes were held at East Bakersfield High School, Mira Monte High School and Covenant Community Services. The educational program was sponsored by the Rotary Club.

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market announced 50 schools in Bakersfield earned $44,250 through its fifth-annual Shop for Schools fundraising program.

More than 2,700 schools participated in Shop for Schools this year, earning more than $2.1 million collectively.

Schools located within a three-mile radius of a Fresh & Easy store could hand in receipts earning them a $1 donation for every $20 spent at the store from September 12 through December 31, 2012.

Fresh & Easy also sponsored Shopping Nights, or in-store fundraising events during which schools earned 5 percent of the total sales during their designated evening.

-- Courtenay Edelhart, Californian staff

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