Juliet Thorner Awards Recipients Honored

May 20, 2016 – Forty-two students were honored at the Bakersfield City School District’s (BCSD) 44th Annual Juliet Thorner Awards ceremony held on May 10th at Sierra Middle School. The Juliet Thorner Awards program was founded by Dr. Thorner and implemented with the support of the California State University, Bakersfield chapter of the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority to recognize outstanding young women.

“I am receiving this award because of my involvement in many ways at my school,” said Zully Arias, student at Jefferson Elementary School. “I am the President of the Student Council and have participated at the History Day event, Spelling Bee, and many more activities.”

Awards were presented by members of the BCSD Board of Education. The College Heights Mariachi Group entertained the crowd that was made up of hundreds of community members and parents who were there to celebrate the students’ achievements.

“My daughter Jazmin Isabela Calderon is receiving this recognition for being a good student,” said parent Maribel Calderon. “I am very happy that my only child is receiving this recognition.”

Dr. Thorner dedicated her life to issues of advocacy and health for the socio-emotional wellbeing of young women and was committed to highlighting their accomplishments. Recipients of this award are female students who have demonstrated outstanding community involvement and scholastic achievement.

“This award is for girls that are leaders at their school and who exemplify the nature of Juliet Thorner who made a great impact in the community,” said Sheri Best, Teacher at Hort Elementary School.

Juliet Thorner passed away in February 1988. BCSD is grateful that she made arrangements for the continuation of these awards as a provision of her estate and we look forward to carrying on this fine tradition. We are also proud that one of BCSD’s schools bears her name. Congratulations to these exemplary young women.

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Forty two students were honored at the Bakersfield City School District’s (BCSD) 44tth Annual Juliet Thorner Awards ceremony.

Zully Arias with sister Alexa sandoval and mother Leticia Espinoza

Juliet Thorner Award Honoree Zully Arias with her sister Alexa Sandoval and mother Leticia Espinoza.

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The College Heights Mariachi Group entertained the crowd.

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Student Stephanie Ovalle receives award from Dr. Fred L. Haynes, President, Board of Education.

Student Jazmin Isabela Calderon and Her parents Janio and Maribel

Parents Janio and Maribel Calderon celebrated their daughter Jazmin Isabela’s achievement.

Sheri Best and Heather Brimme-Teachers- Hort Elementary

Sheri Best and Heather Brimme, Teachers at Hort Elementary School.


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