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Joyce Ogden and Josh Broome chosen as BHS April Students of the Month

Joyce Ogden and Josh Broome were honored as April Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening April 27. Joyce Ogden was named 12th grade student of the month and Josh Broome was named 8th grade student of the month.

Lion George Whitfield, Joyce Ogden, Josh Broome, and Principal Ray Guerrero

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion George Whitfield presented each of the students with a check.  Joyce Ogden was awarded $100, and Josh Broome received $50.

Ogden has a grade point average of 3.2. She is a star basketball player. She likes spending time with her family, friends, and her boyfriend Marvin. She would like to try skydiving. After graduation, she plans to attend Shasta Community College and continue playing basketball. As well as being an excellent athlete, she is good at drawing and is a “good friend.” Her parent, Tonya Seefloth came to see her receive her award.

Josh Broome has a 3.5 grade point average. He plays basketball and football and likes to spend time with his friends. In the future, he plans to attend college and become a marine biologist. He would also like to travel. When Principal Guerrero asked where he would like to travel first, Broome answered, “To the coast.” Josh’s father, Josh Broome, Sr. said that his son is amazing.

“He always makes the right decisions.” Mr. Broome said proudly about his son.

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Meet the Candidates for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney

On April 1, candidates for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney came to a “Meet the Candidates” event in Bailey Park. Candidates spoke about the charities they are raising money for and their hopes for Burney and the Intermountain area.

Seven candidates have registered to run for the following charities:

  1. Anna Denny, for Burney Sober Grad Night
  2. Jill Daugherty, for Burney Citizens Patrol
  3. Ralph Freitas, for Make-a-Wish (Shasta County)
  4. James Glaser,  for Boy Scout Troop 38
  5. Dana Hauge, for Burney 4-H
  6. Shaylene Herndon, for TriCounties Community Network, and
  7. Mary Frances Unterreiner, for St Vincent de Paul

Due to scheduling events, Anna Denny and Dana Hauge were unable to be present. However, Jen Luck read a speech that Dana had prepared and Anna’s candidacy and charity were also announced and explained.

Jen Luck, secretary for the Burney Chamber of Commerce, emceed the event. Refreshments were donated by the local Burney Safeway store.

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Tristan Nance and Ryan Pruitt chosen BHS Students of the Month

Tristan Nance and Ryan Pruitt were honored as March Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening March 17. Tristan Nance was named 8th grade student of the month and Ryan Pruitt was named 12th grade student of the month.

Ryan Pruitt, BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Tristan Nance, and Lions President Matt Quinlan

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion President Matt Quinlan presented each of the students with a check.  Tristan Nance was awarded $50, and Ryan Pruitt received $100.

Tristan Nance has a grade point average of 4.0. He attends the teen center and likes gym, football, gaming and spending time with his friends. Something he has not done yet but would like to do is go to a water park. After high school, he would like to graduate from college and then become a game programmer. Tristan’s family and cousins came to watch him receive his award. His stepfather said he was “very proud” of him for doing so well.

Senior Ryan Pruitt also has a 4.0 grade point average. Ryan is a member of Interact, Leos, the Dark Side Raiders, and Boy Scouts. He is a long distance runner who prides himself on his endurance. Ryan is an excellent public speaker and this year has won the club and district level Lions Student Speaker Contest. Later this month he will be competing at the regional level.

Ryan enjoys reading and writing. He has a great sense of humor and likes funny movies. He is also good at “practical jokes.” He would like try skydiving. After graduating he plans to go to college and then get a job. Ryan’s mother, Stephanie Pruitt, attended to see Ryan honored and gave a few words of praise after the presentations.

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Ryan Pruitt wins Lions Student Speakers Zone Contest

Ryan Pruitt won the 2017 Lions Student Speaker Zone Contest at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening February 23. The event was held at the Burney Lions Hall in Burney. Pruitt will now advance to the Regional Contest that will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the Fall River Lions Hall in Fall River Mills.

Zone winner Ryan Pruitt with Lion Bill Cummings

Zone winner Ryan Pruitt with Lion Bill Cummings

Pruitt won the Burney Club contest on February 9. There are three Lions Clubs in this zone. The two other clubs did not sponsor a student speaker contest, so Pruitt was the only contestant in the zone contest.

Lion Bill Cummings, who is in charge of the Student Speaker’s Contest for the Burney Lions, explained that even though Pruitt was the only contestant, according to Lions rules he still needed to give his speech and be evaluated  by the judges.

The three judges were Gary Nunnelley, Alex Colvin, and Jann Hoechlin. Pruitt spoke for ten minutes on this years topic, “Is the right to privacy a threat to national security.” In his speech, Pruitt argued that the right to privacy is a threat to national security. Pruitt used no note cards and his well-crafted speech was accented by hand gestures and well choreographed movement on the stage.

After his speech and the tabulation of the judges scores, Pruitt was declared the zone contest winner and presented with a check for $150. Pruitt then introduced his mother Stephanie Pruitt and his speech coach from Burney High School, Melissa Madden.

This year, the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation will provide scholarships totaling $103,500.00. Fifteen District winners will each receive a $4,500.00 scholarship. Four Area winners will each receive an additional $6,500.00 scholarship, and the winner of the Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000 scholarship.

So If he continues to advance, Pruitt could potentially earn more than $21,000 in scholarships.

Winners of the Burney Lions Club Student Speech Contest have a record of performing well at higher levels of competition. Last year’s winner Carissa Tereba won over $11,000 as she advanced to the finals.

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Alyson Jones and Cheyenne Wilson named Students of the Month at BHS

Alyson Jones and Cheyenne Wilson were honored as February Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening February 17. Alyson Jones was named 12th grade student of the month and Cheyenne Wilson was named 8th grade student of the month.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Cheyenne Willson, Alison Jones, and Lion George Whitfield

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Cheyenne Wilson, Alyson Jones, and Lion George Whitfield

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion George Whitfield, who oversees the Student of the Month Program for the Burney Lions, presented each of the students with a check.  Alyson Jones was awarded $100, and Cheyenne Wilson received $50.

Cheyenne Wilson has a grade point average of 4.0. She loves school, spending time with her family and watching movies. She is good at coloring and school. She would very much like to go to Hawaii. When she finishes high school she hopes to go to college and the find a “dream job.” Her parents Camee Johnson and Tony Wilson and two sisters came to watch Cheyenne receive her award.

Alyson Jones has a 3.57 grade point. She likes spending time with her friends and family and enjoys “helping out in the community.” She is a member of the Leos, FNL, S-Club, Leadership, and Interact. After graduation she plans to become a Veterinary Tech.

Alyson loves travel. When Principal Guerrero asked her which country in Europe she would like to visit, she answered “all of them.” After becoming a vet tech, she hopes to travel the world. Alyson’s parents Mike and Cheri McClung attended the program to watch Alyson receive her award.

After presenting the students with their awards, Whitfield asked one parent of each student to say a few words. Tony Wilson told his daughter to keep it up and do well. Alyson Jones had a tear in her eye as her father praised her for her achievement.

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Ryan Pruitt wins Burney Lions Club Student Speakers Contest

On Thursday evening, February 9, Ryan Pruitt won the club level Student Speaker Contest at the Burney Lions Club. Pruitt, a senior at Burney High School, competed against two other Burney High School students, Megan Arsenau and James Chapman.

Lion Bill Cummings, Megan Arsenau, Ryan Pruitt, and James Chapman

Lion Bill Cummings with student speakers Megan Arsenau, Ryan Pruitt, and James Chapman

The theme of this year’s contest is “Is the right to privacy a threat to national security.” Lions Club president Matt Quinlan opened the meeting and Introduced Lion Dr. Bill Cummings who explained the rules and introduced the speakers.

Each student gave a ten minute speech.

Megan Arsenau spoke first presenting the case that the right to privacy was not a threat to national security. Using examples from business, school, and events since 9/11, she argued that the right to privacy coupled with the freedom of conscience and freedom of speech strengthen our nation.

James Chapman also argued that the right to privacy was not a threat to national security. He presented a spirited case that liberty is what makes the United States great and that too much government surveillance is a threat to our basic freedom. He also argued under the Patriot Act, the NSA had gone too far in gathering information on citizen’s private lives and communications.

Ryan Pruitt took the opposite position, making a case that the right to privacy is a threat to national security. He argued that the responsibility of the government to protect the lives of millions of citizens outweighed the right to privacy. His argument was well-framed, using examples from recent terrorist attacks and supportive quotes from utilitarian philosophy.

His delivery and stage presence were also outstanding. Creating imaginary scenarios emphasizing the dire consequences of failing to uncover terrorist plots, he eloquently supported his position.

The speeches were judged by three judges: Willie Rodriguez, and Mr. and Mrs Larry Snelling. The judges evaluated each speaker for content, delivery, and overall effectiveness.

Melissa Madden, activities director at Burney High School, helped to coach the students in preparation for their speeches.

All three participants were awarded certificates and checks. Pruitt won $100 for first place. The other speakers each received $25. Pruitt will now advance to the zone level competition to be held February 24 at the Burney Lions Club.

Lions Clubs throughout California are holding contests during the month of February as part of the 80th Annual Student Speaker Contest. Winners will advance through a series of competitions to reach the District, Area, and Multiple District Four Contest.

This year, the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation will provide scholarships totaling $103,500.00. Fifteen District winners will each receive a $4,500.00 scholarship. Four Area winners will each receive an additional $6,500.00 scholarship, and the winner of the Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship.

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Burney Lions Club honors December and January Students of the Month

The Burney Lions Club honored four Students of the month at their meeting on January 26. Cole Fruguglietti was recognized as eighth grade Student of the Month for December; Hunter Mustoufi was honored as 12th grade Student of the Month for December; Nykia Gannon was chosen as eighth grade Student of the Month for January; and Maddie Luntey was recognized as 12th Student of the Month for January.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, with Students of the Month Cole Fruguglietti, Hunter Mostuofi, Nykia Gannon, Maddie Luntey, and Burney Lions President Matt Quinlan

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, with Students of the Month Cole Fruguglietti, Hunter Mostuofi, Nykia Gannon, Maddie Luntey, and Burney Lions President Matt Quinlan

Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero introduced the students and Lions Club President Matt Quinlan presented each student with a check to reward them for their achievement. Eighth grade students of the month each received a check for $50 and 12th grade honorees received $100.

Eighth grader Cole Fruguglietti has a 4.0 grade point average. He participates in football and sports. He plays the saxophone in the band. He is a Airman Cadet in the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 126, a volunteer for the Academy of Model Aeronautics Redding Club. and a member of the Workability Program.

Cole enjoys video games, remote control airplane racing, remote control cars, flying, sports, camping, shooting and target practice, ocean and fresh water fishing, swimming, boats, computers and movies.

Things he has not done yet but would like to do include driving a tank, going to ground school, learning to fly, soloing his own plane, driving a Royal Infield motorcycle, and driving the International.

In the future Cole plans to join the Army or the Airforce. He hopes to go to officer school and would like to become a pilot or a tank commander. After completing military service he would like to own his own ocean fishing business.

Senior Hunter Mostoufi also has a 4.0 grade point average. He is a member of California Scholarship Federation, Leos, and Leadership Clubs. In sports, he participates in football, basketball, and track. Hunter enjoys hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. He would like to try skydiving. In the future he hopes to attend the University of Nevada Reno to study criminal justice.

Nykia Gannon has a 4.0 grade point average. She plays basketball and volleyball and enjoys reading and drawing. She is good in sports, math and art. She would like to do horse show jumping. In the future she hopes to pursue a career as a successful photographer.

January’s 12th grade Student of the Month, Maddie Luntey has a 3.8 grade point average. She is a member of California Scholarship Federation, Leos, S-Club, FNL, mentoring, and ASB. She plays on the volleyball, basketball, and softball teams. Maddie enjoys reading good books and would like to go on a trip to Europe.

In the future, Maddie would like to go to Shasta College for two years and then attend Chico State and major in Ag Business.

Many family members and friends came to the event. After the presentations, several of the parents spoke briefly expressing their pride in the students and their gratitude to the Lions.

Afterwards everyone enjoyed a delicious ham dinner prepared by Lions cooks and served by members of the Leos Club.

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