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2018 Burney High School Baccalaureate

Fifteen graduating seniors came to Burney Presbyterian Church Sunday evening May 27 for 2018 Burney High School Baccalaureate. The Baccalaureate was coordinated by graduating senior Hannah Pearson. Numerous parents and several teachers attended.

2018 graduates with Baccalaureate speakers and teachers

Hannah Pearson opens the ceremony

Ms. Pearson opened the ceremony and introduced the first speaker, Rev. Penni Elaine Scarbrough, Pastor of Burney Presbyterian Church. Rev. Scarbrough told the students that each one of them has a God-given purpose. She advised them to fulfill that purpose by discovering their passion, persevering, and being true to their principles.

Rev. Scarbrough speaks about passion, perseverance, and principle

The next speaker was Thomas Weber, a retired teacher who coaches at the high school. Mr. Weber counseled the students not to rush, but to take their time discovering work that they love that is of service to the world.

Community Guest Speaker Thomas Weber

Both speakers encouraged the students to never give up in pursuing their goals.

When the speakers had finished, English teacher and student advisor Melissa Madden hosted an open forum. Several parents, teachers and students shared reminiscences of their experiences through the years with members of the graduating class.

A teacher shares

A parent shares

Bailey Turner gives a student perspective

Melissa Maddn tells graduates not to fear but to be strong and courageous

Rev. Tim Scarbrough closed the baccalaureate with a prayer and everyone enjoyed refreshments in the foyer.

Celebrating the past and looking forward to the future

Here is a video of the whole baccalaureate. Best wishes to BHS class of 2018!

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Favian and Yesenia Jimenez chosen as BHS May Students of the Month

Favian and Yesenia Jimenez were honored as May Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening May 24. Favian was named 12th grade student of the month and his sister Yesenia was named 8th grade student of the month.

Lion George Whitfield, Yesenia Jimenez, and Vice Principal Becky Torgrimson

The students were introduced by Burney High School Vice Principal Becky Torgrimson.

Eighth-grader Yesenia has a grade point average of 2.72. She is a member of the volleyball team. She is very good at math. She enjoys reading and drawing flowers and little pictures. She would like to try skydiving. Her goal is to become a doctor practicing family medicine.

Yesenia introduced her parents, Maria Garcia and Everado Jimenez, and her brothers Alex and Everado Jimenez Jr. Ms. Garcia said that she is very proud of her children and wishes them a bright future.

Lion George Whitfield presented her with a check for $50 on behalf of the Burney Lions Club.

Senior Favian Jimenez, Yesenia’s older brother has a 3.0 grade point average. He is a member of Leo’s, Interact Club, Leadership Club, and mentoring. He played on the football and basketball teams and competed in track and field. He enjoys playing video games and spending time with friends and family. He would like to try scuba diving. After graduating, he plans to attend Shasta College and then pursue a degree in civil engineering.

Favian was unable to attend the ceremony because he was on a trip with CSF to see a play in Ashland. In his absence, Lion Whitfield presented a check from the Burney Lions for $100 to his sister and asked her to give it to him when he returned from his trip to Oregon.

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Burney Presbyterian Church celebrates Grand Opening of new internet library

Numerous educational, civic, and religious leaders from the Burney and Intermountain community gathered at the Meeting Place at Burney Presbyterian Church to celebrate the Grand Opening of a new Internet Library.

Rev. Penni Elaine Scarbrough cuts the ribbon as Rev. Watkins, Rev. Scarbrough, and Superintendent Hawkins look on

The Internet Library will be open to the public on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 PM to 6 PM, with priority given to local students doing homework and research for school projects. Job seekers will also be encouraged to utilize the library’s services for creating resumes and researching employment opportunities.

Rev. Penni explaining the purpose of the internet library to Cindy Dodds and Laurie Jacobs

The program began at 3 p.m. with a reception and refreshments. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 4 p.m.

The Grand Opening was hosted by Rev. Penni Elaine Scarbrough, pastor of the Burney Presbyterian Church and her husband Rev. Tim Scarbrough who serves as Administrative Director. Rev. Rob Watkins, Presbyter of the Presbytery of Sacramento came to speak. Rev. Leon Thompson, retired Presbyterian minister from Weed, also attended with his wife Betty.

Community leaders listening to speakers

Amongst educational leaders who came for the opening were Greg Hawkins, Superintendent for the Fall River Joint Unified School District, Burney Junior-Senior High Principal Ray Guerrero, Burney Elementary Principal Marcy Schmidt, elementary teacher Shelly Myers and her husband Rev. Bill Myers from Glen Burn Church. Rev. Myers also serves as a volunteer in the Fall River and Burney elementary schools. Former Superintendent of Schools Larry Snelling and his wife Peggy also attended.

Other civic leaders who came included Cindy Dodds and Laurie Jacobs from the Tri Counties Community Center; Burney Chamber of Commerce President Sandra McCullar; former President of the Burney-Fall River Rotary Club Bill Campbell, and Michael Kerns. Several community volunteers including Lou Hawk also attended.

Rev. Tim Scarbrough welcomed the people and began the ribbon cutting ceremony with a prayer.

Rev. Penni Scarbrough gave a brief talk in which she said the mission of the new internet library is “to enable, enlighten, and encourage people to grow through learning.”

She emphasized that the library is not just for the congregation of the Burney Presbyterian Church but is open for all students and job seekers in the community.

Superintendent Hawkins spoke of the changes that had taken place in education since he began teaching in the 1980’s. He emphasized the increasing importance of technology and told the audience that all junior and senior high school students now have Google Chrome notebooks as also do elementary school students from the second grade up.

He also said that many of the students do not have internet access in their homes and therefore stressed the value of a facility such as this where they can not only use the available computers, but also access the Internet with their notebooks using the library’s Wi-Fi.

The final speaker was Rev. Watkins. He gave a touching talk stressing two points. The first was that the Meeting Place was there to serve the whole community. The Burney Presbyterian Church is the most northern church in the Sacramento Presbytery which consists of 7,000 members throughout Northern California. Those churches that are most effective are those that are engaged in serving their communities. The Presbytery is happy that the church in Burney is striving to serve as a Meeting Place and supports that effort.

In the second point, he said that Jesus may never have talked about the Internet, but he did talk a lot of about the importance of children. Quoting from the Book of Proverbs he stressed the importance of children seeking wisdom and understanding. He spoke of these in terms of understanding oneself and the world. Rev. Watkins told how his son has now worked on five continents and hopes to work in all seven. He said that the Internet Library would be a “safe place” where children can use the Internet to “awaken to the wonders of the world” in a healthy educational environment.

Reverend Watkins affirmed his conviction that “every person is an unique act of God’s creative will.”

God is good and gracious and every child is precious. Every child, indeed every person, deserves the opportunity to develop their talents and abilities in a healthy loving environment in order to improve themselves and make a better world, perhaps even to help create the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

The Meeting Place is located at 20435 Marquette St. in Burney, CA. For more information about the Internet Library call (530) 335-2271.

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Fort Crook Masonic Lodge #250 presents plaque to Burney High Teachers

As part of the Masons long-time effort to support public education, Grand Master Jim Crockett and Mason George Whitfield from Fort Crook Masonic Lodge #250 presented a plaque to Principal Ray Guerrero at a student assembly at Burney Junior-Senior High School.

Masons Jim Crockett and George Whitfield with BHS teachers and Principal Ray Guerrero

Jim Crockett said, “Fort Crook Masonic Lodge #250 in Fall River Mills has for years supported the schools in the Intermountain Area. This year we are presenting plaques to the Staff and teachers of Fall River, Burney and Big Valley schools in recognition of their efforts and achievements furthering the education of the students.”

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The plaque says, “We hereby proclaim our sincere thanks to the teachers and staff of Burney Junior Senior High School and extend our congratulations for their provision of outstanding academic instruction, leading in turn to exemplary achievement by all enrolled students.”

Bruce R. Galloway, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of California proclaimed April Public Education Month for 2018. On April 1, the California Department of Education also issued a statement encouraging people to recognize April as Public Education Month.

Before presenting the plaque to Principal Guerrero, Crockett gave a brief history of Masonic support for public education.

Crockett and Whitfield address the student body

In his talk he said,

Because Freemasonry places such great importance on education, we have become steadfast supporters of the Public Schools. Horace Mann, the father of our present system of public schools, wrote that the object of a free public schools system is “to give every child a free, straight, solid pathway by which he can walk directly up from the ignorance of an infant to a knowledge of the primary duties of a man.”

The California State public school system was started in the 1850’s, and the first State Superintendent of Public Instruction was John Swett, a transplanted Mason who had come west in the years following the Gold Rush.

The public schools have always been a special concern of California Masons. Charles Albert Adams, Grand Master in 1920, wrote that as Masons “we subscribe to the belief that an enlightened citizenship is the first great care of a progressive State:’ He believed that the future of our free democracy depended on the quality of our public schools.

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Burney Junior-Senior High Students Light up the Stage with “Princess Whatsername”

“The 2018 Spring musical was a smash hit! Burney Junior and Senior High School Students presented three marvelous performances of “Princess Whatsername” written by Brian B. Taylor with music by Bill Francoeur and lyrics by Scott de Turk at the Liz Polley Center for the Arts.

Opening number

The production was directed by Jill Reed Lights and Sound by Larry Goza and Alissa Tereba and Stage Direction by Carolyn Garrigua and her crew. About 400 people came to see the performances that took place on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights.

Princess Whatsername

A talented cast of dozens  of students took the audience through a cleverly constructed fairy tale peopled with characters from a range of Grimm’s folk tales including Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother, Rapunzel, Hercules, princesses and princes, and good and bad fairies.

Hansel and Gretel find Princess Whatsername in the woods

The lead character, Princess Whatsername (played by Bailey Turner) turned out to be Princess Aurora, who had been pricked by a spinning wheel and lost her memory. In her quest to regain her true identity, she wandered through an enchanted forest as the characters enacted comic scenes and delightful musical numbers.

Hansel after eating a candy house

All the students performed excellently. The Seven Dwarves number was classic. Elie Urlie dazzled the audience with his performance as an intriguing hip-hop style Rumpelstiltskin. Paris Deaton-Geisler shone as a country-western style Snow White.

Princess Whatsername and Rumplestiltskin

After the performance a special plaque was presented from the Mountain Echo newspaper with a photo and news article of the first chorale performance at Liz Polley Center.

Jill Reed displays a special historical plaque

Ms. Reed then presented the students actors with gifts of appreciation for their hard work and excellent performance, and the students in turn presented gifts to Director Reed and Carolyn Garrigua expressing their love and gratitude.

Here are more pictures of the performance:

Prince Reveille and Rumplestiltskin

Snow White and Goldilocks in the house of the Three Bears

The Seven Dwarves

The Three Bears chase Princesses

The Queen of the West and Snow White

Goldilocks, Princess Whatsername and Rapunzel

Singing Princesses

Three Bears, Snow White, and Prince Reveille

Prince Hercules challenges Prince Reveille

Queen of the North

Three Bears, Snow White, and Prince Reveille

Princess Aurora reunited with her parents and her true love

Rumpleskiltskin performs the wedding

The final number

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Chelsea Davis and Joel Biles chosen as BHS April Students of the Month

Chelsea Davis and Joel Biles were honored as April Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening April 19. Davis was named 12th grade student of the month and Biles was named 8th grade student of the month.

Lion George Whitfield, Chelsea Davis, Joel Biles, 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. Chelsea Davis was awarded $100, and Joel Biles received $50.

Senior Chelsea Davis has an outstanding grade point average of 4.43. She is a member of the S-Club,  CSF, FNL, Leos Club, Leadership Club, and Mentoring. She also plays on the basketball and softball teams.

She enjoys reading, listening to music, watching movies and spending time with loved ones. She would like very much to go on a cruise and to travel to other countries to learn about other cultures.

After graduating from high school, Chelsea will attend Sacramento State University.

Chelsea’s mother and father, Nikki and Rich Davis attended to watch their daughter receive the award. Mr. Davis said “Chelsea worked very hard to become student of the month. Thank you very much to the Lions for the wonderful dinner and program and all that they do for the community.”

Eighth-grader Joel Biles also has a 3.13 grade point average. He is involved in activities at the Word of Life Church. He enjoys playing baseball, drawing, video games and watching television. Something that he hasn’t done but would like to do is “jump off a cliff into a lake.”

In the future Joel hopes to go to college and become and engineer.

Joel’s brother Ben and grandfather David Biles attended the ceremony. His grandfather praised Joel saying, “Congratulations on a good job! I hope that you come back many times.”

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Devin Murray wins Lions Regional Level Speech Contest

Congratulations to Devin Murry of Burney, who won the Lions Regional Speech Contest at Ft. Jones April 8th.  After winning at the Club, Zone, and Regional competitions, he will now move on to the District Level April 28th at the Gaia Hotel in Anderson. The theme for this year`s contest is: “Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?”

Devin Murray from Burney High School won the Zone Level Lions Speech Contest

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