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Cassandra Taylor and Harper Tate chosen as BHS September Students of the Month

Cassandra Taylor and Harper Tate were honored as September Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening September 20. Taylor was named 12th grade student of the month and Tate was named 8th grade student of the month.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Harper Tate, Cassandra Taylor, and Lion Matt Quinlan

The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero.

Senior Cassandra Taylor has a grade point of 3.8. She is President of Interact Club, President of S-Club, and Treasurer of ASB. She is active in FNL, mentoring, Leos Club, Leadership, CSF, cheerleading, and Raiders Radio.

Cassandra enjoys hunting, cheerleading, and MMA. She also enjoys doing projects with her mom like sewing and making poster boards for various organizations. She hopes to be able to travel outside the United States and see waterfalls. During the summer she has taught swim lessons.

After graduating she plans to attend junior college and then transfer to a four-year University.

Cassandra introduced her father Jason Taylor. Mr. Taylor said, “We are very proud of our daughter. She deserves a lot.”

For her achievement as Student of the Month, Ms. Taylor will be awarded a check for $100 from the Burney Lions Club.

Eighth grader Harper Tate has a 4.0 grade point average. She is President of her class and is active in CJSF and 4-H. She plays volleyball, basketball and track. She is also active in her church where one Sunday a month she helps take care of younger children in the nursery.

Harper likes playing with her dog and spending time with friends. She would like to learn how to juggle. In the future she would like to attend college to become a teacher and then teach in Cambodia.

Harper says she is good at “sports, cooking, shopping, and being on time.”

Her mother Amanda Tate, who came to see her daughter honored, said, “She is definitely a punctual child.”

Her father Jedidiah Tate said, “Harper is a real go-getter. She takes care of business.”

Harper’s brother Langston and sister Avery also came to see their sister honored. Harper will receive a check from the Burney Lions Club for $50 for being Eighth Grade Student of the Month.

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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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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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Lions Club team conducts vision screening at Burney Elementary

Four members representing the Burney Lions Club and the Fall River Lions Club conducted a vision screening at Burney Elementary on Tuesday, April 10.

Lions Walt Libal, Jim Crockett, George Whitman, and Dick Lindgren, photo courtesy of Jim Crockett

The screening team consisted of District 4C-1 Zone Chairman Walt Libal, Burney Lions Club Sight Chairman Jim Crockett, and Lions George Whitfield and Dick Lindgren. They screened 100 first graders and kindergarten students for Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism, Anisometropia, Strabismus and Anisocoria.

“Any student that falls outside the norms is referred to their eye doctor for further exams. On average we will identify about 10% of those screened as needing further exams. We also screen other students of the Intermountain Area as requested by the schools.” said Crockett

Zone Chairman Libal said, “The Lions vision screening program was pioneered here in District 4C-1. We began about a decade ago in the Red Bluff/Redding area. Over the years, the program has expanded throughout the district and Northern California, then into Southern California, and is now spreading across the nation.”

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Chris Phipps, Austin Kaczorowski and Vanessa Mungia named Students of the Month

The Burney Lions Club honored three students on Thursday evening March 15. Chris Phipps was named 12th grade Student of the Month for February. Austin Kaczorowski was named 12th grade Student of the Month for March, and Vanessa Mungia was named 8th grade Student of the Month for March.

Lion George Whitfield, Austin Kaczorowski, Chris Phipps, Vanessa Mungia, and Principal Ray Guerrero

After being introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero, each student was presented with a check by Lion George Whitfield. Phipps and Kaczorowski each received $100 and Mungia received $50.

Chris Phipps has a 4.0 grade point average. He is active in Interact, Leadership Club, Mentoring, basketball, baseball, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), and Leos. He enjoys playing sports, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends. This year Chris made All-League in basketball.

Chris would like to travel abroad.  After graduation he plans to attend community college and play basketball.   He is good at working with children and writing.

Chris’s parents, Aaron and Lyna Phipps attended the presentation. Expressing pride in his sons accomplishments, Mr. Phipps said, “How far he has come!”

Austin Kaczorowski has a grade point of 3.5. He is involved in 4-H, football, wrestling, and track. In his spare time he likes to read. He would like to go skydiving. In the future, he plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Austin’s parents Darrin and Michele Kaczorowski and  his sister Erica attended. His dad said that they are very proud of Austin.

Vanessa Mungia has a 3.29 grade point average. She is a member of California Junior Scholarship Federation. She participates in basketball, softball, and volleyball. She is good at math. She likes going on long hikes and swimming, She also enjoys drawing and watching shows on Netflix. In the future she would like to go to Humbolt Stare University and live in Arcata.

Vanessa’s mother, Merri Wolfin, attended and said, “I know she is going to have a good future.”

Her grandparents Jerrilyn and Randy Quinn, her aunt Tyelo Wilson, her brother Cisco Chacon and sister Ta-sti Chacon, as well as her cousin Madison Villarruel all also came to watch her receive her award.

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Devin Murray wins Lions Shasta Central Zone Student Speaker Contest

Devin Murray won the Lions Club Student Speaker Contest for the Shasta Central Zone on Saturday afternoon at the Burney Lions Club.

Chairman Walt Libal, Devin Murray, and Darcy Coulter

Two students competed in the zone level contest. Devin, a Senior at Burney High School, was the winner of the Burney Lions Club level contest. Darcy Coulter, a Junior at Fall River High School, was the winner of the Fall River Lions Club level contest.

Walt Libal, Chairman of the Shasta Central Zone, chaired the contest. The topic was “Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?” Each student gave a speech that was to be no less that five minutes and no more than ten minutes.

Both students delivered excellent expositions on the topic. Darcy gave a testimony to a mentor who had deeply influenced her life and then led the audience through an insightful investigation of how honesty, vulnerability, and humility inform integrity.

“Actions speak louder than words,” she stated, citing a study that showed the importance of non-verbal communication. She also pointed out that if you are civil to others it is more likely that they will be kind and helpful to you in return.

Devin artfully delivered a polished speech explaining why integrity and civility are the foundation for a stable community and society. He used the example of a man who had demonstrated moral leadership. He drew an analogy between moral integrity in community building and structural integrity in engineering. His arguments were backed up by quotations from various authoritative sources.

While the judges were tallying the scores, the two speakers introduced themselves. Darcy’s mom attended to support her. Devin’s parents, sister, grandmother, and Burney High speech coach Melissa Madden all came to watch Devin.

After the winner was announced, Chairman Libal presented each of the students with a certificate. Devin received a scholarship check for $150.

Contest Judges Paul Skinner, Dr. Pam Woodin, Travis Lakey, and Connie Cleckler also received a certificate of gratitude and a box of chocolates.

Devin will go on to compete in the Region level contest. The contest will be held before April 9. The exact date and location have not yet been determined.

This is the 81st annual Student Speakers Contest sponsored by the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation. There are six levels of competition: club, zone, region, district, area, and the final Multiple Four District Contest.

Altogether, the foundation will award more than $103,000 in scholarships to students. Awards increase with each level. 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 final Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship.

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