Tag Archives: Lions Club

Madelyn Keep and Langston Tate chosen as BHS May Students of the Month

Madelyn “Mattie” Keep and Langston Tate were honored as May Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening May 18. Madelyn Keep was named 12th grade student of the month and Langston Tate was named 8th grade student of the month.

Lion George Whitfield, Madelyn Keep, Langston Tate, 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.  Madelyn Keep was awarded $100, and Langston Tate received $50.

Keep has a grade point average of 4.0. She is a member of “S” Club, Interact, California Scholarship Federation, Leos, Peer Mentoring, and Leadership. She enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and traveling and would like to travel around the United States and the world. She plans to attend Shasta College and to become a psychologist so that she can “help people.” She likes to read and is a good writer. She is also good at time management. Tears came to her eyes as she received her award.

Mattie’s dad Patrick Keep and stepmom came to watch her receive her award. She said, “I couldn’t be more proud. I am honored to call her my daughter.”

Her mom, LouAnn Gladwill lives in Spring Creek NV and could not attend. But she sent a message saying, “I am so proud of her. She has worked so hard for this. It’s a true honor.”

Tate also has a 4.0 grade point average. He is active in football, track, basketball, California Junior Scholarship Federation, Power Source, and 4-H. He plays guitar and likes to fish. He is very interested in botany and plans to go to Humboldt State University to earn a degree and pursue a career in that field.

Langston’s parents, Jedidiah and Amanda Tate, and his two sisters, Harper and Avery, came to watch Langston be honored for his achievement. His father said, “Hard work paid off.”

In addition to honoring the May students of the month, the Burney Lions Club also elected a new slate of officers including Daryl Hovis, President; Matt Quinlan, Past President; Mike Barnes, 1st Vice-President; Larry Hawthorne, 2nd Vice-President; Dick Lindgren; Treasurer; Ron Edwards, Hall Chairman; Jim Crockett, Membership Chair; Mark Stalcup, 1 year Director; and Jim Lake, 2 year director.

Leave a comment

Filed under Burney, Burney Lions Club, Schools, youth

Burney Lions Club hosts a steak dinner for BHS Senior Boys

Thursday evening May 11, The Burney Lions Club treated 11 graduating senior boys to a delicious steak dinner to congratulate them for their accomplishments and wish them well in the future.

2017 Senior Boys

All together, this year’s graduating class has 29 students: 16 girls and 13 boys. The senior boys include Matthew Elmore, Kaden Tiran, Alejandro Jimenez, Hunter Mostoufi, Billy Covert, Brandon McFarlane, Nicholas Glazzard, Wyatt Hibbeln, Layton McClung, Riley Estes, Michael Avelar, Matthew Bonsey, and Ryan Pruitt. Unfortunately, Matthew Bonsey and Ryan Pruitt were unable to attend the gathering.

After the delicious dinner, Lion Dr. Bill Cummings had each of the students come forward and talk briefly about their experience and activities at Burney High and their plans and hopes for the future. In his opening remarks he reminded the young men that, having reached the age of 18, they are now legally responsible adults and should act wisely.

Lion Dr. Bill Cummings interviewing Kaden Tiran

Students talked about their participation in sports and club activities. Billy Covert said that he was good at “procrastinating and communicating.”

Several noted that they wanted to experience the thrill of sky-diving. Others expressed a desire to travel. Matt Elmore for instance said that he would like to go to Thailand. Michael Avelar said that he would like to go to the Super Bowl.

Many of the students will be attending Shasta College. Wyatt Hibbeln, Brandon McFarlane, and Michael Avelar will be going to the College of the Redwoods. Hunter Mostoufi is going to Pacific Union College to study history. Billy Covert will be moving to Texas where he plans to attend the University of North Texas at Dallas.

The hopeful seniors shared plans for a number of  career options including operating heavy machinery and being a Fish and Game Warden.

The interviews were peppered with laughter from the audience and Cummings presented each student with a $20 cash gift from the Lions.

After all of the students had been introduced, BHS Principal Ray Guerrero spoke briefly praising the students and wishing them well.

Principal Ray Guerrero wishing the students well

Burney Lions Club President Matt Quinlan also spoke briefly.

Lion President Matt Quinlan congratulating and advising the young men

He advised the young men that once they had completed their educations and settled into their careers, they should “give back to the community.”

Leave a comment

Filed under Burney, Burney Lions Club, Schools, youth

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Burney, Burney Lions Club, Schools, youth

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Burney, Burney Lions Club, Schools, youth

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Burney, Burney Lions Club, youth

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Burney, Burney Lions Club, Uncategorized, youth

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.

Leave a comment

Filed under Burney, Burney Lions Club, youth