Robert F. Kennedy High School of Delano is having a Western Association of Schools and Colleges visit and kickoff today, Feb. 25.

Schools have visits at varying times from outside administrators, teachers and students — usually a group of five — that evaluates the school on how it is serving its students and community.

At RFK, led by Principal Raudel Rojas, Feb. 25 is a social period set between 3:45 and 4:30 p.m. during which WASC committee members will meet and greet with students, staff, parents and school and district leadership.

The visiting committee will speak with administrators, staff and students during the week and then gather to write a report on how the school is performing and to make any necessary recommendations. Much of what is detailed will come about in regard to prior recommendations to determine how well the school is doing in response to prior recommendations.


A Feb. 23 presentation of two bilingual Spanish dramas was planned by Aurora Delgadillo’s Spanish students of Cesar Chavez High School. She has taught the subject 31 years at Cesar Chavez High and Delano High.

For the fourth year, one of the plays is “Little Red Caperucita,” and for the second year, “Tortoise and the Hare.” The kindergarten to fourth grade audience views and listens to a 50-minute program.

Using Spanish learned in the classroom, the “Little Red Caperucita” play was to feature Karisia Gonzalez as Little Red Caperucita; Imanol Ulloa Gutierrez, as the Wolf and in the other play as the Hare; Jessica Sotelo, the mother; Elisa Torres, the Tree; Lynda Leal, Cactus; Eduardo Garcia, grandfather; Gerardo Garcia, grandmother; Carmen Villa, Tree; Elizabeth Lamas, butterfly in both productions; Jazmin Blanco Hernandez and Jazmin Guadalupe Cabrera, both as flowers and in the second play as bunnies.

In “Tortoise and the Hare,” Samuel Gonzalez was the Tortoise; Ulloa Gutierrez, the Hare; Salvador Santillano, singing goat; and Mariana Crisostomo-Ibarra, the Snail.

Serving as stage hands were Tatyana Azua, Elian Gudino, Rebecca Guerrero, Geraldine Mayorga, Daisy Pineda, Marina Ceja Ochoa, Karla Estefania Ruiz and Erika Santiago-Cruz. Anahi Puentes handled makeup and Diego Gonzalez the lights.

Director Ms. Delgadillo was aided by her son, Andres Alaniz, assisting with sound, and Marisol Guzman as the Host. Ushers were costumed in relation to the play.


Delano High senior wrestler Angel Nava has repeated as a Central Yosemite League wrestling champion, this time at 115 pounds. Kevin Lema, Salvador Salas and Allen Sandoval claimed third places for Delano and Ivan Zapata fifth. At the JV level, Delano’s Michael Dela Cruz and Irvin Ayon both gained firsts.


Three basketball teams in Delano were to open play the week starting Feb. 20, but all three were on the road in the section playoffs and not favored to advance past the first round.

In girls’ play, Cesar Chavez was seeded No. 13 in Division III and was scheduled to travel to Immanuel Academy in the first round. Wonderful Prep was Division V No. 14 seed and was to open play at Rosamond. Wasco girls were at McFarland to open Division IV play.

Delano High was the only local boys’ team in the playoffs, taking the No. 12 seed and opening at Dinuba in Division III. McFarland as the No. 10 seed opened at No. 7 Washington Union in Division IV.

Delano boys closed the East Yosemite League season 2-8 and overall was 11-17 while the girls were 1-9 in the EYL and 4-25 on the year.

Chavez girls in the South Sequoia League were third in the SSL with an 8-4 record and overall were 17-11 while Kennedy girls were 0-12 and 5-23. For the boys, Chavez and Kennedy both were 5-7 in the SSL with Chavez 10-18 overall and Kennedy 9-18 overall.

Wonderful Prep competing in the East Sierra League in boys’ play was 7-7 and 13-15 and the girls 9-5 and 14-14. McFarland boys were 11-3 and 20-8 in the ESL and girls 14-0 and 28-3.

Delano’s only hope in wrestling was senior Angel Nava (113), who was pinned by a Buchanan wrestler in the quarter-finals of the Yosemite Division championships.


A dedication sometime this spring will take place at the new Jefferson Center. The original facility was destroyed by fire more than five years ago. The facility will be enlarged and include multiuse rooms for recreation and community programs.

The 11th Avenue Community Center, being constructed at a cost of about $3 million, also will open in the spring but in phases, stressed Sumeet Batth, recreation manager.


For several months the vacant position of chief of the Delano Police Department has been rotated among three officers in the department.

The City Council at its Feb. 5 meeting gave direction to city staff of what steps to take next, but the direction was said to be “not reportable.” The council was expected to determine whether the position would be filled within the department or whether the position would be opened up to candidates.


In a rebid for the Delano Animal Shelter Facility, the City Council on Feb. 5 awarded a contract for $1,597,386 to Klassen Corp.

The council also approved a $294,337.32 purchase of a new front loading refuse truck from E. M. Tharp, Inc., and $297,965.64 for a new side loading refuse truck from Affinity Truck Center.

For the Vineyard Retail Center in the Delano Marketplace, the council approved $95,712.43 for payment for the required offsite improvements.

Approval was given by the council to have Quad Knopf provide professional engineering and design services for $87,000 for the 2018 downtown water and sewer mains replacement project.

Cascade Drilling, L/P., was awarded a contract for $195,980 for test well number 41.

Volvo Construction Equipment and Services was awarded a $145,795.43 contract for purchase of a new loader with a three cubic yard bucket. The same firm for $59,149.97 will supply a new compact excavator.

The council approved an agreement with JKA Architecture to provide design services to develop a master plan and schematic design for the proposed Delano Regional Aquatic Center and Park at the 11th Avenue Community Center campus.


Scholarship winners in the Delano Music Memorial adjudication have been announced.

Recipients are Christopher Ramirez of McFarland Middle School and Anthony Tartaglia of Columbine in elementary piano; Shane Uclaray of Kennedy High in high school piano; Jiselle Galindo of Cesar Chavez High, high school instrumental; Earlimart’s Luis Acol, La Vina Middle School’s Josuany Herrera and Cecil Avenue’s Fernando Sanchez, elementary instrumental; Dayanara Bravo and Alyanna Cooper of La Vina Middle School, elementary vocal; and Chavez’s Dean Agcaoili, Desiree Barroga and Christina Cabading, high school vocal; and Anai Morales, Wonderful Prep Academy, high school vocal.

Receiving certificates of merit were Seth Antonio, April Cervera, Millie Garcia, and Miley Herrera, all of Fremont; Merlina DeSantiago, Albany Park; and Alpha Salviejo, Princeton School.


Eleodoro Duran is representing Cesar Chavez High School as secretary of the state FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America)

The Chavez organization took part in the CRE region qualifying competition for Region 8 and gained several places.

In menu planning and table display, Carolina Diaz placed first, followed by Angel Casillas in second, Daisy Rocha in third, and Kayla Morales in fourth. Andrew Cardenas placed second in salad preparation.

Vivian Han placed third in fashion construction and Elsie Rivera and Erika Garcia third and fourth, respectively, in child development.


Three Cesar Chavez Academic Decathlon members gained honors at the Kern County Academic Decathlon event Feb. 3 at Mira Monte High School.

Kristina Perez gained bronze in literature; Prabhleen Chhina, bronze in speech and silver in interview; and Ariadna Romo, silver in interview.


All three percussion groups from local high schools gained honors in the Pep and Pageantry Arts Association of Central California competition recently at Independence High School.

Cesar Chavez was first in the open division circuit indoor percussion and on Feb. 10 was headed for Moorpark to compete in the SCPA circuit, the first time in school history in competition with Los Angeles area schools.

In the senior open A division, Delano High placed first and Robert F. Kennedy second.


Future Business Leaders of America members from Cesar Chavez and Delano High chapters gained honors at the central section FBLA competition Feb. 3 at Joseph Gregori High School in Modesto.

Cesar Chavez, advised by Rosemarie Dao, placed fifth in sweepstakes at the central section leadership conference.

Most placers have qualified for the state event at Ontario on April 12-15.

Craig Nieblas advises Delano FBLA.

Chavez teams advancing to state are Erica Barroga and Jorge Lopez, third in Global Business; Cassandra Mangohig, Jylen Paraiso, Paola Garcia and Parneet Sahota, first in parliamentary procedure; and Alex Magana, Cameron Popoy, and Diana Calderon, first in Sports Management.

For CCHS, Marceleanely Cortez was first in Agribusiness, Paola Garcia first in Creed and Jylen Paraiso first in Introduction to Business Communication.

Second places were achieved by Christina Cabading and Aman Kaur, Hospitality Management and Marceleanely Cortez, Insurance and Risk Management.

Taking third were Kristine Carrillo, Future Business Leader; Anthony Arellano, Personal Finance; and Sarah Veloya, Securities and Investments. Fourth places went to Carlos Zepeda, Introduction to Financial Math and Andre Calibuso, Introduction to Information Technology.

Placing fifth were Paola Garcia, Introduction to Financial Math; Christina Cabading, Personal Finance; and Anthony Arellano, Cyber Security. Cassandra Mangohig was sixth in Introduction to Business Communication and seventh were Erica Barroga, Word Processing; Parneet Sahota, Business Law; and Andre Calibuso, Introduction to Business.

Tenth places were gained by Diana Calderon, Business Calculations; Desiree Barroga, Business Communication; and Samir Espinoza, Job Interview.

For Delano High FBLA, a team of Kristian Cavazos, Jessica Tovar, and Alva Aguirre placed second in Management Decision Making. The team of Mariali Arredondo, Jessica Tovar, and Jesse Perigo was fourth in Marketing. The Global Business team of Hannah Medina, and Aileen Rosales placed sixth in Global Business but did not qualify for state.

The Hospitality Management team of Alva Aguirre, Jasmine Ochoa, and Sarah Acuna placed fourth. Fifth was the Sports and Entertainment Management team of Estevan Loera, Briana Osorio and Mitchel Pineda.

Mariano Balbuena placed first in Insurance and Risk Management and fifth in Economics. Also placing for DHS were Loera, Health Care Administration, ninth; Fernando Alaniz, Global Business, sixth; Ochoa, Health Care and administration, fourth; and Ivan Zapata, fifth in Agribusiness and fourth in Insurance Risk Management.

Gary Girard is a longtime resident of Delano. He can be reached at 661-725-8803.

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