Gary Girard

Gary Girard.

Elizabeth Meza won several awards at the Cesar Chavez High School senior awards day.

Meza and Julio Lopez both won Delano Library Mary Salber book awards. Meza was also the recipient of the Kern Community Foundation/College Future scholarship and the Jasmine Vineyards scholarship. Meza and Megan Maun gained Ideal Club of Delano scholarships.

Christina Cabading earned the Delano Elks Lodge #1761 scholarship and Jocelyn Enriquez the Delano Rotary Club scholarship.

Aman Kaur was awarded the Democratic Women of Kern-Christina McClanahan Memorial scholarship. Alexis Ruesga received the Distinguished Young Women award.

Diana Calderon earned the DRMC Auxiliary scholarship and Jennifer Pantoja the DRMC scholarship. Marisol Ayon received the Earlimart Teacher Association scholarship.

Andrew Cardenas was presented the FCCLA award and Diana Calderon, Isabel Chacon and Sherry Riley received Golden Empire Chapter CAROCP-North Kern Vocational Center awards.

Aman Kaur and Viridiana Rodriguez gained Delano Youth Foundation scholarships. Jazmin Magana and Jesus Andrade were presented George and Manuela Zaninovich family scholarships. Magana was also presented the Mexican-American Pioneers of Delano scholarship.

Erica Barroga received the Philippine Weekend Inc. scholarship and she along with Nicolas Zaninovich, Ian Refuerzo and Maureen Munoz earned U.S. Marine honors. Bre-Ana Jara and Marcos Herrera were recognized by the U.S. Army and Herbert Acuna and Nadya Solorio by the U.S. Navy.


A version of “musical chairs” is taking place in the school systems in Delano.

Chris Juarez has resigned his post as principal of Cesar E. Chavez High School. It has been reported that he will become principal at Cecil Avenue Middle School in the Delano Union School District.

Jose Maldonado has resigned his post as learning director at Chavez and reportedly will become the director of data analysis for the elementary district.

Scott Neal, the head baseball coach at Chavez for at least 12 years and coach of section Division IV champions in 2015 and 2016, has resigned his post. A successor has not been announced.

Moving from Delano High to Cesar Chavez High will be DHS Assistant Principal Uriel Robles, who was in charge of instruction to become the principal at CCHS while Jesse Flores from DHS administration will be in administration at Cesar Chavez.

Valerie Rodarte has been the trainer at Cesar Chavez High School for three years. She graduated from Delano High, received her bachelor’s degree at UCLA and then gained her master’s degree from Cal Baptist. She is now the athletic director at Robert F. Kennedy High, replacing Patrick Snyder who accepted a teaching and coaching position at Hanford’s Sierra Pacific High School where his wife is a counselor.

Joseph Gonzales starting in July will be the trainer for CCHS. He is a brother to Delano High trainer Bryan Gonzales.


I am told that Delano High’s Class of 1993 reunion is planned in late September with class members invited to the Friday, Sept. 28, DHS Homecoming football game against Tulare Western.

Two of the planners are Sara Hoopes and Hortencia Gonzalez — both last names are what I recall as their maiden names.

Two class members are Lionel Reyna and Jesus Cardenas. Both are currently board members for the high school district.


Julissa Elizondo is student body president of Cesar E. Chavez High School for the coming school year.

Other officers and their positions are Viviana Velasquez, vice president; Kayla Sanchez, secretary; Rosemarie Bermudez, spirit commissioner; Dariana Lopez, recognitions; Ashley Gil, activities; Anthony Gutierrez, clubs and sports; Denisse Vega, treasurer; Alyssa Rivera, public tech; Reem Hassan, publicity; Syvannah Sandoval, community service; Ana Belle Herrera and Mark Ramos, both lead Senate.

Lorraine Leynes returns as student activities director.


I could not agree more than with Cesar Chavez athletic director Jim McConnel. He was high in praise of Desiree Sanchez, the CCHS graduate and this year’s keynote speaker, and Marcela Cortez, outgoing student body president.

By the way, he reported that the top academic senior athletes for CCHS were Bre Ana Jara and Nicolas Zaninovich. Winners must have outstanding grades and be involved in at least two sports.


A few weeks back, I ran across Herman Chavez, owner of Delano’s C&H Fence and Patio. I reminded him that when I first met him that he was driving the Sunday School bus and picking up my two youngsters from my home sometime around 1975.

Herman said he is retired — almost — and that the business is in its 50th year of serving the community. He says he does lots of golfing these days as well as checking in at the business. His wife Patsy also checks in at the business, but mainly to visit with their three daughters, Herman said.

The daughters, all involved in the business, are Stephanie, Kathie, and Lynda. In one class or another I was an English teacher and/or newspaper class adviser for all three.

Anyway, happy 50th anniversary to C&H Fence and Patio!


A couple of coaching changes at Delano High School will put two very qualified persons in coaching positions.

Shauna (Conway) Grabelle, who was in the women’s PE department and was head girls basketball coach and head track coach in an earlier stint at Delano High, has returned from Canada with her husband and will be the PE person again and the head coach for girls basketball.

Jerry Angkahan, past head cross country coach at Delano High, will lead that program again, assisted by Cynthia (Franco) Segura.

At a special high school board meeting, the school board approved the agreement between the district and the Teachers Association for the 2018-19 contract reopener package and the certificated salary schedules reflecting a 3 percent salary increase, 1 percent increase on Appendix B and .5 percent off the salary schedule bonus.

The high school board approved for Robert F. Kennedy High several coaching positions for the 2018-19 school year. They include Roden Leynes as head varsity girls basketball coach, Neomi Perez as assistant cross country coach; Ivan Sanchez as head JV volleyball coach; Antonio Medina as head frosh football coach, Jacob Fragoso as head JV football coach, Miguel Sanchez as head varsity volleyball coach, and Natalie Banuelos as head varsity girls tennis coach.

Next meeting of Delano’s Harvest Holidays committee — which is seeking volunteer help — will be Thursday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Delano Chamber of Commerce office on High Street.


For high school fall football, the “acclimated” week of practice will start July 23 with the official practices starting July 30 for all fall sports.

Before high school students can take part in practices for athletic teams — football, volleyball, girls tennis and golf, cross-country — students must get a physical exam and must complete a packet that is offered online for each of the three public high schools on the school’s website.


Tennis players of all ages may register for the Philippine Weekend tournament, which will take place July 27-29 at the Delano High courts. Entry fee is $10 for singles and $20 for doubles.

Persons may contact tourney director Frank Garay, 661-344-2268 and, or Co-Director Marvin Ubanos, 661-330-7054, or


Applications for Philippine Weekend barrio fiesta booths and the adobo cookoff contest are available at the Delano Chamber of Commerce office week days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Donations are being accepted by Mrs. Carmina Reyes, cheer coach/adviser at Delano High, to aid the Delano High All-American cheerleaders in financing their trip to represent the United Spirit Association and Delano High at the Rome, Italy, New Year’s Parade.

Even though the event is far in the future, first payment from those students wishing to make the trip is due in July.

Mrs. Reyes may be reached at Delano High at 661-720-4282 or email


Jodie Fernandez, last season’s head JV girls basketball coach at Delano High, is a busy young lady. She is heading the Delano High summer girls basketball program and is also arranging the entertainment for the Philippine Weekend,


Past athletes or athletic fans of Delano High School are encouraged to submit to Delano High athletic director Albino Duran suggestions for inductees for the coming year into the school’s sports Hall of Fame.

Those to be recognized are likely to be those who were standouts in the 1970s in volleyball, cross-country, boys and girls basketball and soccer and track, boys and girls tennis and golf, wrestling, boys and girls tennis, and softball and baseball, as well as football in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Oh, yes, it’s possible that “charter” members from all sports will also need to be chosen, so submit those names as well from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

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

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