Gary Girard

Gary Girard.

Delano’s Job Fest 2018 is planned for Thursday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at Cesar E. Chavez High School, 800 Browning Road, Delano.

There is no charge to take part in the event which allows interested businesses to meet hundreds of potential employees ready to work.

The event flier says that participants may network with other businesses, market their business to the local community, learn about cost-saving incentives for their business, and locate in one convenient location to collect hundreds of applications.

Space is limited for interested businesses which may email or fax a form to: Attention, Cristina Martinez, Fax: 661-721-5192, or phone 661-721-5122. Commitment deadline is Friday, June 1.

Businesses are encouraged to arrive early to choose a prime location for a booth, highlight their business through a creative display, and bring promotional items and a large supply of applications.


All three local high schools will be giving seniors five complimentary graduation tickets on graduation morning with others already on sale at the school offices.

Robert F. Kennedy and Valley High School graduate on Wednesday, May 30. Cesar Chavez High graduates on Thursday, May 31, and Delano High on Friday, June 1. Each graduation is planned in the school stadium.

At Delano High, the gates will open at 5 p.m. for persons buying Early Bird tickets at $8 each. For those purchasing regular tickets for $6 or using the five complimentary tickets, entrance time is 5:30 p.m. until facilities are filled.

Pre-ceremonies start at 6 p.m. at Delano High with choir and band performing while Cesar Chavez starts pre-ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.. Actual ceremonies start at 7 p.m.

All three public high schools are banning entrance to the stadium of balloons, signs, any horns, noise makers, or other obstructing items.

Tickets at Delano High are being sold by Albino Duran, athletic director/assistant principal whose office is at the north end of the administration building, which may be reached from the school parking lot along Cecil Avenue.

Tickets at Chavez and Kennedy are available for sale at the principal’s office.


Thousands of dollars in scholarships were awarded at Delano High School’s 46th annual Senior Awards Night.

Ashlyn Riambon received the Minnie Lee Parsons Memorial scholarship, the Modern Woodmen scholarship, the Frank A. Andreas Memorial scholarship and the Philippine Weekend scholarship. She and Angel Jasso both earned recognition from the Delano Friends of the Library. Riambon, Daisy Barboza Ibarra, Alex Carrillo, Victor Ceja Valadez, Daisy Cruz, Liezle Kate Fiesta, Jan Lloyd Ibus and Julie Ann Nicolas received Gehlawat Tutor scholarships. Riambon also earned the Assistance League of Bakersfield scholarship.

Estevan Loera was recipient of awards from the E. H. Parsons Memorial scholarship, the Earlimart Rotary Club scholarship, and the Samuel Esparza Memorial scholarship. Loera, Didier Aburto and Yaritza Plata earned awards from Jasmine Vineyards, Inc., and Plata was recipient of the Pandol Bros., Inc., scholarship and the South Tulare Richgrove Refuse scholarship.

Earlimart Teachers Association gave awards to Daisy Cruz, Mariali Arredondo and Karen Reynoso. Arredondo and Quinton Cacal earned McDonald’s of Delano scholarships, Daisy Cruz the Future Leaders scholarship, and Leonel Zepeda the Ordiz-Melby award.

Recognized by Ideal Club of Delano were Adrian Torres, Angel Jasso, Emily Herrera and Jaqueline A. Guzman. Torres and Amber Springs were recipients of the Greater Delano Area Youth Foundation scholarships. Torres and Gabriela Rubio earned Soroptimist Club of Delano awards.

Other honored students and the awards presented to them were Mario Moreno, Aviator Casino; Leonel Zepeda, Ashlyn Riambon, Mariali Arredondo, Liezle Fiesta, Javier Garibay and Jeanna Alejo, “A” Team scholarships; Jose Carranza, John P. Zaninovich scholarship; Alyssa Ashley Campos and Miranda Chavez, Jules and Phyllis Girard scholarships; Julie Ann Nicolas, R&F Disposal Inc.; Aizelle Gulapa and Adrian Torres, Rudy Salas recognition; Tomas Pimentel, Serda’s Plumbing; Jeanna Alejo, Varanasi Family scholarship; and Samantha Lopez, Jamie Malvar, Ashlyn Riambon and Jean Santiago, Wonderful scholarships. Jeanna Alejo won the James W. Andreas service award.

Associated Student Body leaders in excellence scholarships were presented to Sydney Baraceros, Albino Bueno, Isabel Hernandez Troncozo, Gabriel Ulloa, Ramon Ortega and Adrian Torres. Baraceros was also awarded the Delano Rotary Club scholarship.

Jacquelyn Ceron and Angeles Alonso received the Delano Regional Medical Center scholarships and Amber Springs the Delano Jr. Livestock Ed Maxson Memorial scholarship and the Delano Jr. Livestock Memorial scholarship.

Hector Cisneros received the David Ray Stanley Memorial scholarship and Jessica Anderson the Delano Energy Center scholarship. Miranda Chavez and Oliver Delgado received Golden Empire Chapter CAROCP-NKVTC awards. Jose Cardenas Ambriz received the Allstate Insurance scholarship. Xiomara Torres earned the Alondra Orozco Memorial scholarship. Alejandro Tapia received the PPAACC scholarship.

Family Motors scholarships were presented by Jose Arredondo to Mariali Arredondo, Jaqueline Guzman, Didier Aburto, Lyssandro Aceves, Alva Aguirre, Daniel Aguirre, Eiad Alrahimi, Jessica Anderson, Edward Arzate, Sydney Baraceros, Daisy Barboza, Ranieri Barroga, Jesus Bastidas, Kianna Bonner, Albino Bueno, Joshua Caricungan, Alex Carrillo, Dominique Castro, Miranda Chavez, Daisy Cruz, Mic Daryll Dapito, Guadalupe Delgadillo, Adrian Dumlao, Matthew Galafate, Miguel Gamboa, Javier Garibay, Abigail Gonzalez, Favian Gutierrez, Isabel Troncozo, Hernandez, Jan Ibus, Angel Jasso, Sherry Johnson, David Lopez, Diego Lopez, Jamie Malvar, Erik Millan, Abigail Olayvar, Angel Quirino, Gabriela Rubio, Sarah Serrano and Xiomara Torres.

Earning lifetime membership in the California Scholarship Federation were Jeanna Alejo, Mariali Arredondo, Ranieri Barroga, Quinton Cacal, Liezle Fiesta, Javier Garibay, Jan Ibus, Jasmine Ochoa, Abigail Olayvar, Neo Raquinio, Ashlyn Riambon and Julie Nicolas.

Recognized for four years of perfect attendance were Leighton Carcha, Miranda Chavez, Matthew Galafate, Angel Jasso and Rogelio Sanchez.

The military presented several awards. Honored as male and female Athlete of the Year were Hector Cisneros and Julie Nicolas by the U.S. Army while RJ Carino, Sonia Farfan, Victoriano Flores, Jacob Gomez, and Mitchel Pineda were scholar/athletes honored by the U. S. Army Reserve National. Jaqueline A. Guzman received the Shauna Kerr Memorial award.

The U.S. Marines honored Daniel Murillo and Briana Valadez with the Distinguished Athlete Award; Mariali Arredondo, Scholastic Excellence Award; and Leighton Carcha, Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence. Samantha Remolino was recognized by the U. S. Navy.

The athletic department gave several awards. Briana Valadez was the Female Tiger of the Year and Gabriel Ulloa the Male Tiger of the Year. Javier Negrete and Sonia Farfan received the Ray Frederick Award and Quinton Cacal and Vanessa Ochoa received the Osbaldo Orozco award. The Phillip Amaya inspirational award went to Jose Cardenas Ambriz and Ana Meza.


Four contestants for Mrs. Philippine Weekend have been announced by event chairperson Mrs. Tess Patricio. The event is to take place July 21 at the Hyatt Place. The evening is free to the public.

Contestants Aimie Ancheta, Myrna Dagdagan, Katerina Sinco, and Venus Cabrillas have 10,000 raffle tickets to sell as they have begun their fund-raising efforts.

Contestants will compete in native and formal wear and talent, but the winner will be recognized on the basis of cash collected.

Also, at the last Philippine Weekend meeting, chairperson Emma Ancheta for the Tiny Tots event says she is still taking contestants. Her phone number is 586-7883.


The membership appreciation/officer installation for the Delano District Chamber of Commerce is planned Thursday, July 19, at a site still to be selected.

The Chamber's board of directors will determine the offices and recognition winners for the annual event.


It has been weeks since I have seen Linda Hylton whose husband, Wilbur “Bill” Hylton passed away in April.

Linda was a neighbor of my parents back in the 1960s and early 1970s and Bill was a student in one of the Cecil Avenue School classes the one year I taught at Cecil before I was drafted.

I have known Bill all that time and recall even in the seventh grade that he was an Eagle Scout and an excellent student and citizen.

He went on to be active in his religious life and was later supervisor of the city’s water and collection lines. A conversation with him would immediately inform a friend that he was highly involved in and interested in the well-being of his chosen city of Delano. We just need more people like him!!!


Sumeet Batth, a former Delano Harvest Holidays queen and now the city recreation supervisor, has begun planning for next fall’s Harvest queen contest.

Businesses or persons interested in being show sponsors or in helping in the event in any way are asked to contact her.

Harvest vice chair Alice Luque-Duarte is still seeking persons to head the planning for the annual Harvest Holidays Grand Parade and the Queen’s/Grand Marshal barbecue.

Input from the community is being sought by anyone who can attend the next Harvest meeting Thursday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office.


Student body and class leaders for Delano High School for the 2018-19 school year have been selected.

Eleodoro Duran will lead the student body as president. Angelica Aricheta will be vice president, Angeline Usita the secretary and Hallieruz Corpuz the treasurer.

Serving as commissioners will be Benjamin Bulseco, rallies; Michelle Corral, spirit; Renz Cabrera, public affairs; Rouiela Valencia, publicity; Milkhail Tan, clubs and activities; Mirna Garcia, recognitions; Briana Garibay, sports; and Nereyda Rojas, community service.

Giselli Garcia is student activities director.

Next year’s senior class will be led by Lester Paguio, president, and Beatriz Pedraza, vice president.

Leading the junior class will be Vanessa Villegas, president and Laelyn Parel, vice-president.

Heading the sophomore class will be Jessica Beltran, president and Roselynn Cantorna, vice-president.


Delano High softball girls were weak in the field and as No. 14 seed lost to No. 3 Division V seed Desert, 22-6, in the first round of the playoffs. Delano trailed just 6-4 entering the fourth inning when Desert scored 13 runs.

Senior Jordan Villanueva laced an RBI triple and later scored in the last inning for Delano and sophomore first baseman Bianka Casillas laced two hits for DHS.


Delano Tiger baseball, the No. 3 seed in Division V, dropped a 3-2 home contest to No. 11 seed Mendota which advanced with its second straight playoff upset.

Visiting Mendota scored its three runs in the fourth and fifth and capitalized on three walks and two of the runs scoring on passed balls. The visitors collected just two hits off Delano seniors Gabe Ulloa who pitched four innings and Angel Jasso who hurled the final three.

Delano’s five hits included two by freshman Casey Jasso and one each by Ulloa, Daniel Murillo, and Jesse Perigo.

The Tigers left the bases loaded in the first inning and scored twice in the seventh before stranding two runners at the close of the game.

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

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