Gary Girard

Gary Girard.

Eight students in the Migrant Program of the Delano Joint Union High School District enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime recently with a week-long stay in Washington, D.C.

The annual trip for local migrant students selected through an interview process and merit was chaperoned by Mrs. Dolores Rodriguez, district migrant director and Margarita Salazar, program secretary.

Taking part in the trip were Cesar Chavez High students Andres Ambriz, Fernando Munoz, Uriel De Haro, Eduardo Pompa, Daniel Guerrero and Bryan Reyes, and Delano High student Hector Mora Cisneros and Robert F. Kennedy student Luis Antonio Pena Ramirez.

The Close-up Foundation leadership program provided seminars, meetings, tours, workshops and lots of sightseeing.

Participants visited the National Archives, Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, U.S. Air Force Memorial, George Washington Masonic National Memorial, World War III Memorial, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial.

Participants also observed Congress, visited the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court, met with the local U.S. Rep. David Valadao, took part in a Capitol Hill walking workshop, viewed George Washington University, attended an immigrant policy seminar, and witnessed Senate and House representatives in action among their four full days of activities.

There are 174 migrant students currently enrolled in the Delano Joint Union High School District.

The district migrant department will be gaining input from what the students believed they gained from the trip and a full report will be given to the district’s board of trustees.


Delano’s Cinco de Mayo parade drew more than 60 entries with the combined band/color guard of the Delano Joint Union High School District standing out among the participants.

Cinco de Mayo, Inc., of Delano sponsored a carnival three evenings and also staged its annual barbecue the afternoon of May 5.


The Delano Tiger baseball team split games with Porterville’s Panthers the past week, winning 9-3 on the home field and losing 4-2 at the Panther den.

In the home victory, Delano scored seven runs in the fourth inning and streaked to a 9-3 victory over the visiting Panthers May 2 in East Yosemite League play. The win vaulted DHS into a fourth place tie in the EYL with a 4-8 mark, but the loss left them 4-9 in the EYL.

In DHS’s home victory, the Panthers sent runners to second and third in the top of the fourth, and DHS started poorly in the last of the fourth. Jesse Perigo walked and was sacrificed by Casey Jasso with Perigo trying to go all the way to third but being thrown out for the second out.

Then the Tigers reeled off eight straight hits to score seven runs. Alex Carrillo, Estevan Loera, Brandyn Perez, Gabe Ulloa and Angel Jasso tagged consecutive singles, Daniel Murillo a two-run double near the left field wall and then Nate Cardenas and Perigo singled. DHS combined two walks and hits by E. Loera — his third of the game — and Ulloa for two runs in the fifth

A. Jasso hurled a shutout into the fifth before three hits led to two runs and Ulloa took the mound in the sixth and worked out of a jam but yielded one more run in the seventh.

Porterville won the JV game, 5-3, and the frosh-soph contest, 9-4.


Freshman Tim Ruiz hurled the distance for the Cesar Chavez Titans who turned back visiting Shafter, 12-1, in a South Sequoia League baseball contest May 3.

The Titans entered the final week of SSL play with a 6-4 record, but the last two games — Bakersfield Christian on May 7 and Arvin on May 8 — both at CCHS, put Coach Scott Neal’s Titans against the top two SSL teams.

Chavez, which starts only three seniors, hit the ball well as Juan Casas socked three hits in three tries, Eric Barraza a triple, and Jon Ozuna and Ian Zuniga each a double.

A team heavy in underclassmen may be poised to make a run at the section Division IV title which CCHS won in 2015 and 2016.


Cesar Chavez High School’s cheer squad for the 2018-19 school year numbers 45, the largest squad in school history, reports adviser Claudia Tavarez.

Varsity team members and their year in school starting next fall are seniors Jonathan Barrios, Nathan Chavez, Angeline Dunham, Alyssa Espinoza, Maizy Garza, Karina Kates, Liliana Lopez, Isabelle Magana, Stephanie Soto and Ashley Tenorio.

Juniors on the varsity are Lizbeth Ballesteros, Angel Hernandez, Yvette Hernandez, Anabelle Herrera, Justin Orque, Alyssa Rivera and Denisse Vega. Tenth graders on the varsity squad are Edgar Barron, Sofia Ceja, Mikayla Espinoza, Charlene Iraola and Randi (Page) Joaquino. Freshmen achieving the varsity are Destinee Arvizu, Katherine Cardenas and Yvonne Lopez.

Forming the JV squad will be junior Gisselle Melgoza, tenth graders Natalie Aguilar, Jessica Campos, Natalie Contreras, Hannah Dunham, Alyssa Guerra, Lorraine Machado, Cassandra Melgoza, Kylee Moreno, Mary Ojeda, Gloria Oropeza, Cessya Sandoval, Frida Silva and Aylssa Trevino. Ninth graders on the squad are Martha Barajas, Samantha Garcia, Mikayla Lopez, Emily Melero, Aaliyah Munoz and Kayla Zuniga.


The Future Business Leaders of America chapter of Cesar Chavez High School won the Outstanding Chapter Award presented at the state leadership conference April 12-15 in Ontario.

Chavez students also achieved the Small Business Project Award, Government Awareness Project Award and March of Dimes Award.

Leaders in Life awards went to CC members Kristine Carrillo and Jorge Lopez. Carrillo also won the business level prize in the Business Achievement Award.

The Business Achievement Award in the Future Level went to Chavez’s Paola Garcia, Parneet Sahota, Christina Cabading, and Anthony Arellano.


Two members of the Cesar Chavez High School chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America earned special awards as the 2018 FCCLA State Leadership Conference April 28 through May 1 in Fresno.

Chavez senior Andrew Cardenas placed first in salad preparation in the senior division.

Senior Vivian Han was third in fashion construction of the senior division.

Advisor to the CCHS organization is Mrs. Jill Pickett.


Seven seniors at Cesar Chavez High School entered the final weeks of school with four years perfect attendance.

Seniors achieving 13 years of perfect attendance are Danira C. Gonzalez and Jesus Lopez.

The other seniors with perfect attendance are Yessel Carmona, Vivian S. Han, Ian Rey Refuerzo, Taylor D. Shults and Nicolas C. Zaninovich.


Varsity track boys for Delano High School edged out Tulare-Mission Oak for fifth place in the East Yosemite League meet hosted by Tulare Western at the Tulare Union oval.

Delano junior Pablo Alonso earned second place in the discus (S128-3) and third in the shot put (47-2). Javier Negrete ran fifth in the 300 hurdles and sixth in the 110 high sticks. Arturo Villa ran fifth in the 400, Javier Casillas sixth in the 1600 and Julio Segura eighth in the 3200. A star of the meet was Tulare Union sprint ace Kazmier Allen who won the 100 meters in 10.68. Delano’s Junior Molina ran fifth in the 100.

For varsity girls, Anna Meza was fourth in the shot with a personal best 30-10 and fourth in the discus. Jennifer Gutierrez ran seventh in the 800, Mirtha Vidal eighth in the 3200, Nicole Bonifacio was eighth in the high jump and Mia Madrigal was ninth in the triple jump.

Mark Juan with seconds in the long jump and triple jump led DHS in the frosh-soph division with Ruben Lopez third in the shot.

With construction of a new all-weather track at Delano High, the school tracksters have had to practice at other schools or in an adjoining park all spring.


Shafter won the South Sequoia League varsity men’s title with 187 points with Delano’s Robert F. Kennedy next at 160 points. Cesar Chavez was fourth.

Chavez frosh-sophs, led by victories from freshman Jaden Veloria in the 100 meters and 400 with third in the 200, squeezed by Taft, 123-122. Kennedy was fifth and Chavez sixth in varsity girls and Kennedy second in frosh-soph girls.

RFK’s Yoncanni Sandoval ran second in the varsity boys’ 100, Kennedy’s Jose Mendez a personal best 23.27 for fourth in the 200 and Chavez’s Jesus Lopez fifth and in the 400 CC’s Jesse Ortega ran a PR 51.68 for third with RFK’s Mendez fourth and CC’s Lopez fifth. RFK’s Rafael Gutierrez won the 1600 in 4:37.4 with mate Patrick Espinoza fourth and in the 3200 Gutierrez ran third. RFK’s Christopher Ponce was second and Daniel Cervera fourth in the 110 high hurdles. Ponce for RFK was third and CC’s Sami Espinoza fifth in the 300 hurdles. RFK’s 4x100 relay ran second in 44.95.

RFK’s Roman Prieto won the shot at 44-1 with mates Loreto Beltran fifth and Fabian Gonzalez sixth. Gonzalez placed second and Prieto third in the discus. Chavez’s Paul Sangha reached 20-5 to win the long jump with RFK’s Ponce second and Aaron Rios third. Tyreak Walker for RFK was third and CC’s Sangha tied for fourth in the high jump. Chavez’s Luis Santillano scaled 12-6 to win the pole vault. Denmark Cu of Kennedy won the triple jump (41-7.5) with mate Walker fourth.

For Kennedy varsity girls, Victoria Lennon ran sixth in the 800, Christen Castulo was second in the shot and second in the discus and CC’s Jocelyn Enriquez was second in the vault. Yanely Rodriguez ran third for CC in the 100.

For frosh-soph girls, Kennedy’s Maribel Arredondo won the shot and discus. Kennedy’s Genessa Razo placed in the 100, long jump and triple jump. Andrea Nunez also sparkled for RFK as did hurdlers Natalie Lopez and Arredondo. Chavez’s Mikaela Ortega who was second in the 200 and in the 400.

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

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