Kevin McCarthy luncheon photo

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R–Bakersfield, honored 18 high school students with the 23rd Congressional District of California Merit Award Thursday.

Those students, in turn, each selected a teacher who made an impact on them to receive the Congressional Inspirational High School Educator Award. 

The merit awards, which were handed out at the Kern High School District’s offices, are distributed to students exhibiting excellence in the classroom.

“The award embodies superior academic achievement while also recognizing positive values students and educators represent every day,” McCarthy said in a statement. “This event offers our community the opportunity to honor this year’s recipients that inspire the continued advancement of academic success at all levels of education.”

The winners are below:

2017 Merit Award Recipients

Caleb Pollema — Bakersfield Christian High School

Ryan Crowley — Bakersfield High School

Grant Fidler — Centennial High School

Denise Lopez Sosa — East Bakersfield High School

Deysi Herrera Guzman — Foothill High School

Ryan Wakefield — Frontier High School

Patrick Burke — Garces Memorial High School

Daniel Tweedy — Highland High School

Spencer Glazer — Independence High School

Makaylah Niederriter — Kern Valley High School

Sydney Cullen — Liberty High School

Alfonso Jimenez — Maricopa High School

Steven Garcia — North High School

Elizabeth Reyes — Ridgeview High School

Clayton Nalesnik — Stockdale High School

Samuel Barnes — Taft Union High School

Emerson Fisher — Tehachapi High School

Grace Martinez — West High School

2017 Inspirational High School Educator Award Recipients

James Sutherland — Bakersfield Christian High School

Griselda Sanchez — Bakersfield High School

Luisa Forter — Centennial High School

Noelle Combs — East Bakersfield High School

Anna Guitron — Foothill High School

Cathy Adams — Frontier High School

Bill Workman — Garces Memorial High School

Joanne Barrick — Highland High School

Claudia Walsh — Independence High School

Emily Keverline — Kern Valley High School

Ashley Bocanegra — Liberty High School

Jared Bradford — Maricopa High School

Danielle Farrell — North High School

Carol Holland — Ridgeview High School

Lea MacLean — Stockdale High School

Caroline Schoneweis — Taft Union High School

Adam Whittier — Tehachapi High School

Angela Jenkins — West High School

(6) comments

Jim Gerald

I would like to wish all the students who got these awards. I wish a best of luck for their future challenges.
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If only he could honor the other citizens in his congressional district. Try spending some time with some of your elderly and impoverished constituents, and answer their questions about the AHCA. In brief, What the AHCA does:
Rolls back Medicaid expansion across 30 states
Allows states to impose Medicaid work requirement
Allows states to waive federal "essential health benefits"
Allows insurers to charge older people up to 5 times as much as younger
Repeals taxes on the wealthy
Imposes abortion restriction
Imposes Planned Parenthood restriction for Medicaid
Allows states to permit insurers to charge more for pre-existing conditions

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