Horace Mitchell award

From left to right: Rocio Munoz, president of West Kern Charter; Dr. Horace Mitchell, Educational Leadership Award recipient; Ruscel Reader, chairman of the Educational Leadership Award Committee. Mitchell won the award during a ceremony on June 7. 

Former Cal State Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell received another award to add to his list of accolades earlier this month.

The Association of California Administrators Region XI West Kern Charter recognized Mitchell with the Educational Leadership Award during its annual awards banquet on June 7 honoring students, administrators and organizations that have contributed to school and student success.

Mitchell was recognized for extending the excellence and diversity of CSUB and its programs, enhancing the quality of students' experiences and strengthening community engagement.


HealthSouth Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital’s therapy team was recently announced as the winner of the HealthSouth West Regional Award.

The award was given out for having the highest patient satisfaction scores of any therapy group in their region. This award is given out to six hospitals — one per region — out of 127 HealthSouth Hospitals nationwide.

All patients from the hospitals are sent a survey by an independent third party after they are discharged. The award is based off therapy-related scores in various categories.

In addition, HealthSouth Bakersfield’s Employee of the Year, Hiromi Conboy, won the HealthSouth West Regional Employee of the Year.


Four students from Golden Valley High School have completed the HOPE Youth Leadership Program.

The HYLP is a six-month intensive program designed to develop leadership skills and promote civic engagement of underserved Latina youth in California. The students — Nayeli Camacho, Barbara Perez, Lilia Ramos and Helen Sanchez — will be graduating on June 15 at University of California, Riverside.

Participating students in the program took part in four three-day sessions made up of financial literacy and civic engagement workshops as well as various training exercises. The program also featured site visits to top universities in the state, participation in several conferences as well as in-depth research projects.

The Golden Valley High School group researched the issue of teen pregnancy and had the opportunity to present their findings to state Assembly and Senate representatives in Sacramento this May.

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