There will be no concert at the Delano Music Memorial this spring, but the memorial scholarship recipients have been selected.
In the vocal division, Isadora Bravo from TMS Music Academy and Yanet Ruiz from Robert F. Kennedy High School are selected for scholarships.
In the piano category, the winners are Morrison Dobere from Cesar Chavez High School, Christopher Ramirez from McFarland High School and Seth Antonio from Almond Tree Middle School.
The scholarship instrumentalists are Alyanna Cooper and Fernando Sanchez, both of Cesar Chavez High School; Carlos Aguayo and Christina Palapuz, both of Robert F. Kennedy High School; and Dayanura Bravo, Millie Garcia and Brianna Felix, all of TMS Music Academy.
No certificates of merit were offered this year due to COVID-19 concerns.
The three comprehensive high schools in the Delano Joint Union High School District adopted the same plans for their graduation ceremonies in early June. Robert F. Kennedy High and Valley High will both graduate on Wednesday, June 1, with Cesar E. Chavez High on Thursday, June 2, and Delano High School on Friday, June 3.
For Delano High, and likely all three schools, tickets will go on sale Monday, May 23 at the student body office in the southwest corner of the school cafeteria. The sale of tickets at $6 will take place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. without limit. Graduates will each receive five tickets on graduation day after graduation practice at the Seniors Breakfast in the school auditorium.
The valedictorian, eight-semester honor roll plaque recipients, and four-year perfect attendance students will not be known until the last week of classes.
The 109th class should have 325 graduates.
The doors will be open at 5 p.m. with the animation of the group and the choir from 6 p.m.
The only items allowed to be sold at graduation are bottled water and Powerade.
The public is reminded that no balls, noisemakers, horns, outside food or drinks will be allowed inside the stadium. Security at the west and east gates will collect any items the public may attempt to bring into the stadium.
The last few weeks of the school year are busy for followers of Delano High School and probably about the same for Chavez and Kennedy High Schools.
The DHS Future Farmers of America Banquet was held on May 12.
The first Pilipino Cultural Night since before the pandemic took place on May 13.
The school ball is scheduled for Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the school quad area.
The senior awards will be presented on May 19 at 9 a.m. in the school auditorium.
A marching band concert is also scheduled for May 19 at 6 p.m. in the school’s north gymnasium. A choir concert is scheduled for May 26 at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium.
At Robert F. Kennedy High School, graduation ticket sales begin May 23-26 from 2-4 p.m. at the administration building.
Since May 27 is a minimum school day, tickets will be sold that day from noon to 2 p.m. On May 31, ticket sales will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. On June 1, ticket sales will not take place until after graduation practice in the cafeteria.
The three public high schools have minimum days on three Fridays, May 13, 20 and 27.
Robert F. Kennedy lists Karina Alonso and Ian Hernandez as two of three Kern County students who have qualified for the United States National Chemistry Olympiad national exam.
The selection of Distinguished Young Women at Delano this year will again follow national guidelines.
The selection of the 2023 DYW winner from 10 applicants will be announced likely at the end of May. The talent portion of the hybrid competition is scheduled for mid-May.
Categories include talent, fitness, and interview.
A local committee, which includes Delano Councilman Joe Alindajao, held its first meeting to organize Delano’s first recognition of Veterans Day.
A committee member said the parade will likely take place in early November, but not on Veterans Day itself, so as not to clash with similar long-running celebrations in Porterville and Bakersfield.
The town of Delano has been busy providing services to the community.
Comments were solicited May 3 at a community workshop regarding suggestions for approximately $579,000 provided by the Community Development Block Grant.
A first dose clinic of COVID-19 vaccines was held at the Jefferson Street Senior Citizen Center on April 16 and a second dose clinic on May 7.
The City will adjust the statutory holiday schedule for garbage and recycling collection.
Regular garbage services for May 30, Memorial Day, will be moved to Tuesday, May 31, with the rest of the week remaining on regular schedule.
For June 19, Monday, June 20, garbage services will be on Tuesday, June 21, with the rest of the week to run according to the regular schedule.
For Independence Day, Monday, July 4, garbage services will be on Tuesday, July 5, with the rest of the week on the regular schedule.
For Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, recycling and green waste services will be delayed one day.
For Monday June 20, recycling and green waste services will be delayed by one day and similarly for recycling and green waste services on July 4 will be delayed by one day.
Anyone from an area high school is welcomed by Rev. Loji Pilones to attend Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Sunday, May 29 at 9 a.m., as it will include a bachelor’s or prayer service for high school seniors.
Elders are asked to wear caps and robes and be present at 8:40 a.m. for a queue in the church. Families and friends are also invited.
Delano Youth Foundation President David Amya thanks Delano and area residents for their support of the foundation’s recent Paper Bag Pack Lunch. Proceeds help the foundation support local youth projects, including two $500 scholarships at the three local comprehensive high schools and one at Valley High School.
The families of Treasurer Brenda Perry-Reed and Richard Torrez and his daughter Gina (Torrez) Lopez were especially helpful with donations and “working time” at the event. Bottled water in all bags was provided by Monte Harrelson.
I was surprised to see retired Kern County Fire Chief Nick Dunn eat inside and two other Delano High alumni I remember from my teaching days – Sharon Fisher and Jana Horton being their maiden names.
I missed seeing two of the event’s many sponsors, longtime Delano High coach/athletic director Gerry Saunders coming in from Bakersfield for meals and local retired FedEx driver Edd Cadena.