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African American Student Leadership Conference

Uniting hundreds of students from across the Valley, the 8th annual African American Student Leadership Conference at Clovis North High School on Tuesday, February 24 aims ignite bright futures for all in attendance.

Seventh through twelfth grade students from Central Unified, Clovis Unified, Fresno Unified, Hanford West High School and, for the first time, Madera Unified will convene at the Performing Arts Center on the Clovis North campus for the innovative leadership conference.

This year’s theme is “IGNITE: Your Dreams and Your Future” and is designed to educate, inspire, and encourage students to achieve academic excellence and cultivate positive cultural and social change.

Proud Clovis East Grad In The Navy

Proud Clovis East Grad In The Navy

 A 2005 Clovis East High School graduate and Clovis, Calif. native is serving aboard the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), living and working at the Navy’s forward-deployed base south of Tokyo.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McGrane is a fire controlman aboard the destroyer operating out of Yokosuka, which is located approximately 35 miles south of Tokyo and accommodates the United States’ furthest forward-deployed naval forces.

An Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, Fitzgerald is 505 feet long or more than 1 1/2 football fields. The ship is 66 feet wide, weighs more than 9,200 tons, and its four gas turbine engines can push the ship through the ocean at nearly 35 miles per hour. The ship is named in honor of Lt. William Charles Fitzgerald, who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism on August 7, 1967 in Vietnam.

Exceptional Employees Recognized With Crystal Awards

At a gala evening event tonight , February 17, Clovis Unified will honor the 19 winners of its 2014 Crystal Awards employee recognition program, which honors those individuals who are making a significance difference in the lives of Clovis Unified students. Specifically, these winners are being honored for the above-and-beyond work they did in the 2013-14 school year.

The evening will begin with a reception from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with the ceremony starting immediately following. Clovis Elementary School’s very talented choir, Clovis Connection, will perform several songs, one of which was written especially for the Crystal Awards. Next, Superintendent Janet Young, Ed.D., and Governing Board President Ginny Hovsepian will say a few words and then each winner will be recognized individually with a short video about each one followed by the presentation of their award.

Battle of the Barbers

Barbers & Sneaker enthusiasts from all over the Central Valley
will have the chance to show their skills on February 22.
J-Live Entertainment, the producers of Central Valley California’s original
productions, “Next Big Thing Talent Show”, “Frozen in the Valley Singing
Contest”, “559 Fights Live MMA Cage Fights” and more have announced that
they will be presenting a new production titled, “Central Valley Barber & Sneaker
Battle” on Sunday February 22, 2015 at Tioga Sequoia Brewery in Downtown
Fresno, CA.
“We have been researching and studying barber battles in northern and southern
California for the past year and we decided it was time to give Central Valley
Barbers the same opportunities and quality event that they travel to throughout
the year except now they can compete and perform right here in their backyard”,
said Joey Perez, Founder/CEO of J-Live Entertainment.

Local Girl Named National Ambassador

Local Girl Named National Ambassador

When looking at 12-year-old Madelyn Edgecomb, one would see a happy & smiling young
lady who loves to read, make crafts and listen to music. When you look a little closer and see the scars
and stitch marks on her head, a different story is being told.
Madelyn suffers from an incurable brain condition called Hydrocephalus, and the scars and stitch marks
are the result of the multiple brain surgeries to implant the device in her brain, known as a shunt that
keeps her alive.
Occurring in approximately 1 of every 500 births and in over One Million Americans today, (including
former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords), Hydrocephalus is a condition in which excessive fluid gathers
in the brain, abnormally widening spaces in the brain and placing potentially harmful pressure on brain
tissues. Because of lack of advancements in treatment, many affected individuals are left unable to lead
full and productive lives.

Coat Drive For Children In Need

Coat Drive For Children In Need

Clovis Police Corporal Dustin Dodd, joined by Officer Scott Borsch, is renewing his winter coat drive for children in the City of Clovis this holiday season.

Last year, the public and members of the police department donated a total of 475 new or gently used coats and jackets for those in need.

Donors are encouraged to drop off new or gently used coats to any of the following partner locations: Caltrans, which provided the drop off bins at area stores and churches; Target Corporation; Walmart Supercenter on Herndon Avenue; Kohl's at Sierra Vista Mall and all Clovis CVS stores.

Several area churches are accepting donations as well.

The goal is to provide a coat for every child in need in the Clovis Unified School District this winter season.

The coat drive runs through December 15th.

Please note, there are drop-off bins located in several Fresno stores as well.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner November 22nd

Community Thanksgiving Dinner November 22nd