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March 24, 2023

Graduates receive $2K scholarships

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Since 2008, Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics has provided $1,000 scholarships annually to five high school seniors from area high schools. This year, they doubled the amount of the scholarships to $2,000. Recently receiving scholarships were Cecilia Souza of Gilroy High School, Kianna Quinones of Christopher High School...

Classes to begin later for high schoolers

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Many high school students in Gilroy will start classes slightly later beginning in the fall due to a new state law. Senate Bill 328, authored by Sen. Anthony Portantino, requires middle schools and high schools to begin no earlier than 8am and 8:30am, respectively. Signed...

Local student heading to Germany through exchange program

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ASSE International announced that Christopher High School student Fianola Fellows is one of 250 high school students from across the United States to be awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year.   CBYX is an exchange program co-sponsored by the U.S....

Demolition underway at South Valley Middle School

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Many of the nondescript white, green and yellow buildings along IOOF Avenue where, for nearly seven decades, countless Gilroyans have learned life skills within their walls have been reduced to rubble. With students out on summer break, construction crews took the next step in South...

Photos: Christopher High School graduation 2022

Christopher High School graduated 334 students for the Class of 2022 during a ceremony on June 9.

Mount Madonna School celebrates graduates

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Mount Madonna School announced Grace Timan as its Class of 2022 valedictorian and Ben Pearson as salutatorian.  Timan, who started attending MMS as a preschool student, and Pearson in kindergarten, earned this distinction through hard work and focused effort, edging out their peers at the...

GECA graduates move forward

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For many of the 72 Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy seniors who climbed the stage to receive their high school diplomas on May 26, they would repeat the same process at the same place the next day. But this time, it would be...

Gavilan student awarded $20K scholarship

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Aileen Romero, Associated Students of Gavilan College Region IV Representative, was accepted to UC Santa Cruz and was awarded the $20,000 Pister Scholarship. The Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Scholarship was established in 1993 by former UCSC chancellor Karl S. Pister to increase opportunities for...

Teachers, district reach tentative agreement

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The teachers union and school district reached a tentative agreement March 28 that raises salaries and lowers out-of-pocket health care expenses, according to the Gilroy Teachers Association. The agreement was approved by the union on March 30, and will head to the Gilroy Unified School...

Gilroy school custodian named finalist in national competition

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Rigo Bedolla works the late shift at Las Animas Elementary School, deep cleaning more than 30 classrooms and bathrooms nightly to make sure they shine and are ready to welcome hundreds of students the next morning. When school officials called him in earlier than usual...