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Edward Maldonado, ROP Award of Excellence recipient.

Awards of Excellence were presented to 45 high school seniors in Contra Costa and Alameda counties for outstanding work in their ROP (Regional Occupational Program) classes by the Contra Costa Office of Education.

The students each received a $200 scholarship and a certificate of merit. Some 200 students, their families, teachers and ROP business partners attended. Speaker Joseph A. Ovick, the county superintendent of schools, presented the awards, assisted by Assemblyman Jim Frazier.

ROP/Career Tech serves nearly 11,000 students a year with 384 state-of-the-art career development classes in 34 high schools in the two counties.

ROP focuses on career preparation and exploration, hands-on experience and academic excellence to prepare students for success in college and beyond. All ROP classes and programs are directed by and funded through the county office of education.

The presentations were May 8. Concord students and their teachers recognized include:

  • Concord High School -- Justin Furtado, computer applications; Instructor Laurie Harris

  • Mt. Diablo High School -- Daniel Hernandez, commercial food service; Instructor Cindy Gershen

  • Marchus School -- Omar Arciniega, hotel occupations; Instructor Jack Grossman

  • Paris Beauty College -- Chloe Jimenez, cosmetology; Instructor Lyn Ferreira

  • Ygnacio Valley High School -- Edward Maldonado, careers in teaching; Instructor Laura Thatcher Palmer-Hallberg; and Malena Martinez, sports medicine; Instructor Kelly Cooper.