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Natalie Pegano, ROP Award of Excellence recipient. (Contra Costa County Office of Education)

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. Martinez and Pleasant Hill students -- and their teachers -- honored include:

  • Alhambra High School -- Megan Lau, marketing; Instructor Michael Doigny; and Jordan Morofsky, cabinet making; Instructor Jay Heeb.

  • College Park High School -- Natalie Pegano, advanced media communications; Instructor Paul Renaud.

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