Monday, February 2, 2009
Celebrating when Bakersfield kids succeed
Is there anything better than reading a story about local kids succeeding? Particularly in a community that has one of the lowest college graduation rates (11 percent compared to a statewide average of 28 percent)in the state. So here's to two kids who have made our community (and their parents) proud. Elizabeth Key (right picture holding shotgun) is a senior at Ridgeview High School and just landed a full ride to Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri to shoot skeet. If you're not into skeet shooting (and most of us aren't) it's worth noting that Lindenwood is ranked No. 1 among colleges with skeet programs. Proud papa Keith Key noted that the scholarship is part academic based. Over at Stockdale High, Julie Hutton has decided to take her considerable tennis talents to Cal State Bakersfield. She was all but signed to a small school in Idaho when she changed her mind and decided to stay in town. Both these girls are outstanding scholar-athletes and they'll do our community proud.