Friday, May 8, 2009

McCarthy: still a Driller and recognizing the brightest of our students

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) heads back home today and sends in this report from the week. In his words:

"This week I announced the 22nd Congressional District of California Merit Award winners for Kern County. The award honors the achievements of our communities’ best and brightest high school students, and recognizes their positive achievements to inspire all of our students. As a community, we can create a positive environment that supports the hard work of our next generation’s leaders. Students who will receive the award were nominated by their principals because they have demonstrated academic excellence (having earned a 3.5 GPA or higher), exemplary school citizenship, volunteerism, involvement in extracurricular activities and leadership skills. To join us for the Merit Award Presentation, come by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office today May 8, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

"This week I also introduced a resolution (H.Res 411) to support the Intermediate Space Challenge in Mojave, which will take place on May 15. The Space Challenge is an exciting and challenging opportunity for students in grade school to think about outer space and energize their interest in science and math. We can encourage our children’s imagination to explore career opportunities in science and math to help them compete in a competitive global economy.

"I am excited to be participating in the Fourth Annual Driller Football Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony on Friday night at the Marriott. As a proud member of the class of ’83, I was glad to be asked to offer the keynote remarks for the dinner. We will be honoring the following alumni: William Fanning, T.H. Lockard, Davis Loustalot, Bob Warkentin, Willie Brown, and Pat Preston.

"Last week I told you about the National Council for a New America that my colleagues and I introduced to engage citizens and create solutions to address the issues we face in our country. The first discussion kicked off at a pizza restaurant in Arlington, Virginia this past Saturday with former governors Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, and had a good turnout to talk about solutions to move our country forward. If you would like to find out more about the National Council for a New America, please visit the recently unveiled website:

"And if you are on Facebook, don’t forget to check out my Facebook page for the latest happenings in DC and our local communities. Check out the video of Burt Rutan’s latest project – amazing things are happening out there in Mojave!

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