From the daily archives: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

By Jim Predmore

In addition to the graduations, there are some other milestones that always take place this time of the year as school districts say goodbye to some of their employees. This is the beginning of retirement for many longtime employees. This year in Holtville seven long time employees were honored with a luncheon on Thursday afternoon.
Nearly 200 colleagues, family, and friends attended the ceremony. Guests were treated to a taco cart lunch and attendees were also enjoyed some live entertainment by the Holtville High School Rock Band, led by HHS Principal, Jeff Magin along with several of his colleagues.
The Holtville Unified School District 2013-14 Retirees are: Mary Chaves, Food Service Department from 1994-2014, Alfredo Garcia, Holtville Middle School Custodian form 1988-2014, Linda Layton, Projects Clerk from 1983-2014, Richard Layton, Transportation Supervisor from 1985-2014, Maria Padilla, Paraprofessional from 1989-2014, Margie Stacey, Director of Special Education/Projects from 1980-2014, Lola Telles, Accounts Payable from 1985-2014, Gloria Torres, Food Service Department from 1992-2014.
All of the retirees were recognized by Celso Ruiz, Holtville Unified School District Superintendent and were presented with a signature plate and engraved plate by Holtville School Board Trustee, Kevin Grizzle.


By: Cassie Acosta


Holtville High School Valedictorian, Mariah Tumbaga, gives her commencement speech to wrap this awesome year for the HHS students.


The 2013-14 school year was an exciting one for Holtville High School. From CIF championships to a multitude of scholarship recipients, there has hardly been a dull moment for the students of Holtville High. The year kicked off strong with a winning football team making their way to the final round of the CIF championship, ultimately taking the Div V title home after beating the Crawford Colts 42-6. A winning state of mind continued on to the second semester of the school year, eventually resulting in Holtville taking home the Div IV CIF championship in wrestling. These two noteworthy achievements were honored on June 7 at the Green and Gold Hall of Fame banquet.

The past school year has not only been an outstanding display of athletic achievement, but of academic excellence as well. A senior scholarship and awards banquet was held on June 5 to honor and distribute scholarships to seniors who had shown great academic achievement in the 2013-14 school year.Over 40 scholarships were handed out to seniors during the ceremony. Among the recipients was this years GATES Millenium Award winner, Stephanie Garcia, who also received other scholarships during the ceremony. Students were recognized based on overall GPA as well, with nearly half of the senior class holding a 3.0 or higher. College acceptance was exceptionally high this year, also, as almost 81% of this year’s senior class reported that they will be attending either a 4-year university or 2-year program.

Holtville High School has had its many achievements in the past, but the 2013-14 school year has helped the high school make great strides in putting our small town on the map.

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