Rep. Jimmy Panetta announced Thursday that four arts programs in Santa Cruz County have received federal grants totaling $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Santa Cruz County Arts Council received $20,000, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music received $30,000, the Kuumbwa Jazz Society received $20,000, and the Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center received received $30,000.
“The Central Coast is known for our talented artists and musicians who contribute to our local culture, tourism and economy,” Panetta said in a prepared statement. “I’m glad the NEA is doing its part to support these four vibrant arts centers here in Santa Cruz County.”
The teacher praised
Chrislaine Pamphile Miller, middle school history teacher at Mount Madonna School in Watsonville, was praised for her outstanding leadership and academic contributions to the California History-Social Science Project’s 6th grade group.
“I am not at all surprised that Chrislaine is being recognized for her outstanding work and contributions to the project,” Mount Madonna Senior School Principal Shannon Kelly commented in a prepared statement. “She is a dedicated teacher who fully understands how students learn best.”
The Surf City-Santa Cruz Kiwanis Foundation recently awarded $1,000 college scholarships to four local high school students at their schools’ senior awards nights.
The four graduating seniors were chosen based on several factors, including academic excellence, community involvement and leadership. This year’s scholarship recipients and the scholarship they received, based on their selected majors, are:
• Santa Cruz High School: Josephine Wilson, Ken & Ruby Marion Memorial Scholarship; Yazmin Cruz, the Herb Reid Memorial Media/Communications Scholarship.
• Harbor High School: Javier Mojito-Hernandez, Mas Sugimoto Memorial Engineering Scholarship.
• Soquel High School: Brigette Vance, Melissa Smith Memorial Dance/Drama/Arts Bursary.
Additionally, the Kiwanis Foundation awarded two $500 college scholarships to graduate leaders of the Key Club at Pacific Collegiate School. Both Darlina Williams and Natasha Mauerman were honored for their leadership skills and extensive community engagement efforts.
Lee Shodiss joins the bank
Santa Cruz County Bank announced on Thursday that Lee Shodiss had joined the bank as senior vice president and director of asset-based lending, according to a bank statement. In his new position, Shodiss will lead the bank’s new asset-based lending division from the bank’s Cupertino office.
Shodiss’ 30-year career in the financial services industry includes expertise in asset-based factoring, structured finance and commercial banking, as well as asset and innovation markets serving Silicon Valley and technology centers across the country.
Shodiss received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Irvine.
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