Stan and Anne Dye are proud to announce they will celebrate 69 years of wedded bliss on July 7. The Dyes are California natives, who have lived in Napa for the 66 years. They have 5 children, 13 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
Anne is a retired registered nurse who worked at the Veterans Home of California, Yountville for 32 years. Stan is a retired surveyor, and plays bluegrass music. Stan has played at PorchFest for the last several years, and last year, at the age of 91, it was determined that Stan was probably the oldest musician to play at the popular event. Because of coronavirus, the couple does not plan on having a large celebration for their anniversary.
Aubrey May, a Napa High School graduate, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, cum laude, from Whitman College on May 24.
Mariette Blume of Napa has been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2020 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Blume is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Nnamdi Van Dulm of Napa was named to Dean's List at University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky.
Kaitlyn Gardner of Napa was named to the Tiger Pride Honor Roll at DePauw University in Indiana.
California Polytechnic State University announced that Nathan Pino Graziani of Napa earned the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, cum laude, class of 2020.
Clare McLaurin of Napa was named to the College of Charleston Spring 2020 President's List. McLaurin is majoring in Accounting.
The following Napa students earned degrees as part of Oregon State University’s class of 2020.
Jessie M. Bauer, Bachelor of Science, Horticulture; Savannah J. Carson, Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Sciences; Gianna M. Gagetta, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration; Alexandre S. Hernandez, Bachelor of Science, Bioengineering; Tyler J. Morgenlaender, Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Avery M. Simpson, Bachelor of Science, Chemistry; Jasmine B. Washington, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration; Jordan Wolfe, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration.
Claire McCall of Napa received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa. McCall was student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences whose program of study was Music.
Conrad Lonsdale Knudsen of St. Helena and Anna Miller of Napa were named to Emerson College's Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester.
Gabriel Roche of St. Helena and Emily Erickson of Napa were named to the University of Rhode Island Spring 2020 Dean's List.
Samuel Hoff, Bachelor of Arts, Applied Physics, of Napa, was awarded a degree from Whitworth University in Washington.
Isabela Gomez was named to the honor roll at Oregon State University. She is studying business marketing. She is a Justin-Siena high school class of 2018 graduate.
Rachel Hard of Napa was named to the 2019-20 Dean's List of Distinction at the University of Northern Colorado.
Natalie Stanton of St. Helena was named to the Dean's Honor Roll at at the University of Northern Colorado.
Breanna Bang, Mia Brasil and Charles Rundquist of Napa and Catherine Cronwall of St. Helena earned placement on the Gonzaga University President's List for spring semester 2020.
Benjamin W. Mickens, a politics major in the class of 2023 from Napa, was named to the Dean's List for the spring 2020 semester at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Kevin Walter Birdsall of Napa has been named to the Deans' List at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the spring semester of the 2019-20 academic year. Birdsall, a senior biological systems engineering major, was named to the Dean's List for the College of Engineering.
The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) Foundation has awarded $30,000 in college scholarships to six students. The scholarships are awarded annually to students whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a California wine grape grower.
The four-year scholarships are $8,000 each for students attending a University of California or California State University campus. The two-year college scholarships are $2,000 each for students attending a California community college.
Angeli Aquino of Calistoga High School received an $8,000 scholarship.
"Achieving the American Dream has been instilled in Angeli since she immigrated to the United States at 6 years old," said a news release about the student,
"Angeli has challenged herself to be a conscientious, hard-working and high-achieving student. She excelled with difficult classes, earning a top-ranking 4.22 GPA, and with extracurricular activities. Angeli played volleyball, basketball, softball and track and field. She served as ASB president and Interact Club president, was a member of the Soroptomist Club, and volunteered as a youth basketball coach. Additionally, she held a part-time job as a lifeguard during the year. Angeli plans to attend UCLA, major in nursing and someday earn a master’s degree."
Maria Ruiz graduated with her Master of Social Work degree, with a concentration in Children, Youth and Families, from San Jose State University on May 21. She maintained a 4.0 GPA and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Nancy Bocanegra graduated with her Master of Social Work degree, with a concentration in Mental Health, from San Jose State University on May 21. She maintained a 4.0 GPA and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Garrett and Beverly Brown of Napa celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on June 8th. Their children —Richard, Dan, Christine, and Jeanine — gathered at their ranch on Atlas Peak Road for a special presentation of a slide show with pictures dating from 1945 to the present. Attendees strolled through their rose garden, where a picture was taken to commemorate the occasion, followed by lunch. Garrett had his Marine uniform from World War II on display, and Beverly displayed the hat and shoes she wore at their wedding ceremony. They regaled family with stories about World War II, about first meeting in Vallejo, and marrying in Kansas just weeks later. Their wedding ceremony lasted 5 minutes at the cost of $5, or whatever they’d like to give! Garrett had a successful business career in Napa, developing Stucco Stone Products, before selling the company and retiring in 1991. Together, they raised 6 children with Beverly the full-time homemaker and avid gardener. Currently they have 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Their love for the Bible and serving Christ is exemplary to all who know them. They’ve lived in Napa for over 65 years and on their ranch on Atlas Peak Road for over 50 years. They’ve survived 2 major fires with their property virtually unscathed, celebrated many milestones together, and blessings too numerous to count. The plan originally was for the entire family, more than 50 people, plus old friends, would gather to celebrate the incredible milestone of 75 years. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it became clear that the celebration would have to be much smaller.. As Beverly said, “Can you imagine not being able to hug?” The Browns are members of Napa Valley Community Church and still drive on occasion to the church for worship. 2 Corinthians 9:6 says, “He who sows generously will also reap generously,” a Scripture’s truth that can be seen in the Brown’s life together. Garrett would certainly agree with Proverbs 12:4, which says, “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown.” And, finally, their marriage is described in Proverbs 16:31: “Gray hair is a glorious crown; it is found in the ways of righteousness.”
Terry and Pat Simpkins celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their son Rod Simpkins, his wife Cori, daughter Kristen Walsh and her husband Brian, plus grandchildren, Avery and Dylan Simpkins; and Elle and Isla Walsh.
They all met for lunch at Vintners Golf Course in Yountville.
Terry and Pat met 55 years ago on a blind date in St Helena when Pat came to see a childhood friend from elementary school. They would marry in Sacramento in a small wedding chapel on June 14, 1970.
The couple lived in West Sacramento for three years while Pat completed her nursing degree at California State University, Sacramento. Terry was employed by Good Chevrolet in Napa and would commute each day while Pat was attending school. They moved to Napa in 1973 where Terry worked for GM dealerships for the next 37 years, retiring from Team Superstores in 2007. Pat started her nursing career at Vallejo General Hospital and Napa State Hospital, then moving on to the Napa County health department, retiring as a public health nurse in 2013.
After retiring, Terry had 3 surgeries (knee, back and hip). They plan to travel the U.S. and visit as many national parks as they can as long as they visit the baseball and football halls of fame first.
The Napa County Farm Bureau Foundation announced the 2020 scholarship recipients for graduating high school seniors pursuing college study of agriculture.
The scholarships are made possible by the family of Aldo Delfino, the late Ag Commissioner of Napa County. To date, the Aldo Delfino Memorial Scholarship fund has awarded over $130,000 in scholarships.
The scholarship winners for the high school class of 2020 are:
— Hannah Madole (Vintage High School)
— Jocelyn Stojack (Justin-Siena High School)
— Maija Turjanis (Napa High School)
— Marilyn Wilms (Saint Helena High School)
— Stefhany Rios (Saint Helena High School).
In addition, all five students received the 2020 Jack L. Davies Napa Valley Ag Land Preservation Fund scholarships. Jocelyn Stojack and Stefhany Rios received the 2020 California Association of Pest Control Advisors (CAPCA) scholarship, administered by the Napa County Farm Bureau Foundation.
Audrey Elizabeth Simich graduated from University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelors of science degree in Chemistry, with a minor in Mathematics.
Christian Vazquez of Napa graduated from the University of San Diego for the 2019-2020 school year. Vazquez earned a bachelor's degree in Finance. Vazquez graduated cum laude.
Sami Zaia of Napa graduated from the University of San Diego for the 2019-2020 school year. Zaia earned a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science. Zaia participated in the McNair Scholars program that prepares high achieving first-generation college students and students from underrepresented groups for master's and PhD programs.
Jonathan Lucas Pyner from Napa received the Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Hollins University in Roanoke, Va.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized the following Napa students named to the Dean's List for the spring semester: Margaret Carpenter, School of Human Ecology, Dean's Honor List and Anna Gsell, College of Letters and Science, Dean's List.
Ava Huffman of Napa was named to the Dean's List at the University of Portland in Oregon.
Camille Creek Community School, a program of the Napa County Office of Education, celebrated the 19 seniors of the class of 2020.
Due to the small size of the graduating class, the school hosted an outdoor “drive-in style” graduation. All of the graduates were able to park in cars with their families in front of the stage and experience the ceremony together.
Camille Creek Community School serves Napa County students in grades 6-12 in an alternative school program that empowers disenfranchised youth toward a productive future through restorative relationships, targeted instruction and opportunities for growth.
Senior Class Speaker Marissa Ewing began the ceremony by addressing her classmates with a reminder of all they had overcome to receive their diploma.
“Our high school experience wasn’t like what most people do. We didn’t have football games or school dances, clubs or choir, but what we did have was access to teachers and counselors who genuinely care about us and our success.”
The graduation ceremony was made festive by the decorated cars driven by the graduates’ families, and the cheering and horn-honking that greeted each speaker and graduate.
Dr. Barbara Nemko, Napa County Superintendent of Schools, acknowledged how challenging the end of the school year had been due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You were magnificent. It wasn’t easy to switch to Distance Learning; it wasn’t easy to do all of the work without your teachers there … but the good news is that these are the very characteristics that employers are looking for.”
Camille Creek Community School Director Caroline Wilson shared with the graduates that through the Facebook group “Napa Adopt a Senior” local mom Shelley Surh had adopted all 25 graduates and coordinated gift bags that included a $75 Target gift card, snacks and candy.
Each gift bag also included the message, “Be brave and bold. Show empathy and compassion. Ask for what you need. Claim your place in the world.”
Wilson added her own message of congratulations. “You worked too hard and you didn’t give up! Your teachers stretched out their hands to you and you were the ones to reach back.”
The graduates, complying with physical distancing requirements and wearing face covers, came across the stage one at a time to collect their diplomas.
The Camille Creek Community School class of 2020 graduates are: Julie Arriaza, Sandra Borrayo, Evangelina Carroll, Geraldine Castillo, Alejandro Dominguez, Marissa Ewing, Jordan Groves, Jacob Hilliard, Alejandro Lopez, Eric Lucas, Amanda Martinez, Alfredo Rivas, Isaac Ruiz, Edna Santos, Daisy Segura, Yair Suarez, Tyson Tanskley, Melany Tavares and Jose Vazquez Melgoza.
“We were on such a roll,” said Leigh Krieger, president of Soroptimist (and owner of Minuteman Press in Napa), describing the year’s events empowering women and girls.
“We had our mentoring program going with the Mariposa girls (and) awards banquets scheduled,” before everything shut down because of the pandemic.
But Soroptimist International of Napa plowed on meeting on Zoom, and awards were given without an awards banquet, and $1,500 was given to CANV Food Bank with a challenge to match their donation in minimum $25 increments.
One of the most impactful awards Soroptimist gives out is the annual Live Your Dream Award which goes to women who are fighting hard to make a new life for themselves and their children by getting an education.
This year’s first place award went to Katie Dalessi, a nursing student at Pacific Union College. She has overcome some tough health challenges that have sharpened her focus to be a great nurse, an empowered woman and a great example to her daughter. Katie received $2,000 and will receive additional support throughout the year from Soroptimist International of Napa.
The second place winner of the Live Your Dream Award went to Sarah Sculley who received $1,000. She is enrolled at Napa College working towards a degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Education and is also determined to be a great role model for her daughter.
The third place winner for the Live Your Dream Award is Guadalupe Torres who is receiving $150 in gift cards.
The Violet Richardson Soroptimist Award honors teenage girls for their volunteer efforts. This year, Isabel Martin of New Tech High won the Violet Richardson award for starting “Schools for Climate Action.”
She received $500, and $500 was awarded to Napa County Resource Conservation District on her behalf from Soroptimist. But Isabel not only won at the local level, but at the District III level of Soroptimist which provided her with another $500.
Also at the high school level, $1,000 scholarships were awarded in the third year of the “Future is You!” scholarship program to six graduating senior girls from the Napa Valley Unified District schools: Michaela Singh, Mariana Diaz, both residents of Napa; Marianne Goyma and Lorraine Sandoval of American Canyon; and Amy Alfaro Vega and Fernanda Aguilar also residents of Napa.
Soroptimist International of Napa is part of Soroptimist, a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. The Napa club is 81 years old and Soroptimist is almost 100 years old as a non-profit organization that began in the Bay Area in 1921.
Abigail del Rosario of American Canyon was recently commissioned U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant.
Abigail’s commissioning ceremony was to be held on May 14 on the USS Midway in San Diego. But due to COVID-19, her 2nd Lieutenant bars were “virtually” pinned by her father Paul, a retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel, and witnessed by her mother, Agnes.
Abigail was awarded 3.5 years of Army ROTC scholarship and she trained with the Aztec Battalion at San Diego State University. She will receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Global Health from the University of California, San Diego on June 13. Abigail will next attend the U.S. Army Basic Officer Logistics Course at Fort Lee, VA.