Seventh-grader Erin Kelso of Lakeside Middle School in Irvine, seventh-grader Eric Kim of Walker Junior High in La Palma, fifth-grader Kristie R. Smith of DeMille School in Midway City, third-grader Vanessa Rodgick of DePortola School in Laguna Beach and fourth-grader C.R. Ross of Top of the World School in Laguna Beach were declared winners of the orange crate label design contest sponsored by the Orange County Public Library. The winning entries, which came in various forms including crayon, watercolor and ink designs using scenes from the county's past and present and those of futuristic settings, will be used for library log covers, recruitment flyers, certificates and puzzles.
More than 2,500 entries were received at the library's 27 branches. "It was difficult to select only five winners," said Lynn Eisenhut, children's service coordinator for the library system.
The California Council of Civil Engineering and Land Surveyors presented a Project of the Year Award to Van Dell & Associates, an Irvine engineering, surveying and planning firm for its part in the John Wayne Airport expansion project. The firm was responsible for the design and construction of streets and roads, plus security systems.
Anaheim resident Don Harmer was named an Engineer of the Year by Newport Beach-based Rockwell International for his contribution to the company's semiconductor products division's high-speed modem product development. He has been with the company for 28 years.
Shireen Ghani-Banki of Newport Beach and now a student at UC Santa Barbara has been named 1988-89 Outstanding Greek Woman of the Year by the school's Panhellenic Assn.
As a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, she is an active chapter volunteer and contributes her time to various groups in and out of the college, including the Humane Society and Los Ninos, an orphanage in Mexico.
During her time at school, Ghani-Banki served as president of Panhellenic, the governing board for 13 sororities on the campus. She will graduate in June and plans to attend law school.
James Latta of Fullerton was installed as president of the Boys Club of Fullerton at the club's annual meeting while Thank You awards were presented to Jerry Christie, L. Nelson Roberts, Irene Gallio and Henry Fredricks for their "exceptional support for helping to provide leadership and guidance for the youth of Fullerton."
Steve Vrooman, a Buena Park High student, and Susan Margulies of Edison High in Huntington Beach, speaking on "Transportation 2001--How Will We Get There," were named winners of student speaker contests sponsored by the Buena Park Noon Lions Club and the Huntington Beach Host Lions Club.
The 17 members of Saddleback College's first paramedic training program were honored at a graduation ceremony recognizing their 6 months of study in lab work, supervised clinical training and field internships.
The graduates, most of them firefighters, are Ted Bassaites and Chris Brimhall, both of Anaheim; Jim Gottenbos and Joel Mac Lean, both of Dana Point; Ed Engler, El Toro; Charles T. Smith, Fullerton; Ron Stancyk, Glen Avon; Jim Higbee, Huntington Beach; Hugh Braly, Laguna Beach; Rocco Di Francesco and Jeff Peters, Laguna Niguel; Dan Demeyer, La Habra; Dave Ednoff and Karl Schmutz, both of Mission Viejo; Doug Weeks, San Clemente; Jeff Loritz, Villa Park, and Jeff Ortiz, Whittier.
Saddleback College is the only provider of paramedic training in Orange County.