Fullerton City Manager William C. Winter has named Police Officer Mary Murphy safety employee of the year, street maintenance lead worker Alberto Gonzales general government employee of the year, and Police Capt. Lee Devore and community services Supt. Kay Miller managers of the year.
They each received $350 and had their names inscribed on a plaque on permanent display in the Fullerton City Hall lobby.
Laguna Niguel resident Bob Bornemann, a speech professor and forensics coach at Saddleback College, has been presented the Jack Howe Distinguished Service Award. The award is given annually by the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Assn. to the speech coach who exemplifies the highest standards of dedication and service to the organization and the forensics community at large.
Columbus Tustin Middle School has been awarded an Apple computer for redeeming the most register receipts in the "Apples for the Students" program sponsored by Vons grocery stores. It was the first school in Southern California to receive a computer through the program.
The school collected $200,000 in receipts, according to Principal Bob Boies, who said the school is still collecting the receipts and is close to earning a second computer.
"Our goal is to get three computers before the program ends," he said. Boies said students, teachers, staff, parents and the community have helped in the venture.
The school also held contests with prizes of free pizza parties for students and homerooms collecting the most receipts.
Lorena Solis and Raymond Solis of Santa Ana, who attend Saddleback High School, have won Volunteer of the Year awards for their work on the recent Orange County Times Holiday on Parade. The sister and brother were selected by Bob Viking, chairman of the parade committee.
Other volunteer honorees included Girl Scout Senior Troop 492 and Boy Scout Troop 28, both of Santa Ana.
The 22 members of the two troops dressed as elves and toys and rode on the hobby-horse float.
Margaret Chen, a senior at Villa Park High School, was took home $200 for finishing first in the recent Santa Ana Rotary Club high school spelling championship.
Other top finishers were Sheela Rao of University High School, who came in second and won $150; Allison Horak of Dana Hills High School, who placed third and collected $100; Sonja Ho of Brea-Olinda High School, who came in fourth and won $50; Jason Chung of Irvine High School, who placed fifth and was presented $50, and Damon Nagami of Kennedy High School, who came in sixth and collected $50.
Robin Robinson, marketing manager for the architectural and land planning firm of Danielian Associates in Irvine, has been given the President's Award for outstanding service in the Seniors Housing Council.
The council is a nonprofit affiliate of the Building Industry Assn. of Southern California.
It provides housing to active adults and older retirees, according to Barbara Krueger, president of the council.
Theodore G. Brenner, C. Domnick Luem and Jon D. Stephenson, all 18, of Orange/Villa Park Troop 850 were presented their Boy Scout Eagle rank in a Court of Honor at the Orange Senior Citizens Center.
For his community project, Brenner planted California oak trees and other plants to form a picnic area at Irvine Regional Park.
While a student in Spain, Luem organized a group of students to work in a Spanish soup kitchen.
Stephenson made improvements to the W. N. Windes Trail at the Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange.
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