Dublin District Learning to Teach Basic Self Defense

CJSF member Sonia Sharma contributes to her community with Project emPower.

September 3, 2022 | The Independent News

The Dublin Unified School District offered physical-education teachers basic self-defense workshops this summer, with the goal of eventually incorporating the instruction into the district’s curriculum.

The workshops were designed to provide physical education teachers with the necessary skills to teach basic self-defense to students to ensure that students in Dublin can defend themselves should the need ever arise. The workshops were inspired by Project emPower, an initiative started by Sonia Sharma, a Girl Scout in Danville and a member of the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF), to encourage self-defense classes for girls in rural India who face physical violence, including a GoFundMe page.

Sharma, 14, has been working on Project emPower for more than a year and helped organize the workshops for the Dublin teachers. The Danville Recreation, Arts and Community Services Department has also adapted the ‘train the trainer’ model developed by Sharma for an after-school program at Diablo Vista Middle School.

2021-2022 Huhn Awards Nominees

Hello 2021-2022 Huhn Awards Nominees!

Central Region

2021-2022 CJSF Huhn Awards Central Region Nominees

  • Miliani Barraza, Chapter 976 | Wallace Middle School (top-right)
  • Camden Gudgel, Chapter 846 | Herbert Cruickshank Middle School (middle right)
  • Abigail Samuel, Chapter 640 | Waterloo School (bottom right)
  • Osiris Ruiz, Chapter 571 | Burton Middle School (bottom middle)
  • Ella Mauer, Chapter 976 | Wallace Middle School (bottom left)

Central Coast Region

2021-2022 Huhn Awards Central Coast Nominees

  • Suhyun (Royce) Ahn, Chapter 668 | Sequoia Middle School (bottom right)
  • Samantha Campbell, Chapter 668 | Sequoia Middle School (middle right)
  • Anthony Rocha, Chapter 1085 | Fallon Middle School (top right)
  • Sonia Sharma, Chapter 971 | Diablo Vista Middle School (bottom left)

North Region

2021-2022 Huhn Awards North Nominees

  • Lily Antrim, Chapter 692 | Downieville Jr./Sr High (4th row #2)
  • Garry Bicknell, Chapter 676 | Brittan Elementary School (3rd row #1)
  • Gemma Donati, Chapter 280 | Sycamore Middle School (3rd row #2)
  • Mason Kaelin, Chapter 676 | Brittan Elementary School (4th row #4)
  • Logan Kinneer, Chapter 692 | Downieville Jr./Sr. High (4th row #3)
  • Carina Marciales, Chapter 158 | Bidwell Junior High School (1st row)
  • Joshua Milton, Chapter 923 | Marsh Junior High School (4th row #1)
  • Caroline Moore, Chapter 923 | Marsh Junior High School (2nd row)
  • Joseph Schohr, Chapter 280 | Sycamore Middle School (3rd row #3)

South Region

2021-2022 Huhn Awards South Nominees

  • Meagan Barry, Chapter 868 | Van Avery Prep (3rd row #3)
  • Jake Dresbach, Chapter 868 | Van Avery Prep (3rd row #1)
  • Finger Elizabeth, Chapter 29 | Corona Fundamental Intermediate School (1st row)
  • Jacob Eshenko, Chapter 881 | St. Junipero Serra Catholic School (2nd row)
  • Yujun Ge, Chapter 155 | Carmenita Middle School (4th row #4)
  • Siddhant Khapra, Chapter 155 | Carmenita Middle School (4th row #3)
  • Jillian Mooney, Chapter 881 | St. Junipero Serra Catholic School (3rd row #2)
  • Nadine Panther, Chapter 1171 | Fremont Academy of Engineering and Design (4th row #1)
  • Saijal Patel, Chapter 29 | Corona Fundamental Intermediate School (4th row #2)
  • Juan Rodriguez, Chapter 1171 | Fremont Academy of Engineering and Design (4th row #1)

South Central Region

2021-2022 Huhn Awards South Central Nominees

  • Monica Goggins, Chapter 269 | Newcomb Academy (2nd row)
  • Emily Guzman, Chapter 269 | Newcomb Academy (3rd row right)
  • Ismael Hernandez, Chapter 487 | Piute Middle School (3rd row left)
  • David Tonikyan, Chapter 1340 | Richard E. Byrd Middle School (1st row)

Kylee Schwartz | 2021 Michelson Award Recipient

Kylee Schwartz is the 2021 Glenn Michelson Memorial Award recipient. Kylee is a Senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates, and a member of CSF Chapter 1138, South Central region.

Kylee’s essay earned her this honor and $1,000 award. Writing about joining the Asian Real Estate Association of America’s (AREAA) neighborhood project, planting trees throughout the community, Kylee gave personalities to the various trees that were planted as part of an experiment to see which would best survive the harsh coastal conditions.

Kylee wrote “While planting trees is a small act compared to others, it has taught me three things. The first was to slow down. All too often, I get caught up in my daily routine and the speed of life. The ease I felt from planting taught me to take time for myself, to slow down by doing an activity to help others or one to help myself. Secondly, from imagining personalities for the trees, and focusing on their unique characteristics, I learned to notice details. This goes hand in hand with slowing down, if I rush, I miss many things. This discovery has helped me with school projects, caretaking responsibilities, and with my job. Finally, I’ve discovered appreciation. I can walk down the street and feel grateful from the smallest creature to the largest tree. I now appreciate the time and effort it took people to plant trees throughout my community.”

Kylee’s “small” act of planting trees will benefit her community for many years. She continues to keep watch over her trees as they adapt and grow.

Many thanks to Betsy Okamoto, CSF Adviser at PV Peninsula for more than fifteen years, for the support and time she provides to CSF and to her chapter members; and to Brent Kuykendall, Principal, for supporting CSF at Peninsula High.

The Glenn Michelson Memorial Award was established in 2012 in memory of the late Glenn Michelson, past 20-year CSF adviser of Sequoia High School in Redwood City and deeply involved past CSF Board member. He was a strong advocate of our CSF motto promoting community service. This annual essay contest in Glenn’s honor is open to high school CSF senior Sealbearers who have a passion for service.

2021-2022 CJSF DiGiovanna Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 DiGIovanna Award Recipients who submitted the award winning essays.

Central Region
Bailey Peters
, 1219 Emilie J Ross Middle School
Adviser Gary Grant, Principal Mary LaRosa

Central Coast Region
Michelle Hopkins
, 1206 Creekside Middle School
Adviser Sumin Cha, Principal Susan Shih

North Region
Garry Bicknell
, 676 Brittan Elementary
Adviser Heather Azevedo, Principal Staci Kaelin

South Region
Cielle Peloquin
, 881 St. Junipero Serra Catholic School
Adviser Elaina Stokes, Principal Tim Tolzda

South Central Region
Mayte Esparza
, 1135 Bellflower Middle School
Adviser Veronica Reynolds, Principal Michael Lundgren

2021-2022 Seymour Award Finalists

Congratulations 2021-2022 Seymour Finalists!

Established to honor both Charles F. Seymour and his wife, Marian H. Seymour, who together supplied the inspiration and leadership which fostered the California Scholarship Federation. The Seymour Award is regarded as one of the highest scholastic honors given to high school students in the state of California. This award recognizes excellence in academics and service to school and community.

Region recipients will be chosen at region group interviews and announced after the Awards Ceremony on April 9, 2022.

2021-2022 CSF Seymour Award Central Region Finalists

Central Region

  • Madison Allan, Chapter 512, Redwood High School,
    Adviser Georgette Cheatwood, Principal Matt Shin
  • Triptaan Dhami, Chapter 157, Ripon High School,
    Adviser Marybel Reyes-Nungaray, Principal Keith Rangel
  • Tingyu Gong, Chapter 1379, Sierra Pacific High School,
    Adviser Brian Dull, Principal Darin Parson
  • Krista Gonzalez, Chapter 1227, Sunnyside High School,
    Adviser Lydia Gonzalez, Principal Michele Anderson
  • Tanvir Grewal, Chapter 895, Monache High School,
    Adviser Brandy Culver, Principal Eric Barba
  • Brenda Manyvanh, Chapter 1263, El Diamante HS,
    Adviser Jerry Perez, Principal Kim Nelson
  • Anahi Ramos Silva, Chapter 96, Porterville High School,
    Adviser Michele Patrick, Principal Jose Valdez
  • Brynlee Rasmussen, Chapter 512, Redwood High School,
    Adviser Georgette Cheatwood, Principal Matt Shin
  • Brooke Watson, Chapter 888, Kern Valley High School,
    Adviser Erin Woodward, Principal John Meyers
  • Molly Watson, Chapter 888, Kern Valley High School,
    Adviser Erin Woodward, Principal John Meyers
2021-2022 CSF Seymour Award Central Coast Region Finalists

Central Coast Region

  • Hollis Belger, Chapter 1016, Redwood High School,
    Adviser Tristan Bodle, Principal David Sondheim
  • Saurav Gandhi, Chapter 312, Santa Clara High School,
    Adviser Sara Carvalho, Principal Greg Shelby
  • Kent Goodman, Chapter 597, Redwood High School,
    Adviser Tristan Bodle, Principal David Sondheim
  • Priscilla Kim, Chapter 873, Archbishop Mitty HS,
    Adviser Janie Falcone, Principal Katherine Caputo
  • Harshita Krupadanam, Chapter 1421, Quarry Lane School,
    Adviser Shannon Harrison, Principal Candice McGraw
  • Lauren Lee, Chapter 570, Castro Valley High School,
    Adviser Kelley OHern, Principal Blaine Torpey
  • Kristine Pashin, Chapter 494, Notre Dame High School,
    Adviser Amy Huang, Principal Mary Beth Riley
  • Mackenzie Van Laar, Chapter 98, Gilroy High School,
    Adviser Matt Hungerford, Principal Greg Kapaku
  • Andrew Vuong, Chapter 762, Piedmont Hills,
    Adviser Nancy Kennett, Principal Ginny Davis
  • Aarushi Wadhwa, Chapter 743, Westmont High School,
    Adviser Joy Brawn, Principal Jason Miller
2021-2022 CSF Seymour Award North Region Finalists

North Region

  • Emma Alvarez, Chapter 168, Chico High School,
    Adviser Kris Hahn, Principal Douglas Williams
  • Alondra Garcia Sifuentes, Chapter 119, Napa High,
    Adviser Ana Andrilla, Principal Ean Ainsworth
  • Ava Hamelburg, Chapter 1210, Windsor High School,
    Adviser Julie Cordell, Principal Brian Williams
  • Eric Liu, Chapter 335, Folsom High School,
    Adviser Rachel Doller, Principal Howard Cadenhead
  • Dylan Martinelli, Chapter 1054, Downieville Jr./Sr. High,
    Adviser Niecea Freeman, Principal James Berardi
  • Gurnoor Saini, Chapter 1366, River Valley High School,
    Adviser Eric Ricketts, Principal Lee McPeak
  • Leighton Tarke, Chapter 239, Sutter Union High School,
    Adviser Janet Finitzer, Principal Ryan Robison
  • Benjamin Van Lienden, Chapter 1403, Woodland Christian School,
    Adviser Zak McGaugh, Principal LaRon Gordon
  • Natalie Vogt, Chapter 1403, Woodland Christian School,
    Adviser Zak McGaugh, Principal LaRon Gordon
  • Kendra Whitmore, Chapter 239, Sutter Union High School,
    Adviser Janet Finitzer, Principal Ryan Robison
2021-2022 CSF Seymour Award South Region Finalists

South Region

  • Lauren Angelus, Chapter 667, Sunny Hills High School,
    Adviser Hera Kwon, Principal Cathy Gach
  • Camille Dang, Chapter 1006, Gretchen Whitney High School,
    Adviser LaMonica Bryson, Principal John Briquelet
  • Sarah Dong, Chapter 1276, Westview High School,
    Adviser Diana Loo, Principal Tina Ziegler
  • TImothy Dull, Chapter 1293, Great Oak High School,
    Adviser Diana Arban, Principal Aimee Ricken
  • Emily Govea, Chapter 1313, Segerstrom High School,
    Adviser Kim Nguyen, Principal David Casper
  • Sara Habibipour, Chapter 1234, Palm Valley School,
    Adviser Susie Zachik, Principal Steve Sherman
  • Sean Lai, Chapter 799, Glen A. Wilson High School,
    Adviser Ember Arteaga, Principal Danielle Kenfield
  • Ruby Mejia, Chapter 496, Mater Dei High School,
    Adviser Gloria Guzman, Principal Frances Clare
  • Senara Subasinghe, Chapter 74, Elsinore High School,
    Adviser Felicia Asbury, Principal Robbin Hamilton
  • Cat Toung Tran, Chapter 801, Pacifica High School,
    Adviser Zsolt Girba, Principal Steve Osborne
2021-2022 CSF Seymour Award South Central Region Finalists

South Central Region

  • Earl Bumagat, Chapter 1048, Downtown Magnets High School,
    Adviser Lisha Gonzalez, Principal Sarah Usmani

  • Joshua Chandran, Chapter 106, Simi Valley High School,
    Adviser Shauna Poutre, Principal JC Baxter

  • James Christian, Chapter 1395, St. Monica Academy,
    Adviser Jacqueline Halpin, Principal Marguerite Grimm

  • Dylan Davis, Chapter 254, Nordhoff High School,
    Adviser Briana Beebe, Principal David Monson

  • Simaranjeet Kaur, Chapter 417, Bellflower High School,
    Adviser Babak Aminitehrani, Principal Michael Lundgren

  • Natalie Leon, Chapter 796, Channel Islands High School,
    Adviser Magen Anthony, Principal Marianne Ramos

  • Gelina Liobing, Chapter 796, Channel Islands High School,
    Adviser Magen Anthony, Principal Marianne Ramos

  • Alessandra Lucchesi, Chapter 254, Nordhoff High School,
    Adviser Briana Beebe, Principal David Monson

  • Edmund Shryock, Chapter 757, John Glenn High School,
    Adviser Cynthia Johnson, Principal Jennifer Padilla

  • Neev Vinchhi, Chapter 729, Ernest Righetti High School,
    Adviser Jennifer Dolan, Principal Ted Lyon

Panda Express Virtual Fundraiser | November 10, 2021

Raise Funds with the Panda Express – CSF/CJSF Virtual Fundraiser
on November 10, 2021.

Double the reward – Benefit your chapter and the CSF/CJSF state organization!

Turn in your receipts online by November 24, 2021.

Participating chapters will receive 10% of the pre-tax puchases of their supporters on orders entered anywhere in the United States*

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Registered chapters participating are automatically entered in a random drawing to win Panda Express swag! Gift certificates, Panda bears, mugs, and more.

 

Questions? Help Needed?

Email fundraisers@csf-cjsf.org

After the fundraiser

  • Report your chapter sales and upload your receipts by November 24, 2021.
    (If you need help consolidating the receipts into a single PDF, email patricia@csf-cjsf.org for assistance.)
  • Form and receipts must be received no later than November 24, 2021.
    Be sure you have all of your receipts together before submitting.
    Only one form and set of receipts per chapter.

    No late submissions will be accepted.
    *As evidenced by sales receipts submitted to CSF.

A check for 10% of the pre-tax sales will be mailed to the adviser’s school address by January 1st, 2022.

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