Success & Service: Sons of Italy crowns Modesto woman as Miss America

Bee Staff ReportsJuly 5, 2014 

Gianna Cipponeri, a 2014 Modesto High School International Baccalaureate graduate, was crowned Miss America in June during the Queen’s Pageant of the 78th Grand Convention of the Grand Lodge of California, Order Sons of Italy in America, in Millbrae.

The nonprofit, fraternal organization was founded in 1922 and represents Americans of Italian descent residing in California, Nevada and southern Oregon. It focuses on sharing Italian heritage and culture and helping young students study the Italian language through educational programs and scholarships.

Cipponeri will hold the title for two years and is first princess, the runner-up to Grand Lodge Queen Emily Eslick of Visalia. Four princesses make up the Grand Lodge queen’s court: Cipponeri; Miss Italy Alexa Lotito of Los Angeles; Miss California Isabella Benedetti of Tulare; and Miss Convention City Marie Copak of Anaheim. Liana Lorusso of Whittier is duchess, and Kathryn Webb of Encinitas is countess.

The daughter of David and Terri Cipponeri of Modesto, Cipponeri was crowned queen of the Modesto lodge in September 2013. She attends American University in Washington, D.C., majoring in political science with a minor in international studies.

CPA chapter president elected

Natalya A. Galindo, a certified public accountant with Modesto’s E.&J. Gallo Winery, will preside over the San Joaquin Chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants for 2014-15. The San Joaquin Chapter serves more than 800 members in Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties. Galindo previously served as the chapter’s vice president. She is the finance auditor at Gallo, the world’s largest winery. Galindo has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from National University, Stockton. She is treasurer of the Modesto Sunrise Rotary Club. Other board members are Vice President Chad Van Houten of Grimbleby Coleman in Modesto and Secretary/Treasurer Preston Osboum II of Atherton & Associates in Modesto.

Medical technologist honored

Alaine Johnson, division manager at San Joaquin Valley College in Salida, will receive a distinguished achievement award from American Medical Technologists during the organization’s annual meeting Wednesday in Chicago. She earned her certification from the organization in 2009 and serves as secretary of the California State Society. She was named California’s medical technologist Educator of the Year in 2013.

For more information, visit www.americanmedtech.org.

Towing company ranks nationally

Myers Towing of Modesto made the Towman 500, a listing of the nation’s most experienced towing firms, according to industry trade publication American Towman. Owner Billy Myers received a commemorative belt buckle during a recent gathering in Las Vegas. Myers Towing has been in business since 1986.

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