Modesto athlete, coach among honorees

Isaiah Burse, quarterback of the Modesto Christian High School team that won the California Interscholastic Federation Small School Bowl, and his coach, Mike Parsons, are among this year's CrystalClear award winners. They will be recognized Friday evening in a ceremony at Christ Unity Baptist Church of Modesto.

The awards, in their 16th year, are given to "those who contribute to and promote the general welfare and tranquillity of our community," according to the Rev. Darius Crosby, head of Staff of Life Ministries, which sponsors the awards and selects the winners.

Other 2010 honorees include:

The Revs. David Seifert, Shelter Cove Community Church; Charlie Crane, retired from Second Baptist Church; and Cliff Traub, Bethel Church; all for pastoral ministries. Modesto Police Sgt. Doug Ridenour, law enforcement; Hugo Ramos, Downey High School principal, and Odessa Johnson, past Modesto City Schools board member, education; Kim Murry, president of Businessmen's Fellowship, community ministry; Dr. Reldon Jones, medicine; Dr. John Walker, Stanislaus County Public Health; Wendy Bird, Modesto-Stanislaus NAACP president, community activism; and Cle Moore-Bell, public health and the community.

More than 200 nominations are received each year, Crosby said. Twelve to 14 awards are given for outstanding community service, based on contributions and character. This is the first year an honored athlete and coach are from the same school, he added.

Christ Unity Baptist Church is at 1320 L St., Modesto. The awards ceremony will start at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by a dinner reception. The event is free. For more information, call 496-3574.