Success & Service: Miller graduations a family affair

Members of Modesto's Miller family are probably hearing "Pomp & Circumstance" in their sleep after three of them graduated this spring.

Daughter Tabitha, 20, needed only three years to complete her degrees in mass communications and sociology and graduate from the University of California at Berkeley. She will report Monday for her first day of work at a software firm in Mountain View. She graduated in 2007 from Modesto High, where she was in the International Baccalaureate program.

Son Philip, 17, graduated from Davis High School last week.

And mom Traci, 44, received her master's degree in education (school administration) from California State University, Stanislaus, during last weekend's commencement. Traci, who is the assistant principal at Stockton's Chavez High, finished her master's 22 years after completing her undergraduate degree at Azuza Pacific University in Southern California.

Beyer High School teacher Scott Bradley is among the 58 people chosen for James Madison Fellowships in 2010, the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation announced. He'll receive up to $24,000 that can be used toward a master's degree in American history, American government and social studies.

He was chosen among applicants from 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the nation's island and trust territories.

The award recognizes distinguished and promising teachers.

Appointments by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors:

James Brenda, Tony Bruno and Clint Mort to the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance board.

Greg Nunes to the El Solyo Water District board of directors.

Former Modestan Alex Major, a Coast Guard petty officer third class stationed at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, was involved in his second major cold water rescue effort in two months. Major, shown above during the April rescue, is an aviation survival technician serving as a rescue swimmer on the MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter crew.

On May 19th, he helped rescue four crewmen from the Cape Spencer, a Juneau-based ship. In April, he rescued three crewman from a fishing boat and recovered the body of a fourth who had drowned.

Major, 27, graduated from Modesto High in 2000 and joined the Coast Guard in 2006.

Thirteen CSU, Stanislaus students working to become math or science teachers will receive $10,000 Noyce Scholarships for the 2010-11 school year. The scholarships come through a $896,000 National Science Foundation grant that will expire after five years.

The recipients: Paul Anserlian, biology; Jacob Bunce, math; Patricia Byers, math; Martin Casillas, biology; Debra Miller, geology; Jorge Ruiz, biology; Kevin Testo, biology; Elias Youhanna, math; Camila Reyes, math; Alice Poulson, science; Laura Lemus, math; Jonathan Camp, science; Veronica Chaidez, math.

Modesto's E. & J. Gallo Winery, one of the world's largest wine producers, became the first organization in its category to receive the Dale Carnegie Training Leadership Award. The award recognizes Gallo as an industry leader committed to the development of its employees.

Steve Sprinkle, the company's nation sale vice president, accepted the honor on behalf of Co-Chairman and President Joseph E. Gallo during a recent conference in Carlsbad.

The award criteria includes recognition as an industry leader or benchmark entity, having a strategic plan that includes driving performance via professional development, and sustaining that commitment for a minimum of five years.

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