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Robert Bleau, of Port Orchard, was recognized as state royalty during the International Recognition Days by the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Club, Inc., held July 18-20 in Calgary, Alberta. Bleau was honored as Washington King with a 115.5 pounds loss in 2012. The Washington Queen was Juanita Pickett, of Belfair, who lost 124 pounds.

Former South Kitsap High School graduate and Port Orchard native Florencio Borgonia graduated from Sacramento campus of Universal Technical Institute. He completed the automotive, diesel and industrial programs at UTI-Sacramento. While at UTI-Sacramento, Borgonia received hands-on training learning how to tackle diagnostic systems, brakes, fuel and ignitions systems and how to service Class 3-8 diesel trucks from air brakes, fuel systems and power trains to advanced diagnostic systems.

Rowdy M. Berry, of Port Orchard, is a new junior member of theAmerican Angus Association, reported Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo. Junior members of the Association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.

Justin Emeka, a 1990 South Kitsap High School graduate, directed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at The Classical Theatre of Harlem in New York City. The play, retooled with urban costumes, West African dancing, various legends from the African Diaspora and a same-sex marriage, ran 18 days from July 13-30.

Jennifer Viestenz, of Port Orchard, led the Washington state delegation of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the 100th national convention held July 20-24 in Louisville. During the convention, Viestenz voiced the delegates’ votes during the election of national officers. She is a members of the Bremerton Ladies Auxilary 239.

The Port Orchard Eagles “cash mob” swooped into Farmer George’s Meat Market on July 20. The event was organized to say “thank you” to local merchants who support our appreciation dinners and fundraisers. Farmer George’s has provided door prizes and gift certificates for the Eagles’ First Responders Dinners for 12 years.

Michelle Beahm, a 2009 graduate of South Kitsap High School, finished her internship with the Central Kitsap Reporter and Port Orchard Independent on July 31. Beahm graduated from University of Montana in May in journalism. During her two-month internship, she wrote stories and features, edited copy and provided photography for both publications.

The Fathoms o’ Fun Festival float brought home trophies from two parades last month. They won the Sweepstakes Award at the Bear Festival Parade in McCleary and the Children’s Award at the Capital Lakefair Parade in Olympia.

Baylor University announced South Kitsap High School’s Jared Williams was among 3,000 recent high school graduates who were recipients of scholastic awards based on class rank and/or SAT/ACT scores for the 2013-2014 academic year. Williams was awarded the Provost’s Gold Scholarship, which provides $32,000 to $40,000 for eight semesters.

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