Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1716 student teacher award
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1716 in Freedom awarded Moreland Notre Dame School student Violet Salazar (second from right) with a scholarship and honored Zack Saucedo (second from left) as teacher of the year. They are pictured with Senior Vice Commander Ignacio Mata (from left), Moreland Notre Dame Principal Cathy Mottau and VFW Commander Daniel Magdaleno. Contributed photo

VFW Post 1716 honors students, teacher

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1716 student award
Watsonville High School student Daisy M. Garibay Gonzalez is shown with VFW Post 1716 Commander Daniel Magdaleno after receiving an award. Contributed photo

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1716 in Freedom recently gave out scholarships and awards.

Every year, the post hands out scholarships and awards to a middle school student, a high school student and selects a teacher of the year. 

This year’s awardees are:

• Patriot’s Pen Scholarship: Violet Salazar, a sixth-grader at Moreland Notre Dame School

• Voice of Democracy: Daisy M. Garibay Gonzalez, a 10th-grader at Watsonville High School

• Teacher of the Year: Zack Saucedo, a seventh grade teacher at Moreland Notre Dame School

Campaign raises $19K for breast cancer services

The Watsonville Police Pink Patch Project raised more than $19,000 during this year’s campaign, bringing the total to nearly $109,000 since 2017.

The money will be used to help local Watsonville families impacted by breast cancer. 

The campaign kicked off in early August and ran through October, which is the official month for breast cancer awareness. 

A check will be presented to Katz Cancer Resource Center during the Dec. 12 Watsonville City Council meeting.

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Ysled Carrillo gets a hug Dec. 1 at the certified farmers market as part of ongoing holiday festivities. Santa Claus will arrive in Watsonville on a helicopter at Ramsay Park on Monday at 3:30pm in preparation for the annual Santa Tour, which will roll through Watsonville Dec. 13-15. Santa and a team of dancers and others will visit various Watsonville neighborhoods to share the holiday spirit. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian
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