dropping name | Criminal Justice Council receives honor – Santa Cruz Sentinel

The Santa Cruz County Criminal Justice Council on Tuesday announced it has received a 2022 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) in recognition of a regional effort examining cross-jurisdictional policing practices throughout the county.

Each year, National Association of Counties recognizes innovation in county government programs throughout the US The award recognized a groundbreaking open and transparent review of local policing practices, led by the CJC, examining critical issues such as use of force,
technology, implicit bias training, addressing behavioral health issues and more.

The independent review was conducted by Applied Survey Research and examined policing
practices in five local jurisdictions.


More than 30 local students received scholarships through Community Foundation Santa Cruz County in 2022.

• Albert Sharing Fund grant: Angel Soto, Watsonville High School (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo).

• Judy Anton Woman of Valor/Lupita Loves to Read Project scholarship: Mariah Segura, Watsonville High School (UC Davis).

• RH Beel Memorial grant: Yazmin Diaz, Santa Cruz High School (Pace University).

• Burton scholarship: Peyton Croghan, St. Francis High School (UC Davis), Arlette Del Toro, Watsonville High School (UC Davis), Daniel Espinoza, Harbor High School (UCLA), Haley Jiang, Harbor High School (UClA), Marissa Mengheang, Harbor High School (Stanford University).

• Ernest V. Cowell scholarship: Arden Emhoff, Santa Cruz High School (UCLA).

• Bob and Betsy Darrow scholarship: Sophia Clemente, St. Francis High School (Santa Monica Community College), Rossy Hernandez, Harbor High School (CSU Monterey Bay), Alicia Krusee, San Lorenzo Valley High School (University of Arizona).

• Jack DeBord Memorial grant: Aaby Lahey, San Lorenzo Valley High School (CSU Monterey Bay).

• Hank Garcia Jr. and Family scholarship: Mandy LaMere, St. Francis High School (University of Southern California), Danna Perez, Watsonville High School (Cabrillo College), Diana Rocha, Pajaro Valley High School (UCLA), Melissa Roman, Pajaro Valley High School (UC Berkeley), Wade Watson, Aptos High School (UC Santa Cruz).

• Emmett and Elsie Geiser scholarship: Betzaida Chavez, Pajaro Valley High School (UC Santa Barbara), Jaylen Dang, Aptos High School (University of San Francisco), Isaak Vargas, Watsonville High School (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo).

• Isabel Fowler Sewell scholarship: Sofia Fernandez, Pajaro Valley High School (UC Santa Cruz), Cynthia Lopez-Fernandez, Pajaro Valley High School (UC Santa Cruz).

• Bert and Carolyn Post scholarship: Valeria Felix, Watsonville High School (Cabrillo College).

• Louis J. and Mary Ellen Schultz scholarship: Jackeline Barrientos, Harbor High School (UCLA).

Simunovich Family Agricultural scholarship: Miguel Sanchez-Ramirez, Watsonville High School (CSU Monterey Bay).

• Barbara J. Thompson scholarship: Mackenzie Hearon, Harbor High School (Cabrillo College), Morgyn Michelson, Harbor High School (UCLA), Zulma Ramirez-Ortega, Harbor High School (UCLA), Joel Sosa-Udave, Harbor High School (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo).

• John L. Turner scholarship: Ashley Mazon, Watsonville High School (UC San Diego),

For information on the Community Foundation’s scholarship program, visit cfscc.org/scholarships.

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