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Miss California's Outstanding Teen 2011 is Jessa Carmack

Miss California's Outstanding Teen 2011 is Jessa Carmack
By Cynthia Cheng

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This is an exciting year for the Miss Santa Clara Auxiliary. For the first time ever, a titleholder from Santa Clara won a state title. On June 24, Jessa Carmack, formerly Miss Mission City's Outstanding Teen 2011, was crowned Miss California's Outstanding Teen 2011 at the state pageant held in Fresno, CA.

"I'm still in shock, but it's sinking in," Carmack says of her win. "The best part about winning is knowing that all my hard work has paid off. I'm so excited to represent the state of California. I'd like to thank all my friends, all my family, the Miss Santa Clara Auxiliary, and the Miss California organization for making this possible."

Other honors Carmack received at the Miss California's Outstanding Teen pageant included awards for overall physical fitness, overall evening gown, overall on-stage question, and preliminary talent. She tied with another contestant for the awards on the preliminary evening gown and preliminary on-stage question.

For her preliminary on-stage question, Carmack recalls being asked about how California schools could improve student attendance rates.

"I responded that we should promote the benefits of going to school," Carmack says. She went on to establish a link between good student attendance and the increased chance of admission to a desirable college.

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Local Student Seeks Donations for Special Needs Teens' Prom
By Cynthia Cheng

Local Student Seeks Donations for Special Needs Teens' Prom

Emily Campi had a great time at her proms hosted by Archbishop Mitty High School.

"I had a ton of fun at my junior and senior proms," says Campi, who will be entering Santa Clara University as a freshman in the fall. "I had fun dressing up and taking pictures and spending time with my friends."

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This Week's Letters

Miles:

 

A popular expression these days is "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."  In California, the voters have put the Democrats in charge of the Senate every year since 1970 and in charge of the Assembly every year since 1970 except for the 1995-96 session.  We know the State is in dire economic straits with a massive deficit, high unemployment, 48th worst in the nation in taxes, Silicon Valley start-ups face a 40.7% tax rate, many bad roads due to diversion of gas taxes to other spending and local governments facing deficits and layoffs.  Perhaps it is time for voters to give Republicans and Independents a shot at controlling the Senate and Assembly for a few sessions.  You can always go back to insanity.

- Ronald Brackney

Re: Milestones

You last column demonstrated that you are the thoroughbred of city thought, while most of us are grunting donkeys.  The brown pot licker of opposition to the stadium really has to be thrown out in the backyard since there is only one hogweed of nay saying left to bore our residents with his fuzzy math.  For the past month, serious financial information has been presented that shows that the Santa Clara stadium is attracting heavy investment, brisk suite sales, and also important vendors stepping up to develop the project.  The stadium is part of Santa Clara, as is Great America, and many other efforts made for economic development.  Run free, and fast, Miles, while the slow-witted turtles bailey forth addicted to rhetorical locoweed.

James Rowen

Unfortunately, Santa Clara wasn't able to have a Fireworks display this July 4th. Fortunately, there were still a number of legal fireworks displays to watch this year. However, it was also a year that had more illegal fireworks than I can ever remember. I heard that the Santa Clara Police were going to try and catch some of those doing the illegal fireworks - I hope that they were successful. It is a little disheartening that more and more of our city residents are using illegal fireworks. It is difficult to expect that our police and fire departments would be able to keep the city free of fireworks injuries and fireworks related fires. I would encourage all residents not to give into the temptation of using illegal fireworks, and to encourage any neighbor to not use illegal fireworks. It is disappointing that our citizens do not comply with the local laws.

Alan Eft

Tressa Williams Celebrates Grand Opening of New State Farm Branch Location
By Robert Haugh

Tressa Williams Celebrates Grand Opening of New State Farm Branch Location

Filing insurance claims or buying insurance policies is never a fun thing, but helping customers save money and welcoming them with warm smiles and making their insurance experience as efficient as possible are details making State Farm agent Tressa Williams different from others.

Having served the community for over 20 years, Williams celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of her new branch location in Downtown Santa Clara.

"Insurance agencies are successful when they are closely tied into their community.

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Inside

Inside

Dancing was the order of the night as the Sparkletones entertained what was considered the largest crowd ever at the City of Santa Clara's Summer Concert Series on Wednesday, July 6.

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Tasman Parking Garage Breaks Ground
By Robert Haugh

Tasman Parking Garage Breaks Ground

Parking garages are usually cut-and-dry and rather boring. However, that was not the case during last Thursday's groundbreaking of Santa Clara's new six-story, $25 million, parking structure.

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