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The Thomas sisters have been chosen as this year’s Youth Day Grand Marshals. From left are (back) Susie Thomas Stocking and Sally Thomas Ivory; (front) Patty Thomas Cox, Nancy Thomas McLaughlin and Debbie Thomas Geerts.


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Grand Marshals
are all sisters

Staff writer
The Grand Marshal for the 80th annual Winters Youth Day Parade is nominated by members of the community. According to Mike Sebastian, chairman of Youth Day Parade for the past 38 years, “the nominations are looked at by the Youth Day Committee, which decides on the Grand Marshal for the year. The criterion is simple: The person must have done something to benefit the youth of Winters and the community as a whole.
“The Thomas Sisters are a great example of this,” says Sebastian. “They have been involved in everything from Grad Nite, the Swim Team, Scouts, National Cemetery Wreath Project and much more. They have spearheaded fundraising for Grad Nite for the past 15 years or so. Every senior can go to Grad Nite without it costing them anything.”
The Thomas sisters may have inherited genes for unstinting community service since their mother, Barbara Thomas, was honored as Grand Marshal a few years ago. Another indication of their attitude toward participating in the community is found in the tag line on Susie’s email: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has,” said Margaret Mead. . . .







Alec Matheson competes in the long jump for the Winters High School JV boys during the Warriors home meet on Thursday, April 14.


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Track team
hosts meet

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The Winters High School track team hosted their first and only home meet on Thursday, April 14, with Williams and East Nicolaus competing against the Warriors. No team scores were released but the Warriors had plenty of competitors posting impressive times and distances.
For the girls varsity, Lizbeth Mendoza clocked a 14.47 in the 100 meters and a 31.84 in the 200. Angelina Lopez ran a 1:19 in the 400. The Warriors had six girls competing in the shot put with Stine Olsen leading the team with a toss of 23’3.25”. Kenya Gallo tossed the shot 22’.25”, Gabi Svozil had a throw of 21’.25”, Gloria Valenzuela threw it 20’8.25”, Michelle Mora had a toss of 16’5.25” and Bella Jimenez threw it 15’2.25”. . .