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Tom Reusser, Superintendent

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Ychs october student of the month

Ychs october student of the month

Cynthia Ortega
Sutter County Superintendent of Schools is proud to announce that Cynthia Ortega, SCSOS DHH student, has been named a YCHS Student of the Month for October. She was nominated by her teacher, Kathleen Wankmuller.
“Cynthia is an exceptional student,” Kathleen said. “She spearheaded the ASL Club on campus for the past three years because she felt it was important for her peers to understand deaf culture and to appreciate the beauty of deaf language. She has never allowed her disability to hold her back.”
Cynthia has had a difficult year. She lost two family members in one week and she began living with her mom instead of her dad. Through it all, Cynthia continues to strive for excellence. “I enjoy taking on leadership roles,” Cynthia said. “I strive to be a role model for other students.”
Cynthia worked part-time at Geiser Pets until this summer while she maintained high grades in honor classes. During the summer of 2019, she enrolled in a summer science program at Sac State hosted by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. NTID was so impressed with Cynthia, they offered her a scholarship to continue the program in New York. (Her father declined due to her young age.) This year, Cynthia continues to excel in her classes while helping to support her siblings at home while her mother works.
“Cynthia is an intelligent and hard-working student with a bright future ahead of her,” SCSOS Special Education Principal Tejinder Khera said. “She is well connected with local agencies that advocate for DHH students. She is well liked by her peers and teachers. She aspires to become a teacher for DHH students and shared that one day would like to come back and work for SCSOS in that capacity.”
We are so proud of Cynthia and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Meet the Porcayo Family

Meet the Porcayo Family

Porcayo #1

It is easy to be anxiety ridden and concerned about the future as we go into the sixth month of the pandemic. Every time we turn on the news, we see updated data for COVID-19, reminders to social distance and wear masks, and to refrain from family gatherings. However, even during these unusual times, we need to be reminded of the goodness that can be found within our own community.

Meet the Porcayo family: Johnny, Maribel, Myah, Dallas and Baby Johnny. Johnny works as a barber within our community and Maribel serves juveniles at the Yuba County Probation. In January 2020, Baby Johnny was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia. From that point on, he was hospitalized at Sutter North and Stanford. He had to undergo many rounds of chemotherapy. His mother, Maribel, stayed by his side and lived at the hospital with him. Johnny and the two girls remained at home. All family members were tested to see if anyone would be a bone marrow match. The only family member who matched was his 11-year-old sister, Myah, who made the decision herself to give her bone marrow to her brother. The bone marrow transplant was a success; Baby Johnny’s leukemia is now in remission. He was able to return home recently.


On August 9, 2020, a couple of relatives and friends (one of them being our own Sabrina Catlin), organized a parade to drive by the Porcayo home in Yuba City. More than 65 cars drove by in honor of Baby Johnny, many bearing gifts for the family. It was a celebration of life complete with signs, classic cars, and community members yelling out congratulations to the Porcayo family.

But it doesn’t stop there. As a result of her experiences, Maribel is planning to set up a non-profit in order to help other mothers and fathers who have children in the hospital for long periods of time. She understands what it’s like to stay in the hospital and not have the funds to purchase the pricy hospital food. She would like to be able to purchase gift cards for those families in need who stay in the hospital for months on end.

During these unusual times, it is important to remember that we are all in this together and that we can continue to support one another through the hard times. It is stories like these that make us proud to be Yuba City residents.