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Fallavollita nabs Vocational Academic Character award

June 06, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — John Fallavollita, a 17-year-old junior at Calipatria High School, won the first Vocational Academic Character award Wednesday at the high school's annual Hornet Olympics.

The committee that selected Fallavollita for the award is comprised of two vocational skills teachers, an academic teacher and three tradespeople from the community, according to Wilton Goo, one of the vocational skills teachers on the committee.

Goo said Fallavollita was honored for his high grade-point average, at 3.5 this year, his proficiency in the school's shop programs and his outstanding character.

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Goo said all three attributes are considered important because, "You can be a good tradesperson but with a bad character and no one would want to work with you. Same thing with the grade-point average, you can be an intelligent person but with a bad character no one would want to work with you."

In addition to the exemplary character displayed by Fallavollita, he participates on the football, baseball and wrestling teams.

"He's an all-around kid," Goo said.

The plaque that Fallavollita received was handcrafted by the school's shop department. The metal that was used to create it was donated by CalEnergy. Each award winner in the future will receive unique plaques to help make the award something special, Goo said.

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