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Riponites finish Boston Marathon
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Tiffany McBroom and Ramona Huerta can cross the Boston Marathon off their running bucket list.

The two Ripon residents completed long-distance running’s most hallowed event on Monday, charging down Boylston Street toward the finish line.

The only entrants from the South County, McBroom and Huerta stayed true to their race plan: Both said they wanted to soak up the experience, even at the expense of pace. 

McBroom finished the 26.2-mile trek in 3 hours, 11 minutes, 37 seconds, and she was cheered on by her parents, Katie and Byron, and boyfriend Dustin Gonella.

With her husband Jose in the crowd, Huerta crossed the finish line in 4:08.43. 

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Lathrop’s Ali to compete at Junior Blind Olympics

Rasheed Ali, a blind fourth-grader profiled by The Bulletin on April 2, will compete in the Junior Blind Olympics in Los Angeles on May 2.

Ali, a multi-sport athlete and Northern California Braille Challenge champion, will compete in rowing, archery, rock climbing, obstacle course, Judo, Goal Ball, shot put, the 50-yard dash, long jump, tandem cycling and kayak racing. 

As of press time, approximately 250 kids had signed up for the games. 

• • • students face challenges for schoalrships

Students at the Manteca Unified Academy are gearing up Wednesday for a somewhat unusual scholarship competition.

Students will be vying for $500 scholarships being offered for each of the three programs by the Manteca Police Chief’s Foundation.

The be.cuisine students will be whipping up a meal based on ingredients that they will be supplied. The industrial fabrication students will be designing table decorations for the foundation’s upcoming fundraising dinner. The winning design will be awarded $500 to produce the decorations for all the tables.

The first responders program will be challenged to come up with ideas of new programs to enhance public safety.


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