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Ripon Christians Bloemhod earns Merit Award
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She’s ranked fourth in her class at Ripon Christian High with a grade point average of 4.135.

But for Courtney Bloemhof, it was the various leadership positions that earned her the Congressional Merit Award last week during a recognition event held at Gregori High in Modesto.

US Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) was on hand to present this prestigious honor on May 5 to one student per school nominated based on his or her academics, leadership, community service, citizenship and extracurricular activities.

Bloemhof, who is a graduating senior at Ripon Christian High, has held various leadership positions, including class representative and student council representative.

Last year, she attended Camp Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

Bloemhof was active in sports, too.

She is currently a captain on the Knights’ soccer squad also captained the RC cross country team as well as the RC volleyball squad.

Bloemhof has participated in debate, choir and Knightsound, and was chosen this year’s homecoming queen.

In addition, she’s volunteered to help out at the St. Mary’s homeless shelter, Bethany Homes, and Ripon Interfaith Ministries, to name a few.

She’s active at her church and has been a volunteer for Vacation Bible School while attending a SERVE Missions trip last summer.

Bloemhof will be attending Dordt College in Iowa in the fall with plays of majoring in Business Marketing and participating in cross country and choir.