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Toll students go to Washington, D.C.

March 27, 2013|By Joyce Rudolph

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) met on March 20 in Washington D.C. with a group of 70 seventh- and eighth-grade students and their chaperons from Glendale's Toll Middle School.

The students were visiting during their spring break, and Schiff took time to discuss his priorities in Congress, as well as answer a number of questions from the students.

“They were very well informed on the important issues facing our nation and asked great questions about my work here in Congress,” Schiff said. “I am always inspired by our youth, especially when they take an interest in our public discourse and politics.”

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The group met the Congressman on the East Side steps of the Capitol Building in between committee hearings. Students asked a number of questions ranging from the importance of the United States recognizing the Armenian Genocide to funding for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the challenges of being in Congress.

Scout presented leadership honor

Steven Cronkhite received the Explorer Leadership Award from the Learning for Life section of the Boy Scouts of America in February.

Cronkhite graduated from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Departments Explorer Academy in 2007 and joined the Crescenta Valley Explorer Post 514. He was promoted to sergeant in early 2008 and then to lieutenant in late 2008.

He helped increase the size of the post from four Explorers to 12 in less than a year’s time and has trained the newer Explorers, preparing them for radio code tests, physical fitness training and hands-on training.

Cronkhite has been a part of the station's community events, like the Fiesta Days Run and Parade, Run for the Hungry, and food and toy drives. In 2008, he assisted with “Tip-a-Cop” at a local restaurant that benefited the Special Olympics. His involvement helped to bring in $5,000.

In 2009, he received the “County of Los Angeles 2009 Youth Volunteer of the Year” award. In 2010, while on a ride-along with deputies, he assisted a parent in the middle of Ralphs grocery store while the parent’s child was having seizures. For this he was awarded the Field Operations Region 1 service pin.

In 2010, Cronkhite was promoted to captain. He has also completed Criminal Justice classes at Pasadena City College. In 2011, he began service in the volunteer patrol in the Crescenta Valley Station area, where he performs vacation checks for local residents and is an extra set of eyes on the lookout for illegal activity.

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