Accolades: Stroup an engineer; Poole, Parker land opera roles; Tencati gets ROTC scholarship
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Tracy native completes degree

Stephen Stroup, a Tracy native and 2004 Tracy High School graduate, has earned his civil engineering degree and begun an internship with a local construction company.

Stroup graduated from California State University, Fresno, in December.

He is the son of Craig and Kim Stroup of Tracy.

Local girl, boy to sing with Modesto opera

Two young singers from Tracy will be part of the 10-voice children’s chorus when “Carmen” by Townsend Opera Players takes the stage this month at Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto.

Bailey Poole, a 12-year-old student at Hawkins School, was the top vocalist and first runner-up in “Tracy’s Got Talent” in March. She is a student of Townsend Opera’s vocal director, who advised her to audition. Bailey is also a cast member of Tracy Repertory Theatre’s production of “Annie,” which opens tonight, May 4, at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.

Brendon Parker, 11, attends Venture Academy and is a member of the San Francisco Boys Chorus. He has sung as a cantor with the children’s choir at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and participated in local theater.

The chorus is directed by Jennifer Grover, who teaches music at Tracy High School.

“Carmen,” sung in French with English supertitles, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. May 18 and 2 p.m. May 20 in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater at the Gallo Center, 1000 I St., in Modesto. Tickets start at $10. Information is online at or 338-2100.

Tracy High grad receives ROTC full ride

Jordan Tencati, a Tracy High School graduate and a freshman at San Diego State University, was offered a full scholarship by the U.S. Air Force ROTC for the remaining 4.5 years of his mechanical engineering program, starting in January.

Tencati completed his first semester of engineering courses with a grade of 98 percent and is president of the pilot club and athletic officer for the honor guard. He also participates in community service and is a member of the San Diego Relay For Life committee.

At Tracy High, he was Associated Student Body president during his senior year, participated in leadership and International Baccalaureate classes and was continually on the honor roll.

Tencati is the son of Don and Carol Tencati of Tracy. He has two sisters, Tricia and Tara Tencati, both of Tracy.

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