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Marlene Bell, with 42 years of experience in education, received the Lifetime Award for Embodying Equity and Diversity at the UC Davis Equity Summit on March 14.



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Bell honored for
education career

Express editor
Marlene Bell says she is retired, but she not only seems busier than ever, she is gathering accolades for a lifetime of devotion to education reform.
Bell, who lives in rural Winters with her husband, Bob, was honored on Saturday March 14 at the Equity Summit held at UC Davis. She was presented with the Lifetime Award for Embodying Equity and Diversity. Her award was among several given out at the event, entitled, “Radical Healing in Times of Trauma.”
“The award was a huge surprise and a huge honor,” says Bell, who notes that she’s been doing this work for a long time — 42 years total — and still hasn’t stopped, even though she insists she is almost 70 years old.
She says she isn’t resting on these lifetime laurels, and says she’s continuing to work on education reform with Jesse Ortiz, the Yolo County Superintendent of Schools, on a task force to create greater success for African American students in Yolo County.
Retirement, says Bell, sounds like leisure, which she would enjoy, but she’s just too busy.
People that retire want to travel and read books — I want to do the same thing, but I keep getting sidetracked with things that need attention. If I can be supportive in some capacity, I’m willing to do that.”
This isn’t the first time in Bell’s career that her peers have taken note of her achievements. She also received a Distinguished Alumni award from the School of Education at UC Davis in 2009.
A graduate of UC Davis with a degree in history, Bell taught school in Davis for 27 years at various campuses, including Willett Elementary, North Davis Elementary, Pioneer Elementary, and “17 years in kindergarten raising good students and good parents for students,” she says with a smile. . . .


Morgan Garcia puts down the tag at third base during a recent Winters High School varsity softball game.


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Warriors have
busy week

Express sports

It was a busy week for the Winters High School varsity softball team as they played five games on three different days. Winters started with a home game against Dixon on Tuesday, March 17.
The Warriors played a solid game keeping the game close for the first five innings but then the wheels fell off the wagon. Winters trailed 8-7 going into the sixth inning but gave up 10 runs in the top of the sixth and lost 18-7.
Alexis Garcia took the mound for the Warriors, giving up 18 runs, just 13 earned on 15 hits, had three strikeouts and seven walks.
At the plate, Winters totaled nine hits with Makenna Gordon and Morgan Garcia each batting 2 for 3 with a run scored. Montana Frey scored a run. Adriana Jimenez batted 1 for 4. Abbey Mariani went 1 for 2 with a run scored. Alexis Garcia scored a run. Jordanne Mariani batted 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI and Annie Dunn went 1 for 3 with a run scored.
Winters traveled to Durham on Thursday, March 19, for their second game of the week and came home with an 8-2 loss to the Trojans. Alexis Garcia pitched again for the Warriors, throwing six innings, giving up eight runs, seven earned on 10 hits with four strikeouts and eight walks. . . .




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