Ciena Barbosa, a sixth grader at Winters Middle School, is the Pisani’s Athlete of the Week. Barbosa is a member of the Glitter cheer team for Dream Xtreme Allstars out of Vacaville. Barbosa had actively been participating in their competitive, year-round cheer program since the 2021-22 season, and competed with the Winters Jr. Warriors Cheer squad for three years prior. “Ciena’s strength, positive attitude and beautiful smile don’t go unnoticed,” said coach Ashley Newberry. In April, Barbosa competed at the Anaheim Regional Summit. Glitter placed third out of top 10 teams in the region.
Winters once boasted a prosperous Japanese community, which tragically burned on Aug. 1, 1942 when the United States was celebrating victory over Japan. While the cause of the fire has never been determined, Winters saw discrimination toward Japanese Americans following the war.