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Honoring Captain Mary R. Mccormick September 19, 2014
Sam Graves, R-MO
"Mr. Speaker, I proudly pause to recognize Captain Mary R. McCormick, a proud veteran of our United States Navy, on her retirement after 26 years of service. After graduating first in her class as an Ensign in the JAG Corps Student Program from the Navy Justice School in 1988, Captain McCormick was released from active duty on June 30, 1992 and soon was affiliated with the Select Reserves. Captain McCormick has impeccable knowledge concerning military and civilian appellate criminal law. She has represented servicemembers from all military branches during her six-year civilian military appellate practice, and she has served five years as appellate counsel. Captain McCormick served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado from October 1992 through June 1995 where she was lead appellate attorney. She was recalled to active duty from November 2010 through September 2013, to serve as Appellate Defense Counsel for Guantanamo detainees. Captain McCormick was named Missouri’s Elder Law Attorney of the Year for 2006 and she is author of the treatise Missouri Elder Law published annually by West/Thomson Reuters. Mr. Speaker, I proudly ask you to join me in recognizing Captain Mary R. McCormick for her admirable service to our country as well as her passion for the law."
In Recognition Of Public Broadcasting And The American Graduate Initiative September 19, 2014
Charles Rangel, D-NY
"An October 2013 study conducted by the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins School of Education finds that the American Graduate initiative has succeeded in building community capacity to meet the national priority of ending America’s high school dropout crisis. More than 80 public radio and television stations in over 30 states have joined forces with over 1000 partners and at-risk schools to shed light on the problem and share solutions. The dropout rate in the tri-state area is alarming, and I see students in my district struggling to complete their education every day; I support this important initiative that delivers real impact in our fight to end this dropout crisis."
Recognizing The Seattle Sounders Football Club September 19, 2014
Adam Smith, D-WA
"The soccer pitch is not the only place that members of Sounders FC have achieved excellence. Many members of the organization have undertaken efforts to better the community they call home. Through partnerships with organizations focused on youth and sports, and through a 2013 trip by team members to Tanzania with the Washington Global Health Alliance, the Seattle Sounders have done much more than just play outstanding soccer—they have made a difference in our region and across the world."
Sutter Davis Hospital’S 2013 Baldrige National Quality Award September 19, 2014
John Garamendi, D-CA
"Mr. Speaker, Whereas, Sutter Davis Hospital (SDH) was one of three organizations in the country to receive the 2013 Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership; and"
Honoring Nicole Montna Van Vleck September 19, 2014
John Garamendi, D-CA
"Nicole Montna Van Vleck (Rice grower and industry leader; Sutter and Sacramento Counties): Nicole Montna Van Vleck is the managing partner of family owned and operated Montna Farms in Yuba City, a major grower of Japanese short grain specialty rice. Nicole is actively involved in all aspects of the operations from growing to drying and milling and her involvement with California agriculture is long-standing. She is a third generation Sutter County rice farmer who has been a leader in numerous associations as an advocate for the state’s farmers. For more than a decade she has served on the California Rice Commission where she currently sits on the Board of Directors and on numerous committees. She is a member of the California Rice Industry Association Board and in 2011 joined the Board of Directors for American Commodity Company. From February of 2011 to July 2013, Nicole served as co-chair for the USA Rice Federation Rice Quality Task Force and remains active. She also is active in the USA Rice Producers Group. In the area of water, Nicole has leadership roles in the Northern California Water Association. She is Vice President of the Sutter Bypass Butte Slough Water Users Association, having been president for more than a decade. She is Treasurer of Garden Highway Mutual Water District. Outside of agriculture, Nicole is a member of the Board of Directors for River Valley Community Bank. Nicole is a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, and of the USA Rice Leadership Program. Early in her career she worked as a legislative analyst for the law firm of Morrison & Foerster before returning to the family farm in 1994. As Vice Chair of the California State Fair Agricultural Advisory Board, Nicole advocates for agricultural education programs for youth. She raised money for State Fair Scholarships and school tours of the State Fair Farm. Nicole is a respected leader and champion for women in agriculture statewide and for economic development in Sutter County."

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