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Chamber honors Man of the Year Isaias Ramirez, Woman of the Year Katlyn Smith, Jr. Citizen of the Year Amanda Curtis and CHD at annual banquet

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Written by Tina Botill


Feb. 2, the Corcoran Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet where they honored its top citizens and awarded special recognition the Corcoran Hospital District.

The event honored Man of the year Isaias Ramirez, Woman of the Year Katlyn Smith and Jr. Citizen of the year Amanda Curtis. Also, recognized was the Corcoran Hospital District board members who were given special recognition. In addition, new chamber board members were installed for the upcoming year.

Man of the Year for 2021 was Isaias Ramirez. Ramirez is a teacher at Corcoran High School who is very involved in the community. His school duties which impact local youth include Corcoran High football program, Corcoran High Cross Country coach, PBIS team, EPIC Club advisor, Corcoran High track coach, Student “life Coach” and he was named the 2018-2019 Kings County Excellence in Education Teacher of the Year. Outside of school, Ramirez is always the first person to get his athletes to help at all Corcoran events, said Alisa Gomez who nominated Isaias for the award.

“His athletes help at all parades, town events, Farmers’ Markets, Christmas celebrations and Rotary functions,” Gomez noted.

Ramirez who joined the chamber board last year has always been involved with chamber events. He has volunteered at the Farmers Markets, Christmas parade and celebrations and Cotton Festival.

However, Gomez said that Ramirez’s biggest impact is as a “Life Coach” to his students and going above and beyond.

“His students have the opportunity to see things they have never had the chance to before,” Gomez said.

Gomez told the banquet attendees that one of Ramirez’s greatest strengths as a coach, teacher, and person, is the ability to identify what it takes to achieve success and get it done. 

“He’s constantly asking his athletes what they need, how they felt, and what they think will help them get better.  He’s spent countless hours fundraising with his athletes to provide them with the tools necessary to succeed–from racing flats, to meals and snacks; practices in Fresno and Exeter so they can train on hills, out of state races, summer retreats to Big Bear so the team can bond as a family, he goes above and beyond to provide his athletes with the experiences that will help them grow as a person and an athlete,” Gomez commented.

Gomez went on to say that she has known Isaias for many years and therefore she knows the time he has spent on the youth of Corcoran as he has been her friend and has coached her four children.

“Isaias is one of the most caring, selfless teachers on campus and truly puts the kids’ true interest first,” Gomez added. “I’m extremely appreciative of all the time he’s spent investing in our Corcoran youth, and I’m proud to say that he’s coached all four of my kids.  You know, they say ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, so thank you Isaias Ramirez for being a part of our village and helping inspire Corcoran’s community and youth.  Congratulations on the well-earned title of Corcoran’s Man of the Year.”

Ramirez thanked the Chamber of Commerce for the honor and admits he was surprised when told he was chosen as Man of the Year.

“It is a great honor to be named Man of the Year for Corcoran,” Ramirez said. “As I thought about all the past people that won this award, I’m humbled to be included among those winners.”

Katlyn Smith was honored as Woman of the Year for her work with local youth. Smith is president of Corcoran Little League, is involved with Corcoran Blue Dolphins, RAC board member, chamber director, President of the John Muir School site council, Corcoran Planning Commission alternate, is on the Corcoran Christmas Tree committee, and has volunteered as a baseball and soccer coach as well as being a member of the Pine Village HOA.

When nominating Katlyn for the award, Tina Botill said that anyone who knows Katlyn knows how much she serves the community of Corcoran.

“She has been known for her volunteerism and even those who don’t know her personally know of her because of her extensive work with the youth of Corcoran. Oftentimes, Katlyn gives from her own pocket and doesn’t expect to be reimbursed. She gives with a full and happy heart because that is her personality. She gives and doesn’t expect to be recognized for it–she just loves serving people,” Botill noted. “Katlyn has tubs of baseball cleats, shoes, and clothing so that if there is a child in need who would like to play soccer or baseball or whatever sport it may be—they can do so even if they cannot afford to purchase the necessary equipment. Whether she is coaching a team, running a program, serving on a board, committee or council–Katlyn gives 110% and will go above and beyond to do well and serve her community to the best of her ability.”

When honoring Katlyn for her volunteer work, Botill noted that Katlyn is someone who truly cares about doing her best for Corcoran.

“Katlyn doesn’t sit on boards, committees, or clubs to fill an empty seat. She takes it seriously and she excels in her position whatever it may be. She takes it upon herself to go beyond the scope of what she is expected to do and see how far she can go” Botill said. “Katlyn is what Corcoran’s Woman of the Year should be. I’m so happy that her dedication to Corcoran is being celebrated. Katlyn truly loves to serve her community and Corcoran is better because of her.”

Despite her extensive resume, Smith said the honor was unexpected but she was grateful for the award.

“I volunteer because of the personal rewards it brings me and being named Woman of the Year is something I will treasure for a lifetime,” Smith commented.

Corcoran High School senior Amanda Curtis received the Darrell Frey Scholarship in the amount of $500 for being selected as Jr. Citizen of the Year by the chamber.

Amanda’s activities start with Corcoran 4-H including her Emerald Star Project, being County Ambassador and an All-Star while holding offices of President, All-Star, Vice President, Teen Leader. Curtis is also involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Young Women’s Organization, holding office of Class President; Corcoran High School Yearbook-Editor; Big Brothers/Big Sisters-Big Sister, and was the 100th Corcoran Christmas Tree Committee Queen.

She has volunteered for the Corcoran Cotton Festival, Farmers’ Market, Christmas Tree Committee and Corcoran Rotary Club.

CHS Principal Antonia Ramirez said that one of Amanda’s biggest impacts has been on behalf of the students of Corcoran High School as Amanda’s service on the yearbook staff and as editor, she has ensured that the high school has continued to have yearbooks, even with the challenges imposed by the pandemic.

Ramirez also recognized that Amanda did an Emerald Star Project in which she made and collected over 500 pillowcases for foster kids in Corcoran and throughout Kings County.

“She has used her past experience as a foster youth as inspiration to help other youth in Corcoran and beyond. She has served as a County 4-H Ambassador and All Star, been a state medalist in Public Speaking and Fashion Review and in many other ways in and out of 4-H has been an excellent representative of the Corcoran community,” Ramirez said.

In presenting Amanda with the award, Lora Cartwright said Amanda was very deserving of the honor.

“I am fortunate that I have had the opportunity to see her grow and develop into an accomplished young woman over the years. I have been fortunate to have been able to spend a lot of time with Amanda as she attended church activities while growing up.  Not only has she done an amazing job as the Youth Young Women’s President , she attends daily seminary classes for church, Sunday Services and she often plans activities for the other youth to participate in, which they love.  Amanda is always a positive example,” Cartwright added. 

Cartwright also recognized Amanda for being an accomplished seamstress who was a state medalist in the Fashion Revue, as well as Public speaking for Corcoran 4-H.

Not only was Amanda recognized for her accomplishments but for her personality as well.

According to Principal Ramirez, Amanda has been a stand-out student since her first day at CHS. She is one of the most respectful, professional, dedicated, and driven students I have had the pleasure of knowing,” Ramirez commented. “Amanda takes on challenging tasks and endeavors to succeed each time.”

Amanda is the daughter of Melanie and Michael Curtis of Corcoran and she will be attending BYU Idaho in the fall.

The Corcoran District Hospital Board received special recognition from the chamber for their health and wellness contributions to the community. The hospital district has funded special projects such as bringing both an urgent care and physical therapy to Corcoran.

In addition, the board has also completed the following:

–Kings County Fire-Two sets of modern hydraulic extrication tools “e-draulics”.

–Corcoran Community Foundation-public pool repairs.

–City of Corcoran park development-$200,000.

–Corcoran PAL National Night Out-blood mobile.

–City of Corcoran playground physical fitness equipment Orange/Dairy storm basin.

–Kings County Fire Department-Emergency Lucas Compression Units.

–Corcoran Unified School District-CTE Patient Care EMT Pathway.

–Corcoran Police Department-community protection “Stop the Bleed Kits” and posters.

–Chamber of Commerce COVID sanitizing equip/materials for local businesses.

–RAC-free swim lessons program.

–City of Corcoran/ RAC-Splash Pad pavilion.

–CDH-skin protection sunscreen for community.

–CDH-COVID hand sanitizers.

–PAL-bike helmets/car seats.

–Corcoran Police Department-fitness equipment.

–City of Corcoran-pump exercise track at new Gateway park.

–Corcoran Community Foundation Pickleball courts/basketball courts resurfacing and new physical fitness equipment for J.G Boswell Park.

Corcoran Hospital District board members who were recognized by the chamber included Chairman Mike Graville, Steve Brown and Mike Curtis.

(Shown above L. to R.) Chamber President Anita Roby, Corcoran Mayor Pat Nolen, Man of the Year Isaias Ramirez, and representing the office of Congressman David Valadao Clayton Smith.
(Shown above L. to R.) Chamber President Anita Roby, Corcoran Mayor Pat Nolen, Woman of the Year Katlyn Smith, and representing the office of Congressman David Valadao, Clayton Smith.
(L. to R.) Corcoran Mayor Pat Nolen, Jr. Citizen Amanda Curtis, Chamber President Anita Roby and representing the office of Congressman David Valadao, Clayton Smith.

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