Simpson Hosts Annual All-Star Breakfast to Recognize Local Standout Students

For Immediate Release


Mike Vincelli, Don Ray, and Dr. Larry McKinney with two all-star recipients

REDDING, Calif. – On Tuesday, Simpson University hosted the annual All-Star Breakfast sponsored by the Shasta County School Administrators Association, to recognize Shasta County students.

High school and elementary school principals were asked to choose two students from their school – one male, one female – to be recognized. An all-star student is defined as someone who demonstrates academic success, performs well athletically, serves in their community, overcomes adversity, or shows significant improvement during the school year.

Over 120 students from 46 participating schools were honored at the breakfast and received a certificate of recognition.

Mike Vincelli, president of the Shasta County Schools Administrators Association, said, "A lot of these students don't always get recognized even though they're doing great things. This is a wonderful way to acknowledge their hard work and success."

Local motivational speaker, Mr. Brown, addressed the all-star students and gave a message of hope and encouragement for their future despite difficult choices they may face in life.

Dr. Richard Harris, associate dean of the School of Education, said, "Simpson University is pleased to be able to host the yearly All-Star Breakfast on our campus. It is an event where our nation's future leaders are identified and honored in a way that highlights their accomplishments."

Simpson University has hosted the All-Star Breakfast for the last five years.

Photo: From left to right - Mike Vincelli (president of SCSAA), Derek Ray (All-Star recipient), Don Ray (Principal of North Cottonwood School), Andi Joy Madison (All-Star recipient), Dr. Larry McKinney (Simpson University President).

Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson's recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master's degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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