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  • Honoring the Service of Nicole A. Villaruz

    by Representative Jim Costa

    Posted on 2013-02-15

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    COSTA of california in the house of representatives Friday, February 15, 2013 Mr. COSTA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Nicole A. Villaruz, who has served as a valued member of my staff for the past eight years. Nicole joined my staff during my first term in Congress and has since become my District Director. This month, Nicole will be leaving my staff to work for California State Senator Michael Rubio in Bakersfield, California. Nicole's years of service to the people of Central California in the 16th and 20th Congressional Districts, spanning from Kern County to Merced County, deserve to be commended. Her character truly exemplifies the spirit of the San Joaquin Valley. Her strong work ethic, coupled with her positive attitude and zest for life make her true champion for the people of Central California. It is only fitting and proper that she be recognized by my colleagues in Congress.

    Nicole has a long history of community service and involvement. While attending Delano High School in Delano, California, Nicole was a member of the Key Club, the National Honor Society, and was a lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation. Along with her academic pursuits, Nicole was also a member of the ASB Senate and was head cheerleader during her senior year. In 1996, Nicole was named Delano's Junior Miss for the Class of 1997. She went on to California's Junior Miss, where she received top ten honors. In 1997, she earned the Good Citizens Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Clearly, her many endeavors during her teenage years served as an indicator for her commitment to service and leadership.

    Upon graduating from Delano High School in 1997, Nicole attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the largest public university in the UC system, and one of the most prestigious. Nicole was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, where she held a number of leadership positions. She graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science.

    In 2001, Nicole was named Miss Kern County with a platform promoting civic virtue. Shortly thereafter, Nicole joined my staff in Bakersfield, California as a District Representative. Nicole's passion has always been helping others. As a District Representative, Nicole met with a number of constituents and organizations, often recognizing their needs and working hard to resolve their problems--whether it meant cutting through red tape when dealing with federal agencies, or leading constituents to the correct branch of government.

    Nicole became my District Director in 2011 and she relocated to my Fresno district office. Her years of expertise and knowledge were essential in guaranteeing the success of my District offices. Nicole served as a mentor to many members of my staff--her guidance often helping them reach their full potential and ultimately ensured the well-being of our constituents.

    Nicole's work and service has been recognized by many organizations. Most recently, she was honored by the Delano Chamber of Commerce with their Hazel Boone Award for her superior service. She currently volunteers for Distinguished Young Women of California (formerly California's Junior Miss) and serves as a choreographer/dance instructor.

    Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure and pride that I recognize Ms. Villaruz today for her many contributions to my Congressional offices in Fresno and Bakersfield. It has truly been an honor to watch her grow professionally. She is an exceptional leader and will undoubtedly continue to do great things for our Valley.


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