Friday Mar 11 2011 comments Veterans honor locals at annual awards By: By Michelle Carl Press Tribune Editor -A +A VFW Post 1487 Awards Chairman Charlie Peterson presents the Emergency Medical Technician of the Year award to Zach Ford. Ford obtained certification to become a pediatric advance life support instructor so he can train other paramedics internally and save the city money. Woodcreek High School senior Courtney Force reads her essay that won one of the VFW Post 1487?s Voice of Democracy awards. She plans to attend either San Diego State University or UCLA next year. VFW Post 1487 Awards Chairman Charlie Peterson presents a Voice of Democracy award to Woodcreek High School senior Courtney Force. VFW Post 1487 Awards Chairman Charlie Peterson presents a Voice of Democracy award to Rocklin High School senior Ariana Wong. Her essay envisions future technological advances that could be invented by her generation. Rocklin High School language arts teacher Tim Hurrianko, second from left, accepts the Teacher?s Award given by the VFW Post 1487. From left are Rocklin High School Principal Michael Garrison, Hurrianko, student Ariana Wong, and VFW Awards Chairman Charlie Peterson. Hurrianko attended Thursday?s awards dinner to support his student Ariana Wong, who won a Voice of Democracy essay award that night, and was surprised with the Teacher's Award. VFW Post 1487 Awards Chairman Charlie Peterson presents the Boy Scout of the Year Award to Meritt Thomas. The 19-year-old scout with Granite Bay Troop 121 has amassed 44 merit badges (only 21 are needed to reach Eagle Scout). His Eagle Scout project was to do landscaping and stone laying work at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Granite Bay. VFW Post 1487 Awards Chairman Charlie Peterson presents a Voice of Democracy award to Sarah Overland of Victory Christian High School. VFW Post 1487 Awards Chairman Charlie Peterson presents a Voice of Democracy award to Hope Gregory of Victory Christian High School. State Adjutant/Quartermaster with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jim Rowoldt, right, presents he Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award for the state of California to Roseville Police Officer Chris Nowicki. Winners from VFW Post 1487?s awards ceremony and dinner Thursday, March 10. From left, Tim Hurrianko, Zach Ford, Meritt Thomas, Hope Gregory, Ariana Wong, Chris Nowicki, Sarah Overland, Courtney Force and VFW Post 1487 Commander Dave Ramsey.