Rep. Paul Cook Honors Women from the Eighth District 


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley) – Rep. Paul Cook (R–Apple Valley) hosted the second annual Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony  on October 24, 2014 honoring women of the 8th Congressional District for their outstanding entrepreneurship, leadership, and integrity.

The event was held at the Apple Valley Town Hall Conference Center and featured honorees from communities throughout the district. These women were selected because they have answered the call to serve other in their own communities. The work of this year’s honorees have benefited thousands of women, children, and at-risk residents including those who are low income. Over 100 people attended the event which also included a performance by the Granite Hills High School Orchestra.

At the event, Rep. Cook honored Brooklyn Hendrickson as the 2014 Young Woman of Distinction. Brooklyn has attained the rank of Lance Corporal in the Excelsior High Desert Young Marines. For college, Brooklyn will be applying for an appointment to attend the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation, Brooklyn intends to serve in the US Marine Corps as a commissioned officer. In addition to her military pursuits, Brooklyn has served her local community through her volunteer efforts at Calvary Chapel High Desert, which includes performing with the worship team and assisting in Sunday school classrooms. After school, Brooklyn has joined as an intern for Rep. Cook in his Apple Valley District Office where she performs a variety of duties including constituent outreach and social media updates. 

Cook said, “I’m humbled by the opportunity to honor so many accomplished women. Each of the honorees has made significant contributions to their communities. This event was a great way to honor their unique and important accomplishments. These talented women are very deserving of this recognition, and I’m glad I was able to show my gratitude toward them.” 

The following women were honored:  

Barbara Betterly of Apple Valley,
Brooklyn Hendrickson of Hesperia, 
Cathey Blau of Twentynine Palms,
Lisa Lawrence of Apple Valley, 
Kendra Graham of Apple Valley, 
Irma Aguilar of Hesperia,
Zayra Hall of Apple Valley,
Veronica Trujillo of Hesperia,
Marcella Taylor of Apple Valley, 
Melanie Ajanwachuku of Apple Valley, 
Georgia Shirey of Apple Valley, 
Sue Tsuda of Yucca Valley,
Debra Williams of Hesperia,
Donna Munoz of Morongo Valley,
Susanna Barnett of Victorville,
Elaine Bowden of Twentynine Palms, 
Elizabeth Kirkland of Yucca Valley,
April Saul of Yucca Valley,
Laura Villa of Adelanto,
Marilea Reese of Victorville,
Lana Tomlin of Victorville,
Patricia Trask of Yucaipa, and
Cindy Daniel of Yucaipa.

A member of the House Veterans’ Affairs, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

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