Representatives of Bell and Huntington Park high schools have been honored by the Los Angeles City Board of Education for the selection of their social studies departments as winners of the annual Donald T. Perryman Memorial Fund awards. Bell High representatives were Max Putz, social studies department chairman, and Mary Ann Sesma, principal. From Huntington Park High were Marty Baran, assistant social studies chairman, and Marjorie O'Hanlon, principal. The Perryman fund, named in honor of the late social studies teacher and supervisor, sponsors $500 awards and plaques to recognize outstanding social studies departments in Los Angeles city and county schools.
Mario Magana, operations manager of Ansell Corp. in Montebello, presented a $5,000 check to Gary E. Hammond, manager of the Rio Hondo chapter of the American Red Cross, for Mexican earthquake relief. Ansell is a distributor of rubber gloves and rubber surgical products.
Rio Hondo College sophomore Suzette Jean Sampley has won the Wall Street Journal Award for excellence as a student in business administration. The Whittier resident has been on the dean's list and honor roll in all three of her semesters at the community college, and is a senator for the Associated Student Body and a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma, the academic honor society.
Two members of the Downey YMCA gymnastics and dance troupe received first-place awards in their age group at the I Love Dance competition held in Los Angeles. Timmy Pedigo and Kelley Hansen, both 6, danced jitterbug-style and earned the highest points of all entrants in competition with 260 acts representing 26 dance studios throughout the state.
Downey Municipal Court employees exceeded their goal by raising $2,018 for the Statue of Liberty restoration project. Fund drive leaders were Cynthia Loya, Sunda McIver, Antoinette Jewell, Cheryl Brady and Tammy Epps.
Gregory Fosmire, 18, a senior at La Mirada High School, was named a winner of the 1985 National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award.
Fosmire was nominated by his English teacher, Eleanor Jackson, in January. Each nominee submitted a sample of his best writing and an impromptu essay. The writing award, which has been conducted by the council since 1958, is given to outstanding high school seniors, who are then recommended by the council to college and universities for admission and scholarship aid. He was one of 88 students in California to win the award.
William Vasquez of Orange, replaced Curly Critzer as Bell's parks and recreation director as of Monday.
Critzer, who worked for Orange for 17 years, the last six as director, retired Friday at age 65. The Bell resident will pursue various hobbies, such as gardening, golfing and raising koi and exotic birds.
Vasquez has been working with Critzer on special projects since Nov. 18. He previously worked in recreation in Anaheim, Palm Springs and Alhambra.
David G. Zanatta, 31, has been appointed director of public affairs at the Port of Long Beach.
Zanatta was a public relations consultant to maritime and computer companies in northern Florida and southern Georgia before being named last month to his $47,000-a-year post in Long Beach.
Zanatta has worked for the port and airport authority in Jacksonville, Fla., where he established a public relations department.
Ten-year-old Ted Bair of Bret Harte Elementary School in Long Beach has been named the winner of the Hyatt Regency Long Beach's 1985 Christmas card design contest. Ted's "Season's Greetings" design will be the official Christmas-card cover design for the hotel, which participates in the Long Beach Unified School District's Adopt-a-School Program.