Selected From our community
The Fremont 4th of July Committee selects annually three outstanding individuals or couples to judge entries in the parade for:
Overall Appeal - Overall presentation of the entry. For Marching Bands:
Marchers uniformed in appearance and performance
Overall musical sound, choice of music, marching ability
Creativity / Uniqueness - Creativeness and originality in presentation or performance. Uniqueness of entry
Parade Themes - Best adaptation of the Parade Theme
Patriotic - Showing patriotism in the entry
People's Choice - Crowd response
Judging is subjective and the intent to create great community engagement.
Lianne Woo is a digital marketer at the Public Policy Institute of California, where she leads the CRM strategy to maximize the reach and impact of PPIC’s state research. She is the Rotaract District 5170 Marketing Director and an active member of the Rotaract Club of Greater Fremont. In her free time, Lianne likes to run around Lake Elizabeth and attend trivia meetups.
Jasper Tran is one of the new music teachers in the Dublin Unified School District. He is the first full-time music teacher at DUSD's new K-8, Cottonwood Creek School. Before his time in Dublin, he has taught in the Fremont Unified School District doing numerous assignments. He was the beginning-advanced band director for seven elementary schools, clarinet/saxophone specialist for the Hopkins Jr. High advanced elementary band, American/Mission San Jose/Washington High School attendance area coordinator, and winter drum major instructor for American High. He student taught at Horner Jr. High School under Mr. Paul Lorigan. Jasper was also the elementary band director for the Newark Unified School District. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree with an emphasis in Music Education as well as a California Teaching Credential from San Jose State University.
17-year-old Sameer Jha has been named one of the top 10 trans youth activists of color in America. After being bullied throughout middle school, Sameer founded The Empathy Alliance to make schools safer for LGBTQ+ youth. Sameer educates on LGBTQ+ topics through keynotes, workshops, op-eds, radio shows, panels and events throughout the year and has reached more than one million people across America with his message of love and empathy. He has collaborated on special projects and campaigns with the ACLU, the Anti-Defamation League, the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, GSA Network, The Tyler Clementi Foundation, Trikone, GLSEN, Frameline, and the City of Oakland. As a half-Indian, half-Pakistani queer person, Sameer also does a lot of work to remove the stigma around being an LGBTQ+ youth in South Asian and other immigrant communities. His work has been featured in New York Magazine, NPR, MTV News, Logo NewNowNext, Man Repeller, Youth Radio, Huffington Post, Mashable, Mercury News, Bay Area Reporter, SFGate, and more. In 2017, he was honored to be the Youth Grand Marshal for Oakland Pride, the nation's most diverse pride event with over 50,000 participants. He recently released a new book called "Read This, Save Lives!" to inspire educators to create safer schools for LGBTQ+ youth.