FORMER SONGLEADER CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLEMENT.
That’s right people, I personally know not one but two women who have been convicted of embezzlement in Merced County. They were both Songleaders at Atwater High School the same time I was.
The latest is Kim Sziraki (nee Walker), who embezzled $832,000 from a local nut processing plant. The ironic part? Her Sheriff husband heads up the local STAR team (think SWAT for Sheriffs.)
Here she is back in high school. Doesn’t she look sweet?
Don’t let that sweet smile fool you. That bitch was evil. I was napping on the bus on the way home from a competition once and she thought it would be funny to pour the dusty contents of a Pixie Stick in my ear as I lay there on my side.
IN MY EAR. She and Charlotte Martin thought it was hilarious. Mrs. Dallas, the Cheer advisor, didn’t do a thing in punishment other than make her sit somewhere else for the rest of the trip home while I tried to get the Pixie dust out of my ear canal.
Here is the former 1980-81 Songleader now:
What a difference 26 years makes.
The other embezzlista I know is Terry Laudate (nee Brady) who stole money and clothing from a local boutique a few years back. She claimed it was all a big misunderstanding when she was busted. She served her jail time and now works at a local mattress store.
Terry graduated in 1980 and was one of the most popular girls at school. Back then, it was the fashion to wear your mascara thick and clumpy like hairy spider legs and Tammy Faye Bakker.
At cheerleading camp, the rest of us spent most of our free time plotting to get a photo of Terry Brady and Toni Mancebo without makeup.
Never happened. They slept in their makeup to make it so.
What is it that gives some people a sense of entitlement? Why did these women not outgrow the childish behavior of wanting what they want and wanting it NOW like the rest of us did?
Of course, I do still have that attitude, quite often actually, but I don’t act on it. At least not with other people’s money. I spend my own money and get into my own debt and work my own butt off to pay for it all.
I don’t get the embezzlement thing. It makes me feel icky just thinking about it.
There have been a lot of cheer- and songleaders at Atwater High School, most of which go on to lead normal, productive lives.
Please don’t hold these two morons against us.