Eden Area Regional Occupational Program took top honors in every category they competed in at a Northern California regional conference last weekend.

"The kids did very well," said Craig Lang, Eden Area ROP director.

Eden Area ROP, a Hayward-based job skills program, swept three categories, taking first, second and third place in crime scene investigation, automotive refinishing and collision repair.

The competition, SkillsUSA regional conference, drew 194 students from throughout Northern California to Eden Area ROP, which hosted the event, Lang said.

Winners from Eden Area ROP included:

Crime scene investigation, high school: 1. Chelsea Hudson, Zach Bolar and Paola Lechuga. 2. Rachel Abreu, Briana Camara and Kenia Cisneros. 3. Jashanpreet Singh, Jose Anleu and Robert Frias.

Automotive refinishing technology, high school: 1. Jonathan Perez. 2. Derrick Deo. 3. Santiago Reyes.

Collision repair technology, high school: 1. Devin Taylor. 2. Angelica Tingle. 3. Krystopher Heredia.

Introductory automotive service technology B, high school: 1. Victor Soto, Sheen Aleria, Frankie Mele, Christian Ontiveros.

Criminal justice, high school: 1. Cameron Howard.

Winners will compete at a state gathering in San Diego in April. Eden Area ROP's criminal forensics department has won at the state competition the past three years, advancing to the national competition in Kansas City, Mo.

Eden Area ROP is a joint venture of San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley and Hayward school districts that teaches job skills to more than 1,000 students.

Castro Valley High School to present sign language musical performance

A student-produced musical, "Bella and the Beasts," will open Feb. 7, the sixth year that students have produced a show performed entirely in American Sign Language.

For the first time, the Castro Valley High School ASL program students will perform without their teacher, T.J. Ovida de Julia, who is battling cancer. The teacher, and her daughter, Lavender-Cygnet S. de Julia, wrote the play and, in the teacher's absence, students have built sets, translated song lyrics and choreographed dances.

The musical will be performed in sign language and be voice-interpreted by students for a hearing audience

The shows are intended to educate the community about American Sign Language and deaf culture.

The proceeds from the play help fund students' trips to Cal State Northridge's Deaf Studies program, Deaf West Theater and to Disneyland for its annual Deaf Awareness Day.

"Bella and the Beasts" will be presented at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7, and Feb. 8, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 9., at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501 Redwood Road. Tickets, which range from $5 to $15, are available at the show.

Private schools in Fremont, Hayward to hold open houses

Two schools, Prince of Peace Lutheran School, a private Christian elementary school in Fremont, and Lea's Christian School in Hayward are holding information open houses this month.

Prince of Peace Lutheran School will hold two sessions: from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The school has an enrollment of 380 students in preschool through eighth grade. The campus is at 38451 Fremont Blvd., directly across the street from Washington High School. For more information, call the school 510-797-8186, ext. 226

Lee's Christian School will have an open house for preschool through fourth grade and a kindergarten¿ information meeting at 1 p.m. on Feb. 9.

The school is located at 26236 Adrian Ave., Hayward. For more information, call 510-785-0334 or go to http:/leaschristianschool.org

Fremont school resource officers, former board member to be honored

A community group that works to benefit city schools will hold its annual fundraiser Feb. 22 when it recognizes people who have contributed to Fremont schools.

This year, the Fremont Education Foundation will be honoring school district school resource officers and Nina Moore, a former school board member.

The fundraiser will be held from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley, at 46100 Landing Parkway.

For information about fundraiser tickets and about the foundation, visit www.fremont-education.org.

Homeroom is a weekly roundup of news from schools in greater Hayward and the Tri-City areas.