Dedicated neighborhood clubs and organizations are committed to helping students further their educations, and as I mentioned last week, there are so many honors that they could not all be contained in one "super scholastic" column. Here are still more recognitions for deserving middle school, high school, and college students.
Congratulations to all these winners!
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Pleasant Hill-Martinez branch has awarded $1,000 scholarships to Alhambra high school seniors Carielle Spangenberg, attending UC Berkeley; and Samantha Viano, attending Cal Poly. College Park high school winners Madelyn Kring will attend UC Berkeley, and Amelia Lowry is headed to Chico State.
Tech Trek, a program of AAUW California, is a science and math camp at Sonoma State in June aimed to encourage eighth-grade girls to consider careers in science, math, engineering, or technology.
Students chosen for their passion for math and science include Alexis Williams of Martinez Junior High; Kalina Ziegler, Pleasant Hill Middle; Olivia Hunter-McElroy, Sequoia Middle; and Angelica Alberti, Valley View Middle.
The AAUW-Concord branch selected four Pine Hollow Middle School students to attend Tech Trek camp, including Miya Adolphson, Jenna Armstrong, Caitlin O'Toole and Kimi Svoboda, said Lynnet Keihl, publicity coordinator for the branch.
The Concord branch also honored six continuing college scholarship winners in May. All have all been challenged to overcome personal and financial circumstances in order to achieve academic success and are now prepared to move on to four-year universities to pursue their educational goals, according to Lynnet Keihl, publicity spokeswoman.
Diablo Valley College student Katarina Bagharian received the Grace Cross Memorial Scholarship and will attend UC Berkeley to major in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies. She is fluent in five languages and hopes to work with Middle Eastern women.
Kandy Holland, attending Los Medanos College, received the Draemel Family Memorial Scholarship and will attend UC Davis to study chemical engineering. Her focus is on research for greener fuels technology and protection of the environment.
Concord Education Foundation scholarship recipients are Miccelle Hong of DVC; Carmen Harris and Guadalupe Martinez of Los Medanos; and Amanda Baronian of DEV.
Hong will attend UC Berkeley, perhaps to study medicine, and wants to be an advocate for families living in poverty. Harris intends to go to Cal State East Bay and pursue nursing and is interested in being a nurse practitioner or medical doctor. Martinez will study psychology at UC Davis with an interest in a family law degree; and Baronian is a re-entry student planning to study social welfare or sociology at UC Berkeley.
Congratulations to the Pleasant Hill Community Foundation, celebrating 25 years of serving children, seniors and families in our neighborhoods at a celebration to be held at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24, at the Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park, 147 Gregory Lane.
The Pleasant Hill Community Foundation raises funds throughout the year to support programs in their community, including an annual golf tournament -- the Pleasant Hill Allied Waste Golf Classic -- held since 2001 at Contra Costa Country Club to raise funds to support youth programs in Pleasant Hill, as well as the Pleasant Hill Senior Center's Senior Care Management Program in recent years.
More than $100,000 has been raised with the support of many other community organizations, businesses and donors.
The Pleasant Hill Allied Waste Golf Classic is scheduled Oct. 8, at Contra Costa Country Club, 801 Golf Club Road in Pleasant Hill. Sign up your teams early!
Pleasant Hill Foundation Community Grant Award recipients for 2012 include funds for College Park High School for Grad Nite; Pleasant Hill Library for new book collections; Rehabilitation Services for a television for their Alzheimer's Program; Diablo Theatre Company for live musical theater for youth; Pleasant Hill Instructional Garden for weather reporting; Maharlika Cultural Troupe for new instruments; Pleasant Hill Senior Center for its exercise program; Pleasant Hill Middle School for the school newspaper; Project Second Chance for hardware and software updates; and the Monument Crisis Center for its food bank.
Jill Anderson, Community Grant Awards chairwoman, said, "The Pleasant Hill Community Foundation is very thankful to all the people who have generously donated. Their philanthropy has enabled us to provide much needed support to our local community organizations, even more important in these tough economic times."
Kudos to STAND!
STAND! For Families Free of Violence has won the 2012 Excellence in Nonprofit Volunteer Management Award, sponsored by the Volunteer Center of San Francisco and San Mateo to recognize and acknowledge nonprofit organizations that effectively engage volunteers.
At the STAND! volunteer appreciation awards banquet in April, the winner of the 2012 Catalina Torres Award was Tamara Thompson. Tamara goes above and beyond her duties as a crisis line volunteer. She helps the staff with training new volunteers. Recognition was also announced for Karen Gregory, office volunteer; Marisol Martinez, domestic violence advocate; Riz Minon, jack-of-all-trades; and Jenine Spotnitz, promoting gender respect facilitator. Congratulations to all!
The next volunteer training session will be held July 13-31. There is still space, so reserve now by calling Susan Woodhouse at 925-603-0175 or by email at email@example.com. For more information, visit www.standagainstdv.org.
Volunteer Center of the East Bay chairman of the board Robin Raber-Luna has announced the selection of Jo A.S. Loss as executive director.
Raber-Luna says, "We are pleased to welcome Jo as someone who has personally demonstrated her passion and commitment to volunteerism."
Loss is the immediate past president of the California State PTA and has held positions in PTA for more than 20 years. Loss is currently serving her seventeenth year as a trustee on the Castro Valley board of education.
Raber-Luna notes, "The board of the Volunteer Center thanks interim executive director Karla McCormick, the employees and volunteers for stewarding the organization during this transition and keeping the focus on the Center's valuable programs."
Karla will now be sharing her expertise with the Chevron employee volunteer program.
Vets care packages
Chambers of commerce from Walnut Creek, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Greater Concord, Lafayette and the Hispanic chamber are joining for a six-chamber mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Lafayette Events Center (Lafayette Veterans Hall), 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette.
Each chamber will be hosting a food sample table, prepared by a restaurant in their city. Chamber members attending will donate $5 to the Lafayette Veterans Hall to purchase items for care packages that will be sent to the troops.
Raffle tickets will be sold for items donated by chamber members, with the proceeds going to the Care Package Project as well. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to contribute to the raffle.
Help Red Cross
The American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region will be holding volunteer orientations at 3 p.m. June 29; at 10 a.m. July 10; and at 3 p.m. July 13, at the Pleasant Hill Blood Donation Center, 140 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill.
Those interested can tour the center and learn about ways to greet, inform and thank our community's blood donors or post fliers at key locations.
Advanced sign-up is required. Contact Mandy at 510-594-5211 or email@example.com.
Blood supplies are critically low right now. Mobile blood drives open to the public in our neighborhoods can be located by calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visiting redcrossblood.org.
"Good Neighbors" is compiled by Faith Barnidge. Send club and organization news, Scouting items, notices of awards and other submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.