Two area students were part of a special event at the State Capitol earlier this summer.

Briggitte Bolanos Vieyra of Antioch High and Noah Pena of Brentwood's Heritage High were among the 185 seniors honored during Comcast's Leaders and Achievers scholarship program.

The event was featured elected officials as Comcast handed out $205,000 in scholarships to the elite group. Two of the honored were each surprised with $10,000, while 25 had their names drawn for a netbook computer. The students and their families also received a tour of the Capitol.

The local students each received $1,000 scholarships. Vieyra is heading to UC Irvine, while Pena will attend Azusa Pacific University.

Said Bryan Byrd of Comcast: "The event was great (with) hundreds of students and their families celebrating education."

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, a former Antioch Unified School District instructor, was on hand for the program, which recognizes seniors for their "leadership skills, positive attitude, academic achievement and various community service activities." Since 2001, more than $17 million has aided more than 17,000 students. For more info, visit www.comcast.com/inthecommunity.

HEALTH CHECK: Contra Costa Health Services has partnered with Pittsburg and Antioch unified school districts to bring clinics to several area schools.


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According to the site, the Public Health Clinic "provides school-based medical services to school-age students up to 19 years old. These medical services are provided in a mobile health clinic or one of the satellite school-based health sites."

The goal is to increase access to medical and preventive services to students. Services are wellness check-ups, sports physicals, immunizations, vision and hearing screening, and can include treatment of minor and acute illnesses. To receive this benefit, parents/guardians must meet income qualifications.

In the next few weeks, mobile units will be at: Antioch High and Deer Valley (in Antioch); and Heights Elementary, Marina Vista Elementary, Parkside Elementary, Pittsburg High and Riverside High (in Pittsburg).

Check with these schools for specific dates and times. For more info, visit www.cchealth.org/school-based-clinic.

PRICE UP: The Antioch Unified School District nutrition service department has announced a price increase to its lunches. Fees for a full noon-time meal for 6th- through 12th-grade has gone up a quarter -- from the previous $2.50 to $2.75.

Prices for elementary school lunches have not changed and remain $2.50 for all kindergarten through 5th-grade students.

This change does not affect any students currently receiving benefits for the free and reduced meal program

For more information, call 925-779-7600.

If you have school news to share, contact Trine Gallegos at trineg@att.net. You can also reach Judith Prieve at jprieve@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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