New Directors. Valley Humane Society has announced that Elisabeth Au-Yeung, of Dublin, and Gina Piper, of Pleasanton, have been appointed as members of its board of directors. VHS rescues and rehabilitates companion animals, champions responsible caretaking and shares pets with people in need of comfort.

Competition Winners. Four students are winners in Las Positas College's "Shark Tank," an entrepreneurship competition in the style of the popular ABC television series of the same name. The competition was open to all students in all majors.

The team of Amy Lundeen, of San Ramon, and Jonathan Schannep, of Livermore, won the prize for the "Most Innovative Idea" for "Information Life-Line," a software application that can help save lives in an emergency. The team of Mario Castillo, of Pleasanton, and Keven Hempel, of Livermore, won "Idea Most Likely to Succeed" for "Laundry Buddy," their software application to improve laundry day at a self-service laundry.

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