academics

Dean's list award: High Point University, of High Point, N.C., has announced that Matthew Marcon has earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a spot on the dean's list for the fall 2013 semester. He is the son of Michael and Mary Marcon, of Alamo.

accomplishments

Eagle Scout: Thomas Tsunemoto, of Troop 931, received his Eagle Scout award at his court of honor held Oct. 26 at the Livermore Elks Lodge. For his Eagle Scout project, he planned and built three park benches for the children of Croce School Extended School Services Program. The benches let them rest and eat their lunches while outside. He funded the project with donations from the community and supervised a work crew of friends and fellow Scouts. He is the son of Linda Roseman, of Livermore, and a senior at Livermore High School.

Threads of Hope Awards: Winners of the 19th Annual Threads of Hope awards presented Dec. 5 include four individual honorees and four "Cancer Crusaders" -- Lisa Monroe, of Moraga; Bob Hammer, of Danville; Sandra J. Wing, of Pleasanton; and Bonnie Waters, of Walnut Creek. Monroe has volunteered in nearly every possible position at Camp Okizu, a facility that offers respite for children with cancer and their families.

Hammer created the Have a Ball Foundation, raising $50,000 with just his first golf tournament in 2005. A cancer survivor, his fund provides scholarships for nurses and sends kids to camp.

Wing found benefits of acupuncture and meditation in relieving her cancer symptoms in 2006. Her Healing Therapies works in the Tri-Valley, making alternative treatments available for patients and/or specific illnesses not typically covered by insurance.

Waters has helped the Walnut Creek-based Cancer Support Community raise funds to the tune of $500,000 to aid classes and support groups and to provide other resources.

Individual winners are:

Bob Pack, of Danville, who lost his children, Troy, 10 and Alana, 7, when they were struck in 2003 by a car driven by a drunken driver who lost control of her car and struck the children. Pack advocates for laws to eliminate "doctor shopping" (gathering multiple prescriptions to stockpile drugs) and has won legislative victories (SB 1694 and SB 1696 that simplify DUI-to-DMV connections and program completion certifications.

Dave and Lori Sanson's Concord-based De Nova Homes accepted their award recognizing the completion of the first phase of a $12 million Mission Solano housing project for the homeless that HomeAid is building in Fairfield.

Janet Herman, of Alamo, the swim coach of the Del Amigo Pool "Dolphins," won for her work introducing 35 teens to the joys of teaching swimmers with Down syndrome how to cruise to the finish line in. She involved them in the six-week summer training class she leads.

Also honored by the Diablo magazine awards was Lou Bordisso, of Vallejo, a familiar face in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., where he seeks changes in legislation to expedite finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

Valley Stars is written by Louise Hartman. Contact her at 925-847-2111, by email at vtletters@bayareanewsgroup.com