Miramonte is Mock Trial champion

For the second year in a row, Miramonte High School has placed first in the Contra Costa County Office of Education's High School Mock Trial competition.

The team competed against 16 other Contra Costa high schools teams during the four week event. California High School placed second and was followed by Acalanes High School and Monte Vista High School.

The Miramonte team has won 10 championships since 2000. They will represent Contra Costa County at the California State Mock Trial competition March 23-25 in Riverside. The state finalist will then compete in the National Mock Trial Competition May 9-11 in Indiana.

Saint Mary's game day fundraiser

Saint Mary's College Guild will hold a game day and luncheon fundraiser March 19 at the Saint Mary's Soda Center. Play bridge and bunco from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and win table prizes. A buffet luncheon will be served at noon. The cost is $35 per person. Checks can be made payable to Saint Mary's College Guild and sent to Dolores McGonigle, 828 Crossbrook Court, Moraga, 94553 or call 925-376-4339 by March 14.

For information, call Shirley Holloway at 925-376-6588.

Acalanes' 'Sugar' on tap

The curtain raises for Acalanes High School Performing Arts' production of "Sugar," a musical version of "Some Like it Hot, " at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


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The student-run production is a collaboration of the choral, drama and instrumental departments.

The performances will be at the Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center, 1200 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette. Tickets are $14-$16; go to www.ahsperformingarts.org

Schake named to Grinnell's dean's list

Connor Schake of Lafayette has been named to the Grinnell College dean's list for the fall semester 2012.

Schake is one of 355 students honored for outstanding academic achievement by Grinnell College, a liberal arts school in Grinnell, Iowa with about 1,600 students. To make the dean's list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.75 or above.

Schake is the son of Kurt W. Schake of Lafayette.

Writing competition challenges students

The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center in Walnut Creek is holding its 16th annual Art and Writing Challenge. The contest is open to Contra Costa County high school and middle school students. Deadline to submit entries is March 18.

Students can enter any of four categories: essay, creative writing, art (any medium) or video, based on the following:

Mahatma Gandhi said, "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth leaves everyone blind and toothless."

When someone harms us, we often think of revenge. But there is another way. The offender and the victim can come together for reconciliation. The injurer can take responsibility and can, at times, make amends, and the injured and the community can forgive. Could you forgive someone who hurt you or someone close to you? Describe a situation when you forgave or were forgiven.

All entries are evaluated by independent judges. Cash prizes ranging from $50 to $250, depending on grade level and achievement, will be awarded to winners. The awards will be presented at a dinner 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church.

Students are asked to deliver or send their work to the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, or email entries to writingcontest@mtdpc.org.

For information, download the flier at www.creatingpeacefulschools.weebly.com or call Margli Auclair at 925-933-7850.

Send school news to Jennifer Modenessi at jmodenessi@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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