accomplishments

Anand Kannappan, a sophomore attending Dougherty High School in San Ramon, won the silver medal in the 2013 American Legion District 9 Oratorical Contest.

Jackie Simon won of this year's Pleasanton Police Department Professional Staff Member of the Year Award. Simon, the dispatch supervisor, has been a member of the department since 2006.

Officer Keith Batt is this year's Pleasanton Police Department Officer of the Year. Batt began working for the department in April 2001 He is a field training officer, a member of the department's arson investigation team, force options team, a firearms instructor and an armorer.

The winners were recently announced by Pleasanton police Chief Dave Spiller.

Valley Stars is written by Louise Hartman. Contact her at 925-847-2111, by email at vtletters@bayareanewsgroup.com or send a fax to 925-847-2189.