accomplishments

Eagle Scout Awarded. Sumner Houston, of San Ramon, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 84. For his Eagle community service project, Houston collected comfort items for the armed forces via the Blue Star Mom, Danville Chapter. He is the son of Ingeborg and Guy Houston, of San Ramon.

academics

Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., 2013 local graduates: From Alamo, Lyndsay N. Herman, Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Sciences, Danville: Talia C. Clayton, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science; Katherine J. Gallagher, Master of Science, Botany and Plant Pathology; Elizabeth C. Gordon, Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Sciences, Dublin: Jonathan J. Weston, Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies, Livermore: Lehnora F. Whirry, Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Sciences, Pleasanton: Jade Montgomery, Honors Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, Bioengineering, San Ramon: Jessica M. Nolen-Morse, Master of Science, Human Development and Family Studies.

Alamo Student Receives Honors. John Redd, Class of 2013, of Alamo, received honors for the winter 2013 term at Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, Mass. To be named to the honor roll, a student must earn a GPA of 3.3-3.6.

Street Smarts "Be Reel" 2012-2013 Video Contest first place winner were Sabrina Sorokorensky, Olivia Coons, Kathy Shi, and Brianna Lopez, Charlotte Wood Middle School, video "This Is How You Cross the Street" and Ryan Wong, Andy Wang, and Thinh Nguyen, Pine Valley, video "Helmet Safety" were second place winners. Simi finalist were: Luisa Taverna, Chloe Roesslein, and Sara Dada, Gale Ranch, Middle School, video "What Is Wrong with This Scene?"; Kaanan Goradia and Sarah Khaskel, Pine Valley Middle School, video "Eggcellent Advice"; Colin Hsiao, Jalen Sablan, and Joshua Kuligowski, Gale Ranch, video The "Bad Example" of Street Smarts; Eric Zhao and Vivek Jasty, Gale Ranch, video "Always Wear Your Helmet"; Ariel Chow, Iron Horse Middle School, "Safety Is Never Stupid"; Ryu Brian Nakajima, Iron Horse, video "Why Your Helmet Is Important"; Jacqueline Garcia, Iron Horse, video "Mentoring Young Children"; Christian Farradj and Matt Bennett, Los Cerros Middle School, video "Street Smarts: CMN News"; Amir Udler and Brandon Victoriano, Pine Valley, video "BABC: Bay Area Broadcasting Corporation"; Erik, Alex, and Jerry Carlson, Pine Valley, video "Traffic Safety: Crossing the Street"; Ria Arora, Luvena Huo, Anny Yang, and Karen Liu, Windemere Ranch Middle School, video "Make the Right Choice!"; Vlad Trukhin, Iron Horse, "How to Cross the Street".

Foothill High School seniors Griffith Gates and Grayson Poe (Tri-Valley ROP Auto Specialist students) took fourth place at the annual Northern California Section, AAA/Ford Student Auto Skills Competition held on May 3 at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville.

Out of 630 students, Gates and Poe qualified for this event by scoring in the top 10 on a test administered by AAA and The California Department of Education. Gates and Poe took part in a head-to-head, "hands on" competition working on a brand new, 2013 Ford Focus to repair ten different "bugs" that were rigged identically in each of competitor's cars. Although Team Tri-Valley ROP identified and cleared eight out of 10 problems with one demerit, they ran out of time trying for perfection (90 minute time limit). The winning team (Alhambra High School) cleared seven "bugs" with two demerits, but they drove to the final inspection area within the allotted time.

military

Army Spec. Eric P. Hom has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Hom is the son of Evelyn Hom, of Danville, and a 2006 graduate of San Ramon Valley High School, Danville. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2010 from San Jose State University.

Air Force Airman Jonathan R. Pangilinan graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Pangilinan is the nephew of Patricia Mardo, of Danville, and a 2012 graduate of California High School in San Ramon.

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.