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On May 15, outstanding Alameda eighth-graders from seven local schools received Hope of America awards from the Alameda Kiwanis Club. The students were nominated by their teachers and selected by Kiwanis for exceptional leadership, community spirit, character, academics and inspiration to their peers. From left to right, they are: Abhinav Peddada, Academy of Alameda; Nairobi Taylor, Academy of Alameda; Matthew Hildreth, Lincoln Middle School; Chelsea Wee, Wood Middle School; Jaden Smith, Bay Farm School; Mia Furuichi Fong, Encinal Junior High School; Mia Holley, St.

Vicki Vien, a senior at the Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), has been named as the 32nd annual winner of the $5,000 Ken and Shirley Van Sickle Scholarship. Vien is a top student at ASTI and has earned her high school diploma from ASTI as well as two Associate of Arts degrees from the College of Alameda. She is president of several school clubs and participates in many other school and community activities. Vicki plans to attend California State University at Stanislaus this fall and has interests in both law and medicine.

Members hand out tens of thousands to worthy students

The Wa Sung Community Service Club held its 63rd annual Merit Awards Banquet May 9 at Pier 29 Restaurant. The event ties into the club’s mission to promote community and educational services. The banquet is made possible through the efforts of the Merit Awards committee, perpetual scholarship donors, individual donors, the guest speaker, presenters and junior league and club members.

Wa Sung awarded 14 scholarships totaling $22,000 to well-deserving high-school graduates.

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships to six high school seniors at a dinner ceremony on May 1. The students chosen excelled in academics, community service and leadership. Above, surrounded by Kiwanians, the selected students hold certificates, left to right: Melanie Yip (Key Club Scholarship), Maryam Bahgat (Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship), Annina Jordan (Herb & Jeanne Justin Scholarship), Samantha Kim (John Hanson Scholarship) and Miles Abadia (Martin & Lucille Stohr Scholarship).

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