Kiwanis Honors Students

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The Kiwanis Club of Alameda recently honored eight Alameda eighth graders at the club’s annual Hope of America luncheon.

This award recognizes eighth-grade students who demonstrate leadership, ethical and moral character and academic competency. Kiwanis asked teachers to nominate students.

Members of the Kiwanis Club joined Mayor Marie Gilmore and School Board Vice-president Trish Herrera Spencer in choosing the award winners.

Gilmore presented the students with city certificates, and Kiwanis President Jim Franz, gave each student a commemorative plaque.

This year’s Hope of Amerca award-winning students and the schools that they attend are: front row, left to right: Amanda Gorham Kelly (Wood Middle School); Isabel Luna (St. Philip Neri); Esther Alice Solomon (Alameda Community Learning Center); Ada Barreto (Academy of Alameda); back row, left to right: Phuoc "Lucky" Nguyen (Wood Middle School); Gabriella Gustafsson (Encinal Junior Jets); Mary Malkic (Lincoln Middle School); and Christina Pirrotta (St. Joseph Elementary School).