A newly created community group called Alameda Bands Together formed in April upon learning about a sudden two-thirds cut to the music program at Encinal High School for the next school year as well as the subsequent reassignment of its long-time music director to Alameda High School (AHS), which, in turn, would displace the AHS music director.
Parents and students from both high schools, as well as from all middle schools with current music programs, rallied immediately to save Encinal’s music program and protect AHS’ Mitchell White from being terminated.
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.
Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Superintendent Sean McPhetridge announced his departure from the school district in February. He announced June 30 as his last day on the job here. On May 15, the Half Moon Bay Review reported that the Cabrillo Unified School District governing board has selected McPhetridge as the district’s next superintendent. He is slated to begin his position there on July 15.
Student poets from Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) and St. Joseph Notre Dame High School were featured together at the Alameda Island Poets reading at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts May 1. ACLC’s Poetry Club “The Mighty Pens” showed off their 2019 collection of poetry, featuring poems from more than 25 students. The enthusiastic crowd was highly impressed by the quality of poetry.