Iraqui native Fudhah Al khafaji celebrated her graduation day at the College of Alameda in a special way. She addressed her fellow graduates, the faculty and staff and families and guests as valedictorian.
Fudhah received her associate of science degree in biology and plans to continue her studies in the fall. She is not yet certain which of the seven schools that have accepted her she will attend. She plans to major in chemical biology or biochemistry.
Gisele Araujo, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Class of 2019, represented the school at the annual EDGE Youth Leadership Conference held May 26 to 28 at the University of California Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Campus.
Over the past 15 years, EDGE has trained and encouraged thousands of young leaders in the region. This year, approximately 160 high school sophomores from all around California attended the three-day conference.
As the school year draws to a close, it’s time to look back at the way Alameda students shined.
Two Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) high schools received medals in the recently releases US News & World Report annual “Best High Schools” report. Alameda High School, ranked #618 in the country and #109 in the state, won a Silver Award. Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), an Early College High School where students take college classes instead of AP classes, won a Bronze Award.
The Alameda Kiwanis Foundation recently awarded scholarships to six high school seniors and eight middle-school students. The foundation bases its scholarship awards on academics, character, community involvement and leadership.
Kiwanis President Denise Gasti presented the Hope of America plaque, Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer gave the students their certificates of achievement. Teachers nominated the Hope of America students and a committee of Kiwanis members chose the recipients.
Alameda Unified School
When I returned from a college trip to Austria in 1974, I got some surprising questions. Several people wanted to know how I’d liked it “down under.” Others asked whether Aussies really eat vegamite sandwiches!
Just in case the last 43 years haven’t put Austria on the American radar, here are a few simple facts: