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Alameda Resident Abigail Leong, has been awarded a President’s Scholarship worth $25,000 a year — along with the opportunity to earn even more from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, Wash. Leong was chosen from among the 500 incoming first-year students who apply for the scholarships each year.

PLU offers merit scholarships to recognize academic achievement, leadership and service. The President’s Scholarships are renewable for three additional years of undergraduate study.  

Players from the Oakland Raiders and representatives from the National Football League (NFL) visited Maya Lin School on Tuesday to reward students there for winning the Super Bowl Play 60 Challenge, a fitness program developed by the NFL and the American Heart Association.  

May Lin fifth-graders completed more minutes than 12,000 other students who participated in the program in seven Bay Area counties. The Maya Lin students also showed the most enthusiasm, an NFL source said.

Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond in and out of the classroom? Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is now accepting nominations for its Teacher of the Year program. Designed to honor and recognize excellent teachers in AUSD, the Teacher of the Year award has in past years gone to a wide range of teachers. These include:   

Pen patriotic poetry for parade 40th

The Fourth of July Parade in 2016 will be the 40th anniversary of the annual event, and organizers want to celebrate by involving kids in the festivities. Students who live or attend school in Alameda are eligible to participate in a youth art and poetry contest to celebrate America’s independence with the theme, “America: Let Freedom Ring.”

On Friday, Falcon’s Court, a non-profit educational organization that presents living history programs at schools throughout California, brought the Renaissance to Wood Middle School to show the seventh graders what life was like in Western Europe from the 14th to the 17th centuries.  Students spent the morning meeting falconers, a minstrel, a country dance fiddler and a master swordsman. 

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