Stella Abraha

Nia Aikens

Andrew Martin Ross Mercado Arriola

Vanessa Arroyo

Sammy Mohammed Bagadi

Clarissa Monique Barragán

Diana Michelle Barrera

Dominique Raine Barrs

Cedrick Becerra

George James Benjamin III

Cesar A Bezada

Brandon Dee Byrd

Monique Francine Cabrera

Jo Ann Lastimosa Catungal

Zari Collins

DaMariya Shawndell Compton

James Bernard Domingue

Allison Michelle Donovan

Nathan Falealili

Daniel Allessandro Gines Rivera

Miguel Gomez

Island High School English teacher John Nolan teaches poetry to his students.

Island High School holds a poetry slam in the fall that fills the multipurpose room and offers individuals the chance to share deeply personal work in front of the entire school. Not every student makes it to the stage, but those who do are amply rewarded.

A unique charter school for students who have previously dropped out of high school called Civicorps is open to Alameda residents ages 18 to 26. Young people come to Civicorps to earn their high school diplomas while engaging in paid job training on environmental mitigation projects throughout the East Bay. While working and earning their diplomas students are paid the new Oakland minimum wage of $12.25 an hour.

The annual music festival for Otis Elementary School will be live-streamed this Saturday, Feb. 28. The Owlpalooza is a product of the Otis PTA and features bands: Maddy’s Fiddle Madness, Paisley Rose, The Up and Down, Ukemamas, The Saloons and the Jitters. The event is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. with live streaming available at