The P.E.O. International STAR scholarship was given to Ada Barreto, a graduating senior at Encinal High School, May 24 at the annual Encinal High School senior awards assembly by P.E.O. chapter president, Elizabeth Madaras. At right, Barreto appears with school superintendent, Sean McPhetridge. P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization whose women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.

The Alameda Chinese Club recently awarded three $500 scholarships to: William Liu and Vera Wong of Encinal High School and Joey Lu of Alameda High School. Liu will be attending Boston University, Wong, UC Davis, and Lu, UCLA. Attending the dinner and scholarship presentation were Gray Harris, president, (far left) and Gary Lym, trustee (far right) Board of Education, Alameda Unified School District.

Ten students from Alameda middle schools were honored by the Kiwanis Club of Alameda during the 23rd annual Hope of America Awards luncheon. Teachers nominated the students in the areas of community service, academics and leadership. 

Students received their awards during a luncheon attended by Mayor Trish Spencer and Alameda Unified School District Superintendent Sean McPhetridge, family members and members of the Kiwanis Club. 


A junior at Alameda High School, Ashley Chu launched Bit by Bit, originally a monthly workshop series that grew into a two-week camp called She STEMs which is open to 20 middle-school girls. 

The camp will teach girls how to code from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harbor Bay Community Center, 3195 Mecartney Road. The camp costs $50 for the two weeks and five or more scholarships will be offered to students who need financial assistance.

An artist living in Alameda for 15 years, Vicki Newcomer’s determination and resilience to achieve a lifetime goal came to fruition on Friday, May 25, when she graduated from Laney College. She raised her family and studied art for her own pleasure and development. 

“After many years of challenging herself to grow as an artist and student, she has finally received a diploma in ceramics,” stated her daughter Jennifer Gilbertson.