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Host families are needed in Alameda for 17 more students visiting from Spain this summer. A total of 25 students, ranging in age from 13 to 18, will arrive on Monday, June 30, and depart on Monday, July 28.

They are coming through the EMY organization, located in northern Spain. The students will participate in three excursions each week from historical, cultural and entertainment sites including Alcatraz, I Fly, Great America, an Oakland A’s game and more.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a top- ranked university that students dream of attending. Out of the 18,357 students who applied for admission to the 2014 freshman class, the Institute admitted 1,419 students, pegging the admission rate at 7.7 percent. Julian Mendoza, a senior at Encinal High School, is among that 7.7 percent.

Alameda students in grades nine through 12 who have written speeches with the theme: “Celebrating the Legacy of Nelson Mandela” will receive cash awards for their efforts Saturday, March 22, noon to 2 p.m. at the Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. The city-wide speech contest is held in celebration of the international Season of Non Violence each year. Participating schools select the best speech writers to compete. 
Find out more by writing jfranz@ci.alameda.ca.us.

The League of Women Voters of Alameda are sponsoring an evening with Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board President Margie Sherratt and Superintendent Kirsten Vital. The pair will discuss the achievements and challenges in Alameda’s public schools, from facilities and funding to curriculum and student achievement.

The “land-swap” package deal came before the Alameda City Council on Tuesday after the Alameda Sun went to press. The Sun offers this synopsis of the package that, as of this writing, pundits were predicting that the council would have already passed.

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