A senior from Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND) will have his photograph grace the halls of Congress. Each spring, the Alexandria, Va.-based non-profit Congressional Institute sponsors “Congressional Arts Competition, An Artistic Discovery,” a nationwide high-school visual-art competition. The institute works with Congress to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district. 

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda recently honored eight Alameda eighth graders at the club’s annual Hope of America luncheon.

This award recognizes eighth-grade students who demonstrate leadership, ethical and moral character and academic competency. Kiwanis asked teachers to nominate students.

Members of the Kiwanis Club joined Mayor Marie Gilmore and School Board Vice-president Trish Herrera Spencer in choosing the award winners.

Gilmore presented the students with city certificates, and Kiwanis President Jim Franz, gave each student a commemorative plaque.

Alameda Community Learning Center’s (ACLC) engineering design and graphics students Winnie Zhou, Megan Lam, Sandy Evsanaa, Henry Zhu and Zobeir Hamid took home the first-place prize for their bridge design in the Engineering Alliance for the Arts (EAA) competition held on April 26 in San Francisco. 

The winning entry, “Soaring High,” is a cable-stayed bridge with counter-balanced support towers and an S-curved deck. The judges praised the project for its simple elegance, strength and beautiful design.

Just 184 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities qualify for the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. The publicly owned Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) earned the highest honor a Platinum Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) can receive for providing customers with secure power service.