The holiday season brings out the giving in everyone. Here in the Island City, there has been no shortage of generous giving happening within the community this year.
County Supervisor Helps Out Locally
As reported last week, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan’s office made a large contribution to Alameda-based Alameda Meals on Wheels (above left).
Chan (center, holding check) presented a donation of $17,000 from her office budget to representatives of the Meals on Wheels board of directors, volunteers and staff last Thursday.
The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) women’s cross country team won the North Coast Section (NCS) Div. V title for the second year in a row last Saturday, Nov. 19, at Hayward High.
St. Joseph Notre Dame
The Pilots were paced by senior Kiera Marshall who finished first in the individual race out of 166 participants. Marshall completed the three-mile course at Hayward High in 17:08.40. Marshall had the third fastest time out of the 603 female participants who competed in the five division meets.
All six Alameda high school basketball teams are competing in the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs in their respective divisions.
The Alameda men’s team (11-18) has been slotted in the 11th seed — out of 15 teams — in the Div. II playoffs. They faced six-seed Las Lomas of Walnut Creek on Feb. 23. The winner plays the winner of El Cerrito and Acalanes of Lafayette tomorrow.
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 Police Department (APD) reported that shortly before 9 a.m., Tuesday, its officers and Alameda Fire Department (AFD) paramedics responded to the report of a gas leak in a science classroom at Encinal High School. Leaking gas led to the evacuation of 12 students. APD stated that AFD paramedics transported three of the students to a local hospital for observation. School authorities sent five of the students home to their parents.
Three Encinal High student-athletes and one from Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) committed to their future college destinations last week on the Encinal High campus.
Current seniors Melissa Ma — she attends ASTI, but is a member of the Encinal women’s soccer team — Alexandra (‘Alex’) and Cecilia (‘CeCe’) Sifuentes and Dylan Tongilson all committed to college programs within the last two weeks.