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Congresswoman honors Lincoln Middle School students’ efforts 

Congresswoman Barbara Lee honored Alameda middle school for its ongoing contribution to improving the environment. Through the Ocean Guardian program, which is run by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Lincoln Middle School students are replacing invasive plants along the San Leandro Bay shoreline with native ones, as well as picking up trash. 

This Saturday, Feb. 3, marks the fourth year of the Alameda Spelling Bee. The contest to prove the best student speller in town takes place at 9 a.m. at Otis Elementary School, 3010 Fillmore St., and is open to Alameda students in grades 4 through 9.

The top spellers receive trophies courtesy of Alameda Awards & Recognition and sponsorship to county-level competition courtesy of the Alameda Elks Lodge. 

Players from the Oakland Raiders and representatives from the National Football League (NFL) visited Maya Lin School on Tuesday to reward students there for winning the Super Bowl Play 60 Challenge, a fitness program developed by the NFL and the American Heart Association.  

May Lin fifth-graders completed more minutes than 12,000 other students who participated in the program in seven Bay Area counties. The Maya Lin students also showed the most enthusiasm, an NFL source said.

Seven fourth- and fifth-grade students from Amelia Earhart Elementary School placed second among 63 teams in their category at the Destination Imagination Global Finals competition that took place from May 20 to 23. The team is the first ever from Alameda to place in the top three and one of just three California teams to do so in 2015.

The team, DI Express, consisted of Nicole Cramer, Adam Elmansouri, Cooper Gunning, Katy Hosokawa, Devin Kaneshiro, Amanda Lee and Maylee Witte.

John Zugnoni’s letter to the editor (“Allow Oakland Students Here,” June 13) is obviously written from a perspective external to public education in general, and outside of public education in Alameda in particular.

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.

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.