Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 20, 2009

Of Note

Teen attends Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference Ashley Rodondi, a junior at Amador Valley High School, attended the presidential inauguration as a member of the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference (PYIC).

Rodondi was invited to participate in the five-day program, which focused on the study of the electoral process and various activities associated with the presidential inauguration. During her weeklong visit, she attended lectures from keynote speakers such as Former Secretary of State and Founder of America's Promise Alliance, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.); former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Al Gore; Nobel Peace Prize winner and Human Rights Activist, Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize Winner, assistant to President Lyndon Johnson and author of the recently released "Team of Rivals;" and special correspondent to the National Geographic, Lisa Ling.

In addition to attending the inauguration and viewing the inauguration parade, the week concluded with a private black tie gala held for the PYIC at the Air and Space Museum, featuring the group Daughtry.

Foothill student named Intel semifinalist

Jenny Mei, a senior at Foothill High School, was recently surprised by the Intel Corporation's "prize patrol" when she was announced a semifinalist in the annual Intel Science Talent Search contest.

The contest drew 1,608 contestants from 176 high schools in 36 states who are vying for prizes of up to $100,000. Mei is one of 16 high school seniors in the Bay Area to be a semifinalist and earn a $1,000 scholarship. Foothill will also receive $1,000 for having a semifinalist student. Forty finalists were named Jan. 28 and received an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. in March to compete for more than $500,000.

A haircut for a good cause

While growing out hair to donate has become popular with the ladies, Pleasanton student Max Miller decided to take on the challenge. It took two years for his hair to reach just past his shoulders, making him well known around town for his "signature look."

He gave the hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which provides free wigs for women who have lost their hair because of cancer treatments. It was cut by Janet Catalano, owner of Shear Adventures in Danville, who has cut his hair since he was young.

After getting the cut, Max said he feels lighter and is proud to donate to a worthy cause.


Posted by Max Miller, a resident of Donlon Elementary School
on Mar 13, 2009 at 2:08 pm

"Of Note Editor"

I just received a copy of your Feb.20,2009 edition. I want to thank you for the very nice note about my grandson, Max (pg.7) We are very proud of his donation.
As a former newspaper man with the New York Post (1956-1965) I thought the fact that Max is now only 10-years-old should have been mentioned. At the beginning of his quest, as an eight-year-old, he received a lot of strange looks and kidding from family, friends and strangers but he persevered for the two years.
Great job Max.
Love, Poppa

Posted by Important to know, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 13, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Ashley was nominated by one of her teachers.

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