Pleasanton Weekly

News - January 1, 2010

Of Note

Project for home-bound seniors earns Wheaton Eagle Scout

Scott Lee Wheaton, a 17-year-old senior at Foothill High School, has attained the rank of Eagle Scout the highest rank in Boy Scouts of America.

Wheaton started as a Tiger Cub in Pack 948 at Valley View Elementary School, later joining Troop 943 and Troop 908. He has held leadership positions such as Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.

To achieve Eagle Scout, Wheaton completed a community service project coordinating and implementing an e-waste collection for home-bound senior citizens in Pleasanton. The idea for the project came about a when he noticed televisions discarded into the trash dumpsters at the mobile home park where his grandparents live. He talked to several residents and learned that the seniors could not get their e-waste to the citywide collection days for various reasons such as health issues, lack of transportation and being unable to move the heavy items they had to discard. He contacted Pleasanton Operations Department and received approval to coordinate his collection with the citywide drop off days. More than 300 items were collected.

Pleasanton woman receives American Cancer Society award

Helen Mendel, CMD, a longtime volunteer with the American Cancer Society, serving as chairman of the board of the California division in 1997-1998, president of the All Pro Promotions Company, and marketing and special events consultant to many successful Bay Area corporations and nonprofits, has been awarded the Capitol Dome Award on behalf of the American Cancer Society.

The society established the award in 1994, which is given annually to one volunteer in each division who has on a long-term basis engaged in the American Cancer Society's legislative advocacy efforts, playing a leadership role recruiting, training, and motivating others.

Mendel, who lives in Pleasanton, has influenced legislators, and she played a leading role in safeguarding Proposition 99 tobacco tax funds, defending the Smoke-Free Workplace law, passing the Proposition 10 tobacco tax increase, recognizing supportive legislators and raising money for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society.

8th grader nabs 1st place in piano competition

Nisha Kale, an eighth grader at Pleasanton Middle School, took first place in the California Music Teachers Association Sonata Competition held in Orinda in November. Kale played the second movement of Ravel's Sonatine, written in 1905. She competed in the preliminary round against 22 other pianists at level eight and was one of five finalists selected to perform before a panel of three judges. Last year, she had placed third at level six in the sonata competition playing Haydn. She has been playing since age 6 and also enjoys reading, writing and basketball. She also plays in the symphonic band at PMS.

Kim and Shin win competition for Young Musicians

The Livermore-Amador Symphony recently held its 37th annual Competition for Young Musicians and named Curtis Kim and Frank Shin its winners. The winners will perform as soloists with the symphony at its Feb. 13 concert.

Curtis, son of Andrew and Jenny Kim, is a student at Foothill High School and performed the first movement of Concerto No. 1 in B minor by Dvorak.

Frank, son of Chang and Hyo Shin, is also a student at Foothill and performed the third movement of Weber's Concerto No. 2.

Pleasanton represented in Miss California top 15 Sonia Talati, Miss Pleasanton USA, recently made it to the top 15 at the Miss California USA 2010 pageant. A panel of judges selected these girls from 136 contenders based on poise, personality, confidence and character. This was the first time in years Miss California USA 2010 was televised. Talati said she was "ecstatic to represent the city where her mind grew, the community spirit ran strong, and home is forever." The 21-year-old is a communications and economics graduate from UCLA. She is currently pursuing a career in broadcast television.

The weekend was jam-packed with rehearsals, preliminary competition events and preparation for the final day. The contestants competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. The difference in this year's pageant was the focus on individuality. Talati said she strongly believes that "pageants are an opportunity to answer the question 'Who do you want to be?' and then strive to become that person. It takes true dedication."

Lee named Math for America San Diego fellow

Eunice Lee, a 2004 graduate of Amador Valley High School, was recently selected as a 2009 Math for America San Diego Fellow, according to Barbara Edwards, executive director of Math for America San Diego. Now in its second year, MfA SD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to significantly improving mathematics education in San Diego County public secondary schools by providing significant financial support and encouragement to new exemplary mathematics teachers.

Lee graduated with a bachelor's degree in statistics and bachelor's in economics in 2008 from UC Davis.

Lee is currently pursuing her Single Subject Math teaching credential and Masters in Education at the University of California, San Diego. Upon completion, Lee will receive placement assistance from one of MfA SD's partner school districts to begin her mathematics teaching career in a local area high need high school.


Posted by Danny Lee, a resident of Amador Estates
on Dec 31, 2009 at 8:12 pm


Posted by Sarah Lee, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 31, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Congrats Eunice!!

Posted by Brandon Hoya, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Dec 31, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Eunice was in my class in high school! Wow, good for her! Way to make Amador Valley High School and the Pleasanton community proud!

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