Pleasanton Weekly

News - January 8, 2010

Of Note

McCoy-Thompson earns Eagle Scout honors

Matthias McCoy-Thompson, a senior at Amador Valley High School, recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Matthias began as a Cub Scout in 1999 in Pack 934 where his father Steve McCoy-Thompson served as Cub Master. Matthias advanced to the rank of Webelos Scout and earned the Arrow of Light award in 2003. Shortly afterward, he joined Troop 908 and became a Boy Scout.

In addition to earning 21 merit badges and holding various leadership positions on his journey to Eagle Scout, Matthias had the unique experience of serving as senior patrol leader for Boy Scout Troop 60 in while living in Delhi, India from 2005-06. Matthias also canoed over 80 miles during a Boy Scout High Adventure Program in Boundary Waters, Canada.

In affiliation with Operation MOM, Matthias collected more than 50 boxes of sundries to be sent to a U.S. Marine Corps unit stationed in Iraq. In addition to collecting the sundries at local school drives and at Wal-Mart, he raised more than $600 with a car wash to pay for shipping expenses. In return for these efforts, Matthias received a certificate and letter of commendation from Marine Corps Combat Regiment 1 as well as an American flag that was flown over its headquarters in Fallujah, Iraq.

Fredette earns title of professor at Albany State

Pleasanton native Jennifer Fredette is now a professor in the department of political science at The Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany State University in New York. Her research addresses law and society themes such as law and identity, legal consciousness, and legal mobilization, as well as political theory's concerns with justice and democracy.

Fredette studied at Sciences Po-Paris in 2006, and was a visiting research fellow at Sciences Po-Bordeaux in 2008. Her dissertation, entitled "Muslim and French: Plural identity and today's elite republican discourse in France," explores the disconnect between how Muslims and French elites discuss citizenship, identity, and belonging.

Margolin earning honors for community service

Shelby Margolin, a 2009 graduate of Amador Valley High School and daughter of Zack and Robin Margolin, is enrolled at Clark University as a Making a Difference Scholar. She is one of only four entering students to be awarded the special scholarship for outstanding commitment to, and leadership in community service activities.

During high school, she founded and served as president of STAND, an anti-genocide coalition club. She organized conferences and information nights for the community and served as the California High School Outreach Coordinator for STAND in her senior year. In this role she coordinated with 60 schools in the region. Shelby also served as a board member for the Jewish Teen Association and was a council member for the World Affairs Council.

Since arriving at Clark, Margolin has become an active participant in the University's own STAND club, as well as the Jewish student group Hillel, and the Social Action and Tikkun Olam committee. Off campus, she volunteers at Jeremiah's Inn, a homeless shelter for men recovering from substance addiction, by co-leading a 12-step recovery program. She also volunteers at the Inn's food pantry, and is coordinating a school supply drive for the Rainbow Child Development Center.

Foothill junior collecting prom dresses in honor of friend

Mackenzie Huss is collecting prom dresses to give to teens who can't afford one. She's doing it to honor her childhood friend Marissa, a former Pleasanton resident who died unexpectedly last month. It's something Huss, a junior at Foothill, said was near and dear to her friend's heart.

"She was a very giving girl," Huss said. "She had a very big heart."

So, she's named her effort Marissa's Closet. Already, some students at Foothill have said they would like to donate their dresses and she said she plans to meet with staff at needy schools in Hayward and Oakland to coordinate donations. Clothes hangers and clothes racks are also appreciated items. To participate, contact Huss at marissascloset@yahoo.com.

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