Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - December 24, 2010

Of Note

Rotary honors Student of Month

Pleasanton Rotary Club recently honored Sarah Williams from Amador Valley High as its Student of the Month. Williams, a recent transfer from Valley Christian, has a 3.60 grade point average and she also started Creative Kindness, which makes blankets for foster care children. She started out with a goal of 100 blankets but has made 6,000. She is also involved in making prosthetic lands for land mine victims, and she thanked local Rotary Clubs for their support.

Talk Hawks come out on top

Las Positas College student Adam Neylan won First Place in Open Programmed Oral Interpretation at a recent forensics competition among colleges including Stanford University, Pepperdine University, and UCLA.

"This was the toughest competition of the season," said Director of Forensics Janet Brehe Johnson. "Thirty-seven colleges, most of which are four-year colleges and universities, competed in the Robert Barbera Invitational Tournament at CSU Northridge on Nov. 20-21."

Following is a list of the individual award-winners:

* Katie Johnson: Finalist Open Duo Interpretation and Finalist

Open Poetry Interpretation

* Adam Neylan: First Place Open Programmed Oral Interpretation and Finalist Open Programmed Oral Interpretation

* Salim Rawazi: Finalist Open Poetry Interpretation

* Brandon Rogers: Finalist Open Duo Interpretation

* Lanea Warren: Finalist Open Prose Interpretation and Finalist Open Informative Speaking

'Benchmark" for Steve Taylor

'Benchmark" for Steve Taylor

Floor Coverings International (FCI), North America's oldest and largest shop-at-home flooring retailer, announced recently that Pleasanton resident Steve Taylor, owner of FCI servicing Alameda County, is winner of the new Benchmark Award. Taylor was chosen due to his outstanding success and commitment to the FCI brand, said the organizers, after a contest was held among FCI's 82 franchise owners throughout the U.S. and Canada based on top line revenue, profit and outstanding customer experience.

In addition to the award, Taylor hosted FCI's quarterly Business Review Session, a two-day, peer-driven conference for more than 20 franchise owners.

"I'm so grateful to be recognized for this award," said Taylor. "In a time when many businesses are struggling, we have been fortunate enough to maintain success and continue offering superb flooring services for residents throughout the East Bay."


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