The Jose Maria Amador Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored winners of its student essay contests. Sarah Williams of Amador Valley High School won the Good Citizens Award and is advancing to the District Level. Bianca De of Dougherty Valley High in San Ramon won the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest on what lessons we can draw on from his life.
The American History Essay Contest for fifth-eighth-graders, in celebration of the 275th birthday of Paul Revere in 2010, had students write as if they were Paul Revere writing his memoirs. The fifth-grade winner was Stacy Shimanuki of Connecting Water Charter School; sixth grade, Rupal Nigam of Windemere Ranch Middle School; seventh grade, Sonya Jain of Gale Ranch Middle School; and eighth grade, Augustine Chemparathy, also of Gale Ranch.
Winter Guard wins***PHOTO***
Foothill High School students are all smiles after the NCBA Winter Percussion and Guard Championships on April 2 at Del Oro High School in Loomis -- the percussion unit won and the guard unit placed second. Winter Percussion and Guard are similar to indoor marching bands but with only percussion instruments and Color Guard members. The guards perform intricate routines to recorded music.
Almost $1,000 raised for Japan***PHOTO***
The origami cranes made by Foothill High students and graduates to be sponsored at $1 each raised $955, reported organizer Stephanie Seto. They have now completed 2,000 cranes and are continuing to accept donations, to be made via Tom Diehl, who teaches Japanese at the high school.
Eagle Scout Casey Peters***PHOTO***
Scott and Chris Peters have announced that their son Casey Peters has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America. Casey began his scouting experience with Cub Scout Pack 938 at Vintage Hills and earned the rank of Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scouting.
He continued his Boy Scout experience with Troop 948, sponsored by CenterPointe Presbyterian Church. His Eagle Scout Leadership project was planning and building an extension of the sandbox at Sonshine Enrichment Center Preschool, which is an outreach program of Trinity Lutheran Church. Casey attended Sonshine and is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. His project encompassed more than 140 hours of service. Casey's grandparents Harold and Barbara Hubinger of Danville, volunteered their time and talents, as did volunteers from Troop 948.
Casey has earned 24 merit badges and held numerous leadership positions. He participated in two 50-miler High Adventure Training (HAT) activities, hiking 90-plus miles in Philmont, N.M., and taking a 50-plus-mile canoe/kayak trip down the Sacramento River. Both of these activities required conservation service projects, which he completed on the treks and at Yosemite National Park. He has hiked over 200 miles, camped 93 nights and completed 65 service hours above what is required for the Eagle Project.