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Honoring exceptional Tri-Valley students

Uploaded: May 9, 2022
Checking out the list of the 11th annual Dreammakers and Risktakers honored last week by the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group and you cannot help but be highly impressed by their achievements.
Two of the tech innovations potentially could be established commercially. After losing a relative to Covid-19 when they didn’t seek hospital care soon enough, 15-year-old Dougherty Valley High sophomore Gatik Trivedi decided to solve the program. His telehealth device helps medical professionals accurately monitor quarantined patients. Rick Shumway, innovation board chair and CEO of Stanford Health Care—ValleyCare, presented Trivedi with the Digital Dreamer award. The prototype was built in a local commercial lab and he plans to commercialize his Accessible Correlative Diagnostic Solution for Multi-Organ Dysfunction (presumably with a less technical name).
The other technology solution was developed by Foothill High students who were frustrated by “false absences” in their engineering class. The team included: Vishal Mutharaja, Premkumar Giridhar, Kishore Hariharan, Tarun Prakash, Jacob Bolano and Logan Dickey. They developed Nize, an automated attendance system, that also has commercial potential.
Dublin High senior Ankita Khatri recognized the soaring rate of overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. Overdoes have tripled in the last two years. She researched the issue and effectively shared the science and chemistry behind addiction and prescription drug abuse.

Las Positas College Student Body President Kyle Johnson was honored by college president Dyrell Foster for leading the policy change on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. That included new policies, standardized language and professional development activities designed to make Las Positas a more welcoming campus for all students.

Students at Livermore and Granada highs collaborated to create an original musical describing the experience of a high school student during the pandemic. Students included: Dorothee Catipon, Caydence Johnson, Caylie Natsch, Calvin Shawler and Naomi Zika.
Evelyn Arroyo of the Livermore Middle College was recognized by the Tri-Valley Regional Occupation Program for mobilizing her peers with a teen-age voter registration drive. She chairs the Livermore Area Youth Advisory Committee.
Monte Vista High student Gavin Ginn focused on doing something about homeless people as part of his advanced placement project. He raised over $7,000 and recruited more than 50 volunteers to serve as Goodness Village, a tiny home community on the Crosswinds Church campus in Livermore for formerly homeless people. In contrast to most homeless programs that are transitional, it is designed for long term housing.
The luncheon at the Palm Event Center was hosted by NBC Bay Area news anchor Jessica Aguirre.
Las Positas College’s Veterans First Program will host Remembering Our Fallen, the traveling tribute to service members killed in action. The 31 towers have more than 5,000 photos and will be open from noon to 6 p.m. at the Livermore campus starting Thursday. The keynote speaker in ceremonies that start at 10 a.m. will be Gold Star dad Kevin Graves, who formed Some Gave All, the Joey Graves Foundation, to honor his fallen son and the others who made the ultimate sacrifice for America.

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