academic

The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., announced that Peter Heath has earned a place on the dean's list for the winter quarter. He is the son of Kathy and Larry Heath, of San Ramon.

accomplishments

Concerto winners: Beverly Fu and Joshua Herman, winners of the concerto competition, performed at the Young People's Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert.

Beverly is a Pleasanton resident and a senior at Amador Valley High School. She is the concertmaster this season and also served in that capacity in the Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival all-star orchestra in January.

Joshua is a Walnut Creek resident and a senior at Monte Vista High School in Danville. He is the principal cellist this year and won the concerto competition on piano. This is the second time he has won the competition on piano -- he won previously as a ninth-grader in 2010, when he performed the first movement of Greig's Piano Concerto.

High school students honored: The Contra Costa County Office of Education honored local students with Students of Excellence Awards for outstanding achievement in their Regional Occupational Program classes.

Claire Chow, of Monte Vista High School in Danville, won for Computer Graphic Arts. California High School, of San Ramon, had winning students Allison Winter for Play Production and Jenna McNaughton for Advanced Sports Medicine. Honored students will each be awarded a certificate of merit and a $200 scholarship.

Eagle Scouts Awarded: Dallin Robins, of Troop 228, received his Eagle Scout award at his Court of Honor held April 27 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Danville. For his Eagle Scout project, Robins built 12 planter boxes for the Bounty Garden at Hap Magee Park in Danville. He is the son of Laurie and Glen Robins, of Danville.

Robert James Willadsen, of San Ramon, the son of Meg and Bud Willadsen, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, which was presented May 5 at the Alcosta Senior Community Center, San Ramon. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 201 under the leadership of Scout Master Jim Ringeher.

For his Eagle community service project, Robert designed, built and installed shelving units for the soup kitchen pantry at McGlothen Temple Church of God in Christ in Richmond. The project was completed over the course of three days with 24 volunteers giving a total of 306 service hours.

Competition winner: Danville Resident Robin Purcell's painting "Curve of the Earth" won a $500 honorable mention in the Second Annual Plein Air Salon Competition. This was a yearlong, national exhibit with $20,000 in awards judged by museum and gallery professionals and attracted entries from some of the top landscape artists in the country.

Recycling Champion: In a recycling "Sort-Off" competition held by Ready Set Recycle at the annual Earth Day celebration at the Davis Street Resource Recovery Complex in San Leandro, Kristin Kohn, of Livermore, took home the grand prize of $125 for her recycling expertise.

The recycling sort-off was held as part of Ready Set Recycle's continuing efforts to raise awareness and encourage proper sorting of compostable and recyclable material and to minimize the amount of waste sent to landfills.

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