A military helicopter landed Tuesday morning at Redwood Christian School in San Lorenzo as part of Red Ribbon Week.

A team from the 129th Rescue Wing of the California Air National Guard flew a Team Hawk helicopter from Moffett Field and landed on the school's field, said school principal Al Hearne. The six-member helicopter crew and the four-person ground crew then delivered an anti-drug message during an assembly at the school, at 1000 Paseo Grande.

The members told the students that "if you make wise choices and stay away from drugs and alcohol, you've got an unlimited future," Hearne said.

After the assembly, students toured the helicopter and chatted with the crew. Red Ribbon Week is a nationwide drug prevention campaign that traditionally takes place the last full week of October.

Student an education competition finalist

A Fremont high school student is a regional finalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

Rohan Chandra, a 12th-grade student at The Harker School in San Jose, advanced to the state round in the annual competition that aims to foster student achievement in science research projects.

As a finalist, Chandra will receive a $1,000 prize and an invitation to the California Institute of Technology on Nov. 9 to 10. He will compete for the chance to attend the competition's national finals in Washington, D.C., in December.


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Earlier this year, Chandra was selected for the All-National Honor Mixed Choir by the National Association for Music Education, and participated in a three-day program that culminated in a student concert in Washington, D.C.

Other Harker students named as Siemens Competition finalists are Paulomi Bhattacharya and Ashvin Swaminathan, both 12th-grade students from Cupertino, and Zareen Choudhury, an 11th-grade student from Sunnyvale.

Founded in 1893 in Palo Alto, The Harker School is a coed, private school with an enrollment of 1,700 students on three San Jose campuses

Filipino-American History Month marked

A Filipino-American organization is inviting the New Haven Unified School District community to a potluck dinner Friday evening.

The free event is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at Alvarado Middle School at 31604 Alvarado Blvd. in Union City. The Pilipino-American Society for Education is hosting the dinner in honor of Filipino-American History Month, which is celebrated each October, said Tracie Noriega, Alvarado's principal.

The event will feature traditional Filipino dance, a slideshow of Filipino-American history and notable figures, and musical and spoken-word performances from students in Logan High's Filipino heritage studies class, Noriega said.

In addition, a contest will be held for cooking adobo, a popular, traditional dish in the Philippines. For more information, email tnoriega@nhusd.k12.ca.us.

Homeroom is a weekly roundup of news from schools in greater Hayward and the Tri-City areas.