Fremont students to represent state in national science contest in Washington D.C.
Five Hopkins Junior High students will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the nation's capital to compete in the National Science Bowl from April 24 to 28.
Hopkins pupils Sulaiman Ahmed, David Hou, Yvette Lin, Allen Mao and Ashish Ramesh qualified to represent California in Washington D.C. by winning the Regional Middle School Science Bowl on Saturday at Las Positas College in Livermore.
Led by coach Anja Crickmore, the students bested teams from 23 Northern California middle schools by answering questions related to biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and other science topics.
Fremont's Thornton Middle School finished second, and Walnut Creek's Dorris-Eaton School took third place.
The United States Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in math and science and pursue careers in those fields.
Hopkins Junior High has twice won the National Science Bowl, in 2009 and 2012.
Puente students to unveil Tennyson mural
Tennyson High School Puente students will unveil their mural, "¡La Puentización Es Oportunidad!" ("Puentizatión Is Opportunity") on Monday.
The students designed and created the mural with the help of Cal State East Bay students, Maribel Wigon and Sonny Tan, who were lead artists and mentors.
The two sought donations from Cal State and University Art in San Jose to help fund supplies for the project. The mural is the result of a collaboration of the school, Cal State and Hayward Promise Neighborhood.
Work began last April on the mural, designed to pay tribute to the Puente high school experience. Puente is a four-year college prep program that encourages low-income students to pursue higher education.
"La Puentización is a student-led project which visually depicts our students' future path to graduate from a four-year university and return to their community as mentors and leaders -- the mission of Puente," said Dan Guerrero, a Tennyson Puente teacher.
"More importantly, it is a visually stunning backdrop to our everyday lives and a reminder of why we dedicate ourselves to school."
The mural will be dedicated from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Tennyson, P-Hall P-11, 27035 Whitman St.
Exhibit features Mount Eden artwork
An exhibit of artwork created by Mount Eden seniors opens March 13 with a reception.
The show features work from students in the AP Studio Art at the Hayward school. The opening reception is 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Mount Eden Gallery of Art, Room L4. Refreshments will be served.
This will be the only exhibit of the students' top pieces, which will be sent to colleges in May as part of advance placement portfolios.
The works will be on display through April 10 at 2300 Panama St. The gallery is open during lunch every day and after school on Thursdays to 5 p.m.
For details, call 510-723-3180, ext. 62274.
Berkeley may ban flavored cigarette sales near schools
Berkeley is considering a ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars and flavored roll-your-own tobacco within 500 feet of any school because of their potential for being more appealing to teenagers who are thinking about smoking.
The City Council on Tuesday approved a referral to the city manager, who will return with a regulation for a vote in the near future.
According to a City Council report, flavored smoking tobacco products "have been designed by tobacco manufacturers to make their products less harsh, and as a result, more appealing to young smokers."
"We protect our children from drugs, guns and alcohol, why wouldn't we protect them against tobacco, which kills more people than the other three combined?" the idea's proponent, City Councilman Darryl Moore, said in a prepared statement.
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