Each year Rotary Club of Alameda confers scholarships to outstanding students attending high schools in Alameda: Alameda High, Encinal High, Island High, St. Joseph Notre Dame High, Alameda Science & Technology Institute, Alameda Community Learning Center and NEA Community Learning Center. Letters and applications were sent to counselors and principals at all high schools mid-March.
The annual Jack Capon awards are presented in honor of Jack Capon, a long-time Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) educator who specialized in physical education. Capon tirelessly advocated for physical fitness and movement. He founded the AUSD middle-school sports program and Alameda’s Special Olympics and wrote many books on movement.
A newly created community group called Alameda Bands Together formed in April upon learning about a sudden two-thirds cut to the music program at Encinal High School for the next school year as well as the subsequent reassignment of its long-time music director to Alameda High School (AHS), which, in turn, would displace the AHS music director.
Parents and students from both high schools, as well as from all middle schools with current music programs, rallied immediately to save Encinal’s music program and protect AHS’ Mitchell White from being terminated.
Vicki Vien, a senior at the Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), has been named as the 32nd annual winner of the $5,000 Ken and Shirley Van Sickle Scholarship. Vien is a top student at ASTI and has earned her high school diploma from ASTI as well as two Associate of Arts degrees from the College of Alameda. She is president of several school clubs and participates in many other school and community activities. Vicki plans to attend California State University at Stanislaus this fall and has interests in both law and medicine.