An Alameda Jiu-Jitsu competitor won first place at the 28th Jiu-Jitsu by the Bay Tournament on June 16 at Hayward High School. Jonathan DeLeon won both his matches at the Father’s Day event. He is a student at Otis Elementary School and an Alameda martial arts student.
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.
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.
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.