Julian Chea, a seventh-grader at Lincoln Middle School, took fourth place in the Alameda County Junior High Spelling Bee on March 7. The Alameda speller who progressed the furthest this year didn’t qualify for state competition, but he did take home an impressive trophy.

Chea came in third at the Alameda Spelling Bee held at Otis Elementary School on Feb. 1.

Akhil Mummidi, a fifth-grader at Earhart Elementary School, came in 10th place in the Elementary School Bee.


McDaniel College awarded Sergio Martin of Oakland a full-tuition Dorsey Scholarship. Martin is a senior at Alameda’s Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School.  

Students selected for the Dorsey Scholars Program, the highest academic honor at McDaniel, receive full tuition, room and board for all four years at McDaniel College (a value of more than $200,000).  

Starting Sunday, March 1, The Alameda Kiwanis Foundation will be accepting applications from Alameda’s graduating high school seniors for its 2020 college scholarships. Application forms will be available beginning next month at school sites.

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda awards thousands of dollars to residents and non-residents of Alameda, provided the applicant graduate from an Alameda school and meet the eligibility criteria. Community college-bound seniors are also urged to apply.

Two fourth-grade classrooms at Otis Elementary School have agreed to take part in The Bioma Project. “Developed by students for students,” the project was created in Maryland by several high school students who decided to help develop the next generation of environmental leaders. The project starts to teach about sustainability and conservationism in a student’s elementary school education.

The only school chosen from Alameda Unified School District this year, Amelia Earhart Elementary School on Bay Farm Island was selected for a 2020 California Distinguished Schools Award. The program is operated by the California Department of Education to recognize outstanding education programs and practices.

Schools are chosen for successful practices resulting in reducing the achievement gap and for exceptional student performance.