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.
Members hand out tens of thousands to worthy students
The Wa Sung Community Service Club held its 63rd annual Merit Awards Banquet May 9 at Pier 29 Restaurant. The event ties into the club’s mission to promote community and educational services. The banquet is made possible through the efforts of the Merit Awards committee, perpetual scholarship donors, individual donors, the guest speaker, presenters and junior league and club members.
Wa Sung awarded 14 scholarships totaling $22,000 to well-deserving high-school graduates.
Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Superintendent Sean McPhetridge announced his departure from the school district in February. He announced June 30 as his last day on the job here. On May 15, the Half Moon Bay Review reported that the Cabrillo Unified School District governing board has selected McPhetridge as the district’s next superintendent. He is slated to begin his position there on July 15.
Student poets from Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) and St. Joseph Notre Dame High School were featured together at the Alameda Island Poets reading at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts May 1. ACLC’s Poetry Club “The Mighty Pens” showed off their 2019 collection of poetry, featuring poems from more than 25 students. The enthusiastic crowd was highly impressed by the quality of poetry.
Alamedans can take a four-week course that traces the development of John Lennon as one of the 20th century’s great song writers. The series of classes will cover the early days of The Beatles through their creative height and eventual decline, through Lennon’s tortured early years as a solo artist to his final album, Double Fantasy. The last class will feature a special guest appearance by Drew Harrison of the Sun Kings.