Three students from Moreau Catholic High School's A.P. Art class — Catherine Farinas '13, Jonathan King '12 and Marlene Imana Iyemura '12 — were awarded gold, silver and honorable mentions by the California Region of The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Their work will be featured at Reynolds Art Gallery in the Jeannette Powell Arts Center of the University of the Pacific in Stockton.
Carly Straus and Amy Wruck, seniors at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, were recently selected as finalists in the 2012 competition for National Merit Scholarships. Finalists will vie for one of 2,500 National Merit scholarships. Each scholarship totals $2,500. Speaking of competitions — Kylie Carera, was named a finalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Corp.'s National Achievement Scholarship Program.
Also from BOD: Eight student-athletes signed national letters of intent at a Feb. 1 ceremony. They are: Victoria Burns, soccer, University of Washington; Elena Duke, rowing, University of California, San Diego; Terrance Daniel, football, University of Oregon; Richard Longrus, basketball, Washington State University; Ignacio Madrid, football, Stetson University, Florida; Nehemiah Mitchell and Brendan Royal, football, Sacramento State University; and Max Ornstil, soccer, Santa Clara University. Hardy Nickerson Jr., committed to play football at University of California, Berkeley, was unable to attend the ceremony.
Another cheer for BOD: the varsity cheerleaders placed fourth in the USA United Spirit Association Regional Competition. This will be the first time the school has participated in this competition, which will take place March 30 – April 1 in Anaheim. The student-athletes are: Toni Coaston '12, Brea Hammonds '12, Ayanna Ziegler '12, Savannah Burkett '13, Aleah Frison '13, E'Senz McConico '13, Taylor West '13, Eryn Swarn '14 and Sophia Newel '15. Robin Levy, a junior at St. Joseph Notre Dame High, became the third student from the Alameda campus in as many years to be selected as high school poet laureate. Levy will represent the school and the city at poetry events around the Bay Area.
A small group of students from Oakland's Holy Names High School, along with Anna Good, the school's religious studies teacher and service learning coordinator, recently returned from Salinas where, from Feb. 15-18, they worked with the homeless and the farm worker community.