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 March 23, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA
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St. Bede pupils get TV visit
KPIX 5 Eyewitness News visited Hayward's St. Bede School on March 5. Reporter Sharon Chin, right, interviewed seventh-grader Hannah Pham, who was scheduled to participate in CBS Bay Area Spelling Bee. Earlier in the week, community leaders, including Councilwoman Sara Lamnin, Councilman Francisco Zermeño and Mayor Barbara Halliday joined pupils on March 2 for Read Across America Day.
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Catholic school works with Google Inc.
How does one get pupils engaged and excited about learning? Let them be involved in the process. It was this student involvement that led St. Philip Neri middle school pupils in Alameda to present at the Google Summit for Educators (GAFE) in Napa. The middle school Tech Club, or Savvy Spartans, gather after school every other Tuesday to explore how technology can be used to enhance student engagement and learning. Tech club members pictured above are Richard Rocha, Matteo Delato, Joseph Donovan, and Charlie Weiler. The Savvy Spartans made a presentation to teachers and administrators across the Bay Area on how to use YouTube and Screen Casting in the classroom, as well as how to effectively use MinecraftEDU and Google Docs. Pupils in grades 6-8 demonstrated how collaboration, communication and innovation lead to student creativity and learning. The Savvy Spartans also presented at the Computer Using Educators in February.

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In the past decade we have heard the term "going green" as a reminder to care and be conscious for God's creation. Pupils at Danville's St. Isidore School wanted to do something more that involved acts of love to other people. They decided to "go GOLD," i.e., "Give Out Love Deliberately." The seventh and eighth graders planned a service project that focused on a Work of Mercy they were passionate about, identified a need in society, researched and learned about this need, and carried out a plan of action. Some of the projects included packaging food for Kids Against Hunger, gathering clothes for 1 Closet, assisting at several local retirement communities, anonymously sending games and bracelets to various children's hospitals and making numerous donations to various charities and organizations. Many of them have decided to content to "go GOLD" and continue their service to the community.

For the eighth year in a row, Saint Mary's College of California was named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll—and for the second time, with distinction. The Moraga college was one of 98 colleges and universities nationwide to make the Oval Office's Honor Roll for Interfaith Community Service, a new category added this year to recognize schools that include interfaith engagement as part of community service.

The accomplished vocalists in Holy Names High School's Belle Tones earned the coveted Command Performance Award at the CMEA Solo and Small Ensemble competition in Hayward on March 7. Additionally, Senior Lena Costello won the Soloist: Command Performance Award and Costello and Junior Sophia Brewer-Thompson won Duet: Superior Performance.

Debra Pryor, an alumnus of Holy Names High School in Oakland, returned to her alma mater last month at a special assembly at the all-female school honoring Women's History Month. Pryor retired from the Berkeley Fire Department in 2012 after a trailblazing career. She was not only the first female firefighter in the city of Berkeley but was the first female lieutenant, captain, assistant chief, deputy chief and fire chief. Chief Pryor's inspiring remarks covered her childhood, how her time at Holy Names created a solid foundation for her trailblazing career, the importance of service, and what it was like for her when she found herself "at the intersection of opportunity and preparedness." Throughout her talk Chief Pryor emphasized that anything is possible through hard work. "When I was introduced to the fire service as a career possibility I had no idea it was something a woman could do because I had never seen a woman firefighter. I stand before you today to ensure you that anything you chose in life is possible regardless of the fact that no woman has gone before you."

Intermediate accounting students at Holy Names University in Oakland will compete for a $3,000 purse with teams of financial accounting students from all over the northwest on April 17-18 at Seattle University. This is the first year that HNU has been invited by KPMG to compete. Derek Bisping, Anais Broer, Maricarmen (Mari) Carranza, and Toby Tomassi have been selected to represent HNU. Russell Jacobus, director of the MBA Program, is the team's faculty adviser. The case competition concept originated in the United States and originally included participants from domestic universities. Teams in case competitions are tasked with assessing a situation facing an organization, analyzing available information, crafting a solution, and defending their recommendations. Each team is judged independently.

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Carrie Rehak has been appointed executive director of the School of Applied Theology in Berkeley. Rehak, who will succeed Jim Briggs, who has led SAT since January 2011, will start her new position in early June. She is the director of campus ministry at Holy Names University in Oakland.

Moreau Catholic High School
in Hayward announced the funding of the largest endowed scholarship in school history. The unprecedented estate gift of more than $700,000 comes at the bequest of Daniel L. Harrington, in the name of his beloved brother, John. The John Thomas Harrington Memorial Scholarship will provide vital tuition assistance to a deserving graduate of All Saints Catholic School in Hayward matriculating to Moreau Catholic. Honorees will include those students with demonstrated financial need whose academic achievement has been matched or surpassed by their commitment to community service. Moreau Catholic will honor the recipient of the John Thomas Harrington Memorial Scholarship at its annual Evening of Excellence, April 29. The school, celebrating its 50th anniversary in Holy Cross education, hopes to generate more gifts of its kind to promote and expand opportunities for deserving students in the community.

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