Alameda schools in brief
Alameda High student wins national Girls Inc. scholarship
Alameda High School senior Anjuli Sastry has been selected as a Girls Incorporated National Scholar, earning a $15,000 scholarship. Sastry was one of just two dozen students selected for the honor, which was sought by 11th and 12th grade students from more than 90 Girls Inc. affiliates across the country.
“I love Girls Inc. because it provides a place to express my thoughts and accomplish my goals. It has given me many wonderful opportunities over the past few years,” said Sastry, including the opportunity to publish the Out Loud ‘Zine. Sastry also served as Girls Inc. of the Island City Executive Director Karen Kenney’s assistant this past summer, Kenney said.
Sastry has applied to several top colleges and hopes to be a lawyer or a journalist, a press release from Girls Inc. announcing the scholarship says.
To be considered for the National Scholars Program, applicants need to be members of Girls Inc. for two consecutive years, have a qualifying grade-point average, write essays and garner letters of recommendation from teachers and Girls Inc. staff.The money can be applied to tuition at an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
Since 1993, the program has handed out $2.58 million to 413 students, including five over the past four years from Girls Inc. of the Island City.
Assistant Superintendent Wong heading to San Leandro
Alameda Unified’s assistant superintendent, Debbie Wong, is leaving to take the same title in San Leandro. Her last day in Alameda is March 19.
“I love Alameda and I’ve learned a tremendous amount here,” Wong said Tuesday of her four years with the district.
Wong worked for the San Leandro school district for 20 years as an elementary school teacher and administrator before coming to Alameda. She said he was contacted by the district’s interim superintendent about coming back to serve as the district’s interim assistant superintendent.
Ruben Zepeda, who stepped in for Wong when she was out on medical leave and is currently interim assistant superintendent for special projects, will again assume the assistant superintendent’s chair while the district looks for Wong’s permanent replacement.
Paden Elementary hosts Moroccan fundraiser
Paden Elementary School is holding a Moroccan Fundraiser-Auction Bazaar from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6 at the Masonic Hall, 2312 Alameda Avenue. Tickets for the adults-only event, a fundraiser for technology including digital projectors, document cameras and computers for the school, are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
The event includes live entertainment and dancing, hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar, silent and live auctions and a raffle. Child care is also available, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. More information is available by calling the Paden office at 748-4014.