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■ July 18, 2012
Peninsula Bridge now reaches 400 students By Allison Silverman Special to the Almanac
eninsula Bridge, which for 22 years has conducted summer enrichment programs for motivated kids from under-resourced communities, is expanding its operations on the Peninsula. The program, which holds five-week summer sessions at local private schools, aims to prepare fifth- through eighthgrade students so they are on the college track when they get to high school. The sessions include a mix of academic and enrichment classes, plus recreational activities. The program has grown quite a bit since it started in 1990 with 26 kids. This summer it has 400 students, a third more than in 2010. Now the goal is to reach 600 students by 2015. With growing enrollment has come new school sites. This year, two more schools — Pinewood in Los Altos and Saint Francis in Palo Alto — host Peninsula Bridge summer sessions, bringing the number of participating campuses to nine, including two at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton. Menlo School in Atherton and Woodside Priory in Portola Valley are also in the program. Deirdre Marlowe, executive director of Peninsula Bridge, said she’d like to find a way to offer services to the students during the school year, possible
by forming a closer relationship with local public schools. Though private schools provide the campuses and a large amount of backing for Peninsula Bridge, most students come from public institutions, and the more than 15 public schools in the area also support the program, said Sherri Shaner, Peninsula Bridge’s development director. Academically, Peninsula Bridge students focus on English and mathematics, reviewing what they studied at school over the past year and preparing for the next. The average studentteacher ratio is 4 to 1, giving the kids extensive “individual attention,” said Ms. Shaner. Weekly field trips and daily classes on such topics as nutrition and art provide valuable extracurricular experience “often lost in middle school” but important to develop student confidence in the classroom, she said. Students attend a different campus each year so they can experience new environments and use what each school has to offer, explained Ms. Shaner. The fifth-graders attend single-sex campuses, but after the first year the campuses are co-ed. At Castilleja School in Palo Alto, fifth-grade girls use the dance studio to practice dance, something “many have never experienced before,” said one of
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Teacher assistant Amanda Louie works with students Angie Ortiz, left, and Valeria Fuentes during a math lesson regarding prices and percentages at the Peninsula Bridge program at Castilleja School.
the teacher assistants. An important aspect of the Bridge program is the leadership role of teacher assistants, who are high school and college-age volunteers. Many of the assistants have participated in Bridge programs as students, and want to give back, said Mary Hulburt, site director at Castilleja. “I’ve never had to recruit TAs,” she said. Because the assistants come from similar circumstances, the students relate to them and look
up to them, said Ms. Shaner — a sentiment seconded by the Castilleja school director and the students themselves. The assistants grow into leadership roles by teaching classes, creating their own curriculum, and providing role models for the Bridge participants, said a descriptive flier. This year an Olympics theme permeates many activities, such as a “walk to London” challenge, where students strap on pedometers and, working in teams,
try to walk the total number of miles between here and London. The goal is to remind students of the hard work needed to achieve success. At Castilleja, some of the girls are “getting very into it,” Ms. Shaner said with a laugh. The girls run up the stairs and jump in line to fit in as many steps as possible into their day. Visit peninsulabridge.org for more information on the Peninsula Bridge prograrm.
SRI wins grants to develop technologies
Students win scholarships
SRI International in Menlo Park recently received two federal grants, one to develop technology to use natural gas in vehicles, and the other to develop an oral therapy for multiple sclerosis. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $875,000 to SRI to develop low-pressure natural gas storage tanks for light-duty vehicles. SRI’s approach “using porous carbon materials will provide structural strength and high surface area for gas adsorption that will entirely eliminate the need for a costly external tank,” the department said in its July 12 announcement. SRI is one of 13 companies nationwide that will receive a total of $30 million in federal
Twenty-eight local students were recently awarded college scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 each under a program called Pursuit of Excellence, started by Jerry and Dick Smallwood of Palo Alto. The scholarships are seen as a “tipping point” for these students in terms of helping them go to college. Since 1985, about 330 students have received grants totaling more than $2 million. The program includes a mentoring program to help with future economic needs. Recipients are recommended by school counselors and teachers. Below are recipients from high schools in the Almanac’s area, with
funds to develop technologies to reduce the inefficiencies associated with using natural gas as a vehicle fuel, the department said.
SRI will develop natural gas storage tanks for vehicles and an oral drug for multiple sclerosis. This initiative attempts to move beyond the high pressure, large size and high cost of traditional natural gas fuel systems. “The projects will also focus on developing natural gas compressors that make it easier
for consumers to re-fuel at home,” the department said. Go to tinyurl.com/Grant234 to download a PDF document describing the other projects.
Multiple sclerosis drug The Department of Defense medical research programs have awarded a one-year $131,000 grant to SRI to develop an oral therapy for multiple sclerosis. The new medication would be designed to be more convenient for patients than the current intravenous infusions or injections that sometimes require hospital visits. It also could help patients who are not responding to current methods.
the college they plan to attend. ■ Menlo-Atherton High School: Jessamine Zamora, UC Santa Cruz; Shanissa Armand, Holy Names University, Oakland; Daniel Estrella, California State University, East Bay; and Victor Alvarez Chavez, San Francisco State. ■ Woodside High School: Christian Cuevas, UC Santa Barbara; Marlene Rosales, Canada College; Karina Zapata, UC Santa Cruz; Martin Esquivias, UC Santa Cruz; and Pierre Abdel-Malek, Cal Poly. ■ Summit Prep: Janice Bonello, California State, Monterey. Go to poescholarships.org for more information. — Allison Silverman
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Sixty-three seniors graduate from Woodside Priory School Submitted by Sean Mclain Brown, director of communications, Woodside Priory School.
ixty-three seniors received their diplomas June 2 at Woodside Priory’s 52nd commencement. Alwyn Thorne Lansing and Madeleine Waters Pierson were the student speakers. Julie C. Lythcott-Haims, Stanford University’s associate vice provost for undergraduate education and dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising, was the commencement speaker.
The graduates Asterisks follow some of the names below. One asterisk is for Dean’s Honors (GPA of 3.5 to 3.8). Two asterisks are for Head of School Honors (GPA of 3.81 to 3.99). Three asterisks are for Benedictine Honors (GPA of 4.0 and above). A-D: Ryan Gabriel Dee Alejandro, Brett Williams Bader, Robert Maxwell Barnes, Emma Alexandra Beriker, Kaitlin Murray Bonfiglio*, Alyssa Marie Bonora**, Cassandra Bustos-Rojas, Wes Gregory Campagna*, Jennie Elizabeth Christensen**, Alana Burke Colville, Lauren Jayne Corey, Aaron William Cornelius, Reed Funsten Cornish, Anqi Blake Dou E-H: Abigail Grace Safia Faisal**, Emily Anne Babcock Fockler**, Douglas Roberto Galdamez-Guevera, Giorgos Estratios
Woodside Priory grads Kathleen Gregory is valedictorian of the class of 2012 and Anthony Shu is salutatorian. Goumas, Kathleen Elizabeth Gregory***, Alyssa Ashley Guttman-Green*, Magdalena De Los Angeles Hernandez*, Brooke Elise Hobbs**, Daniel Joseph Hoffman*, Daniel Hsu, Lauren Susan Hyver* J-L: Eugenia Clair Jernick, Jacob JaeKyu Kim*, Jongyoon Kim*, Kyle Bryant Kosling, Alwyn Thorne Lansing**, Drew Taylor Lavine, Jun Hyuk Lee, Lauren Elizabeth Lee, Marlyn Elizabeth Lombera M-P: Alessandra Sarah Maahs, George Douglas MacEwen*, Cameron Remy Montalvo, Brian Anh-Thuy Nguyen, Michael Vaslow Nimer, Kayla Ann Noguchi**, Camilla Ann Elizabeth Opperman**,
Alyson Michelle Perna*, Krysten Helena Pfau*, Madeleine Waters Pierson Q-S: Alexander Caskey Reid, Burton Konrad Draxler Sadler, Tucker Daniel Schoenthaler, Jake William Charles Seawick*, Darrah John Shields, Anthony Franklin Shu **, Molly Kathryn Simpson*, Alexandra Morris Smith**, Gabor Kristof Somogyi T-Z:P Eric Robert Theis**, Allegra Maggie Ann Thomas, Eric Matthew Turnquist, Ryan Paul Valentine, Ming-Liang Millen Wan*, Katrina Mengyan Wang*, Audrey Jeannette Weber**, John Wallington Wookey, Jr.*, Ryan Anderson Young, Jane Caskey Yoxsimer
Locals take car wash to you By Allison Silverman Special to the Almanac
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ack Randall and Christian Freeman, two Menlo Park residents who graduate from Sacred Heart Prep this year, have started a local car-washing business called Park, where the washers go to clients’ homes. “We realized that local carwashing companies were either too expensive, untrustworthy, and that their lines were too long,” said Mr. Randall said in an email. With Park, “literally all you have to do is park your car. We take care of the rest and bring the car wash to your driveway,”
he said. The name Park resulted from this business model, as well as the fact that it started in the city of Menlo Park. The pair began the business about two weeks ago, and this is their first attempt at starting a business. They say they are getting about seven to 10 requests per week, and hope that will continue to rise as word gets out. They currently serve Menlo Park and Atherton, and hope to expand. In the fall Mr. Randall will attend Santa Clara University and Mr. Freeman, University of Southern California. They hope to recruit high school and
Recent Sacred Heart Prep grads Jack Randall, left, and Christian Freeman start a new business before they head for college.
Stanford students to keep Park operating. The business offers both interior and exterior cleaning, and charges $18 for an exterior wash on smaller cars and $24 for larger cars. Interior cleaning costs $8. Visit parkinmenlo.webs.com for more information. A
DJ Wyatt Giampa heads for Grammy Camp By Elena Kadvany Special to the Almanac
ortola Valley resident Wyatt Giampa, 16, is one of 136 high school students selected to attend Grammy Camp, a 10-day summer music program. A budding electronic music producer, Wyatt will attend the camp’s Los Angeles location at the University of Southern California Thorton School of Music in July. He will participate in the camp’s Electronic Music Production career track.
Wyatt traces his interest in the music industry back to midd le school. “At middle school dances, I would go up Wyatt Giampa to the DJs and ask them about a bunch of stuff. I kind of created a little business out of it, I got all the equipment,” he said. “I started fooling around with it and then it became the main interest of
everything.” Also known as DJ G. WAWA, Wyatt has DJ’d at Castilleja High School, Corte Madera Middle School, and various private parties in the area. His company is called G WAWA Productions. Wyatt attended Saint Francis High School for two years and is headed to Woodside High School for the second half of his high school career. He said he plans to take advantage of Woodside’s Audio Production Lab. A
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Debutantes from the 52nd Peninsula Ball, which benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.
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Twenty-eight young women made their debut before friends and family members at the 52nd Peninsula Ball, held June 9 at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto. The debs wore traditional white gowns, long white gloves, and carried white floral bouquets. The hotel ballroom was transformed into a garden setting. The debutantes are Avery Corley, Kaitlin Demma, Alexandra Douglass, Kieran Gallagher, Caroline Golding, Lindsay Hale, Catherine Hannay, Rachael Henry, Lindsay Johnson, Natalie Krikorian, Jane Lazar, Jacqueline Leylegian, Katharine Madeira, Marjory Marquardt, Abigail McCall, Ashley Morton, Colleen Nawn,
Catherine Perez, Madeline Pierson, Kara Rosenberg, Elisabeth Rossi, Clare Rudolph, Charlotte Sewell, Erin Sheridan, Kennedy Shields, Shelby Soltau, Jacqueline Stoner, and Megan Yang. Nancy Jones was chairman of the ball, with Maxine Bonnette as honorary chair. Chris Martin was the presentation director for the ball, which benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. Two of the ball committee members had daughters making their debuts this year. Catherine Hannay is the daughter of Marsha Haynes Hannay, a Peninsula deb in the 1970s. Alexandra Douglass is the daughter of Julie Frances Douglass, who has been on the ball committee
Author gives talk on Caltrain Former Caltrain staffer Janet McGovern will talk about her new book on the history of the rail line during a program at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the San Mateo County History Museum. The book, entitled “Caltrain and the Peninsula Commute Service,” deals with how the rail line was started in 1864 to link San Francisco and San Jose. Operated by the Southern Pacific for most of its history, this commuter line is the oldest continuously operating passenger railroad in the West.
Ms. McGovern covered Southern Pacific as a reporter for the Redwood City Tribune and joined the Caltrain public information staff in 1992, retiring in 2011. Her husband Reg, a veteran newspaper photographer, has many of his pictures in the book. The talk will be held in Courtroom A at the museum, located at 2200 Broadway St. in Redwood City. Admission to this event is free with admission to the museum: $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.
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for two years. The evening was concluded with dancing to Dick Bright and his Orchestra, along with the Club 90 Band.
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