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Marine Private Jacob D. Zayas, 19, of Livermore, has completed military combat training at Camp Pendleton and has been assigned to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, for training as a motor transportation operator.

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Regina Molitoris, a junior at Granada High School in Livermore, took first place in the American Legion’s oratorical contest for California.

Nayanika Das Roy, a 10-year-old who attends James Dougherty Elementary School in Dublin, has won this year’s “What My Mother Means to Me” essay contest for fifth-graders sponsored by the California Association of American Mothers.

Nine members of the Distributed Education Clubs of America (DECA) program at Foothill High School in Pleasanton qualified for the worldwide student organization’s International Career Development Conference after placing among the top five in both written and roleplaying competitions last we…

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Competing at the junior varsity level, Romal Mitr, a sophomore at The Quarry Lane School in Dublin, finished third in two IAC National Championship examinations – the National Biology Exam and the National Ecology and Environmental Science Exam.

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Isaac Yee, a seventh grader at Mendenhall Middle School, won the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District’s spelling bee for seventh and eighth graders, held virtually last month, after seven rounds by correctly spelling the word “nihilism.”

Regina Molitoris, a junior at Granada High School in Livermore, took first place in the American Legion Oratorical Contest for Bay Area Legion posts held Feb. 21 at the Veterans Memorial Building in Martinez.

Pleasanton resident Beth Hostelter, a registered nurse and director of Medicare Services for Albertsons Companies, has been named secretary of the board for the National Medicare Secondary Payer Network, a nationwide nonprofit advocacy organization.

The Alameda County Fair received top awards from the Western Fairs Association and the International Association of Fairs and Expositions for innovation and excellence in competitive exhibits, agricultural programs and marketing for 2020.

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Four students from the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District have qualified as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists based on the results of the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Tests they took last fall.

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Sudharsan Gopalakrishnan, a sophomore at The Quarry Lane School in Dublin, has received a Golden Clover Award from the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program for an online coding project for 4-H members during the pandemic.

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Katelyn Storm, a fifth grader at Croce Elementary School in Livermore and a member of Troop 31209, has completed work on her Girl Scout Bronze Award by installing two bat boxes at Sycamore Grove Park.

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DongHeon (Brian) Yi completed the requirements and passed the Board of Review in August, qualifying him for the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest award attainable for youth in the Boy Scouts of America Program.

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Ved Wadmark, a 2020 graduate of Amador Valley High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 908 in Pleasanton, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

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Owen Mello, an incoming junior at Foothill High School, completed the requirements and passed the Board of Review on July 30, 2020, qualifying him for the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest award attainable for youth in the Boy Scouts of America Program.

Cousins Kyle Moore and Eric Lessard, both from Livermore, have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America program. Both are members of Troop 924, sponsored by American Legion Post 237 in Pleasanton.

Dancers from the Xtreme Force Dance Co. competed in the Imagine National Dance Challenge regional competition in San Jose Feb. 28 – March 1, and received the highest cumulative score among all groups for the weekend.

Three area students were named to the Dean’s List at Wheaton College for the Fall 2019 semester. Earning the academic honor were Isabella Olfert and Caitlin Curry, of Livermore, and Matteson De Pretis, of Pleasanton. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must achieve a 3.5 grade point ave…

Audrey Kang, a senior at Dublin High School, received the DAR Good Citizen Award from the José Maria Amador Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at its annual awards ceremony on Feb. 8. Jessica Gudino, from Foothill High School in Pleasanton, received honorable mention. The aw…

Preston Bernardi, from Amador Valley High School, finished first in the Amador Valley Lions Club annual student speech competition, the first step in the California Lions Clubs statewide scholarship competition.

Amador Valley High School has received an AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award from the nonprofit College Board for its efforts to engage more young women in computer science. Out of 20,000 eligible schools nationwide, Amador was one of only 639 to receive the award.

Richard and Mary Lou (Twist) Craig, formerly from Fremont, California, and now residing in Livermore, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Feb. 14 with close friends on the Livermore Wine Trolley.

For the third consecutive year, competitive civics teams from both Amador Valley High School and Foothill High School will represent California at the We the People national finals to be held in Washington, D.C., on April 24-27. Amador Valley placed first in the state competition on Feb. 10,…