Peyton and Ryan DeLaney of Danville were given certificates recently from Children's Hospital Oakland for the money they raised from their joint birthday party April 3 where they asked their guests to bring donations to the Foundation in lieu of gifts.
"Due to an amazing show of generosity by their friends and family, Peyton and Ryan were able to deliver $2,445.00 in donations to the Foundation," said their mother Kathleen M. DeLaney.
Peyton, who just turned 7, is a first-grader at Montair, and Ryan, who just turned 5, is in preschool at the Dorris Eaton School.
"As a mom, I am proud of my kids and their decision to forgo receiving gifts in favor of raising money for such a great cause. And, as a Danville community member, I am just as proud of (and grateful for) the overwhelming generosity our community demonstrated in their donations," said DeLaney. "Finally, as a parent, I am grateful to the teachers who have taught my children to think about and value community service, which inspired the fundraising effort by my kids.
Monte Vista excels at speech tourney
The Monte Vista Speech and Debate Team finished among the top 10 schools in the nation at the National Forensic League's National Tournament in Birmingham, Ala., from June 13-19. To qualify for the tournament students must have finished in the top three in their event at the local qualifying tournaments in March. More than 500 students from high schools all over the Bay Area attended the qualifiers. Monte Vista qualified a record 12 students to the National Tournament, the most in school history.
Monte Vista Winners were Nipun Bhandari, third in the nation Congress; Sebastian DeLuca, fifth in the nation Congress; Elliott Velson, eighth in the nation Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking; Hayden Padgett, quarter-finalist Dramatic Interpretation (top 28); Neil Malani, semi-finalist Congress (top 60); Percia Safar, Lincoln-Douglas Debate (top 60); Hinh Tran, Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking (top 60); Louis Li, Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking (top 60).
School of Excellence Awards are given out each year to the top schools in the tournament based on the number of rounds their students compete in at the National Tournament. Monte Vista was among only 10 schools nationwide to receive a school of excellence award in debate, and one of only three high schools in California to receive this award.
Hospital Foundation gives scholarships
The San Ramon Regional Hospital Foundation has granted $1,000 scholarships to two Junior Volunteers at San Ramon Regional Medical Center. Patricia Costacurta, a senior at California High School, and Theresa Mailander, a freshman at Sonoma State University, were the recipients of this year's scholarships.
Costacurta volunteers in the emergency room and has an outstanding academic record. She has been admitted to Stanford University, where she will study biochemistry as part of her goal to become a physician. Mailander is in the pre-nursing program at Sonoma State and would eventually like to work as a nursery or labor and delivery nurse. She also attended Cal High, graduating in 2008, and had an excellent academic record and many community service activities while there.
Recognizing Discovery contributions
Danville Rotary awarded Thom Martin Rotarian of the Year at a recent end-of-year awards luncheon. Outgoing President Bob Gibbs presented the award to Martin for "his outstanding contributions to Rotary and to our community." Martin, who is executive director of the Discovery Counseling Center, was recognized for his commitment to supporting many youth oriented programs and organizations in the San Ramon Valley including the Challengers Baseball Jamboree, Interact and Del Amigo High School. Martin was also instrumental in raising more than $10,000 in donations for Danville Rotary's Youth Impact Fund.
Lawson Bill has been inducted as the new chairman of the board for Discovery, which has been a community-based nonprofit organization for more than 35 years, providing the greater San Ramon Valley Community with affordable and high quality mental health services. Call the center at 837-0505.