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Danville Express

Living - February 15, 2008

Of note

More than 2,000 teenagers, including 183 from the San Ramon Valley YMCA, were switching from school clothes to business suits and dresses to take over California state government beginning Feb. 14. The young men and women are participating is the 60th annual Youth and Government Model Legislature and Court.

The San Ramon Valley YMCA delegations are led by Rachel Horn, a senior at Monte Vista High School; Taylor Denhart, a San Ramon Valley High School senior; Sarah Hilty, a California High School junior; Stephanie Swide from Benicia High School; and Courtney Fong, a senior from Campolindo High School.

Each participating YMCA submitted an article of legislation or joint resolution. The bills proposed by the San Ramon Valley YMCA were reviewed by local leaders and, prior to their trip to Sacramento, the students were given feedback on their presentations by Assemblyman Guy Houston, San Ramon Valley YMCA Board Member Maryann Cella, San Ramon Mayor H. Abram Wilson, Danville Mayor Candace Andersen and San Ramon Valley YMCA Executive Director Kathy Chiverton. The students' resolutions concerned education, criminal justice and health issues.

The YMCA experiment of democracy in action began in California in 1948 during the administration of Gov. Earl Warren. Concurrently with the legislative process, youth judges will arbitrate an Appellate Court case and two Supreme Court cases in the Model Court program.

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association has selected David Zhou of Danville as a Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Vault Inc. Fellow. Zhou has been awarded $10,000 to fund his tuition at Harvard Law School for the next three years.

All fellows gain access to career guidance, mentoring, professional opportunities and paid summer internships in top legal departments. The goal of the scholarship program is to promote academic excellence and diversity in law schools by awarding scholarships to newly accepted law students from disadvantaged backgrounds to help defray their education expenses.

The scholarship program is open to students who have been accepted into law school in a full-time, three-year program. Once the fellowships are awarded, the program requires each recipient to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or its equivalent each year.

Zhou graduated from Monte Vista High School and attended Harvard University.

U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D., District 10) has announced 22 students from California's congressional district whom she has nominated to attend the nation's top military service academies.

Jordan Blancarte of Alamo has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, and Jonathan Londynsky of Alamo has been recommended to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York.

"I'm always proud to nominate some of the district's best and brightest to attend one of the nation's prestigious military service academies," said Tauscher. "I wish all the students the best of luck throughout the remainder of the selection process and I look forward to seeing them serve the country as leaders in the United States Armed Forces."

Other military academies include the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; and the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Applicants who are interested in being nominated to these academies must have a strong academic record, leadership skills, involvement in extracurricular activities, and a desire to serve the U.S.

For more information about applying, call Tauscher's offices at 932-8899 or visit www.house.gov/Tauscher.

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