Madeline Morris of Danville, a student at Bentley School in Lafayette, placed first in the 2007 High School Travel Writing Contest for the Bay Area. Her essay was titled, "The Achuar and Me," and she received $200 for the first prize.
All Bay Area high school students were eligible to enter contest by submitting a 500 word travel essay. They were evaluated by professional travel writers and first, second and third places were awarded. Other winners came from high schools in Saratoga, Santa Rosa, Orinda, Larkspur and Dublin.
Bay Area Travel Writers (BATW), based in San Francisco, is a nonprofit, professional organization of travel writers, editors and photographers who share their stories in newspapers, magazines, books and other worldwide travel publications.
Miss Teen Danville goes to state pageant
Jenna Green of Danville was a delegate to the 29th annual Miss Teenage California Scholarship Pageant that was held in Los Angeles on April 19-20. The pageant stresses education, personal achievement and community involvement.
A freshman at Monte Vista High School, Jenna competed as Miss Teen Danville. Contestants from around the state are judged on their communication skills, achievements and activities, and their poise and appearance in evening gowns. The program is organized and produced by Danfranc Productions and the California Scholarship Foundation.
Jaffe to head up John Muir gift planning
Linda Jaffe, a Danville resident, has been promoted to vice president of Gift Planning for the John Muir Health Foundation. In her new role, Jaffe will be responsible for the solicitation and stewardship of life-income and testamentary gifts to the foundation through wills, bequests and various charitable trust vehicles.
Jaffe's 10 years of fundraising experience includes her work with Bryn Mawr College, the Jewish Community Foundation of Oakland, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and Bentley School. During her legal career, she practiced health care law and later became a public defender. Since becoming a professional fundraiser, Jaffe has worked for educational, environmental and Jewish philanthropic organizations to improve the wellbeing of the nonprofit organizations based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Bryn Mawr College; a master's in management from North Carolina State University; and a juris doctor from Hastings College of the Law.
American Legion chooses delegates for Boy's State
David Eliahu from Monte Vista High and Kevin from Athenian were selected to attend Boy's State, which will take place in Sacramento for a week in June. They will represent American Legion's Mt. Diablo Post No. 246. Alternates were also picked: Michael Fullem for Monte Vista, and Joe Marcinkowski is an alternate for Kevin Hsiue for Athenian.
Boy's State is an annual gathering of young men in their junior year of high school in a mock government setting. They are able to network with individuals in the military and civic leadership roles. They are chosen for their high grade point averages and school citizenship, sending in resumes and having personal interviews.