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Living - May 22, 2009

Of note

Middle schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District decided about three months ago to hold a "Biggest Loser" competition with the idea that it would help keep morale up for the teachers during the tough times ahead. The competition was a hit and 140 middle school teachers in the district set out to see who could lose the most weight. Each school had an initial weigh-in day to come up with a school weight, then they had a weekly weigh-in to track everyone's progress and after 10 weeks had a final weigh-in.

Los Cerros and Iron Horse middle schools tied for the biggest percentage of weight loss for the first-place prize, which was a healthy catered lunch sponsored by the PTA. On top of the lunch, the winning schools had the opportunity to win a one-year membership to 24 hour Fitness, donated by Iron Horse parent Elizabeth Gentry, a 24 hour executive.

Lynette Gonzales, an eighth-grade core teacher at Iron Horse, lost the most weight and won the membership. As a group the teachers lost more than 850 pounds with some people losing up to 30.

The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF) recently announced the appointment of new board members Adam Cipriano and Nicole Holthuis to the Foundation Board. Cipriano has been actively engaged in the San Ramon Valley school district for the past five years and is the current president and a past treasurer and past director for the Bollinger Canyon Elementary School Education Fund. He is also currently a part of the Citizens for Quality Schools/Measure C leadership team.

Holthuis has spent most of her professional life in education as a teacher, curriculum developer, teacher educator, classroom researcher and program evaluator. She currently volunteers in her daughters' classrooms, is a member of the Green Valley Elementary Site Council, and part-time consultant. She and her husband have lived in Danville for 13 years and have three girls, ages 8, 10 and 12.

The Foundation conducts fundraisers (such as the Primo's Run for Education) throughout the year, and then returns the proceeds directly to the schools and classrooms.

Darren Brooks Sandosky, 17, of Danville became an Eagle Scout in a court of honor last month. His project was to construct two mobile storage carts for the steel drum program at Dougherty Valley High School, where he is a student. Prior to the project the drums were stored on the floor on the drum room and each had to be carried individually.

Sandosky is a member of Troop No. 60 under Scoutmaster Mike Dubrall. He is the son of Dave and Michelle Sandosky.

As senior class president for the Rolling Hills Chapter of National Charity League Inc., Sunny Lekov recognized her graduating class for their five years of service to the community at the annual Senior Presents ceremony held March 29 at Diablo Country Club.

"Five years ago, 20 girls were brought together by their mothers because they shared one thing in common; they all had a desire to volunteer their time to help those in need," stated Sunny.

Devon Ryan of Danville received the Senior Service Award, given annually to the graduating senior with the highest number of cumulative philanthropy hours. "NCL has made me realize that there are people out there not as fortunate as me who need some extra help," said Ryan. "Working with NCL has shown me how important helping others is, and has inspired me to continue to be involved with community service throughout my college years, and hopefully for the rest of my life."

Graduating members are Alexa Carbajal, Gabrielle Carey, Summer Dashe, Katharine Edson, Alexandra Hay, Ariel Henley, Alixandria Henley, Alexandra Lekov, Madisyn Maloney, Jessica Murad, Erica Nelson, Lauren Raponi, Elyse Rigolfi, Jacqueline Rush, Devon Ryan, Ashley Scott, Alexandra Sheperdson, Melanie Smith, Farrell Thomas,and Amanda Wolf.

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