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Living - July 3, 2009

Of note

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.

During the awards night ceremony at Monte Vista High School held May 27, the Alamo Chamber of Commerce presented one of its two annual scholarship awards to Monte Vista High School senior Eric Jensen. A similar presentation will be made at San Ramon Valley High School on June 2. Awards chairman Joe Combs and Roberta Morris, AMPA board member, made the presentation.

"Eric has been selected as our choice from among a number of eligible candidates who applied for this scholarship award," said Combs. "It is our hope that this cash award will enable Eric to more comfortably pursue his objective of furthering his education in business at the UC Santa Barbara.

"We are pleased to play this small role in his continuing success and good fortune," added Roberta Morris.

For more information about the ACC Scholarship Program, call 989-6086.

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.

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