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Living - August 7, 2009

Of note

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.

Pet memorial and other golden projects ***PHOTO***

Last year, approximately 5,500 girls in the United States received the Girl Scout Gold Award, around 5.4 percent of the eligible registered Girl Scouts in grades 10-12. Of these, 12 Gold Award winners are from Danville, members of Leader Shirley Bull's troop 452. Winners receive congratulatory letters from the president of the United States, their senators and their governors. Gold Award projects must benefit the community while reflecting the personal goals and interests of each scout.

An example of this is Marie Dal Porto's project. She has owned and cared for neighborhood pets all her young life, and to reflect her love of four legged Danville residents, Marie built a pet memorial on one of the walking trails in the Shadow Hills neighborhood consisting of two poles upon which neighbors can place the tags or collar of a pet that has died. To visit the memorial take El Capitan to Borica Drive then up the hill to Lowell Court. Turn left and the stairs to the walking trail are just past the first house on the left.

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