Natalie Tha, a fourth-grader at Arroyo School in San Carlos, won first place in RethinkWaste’s trash to art contest, in which local elementary school students were asked to transform household waste products into art pieces. Shaqed Krupnick, a fourth-grader at Nesbit Elementary School in Belmont, won second place and Luca Medici, a third-grader at Las Lomitas Elementary School, won third place. Winners received a field trip, pizza party and a special presentation at their local city council meetings.

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Michael Medina, of Redwood City, was named to the dean’s list at Central Oregon Community College.

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Jacob Sanders, of San Bruno, graduated from the University of Kentucky.

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Sri Arigapudi, of Belmont, Nithesh Kattekola, of Burlingame, Hareesh Kurra, of Foster City, Rapul Kumar, of San Bruno, and Srujan Tipirneni, Sateeshkumar Kakaraparthi and Kalyan Rathipelli, of San Mateo, graduated from Campbellsville University.

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NDNU Stedman

Stedman Graham

Notre Dame de Namur University awarded degrees to 481 graduates during the Belmont school’s commencement ceremony Saturday, May 4. The event featured a commencement speech by author and entrepreneur Stedman Graham, who is the partner of Oprah Winfrey.

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With donated materials from The Home Depot, volunteers improved and beautified the campus of Spruce Elementary School in South San Francisco during the Depot Day of Service, Saturday, May 11.

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The San Mateo County Office of Education recognized the Hoover Community School Boys & Girls Club after school program in Redwood City winner of its excellence in education and equity award for work done to close the achievement gap.

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The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors granted the South San Francisco Unified School District $78,000 to install automated external defibrillators at 20 campuses.

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