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May 24, 2011 > Scholarships and smiles

Scholarships and smiles

By Suzanne Ortt
Photo by Teofie S. Decierdo, VTM Photography

The crowd comprised of scholarship winners, parents, sponsors, special guests, and the general public gathered on the occasion of New Haven Schools Foundation's Scholarship Celebration Luncheon, held April 22 at the Crowne Plaza.

Following lunch, Cathy O'Brien, president of the NHSF organization and Tony Acosta, board member, welcomed all and introduced the notables. Special guest Stanford football coach, David Shaw, shared a few words. Then Tony Acosta, also Union City's deputy city manager, assumed duties as master of ceremonies. Special awards went to Tri-CED Community Recycling and to Jo Baig from Bank of the West.

Alameda County Supervisor, Nadia Lockyer and Superintendent of New Haven Unified School District, Kari McVeigh, presented the awards to the 44 student winners. After graduation, these seniors will disperse around the country to attend colleges. The majority will stay in California; others will go out of state, with one as far away as Boston.

Former Superintendent of New Haven Unified School District (NHUSD) Guy Emanuele, who could not attend due to health reasons, was lauded for his service to the school district, including starting the Foundation 30 years ago.

The Oakland A's received thanks for donating game tickets to the raffle. Two lucky winners received these desired pieces of 'cardboard.'

Awards were distributed to the sound of much applause. Attendees were left with the satisfaction of seeing the happy graduating seniors, their families, and sponsors. Good will abounded that day.

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