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Help for Haiti: Bubb teacher Adria Flores reported that the elementary students have donated over $1,500 to the Red Cross after only four days of fundraising. She credited the fifth graders for spearheading the campaign and collecting the money.
Mountain View High students have raised nearly $3,000 to donate to relief efforts in Haiti, reported Ambika Bist, president of the MVHS Red Cross Club. She said donations have come from boys and girls basketball games, as well as donation boxes at school.
DemandTec champions: After weeks of preparing, and a win at a regional competition, Mountain View High seniors Jody Zhang and Elise Sugarman took first place in DemandTec's annual Retail Challenge finals. The competition gives high school seniors challenges that simulate real-life scenarios in marketing and merchandising.
The girls flew to New York, completing the final round of the competition in the NASDAQ building.
The two students split a $10,000 grand prize, in addition to a $10,000 prize for their regional win, which was awarded to them at the closing bell ceremonies on Jan. 12. They beat out nearly 50 local students and six other finalist teams from around the country.
Zhang and Sugarman will use the scholarship money next year at college, though neither knows yet where they will be heading post-graduation.
January students of the month: The Mountain View-Los Altos district board honored three outstanding students for the month of January.
Alta Vista senior Ivan Joshua Henriquez-Nunez was recognized for his academic growth and leadership. He helped organize a food drive at his campus, collecting over 350 pounds of food for families in Silicon Valley. He paints original logos, decals and scenes on plain Converse sneakers and is considering designing his own line of shoes.
Mountain View student Julien Roth was honored for his outstanding academic achievement and volunteer work. He has volunteered over 1,600 hours of service at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto. In addition Roth has played competitive club soccer and basketball and participated in a few triathlons.
Los Altos High student Mark Levin-Gesundheit is the entertainment editor at the school's newspaper, The Talon. Levin is an avid writer, who describes his fiction short stories as "quirky, humorous and kind of ridiculous."