Mountain View Voice

News - February 4, 2011

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Local Pulitzer-winner at AIDS event

A Mountain View High School alum and Pulitzer Prize winner will be the star of a fundraising event for AIDS-stricken children in Liberia at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

"An Evening with Jose Antonio Vargas," presented by the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project at Las Alto High School, will highlight the journalism career of the former resident and his latest work, "The Other City," a documentary depicting the AIDS struggle in Washington, D.C.

Donations from the event will be used for medicine, education and counseling for Liberian women and children, said Jean Newton or the Rotary club. The AIDS Project, in union with Global Strategies for HIV Prevention and the Rotary Club of Sinkor in Liberia, will travel to three of the Eastern African country's HIV clinics February 19 to 25.

Vargas graduated from Mountain View High School in 2000 and went on to graduate from San Francisco State University in 2004, according to his website. He was also an intern at the Voice. Vargas was part of a Washington Post team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings in 2008. He is now a senior contributing editor for the Huffington Post.

General tickets for the event are $50, $150 for VIP seating and reception and $25 for students with ID. Tickets are tax-deductible and can be reserved at www.rotaryaidsproject.org.

—Peter Maxwell

Castro Kids Crunch Numbers

Two out of nine Castro Elementary school students won awards and placed in the top 10 percent of competing students at the Math Matters contest held at the Bay Area Technology Magnet School in Oakland on Saturday, Jan. 29, said Castro school Principal Judy Crates.

Fifth-grader Chris Jawetz earned 2nd place in the competition and an iPod Touch, while fourth-grader Sean Takada received an honorable mention, ranking him in the top 20 students at the event, Crates said.

Seven other Castro students participated in the math contest: Roberto Cordero, Carmen Garcia, Michelle Kucynski, Caroline Gerrior, Kabir Wagle, Reyhaneh Turner, and Luke Osland; all were also tested alongside 182 of some of the brightest fourth- and fifth-grade mathematicians in the Bay Area.

— Peter Maxwell

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