Mountain View's Challenge Team is honoring Los Altos High School student Ricky Juarez with the Student Champion award. He will be joined by former Los Altos mayor and councilmember Roy Lave, who will be awarded the 2013 Youth Champion of the Year at a May 8 event.
The Challenge Team is a nonprofit partnership composed of students, parents, school districts, police departments, community organizations and health-care and faith-based groups. They collaborate to bring positive influences into the lives of youth and guide them away from alcohol, tobacco, drugs and gang activity.
Juarez will be awarded for his dedication to the community of Mountain View. Juarez spends his time volunteering for various organizations and participating in local recreational programs like Mountain View's "Leaders in Training" and the "Youth Advisory Committee" that worked on the sub-committee for the new teen center.
According to LAHS Assistant Principal Galen Rosenberg, "Juarez has also done his best to be a positive influence to those around him." Mountain View Police Sergeant Ecdao also describes Juarez fondly. "Juarez is a natural leader, as Juarez has helped many at risk youth in his neighborhood."
Lave is the CEO and chairman of the Los Altos Community Foundation that organizes grants to fund organizations like A Learn, Children's Health Council, the Community School of Music and Arts, the Los Altos School District, YMCA, and numerous other organizations that serve youth in the community.
The Champions for Youth breakfast will be held on Wednesday, May 8 at 7 a.m. at Michael's restaurant, located at 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd.
More information is at http://event.pingg.com/ChallengeTeamChamp.
Local dispatcher praised
The city of San Francisco and the 9-1-1 for Kids Foundation is honoring Mountain View resident Dan Nguyen with award for his life-saving work as a public safety dispatcher.
Nguyen will receive the "9-1-1 for Kids" award, which is presented to dispatchers for their exceptional performance while answering or dispatching emergency services.
Nguyen is one of many dispatchers who receive millions of emergency calls per year in the Bay Area.
"Nguyen's job was vital in the emergency response call made by a 14-year-old girl, whose mother was injured after their ceiling collapsed," said Francis Zamora, public information officer for the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.
Nguyen and other dispatchers' quick response and compassion guided the girl and the rest of her family throughout the ordeal, often times assuring them that help was on the way. "I'm primarily concerned with maintaining my demeanor in a high stress situation," said Dan Nguyen. "If I can remain calm, collected and professional, then I can help keep callers calm as well."
Nguyen constantly gave directions and medical assistance to keep the mother safe as well as helping the young girl to stay calm until paramedics arrived.
Nguyen, who lives in Mountain View and attended Mountain View High School, said that the "reason he became a police dispatcher was because he found helping people enjoyable."
The award ceremony was held at San Francisco City Hall on Wednesday, April 10.
Romeo and Juliet at MVHS
The Mountain View High School Theatre Department is presenting "Romeo and Juliet," Shakespeare's famous tragedy, for its spring production.
The play will be showing April 25-27 in the Spartan Theatre at Mountain View High School, located at 3535 Truman Ave.
"Romeo and Juliet" depicts the timeless story of two lovers torn apart by their family's rivalry. The play will not only performed by the students, directed by them as well.
Shows on Thursday and Friday begin at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door or at the Mountain View High School Finance Office.
Make reservations via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone by calling (650) 940-7406. More information is online at http://tinyurl.com/MVHSplay.