Community Corner: College commitments, youth leadership awards and more

Community Corner: College commitments, youth leadership awards and more

Michele Ellson

Photo courtesy of Randy Rentschler.

A quartet of Encinal High School student athletes have signed commitment letters for college programs. Encinal girls’ soccer team captain Melissa Ma will be goaltending at University of the Pacific, an NCAA Division 1 school, while sisters Alexandra “Alex” Sifuentes and Cecilia “CeCe” Sifuentes, also soccer captains, are headed to Sonoma State. Dylan Tonningsen, a team captain for Encinal High’s water polo team, has committed to Occidental College. A host of other student athletes are expected to choose college programs soon. Ma, who attends the Alameda Science and Technology Institute, was a four-year starter for Encinal High’s team, a multi-year All League player and was an active player on nationally ranked club teams; the Sifuentes sisters were also starters on Encinal’s team for four years and members of All League teams.

The Rotary Club of Alameda is inviting local high school sophomores and juniors to apply for Rotary International’s Youth Leadership Awards. Applications are due by 5 p.m. February 28. Qualifications for the award include demonstrated leadership potential, public speaking ability and good academic standing; successful applicants will also be well organized and will demonstrate good listening and problem-solving skills. Students selected for the program will attend an all-expense-paid leadership conference with other Bay Area winners from August 3-8 at Mission Springs Camp near Scotts Valley. For information and an application, contact Marie Reyes at 866-9024 or e-mail

The city is hosting a trio of public forums to discuss new performance measures intended to track whether City Hall is performing as residents expect and whether it is using the city’s resources efficiently. The forums will be held on February 19 at the recreation center in Leydecker Park, 3225 Mecartney Road; on February 24 at the Boys & Girls Club of Alameda, 1900 Third Street; and on February 26 at Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue. All three forums will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Additional information is available on the city’s website.

The Boys & Girls Club of Alameda is holding Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler, its 29th annual dinner and auction, on March 1 at the Hilton Oakland Airport hotel. Tickets are $150 per person, $300 for couples and $1,500 for a table of 10. Admission includes appetizers, Champagne, a multi-course meal with wine, entry into a raffle and best-dressed contest, a photo booth and dancing. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys & Girls Club. Tickets and information are available online; additional information is available by calling 522-4900, extension 102, on e-mailing