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When Erik Lee opened Alameda Martial Arts in 1994, the first student to walk through the door was 7-year-old Sandra Carnero. Two decades later, Carnero is still at the school.

Alameda resident Sue Lim is a member of the all-woman Ketos whaleboat racing team, which competed in February at the Australian Whale Boat Racing Championships.

While many coaches spend a lifetime building their reputation, Joe Tenorio made a name for himself in just a few years. He is a Bay Area coaching legend.

In a surprise award ceremony Friday at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland, Benjamin Jenkins was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor in the United States, for his service.

Thomas John Theodore Phillips, 28, of Manhattan Beach, Calif. died peacefully and surrounded by his family on Saturday at his sister’s home in Claremont, Calif.

Mary Rudge, Alameda’s longtime poet laureate, has died. Friends described Rudge as a woman who gave tirelessly to her community, raised a family and practiced her art in the face of incredible personal obstacles, traveling the world to spread her message of peace and working locally to boost literacy and access to her chosen form of expression.

For many, the New Year is about renewing willpower in order to tackle resolutions. But for Olympians, willpower is a necessity year-round. While others are struggling to make it to the gym at least once or twice a week, Olympians like lightweight rower Kristin Hedstrom rarely see a day away from their workout.

In 1994, Donna Milgram founded the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science (IWITTS), the only national organization whose sole mission is to provide educators and employers with the tools they need to encourage women to enter and succeed in careers where they are under-represented.

Ellina Bartholomew Couts is constantly creating – doodles in her schoolbooks, drawings, earrings made out of plants. While friends and family members have long been aware of her artistic prowess, the 11-year-old’s work is now finding a much wider audience.

Every Friday, the staff at Wood Middle School in Alameda wear blue “Happy Friday” pins in honor of Paul Hardy Parker, a custodian at Wood Middle School who passed away this past July.