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More graduation photos

A bunch of good photos from the Carlmont, Jefferson and Terra Nova high school graduations last week were left on the cutting-room floor. Here’s the best of what didn’t get into the paper. In the photo above, Charlotte Carpenter waves to family members during Jefferson’s graduation ceremony Thursday in Daly City. (Photo by John Green)

Jefferson class speaker Bongie Matudio (left) leads her fellow seniors onto the football field. (John Green)

Joshua Delai stikes a pose after receiving his diploma at Terra Nova’s ceremony Thursday in Pacifica. (Photo by Dan Honda)

Jessie Harris takes pictures at Carlmont’s graduation Friday in Belmont. (Dan Honda)

Carlmont’s Associated Student Body President Mitchell Cappa gives a thumbs-up to the graduating class. (Dan Honda)

Carlmont senior Josephine Kitekeiaho shows her joy at receiving her diploma. (Dan Honda)

Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
Under: Belmont, Daly City, Education, Pacifica, San Mateo County, Schools | No Comments »

Notre Dame de Namur graduation

We have a few extra photos lying around from Saturday’s commencement ceremonies at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. In the photo above, Yang Zhou holds her 1-year-old son Raymond.

Former teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan, above, was the keynote speaker. Morgan, who got her teaching credential at Notre Dame de Namur in 1974, was a member of the space shuttle Endeavour crew that performed a two-week mission in 2007, making improvements to the International Space Station.

Derek Joseph DeGrenier, above, waved to friends during the commencement ceremonies.

Posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
Under: Aaron Kinney, Awards and Accolades, Belmont, Education, Schools | No Comments »

Dedication in Belmont

Parents braved the weather Friday morning to line up for the opportunity to register their kids for the Merry Moppet Preschool in Belmont. They’d have to stay there until Saturday morning for a chance to register their kids in the private preschool, which is affiliated with the K-5 Belmont Oaks Academy.

This photo was sent to us by Judy Block, of Palo Alto, who spent some time in line on behalf of a grandchild.

Posted on Monday, February 9th, 2009
Under: Aaron Kinney, Belmont, Education, Schools | No Comments »

Considering a trip to Washington

Belmont resident Leslie Williams, a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, heard about his invitation to President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration just like the rest of us –- in the news.

Williams, 89, said he hasn’t received an actual invitation yet, but he’s not particularly worried. The federal government was able to track him down, after all, when the Airmen were invited to Washington in 2007 to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

“That was a very significant part of my life, regardless of the circumstances,” Williams said last week, referring to the racism he and the other black pilots encountered.

The question right now is whether Williams will be able to make it to the Jan. 20 extravaganza. He’s still recovering from a fall he suffered while visiting his wife in the hospital.

At the moment, he’s not sure if it would be wise to go, given the massive crowds that are expected for the inauguration, not to mention the cold — and possibly icy — weather.

Williams said he’ll see how he feels next month. In the meantime, he’ll keep an eye out for any mail with a return address from the District of Columbia.

Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2008
Under: Aaron Kinney, Barack Obama, Belmont, Democratic Party | No Comments »