On the blackboard

Publication Date: Wednesday Jun 17, 1998

On the blackboard

WHAT'S NEW AT ST. ELIZABETH ... Fourteen of St. Elizabeth Seton School's graduating eighth-graders will be able to attend private high schools thanks to a donation from the S.H. Cowell Foundation of San Francisco. The new $145,000 endowment will pay the balance of tuition, after the other scholarships are counted, for any Catholic or other private school, according to Sister Paule Freeburg, St. Elizabeth's director of development. In other happenings, Joan Casey, the school's principal, will be leaving St. Elizabeth Seton for the St. Lawrence Academy High School in Santa Clara. Kevin Eagleson will start July 1 as the new principal of St. Elizabeth Seton.

FIRST GIRLS GRADUATE ... East Palo Alto's San Francisco 49ers Academy graduated girls for the first time on June 11. Former 49er Keena Turner and former Los Angeles Laker Sven Nader addressed the graduating eighth-graders. The school's second graduating class of 53 students included 21 girls. Last year the school was all boys, but this year it began offering separate classes for girls and boys.

LEADING THE STATE ... Woodside High School sophomores Crystal Ledgere and Beth Hopper each placed third in the innovative menu and patisserie display respectively in the California Future Homemakers of America's Home Economics competition. Each student took home a trophy and a four-year, $2,000 scholarship from the competition, which was held in Sacramento and was attended by more than 1,200 students.

INTEL AWARDS ... Intel awarded Palo Alto's Jonathan Wu, a senior at Pinewood School, first place in the Intel Fellows Achievement Award and third place in the health and medicine grand award for his entry focused on a treatment for leukemia. Wu received $3,000 total from the two awards. Jordan Middle School math teacher David Louis was the runner-up in Intel's Innovations in Teaching Awards Program, for which he was awarded $5,000. Louis uses innovative and unusual methods of teaching his students math, including using tongue twisters to study linear functions and studying slope intercept with Slinkys.

SCIENCE GOLD MEDALIST ... Thanks to "Supersurfacants," St. Joseph's Elementary School eighth-grader Tommy Nourse came home with a gold medal. His study of the effectiveness of different detergents and cleaning agents was judged best in the materials sciences junior division at the California State Science Fair in Los Angeles. Along with the gold medal he received $125.



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