THE ARTS . . . A Palo Alto high school student was one of 65 chosen nationwide to attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 1994 Summer Seminar for High School Juniors in early August. Kerry McGuire will participate in an intensive two-week program studying all aspects of theater. . . . Alexander Vladimirskiy, 18, of Palo Alto, was one of 300 high school students chosen to display their artwork at the Congressional Arts Caucus national exhibit last month. Vladimirskiy, a Los Altos High School graduate, was nominated for the exhibit by Rep. Anna Eshoo . . . Palo Alto composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen has had one of her compositions chosen to be performed at the Ernest Bloch Music Festival this month in Oregon.
HELPING SENIORS . . . Menlo Park's Rosener House, a day care center for impaired seniors run by Peninsula Volunteers, has received a $5,000 gift from the Insurance Industry Charitable Fund, an arm of the Insurance Council of Northern California. The IICF said it selected Rosener House as one of its 15 charitable honorees for 1994 because "it provides an effective alternative to institutionalization."
MUSICAL LEGACY . . . Plaques and checks for $250 went to Tami Chuang and Matthew Summers of Palo Alto High School and Elizabeth Snyder and Melissa Hung of Gunn High School, who were named winners of the 1994 William Kenneth Peters Memorial Scholarship for music. Peters, who died in 1989, taught music in Palo Alto schools for 32 years.
HIGH NOTES . . . The Palo Alto-based El Camino Youth Symphony returned triumphantly from a New York City concert tour a few weeks ago, having performed at some pretty prestigious venues, including Lincoln Center and the United Nations. Young musicians from Palo Alto who joined the 100-member ensemble on the New York trip were: Greg Ammen, Melissa Anchan, Alton Atkinson, Aaron Brodkin, Karen Chuang, Jeremy Clemenson, Aly Eisenhardt, Mike Espar, Jeremy Erman, Diana Juan, John Kilcline, Mara Kronick, Jean Lai, Nailni Rao, Nicole Reich-Weiser, Ben Salsbury, Josh Salsbury, Hilary Selden, Andy Sinton, Sara Spieth, Joanna Street, Jerome Tsui, Katie Wang, Kristy Wang, Mike Wilson, Ben Woodhams, Catherine Wu, Anglea Xu and Yisha Zhang.
GREEN BEAT . . . The Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation has named Stephanie Hughes its new executive director, replacing Debbie Mytels. Hughes was a project manager at Acurex Environmental Corp., a consulting firm in Mountain View. She has master's degrees in chemical and environmental engineering from Stanford University. Mytels will continue working on special projects at the center while pursuing an advanced degree in environmental education.
NAME THAT NEIGHBORHOOD . . . An unofficial election to find a new name for the unincorporated San Mateo County neighborhood that has been the subject of a controversial traffic experiment has come up with a winner. Of the 214 who returned ballots, 133 want the neighborhood to be known as Menlo Woods. The other 81 thought South Fair Oaks sounded nice, according to a neighborhood newsletter that printed the results.
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