by Jim Franz
The international Season for Nonviolence is held each year from January 30 to April 4 to honor the lives and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Cesar Chavez.
As part of Alameda’s observance of the season, Alameda students were invited to participate in a citywide speech contest sponsored by the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth, and their Families and the .
On Saturday, May 14, eight Alameda high school students participated in the Season for Nonviolence Speech Contest Finals, at the .
The students spoke on the theme, “What can you do to make our community safe and secure?”
Cash prizes of $200, $100, $75, and $50 were awarded for first, second, third and fourth place respectively, and all participants receive a certificate of achievement.
Kristine Chin took first, Jennelle Torres was second, Tony Lin, third, and Marisa Cherry took fourth place. Torres represented , the other students are from the .
The other finalists were ASTI students: tenth graders Max Rohde and Kristine Amber Gomez, and ninth graders Ebone Qualls and Mercedes Thorne.