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School roundup: Mr. Panther names at Powder Puff game

Antioch High held its annual Powder Puff football game recently. The tradition began in the late 1970s with the junior and senior girls playing a football for a plaque and bragging rights. This year, the back-and-forth action ended with a 28-28 score in overtime. During halftime, the Mr. Panther homecoming king was name. Winning the crown was Benjamin Elias-Ochoa (with escort Brianna Sanchez). Rounding out the royal court were Isaiah Box (Alyssa Huerta), Timmy Dorsey (Liseth Vieyra), Omari Harris (Haley Berreth), Elijah Pete (Cynthia Caballero) and Tejon Sivels (Soledad Flores).

MASSIVE MESSAGE: It was a couple somber days during Pittsburg High School’s Every 15 Minutes program, which demonstrates the dangers of the dangers of drinking and/or texting while driving.

About 1,600 juniors and seniors saw the two-day presentation, which included car crash victims, the Grim Reaper and a memorial and members of the Pittsburg Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Contra Costa Fire, John Muir Health, paramedics and EMTs from American Medical Response. Statistics show some there is a fatality every 15 minutes due to driving under the influence; thus, the name of the national program.

Principal Todd Whitmire said because of that “it is critical that our students understand the incredible obligations that come with driving a vehicle and the potentially life altering impact of a car accident that could be avoided.

“We know this event has a huge impact, in a positive way, on our students and many come away from the activity with a newfound appreciation for the dangers of driving under the influence.”

Said Sgt. Joseph Terry from the Pittsburg Police Department added: “This challenges (the students) to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, the responsibility of making mature decisions and the impact their decisions have on family, friends, their community and many others. This is held right before the junior prom and senior ball to hopefully eliminate any alcohol related incidents.”

O’Hara Park Middle School is now in the green thanks to a special undertaking.

From Antioch’s Troop 450, Adam Siri recently completed his Eagle Scout project – a greenhouse for the Oakley school.
Siri, 15, raised $2,200, which included a sizable contribution from San Francisco’s Brereton Architects to help purchase the 12- by 16-foot greenhouse.

The Dozier-Libbey student was joined by other troop members and adult volunteers to clear and level a space in the back of the school designated as a gardening area.

Adam Siri (at left) recently completed his Eagle Scout project at O'HaraPark Middle School in Oakley. Courtesy Matthew Dunn
Adam Siri (at left) recently completed his Eagle Scout project at O’Hara<br />Park Middle School in Oakley. (Courtesy Matthew Dunn) 

Scoutmaster Matthew Dunn said the crew “braved the rain and hail storms” during that weekend to complete the task.
After seeing last spring’s similar project by a Troop 450 scout at Deer Valley High, two O’Hara Park teachers connected Dunn about doing the same at their school.

It turned out to be a perfect match for all, especially Siri, who had helped on the DV greenhouse project.

As a bonus addition to the project, the freshman repurposed some old theater doors and frames and made tables for inside the greenhouse. He has three more Merit Badges to complete before going to the Eagle Scout Board of Review.

– – Compiled from staff reports

Source: East Bay School roundup: Mr. Panther names at Powder Puff game

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