A NEW DAY HAS DAWNED ... For nearly four decades, Bayshore Christian Ministries has given community members opportunities to form bonds in East Palo Alto and Belle Haven. This week, the nonprofit announced its new name: Hope Horizon East Palo Alto. The fresh name aims "to more accurately reflect its vision and hope to the community it services," according to a press release. The organization remains rooted in its original mission, which is to help local youth spiritually grow, learn life skills and become leaders. "We entered into a prayerful season nearly a year ago about clarifying our visual identity to best execute our core mission. We spent time learning and listening to the needs of the organization, both internally and with the community," Executive Director Tiffany Hong said. "We began to dream and focus on creating a brand identity that would better help our organization build on and live out our mission with excellence and relevance." Hope Horizon also has debuted a new logo, which shows an open door that leads to a hill and rising sun. Director of partner engagement Amy Joh, who has worked for the organization since 2000, explained the symbolism behind the logo. "We help students open doors to their rising futures, to the hope of Christ and to the hope of something beyond the set circumstances they may be in right now."
HARD WORK PAYS OFF ... Over a dozen local students were announced last month as candidates for this year's U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, a federal program that is meant to recognize the nation's most distinguished high school seniors. Ultimately, up to 161 students will be selected from around the country. Students are identified as candidates largely based on their SAT or ACT exam scores. Candidates can also be identified based on their artistic achievements or accomplishments in career and technical education fields. The winners are expected to be announced in early May, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Palo Alto residents named as candidates include Gunn High School students Vasuda M. Dokiparthi, Alex Fester, Hetva P. Joshi, Micaela Leong, Katherine C. Lu and Jessica Zang, and Palo Alto High students Alexander L. Guan, Ryan K. Hwangbo, Tara Kapoor, Arundhati Parikh, Neil P. Rathi and Franklin X. Wang. Local students from Palo Alto attending private schools are: Andrew K. Chu (The Nueva School), Abigail E. Milne (Woodside Priory School) and Owen Terry (Pinewood School).
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