42 Silicon Valley Hosts Community Event Honoring Local Heroes

42 Silicon Valley Hosts Community Event Honoring Local Heroes

On October 3rd, 42 Silicon Valley hosted Senator Bob Wieckowski’s State of the 10th Senate District 2019 Address and Awards Ceremony. During this community event, local heroes were honored for their dedication to make the district a better place.

District Director, Rocky Fernandez, introduced Fremont Vice Mayor Raj Salwan who gave welcoming remarks. Vice Major Salwan stated, “We are here on the campus of 42 Silicon Valley. 42 is an innovative engineering college in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the leading college for software engineering, programming, and coding, they’re disrupting engineering education as we know it and creating a pipeline of new tech leaders. Fremont is on the cutting-edge of high tech, cleantech, biosciences, clean transportation, and advanced manufacturing. We pride ourselves in a quality education system in the city of Fremont; and have been recognized as one of the best-run cities in America. And we have a saying, “When you think of Fremont, think Silicon Valley.”

42 Silicon Valley: Creating Opportunities

Senator Bob Wieckowski spoke next and acknowledged 42 Silicon Valley as a school that is providing disruptive education. He elaborated, ” Let’s thank all the students at 42 Silicon Valley and the host here. You know, zero teachers, zero classes, zero tuition, 100% coding, let’s make it happen. I had the pleasure of touring the location last week and I was impressed as I believe all of you are with the opportunity for young people to really apply their skills. I don’t understand everything about coding, but the dormitory that is here, the opportunity that people have to go to school for free, and just make it happen is part of that. We talked about disruptive economies or just agents of disruption and it’s happening here at 42 Silicon Valley. So bravo to you folks!”

Paying Tribute to the Individuals and Organizations that are Making a Difference

Senator Wieckowski acknowledged that the evening’s event was about paying tribute to and congratulating individuals and organizations that are part of the 10th Senate District communities. He highlighted the importance of the work that these local heroes do and the various contributions they have made. Local community leaders presented the Awards Ceremony that followed the State of the Senate District Address. The list of honorees and those who introduced them are as follows:

Local Heroes

Kate Amon – Introduction by Ann Crosbie, Fremont Unified School District Trustee

Ann Boylan – Introduction by Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci

Evelyn Chua – Introduction by Milpitas Councilmember Carmen Montano

Rochelle Collins – Introduction by Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab

Sam Kumar – Introduction by Santa Clara Unified School District Trustee Jim Canova

Daniel Newell – Introduction by AM 1220 KDOW Radio “Business on the Edge” host Margaret Jackson

Liz Ortega – Introduction by San Mateo Labor Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Julie Lind

Raj Nayyar – Introduction by Hayward Councilmember Francisco Zermeno


Non-Profit of the Year

Soulciety – Introduction by Hayward Councilmember Sara Lamnin


Community Partner of the Year

East Bay Family Defenders – Introduction by San Leandro Vice Mayor Corina Lopez


Unity Award

John Smith – Introduction by Senator Bob Wieckowski


It Was an Honor to Host This Community Event

It was an honor to host The State of the 10th Senate District’s 2019 Address and Awards Ceremony. We loved opening our doors for an event to celebrate diverse and impactful communities. We are especially happy to recognize those who are working hard to make a positive difference. 42 Silicon Valley is proud to be part of a district with so many wonderful individuals and organizations.

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published by Stacey Faucett – December 17, 2019