Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group Announces 2017 Dreammakers and Risktakers Award Recipients

Dale Eldridge Kaye, CEO, Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group

Their projects are not only technologically advanced but also weave in social innovation components that demonstrate a heartfelt desire to make the world a better place.

The Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group, a business organization showcasing the regional Tri-Valley ecosystem of innovation and empathy, today announced 2017 Dreammakers and Risktakers student award recipients. The recipients are an extraordinary group of young leaders who are using technology and innovation to change the world and improve our future.

The 2017 student innovators and award recipients will be celebrated at the seventh annual Dreammakers and Risktakers Award Luncheon at the Palm Event Center in the Vineyards in Pleasanton, on October 5, 2017.

Livermore’s Christensen Middle School student inventors of the Wheel Chariot have created a modified wheel chair and communications device that allows nonverbal, wheelchair bound students to participate in physical activities alongside their able-bodied peers. Wheel Chariot innovators are members of the school’s Makers Club who collaborated with members of Girls Who Code as mentored by leaders at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. The project was also supported by the Livermore Valley Rotary Club and the Livermore Valley Education Foundation. Christensen Middle School student award recipients are Ashley Horch, Manvitha Nandamuri, Katelyn Silva, and Emma Rose Weidemeier.

A senior at Dublin High School, Allison Loo is the founder of PATCH. Through PATCH, which stands for Plushies Aimed to Comfort Hearts, Allison has partnered with the CALICO Center in San Leandro to deliver stuffed animals to children of abuse. Allison has used her own personal story to inspire other students to come forward, empowering them to give back and provide comfort for other children who have also suffered abuse. Allison was nominated by the Dublin Unified School District as an energetic, caring and bold young role model.

The Hangar is a vocational skills classroom located on the Village High School campus in Pleasanton. The Hangar is staffed by students with special needs who are learning job skills while they also provide…

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