So This Happened...Week of March 25 through 31, 2024

So This Happened…Week of March 25 through April 2, 2024

Clockwise from left: Clayton Valley Charter Robotics Club to compete at world championship competition. Third grade student Orion Howell and fourth grade student Salma Ataie Ebuen with their STEM exhibit. (Photos courtesy JoAnna Castillo of CVCHS). Owner-chef Manet Kumar carefully prepares his diverse gourmet creations at Concord’s Swagat restaurant.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Apr. 2, 2024) — If robots ever rule the world, some local students may be leading the charge.

For the first time, teen robotics experts from Clayton Valley Charter High School are heading to the VEX World Championship. The Juniors Team 94517x will be one of 2,400 teams to compete in the event held in Dallas April 24-27.

“We are looking forward to competing with and against the friends we made this season at the events and are excited to meet new ones from all over the world,” says team captain Eric Catalano.

Members of Clayton Valley’s Robotics Club and Engineering Academy also recently stopped by Diablo View Middle School to get the students excited about the programs awaiting them next year. Meanwhile, kids at Mt. Diablo Elementary took their science seriously at the annual STEM Fair.

Batter up: Players for the Martinez Sturgeon Professional Baseball Club are gearing up for the season opener on May 22. The team will also host camps for kids 6-17 beginning May 27. For other local sports news, check out the new Athlete Spotlights on Alyssa Teixeira of Clayton Valley and Jared Bennet of Concord High.

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Bev Britton
Bev Britton
Copy Editor at The Concord Clayton Pioneer |

Bev Britton graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of North Dakota and moved to the Bay Area with her soon-to-be husband Jim in 1986. She was features editor at the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek before becoming managing editor of the Contra Costa Sun in Lafayette in 1995. She retired from newsrooms in 2001, but an ad for the Clayton Pioneer drew her back in. The family moved to Lake Wildwood in the Gold Country a few years ago - but working at the Pioneer keeps her in touch with her old neighborhoods in Concord and Clayton.