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8/10/17

An incoming senior at Hayward's Mt. Eden High School was nominated to serve as a delegate in a selective, nationwide program. Boys State seeks to prepare young men to be the leaders of the future and it boasts notable alumni such as former President Bill Clinton and John A. Perez, the former California Assembly speaker. Mathew Bretz was the only Hayward Unified School District student selected to the program at the statewide level.

The American Legion began the California chapter of Boys State in 1937 with the goal of replicating how local and state government systems should function. Mathew Bretz was a junior at Mt. Eden High School when he was nominated by his history teacher to participate as a delegate. He went on to earn the endorsement of the local American Legion post. When he arrived for the week-long program, which takes place at Sacramento State University, he and 1,000 other young men from across the state were placed into five separate dorms. Each building represented a county, and the members of those counties embarked on a process of electing city, county, and then state representatives.

Mr. Bretz was appointed to serve as a firefighter for his mock city and later, due to staffing issues, he was called to duty as a police officer. Inspired by the experience, Mathew Bretz stated, "It is vital that every American participate in the electoral process and become familiar with their state and local governments." In addition to acquiring public speaking and leadership skills, Bretz ended the program with a new appreciation for the art of consensus building. The experience culminated with the delegates visiting the state capitol, where they had the opportunity to meet state legislators and convene a joint session of the Assembly. According to Tim Aboudara, a Boys State senior staff member, "The program is unique in that it is modeled closely after the California Constitution." Aboudara indicated that every state in the U.S. (with the exception of Hawaii) sends two representatives to the nationwide program, which convenes in Washington D.C. Recently, President Trump welcomed the members of Boys Nation to a ceremony at the White House.

As for Bretz, he plans to apply to UC Davis, San Francisco State, and Stanford to pursue a career in medicine. While he doesn't foresee a future in politics, he's grateful for the opportunity this
program has given him to become more civic-minded.

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8/10/17

An incoming senior at Hayward's Mt. Eden High School was nominated to serve as a delegate in a selective, nationwide program. Boys State seeks to prepare young men to be the leaders of the future and it boasts notable alumni such as former President Bill Clinton and John A. Perez, the former California Assembly speaker. Mathew Bretz was the only Hayward Unified School District student selected to the program at the statewide level.

The American Legion began the California chapter of Boys State in 1937 with the goal of replicating how local and state government systems should function. Mathew Bretz was a junior at Mt. Eden High School when he was nominated by his history teacher to participate as a delegate. He went on to earn the endorsement of the local American Legion post. When he arrived for the week-long program, which takes place at Sacramento State University, he and 1,000 other young men from across the state were placed into five separate dorms. Each building represented a county, and the members of those counties embarked on a process of electing city, county, and then state representatives.

Mr. Bretz was appointed to serve as a firefighter for his mock city and later, due to staffing issues, he was called to duty as a police officer. Inspired by the experience, Mathew Bretz stated, "It is vital that every American participate in the electoral process and become familiar with their state and local governments." In addition to acquiring public speaking and leadership skills, Bretz ended the program with a new appreciation for the art of consensus building. The experience culminated with the delegates visiting the state capitol, where they had the opportunity to meet state legislators and convene a joint session of the Assembly. According to Tim Aboudara, a Boys State senior staff member, "The program is unique in that it is modeled closely after the California Constitution." Aboudara indicated that every state in the U.S. (with the exception of Hawaii) sends two representatives to the nationwide program, which convenes in Washington D.C. Recently, President Trump welcomed the members of Boys Nation to a ceremony at the White House.

As for Bretz, he plans to apply to UC Davis, San Francisco State, and Stanford to pursue a career in medicine. While he doesn't foresee a future in politics, he's grateful for the opportunity this
program has given him to become more civic-minded.

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7/7/17

Shami with Superintendent Matt WayneHAYWARD — From the time that she learned how to sew a stitch at 8 years old and made her first handbag, Shami Oshun has had a knack and vision for turning rolls of fabric into wearable and functional creations.

 

“When my mom put me in a sewing class, I just thought, ‘What am I going to do in there,’ and I was kind of confused, but as soon as I got to the fabric store, which is where the classes were, I was just kind of in awe of all the fabric and different things that you can make,” Oshun, a Hayward High School graduate, said in an interview Monday at the Hayward Unified School District office.

“I think I fell off because I’m a very active person and I’ve stuck with sports for most of my life, but I love clothes and I think I’ve secretly known that for a long time,” she said.

 

Though it has been more than two years since Oshun, now 17, stopped playing volleyball and soccer competitively to launch her eponymous clothing line, her big break came in May. She documented her hours-long effort to sew a floor-length dress the day of prom in photos and short social media posts on Twitter.

What followed was an interview the next day from BuzzFeed, an online media company, that spread across social media and thrust Oshun — and her strapless, sheer, lavender tulle dress with purple fabric roses on the bottom — into the limelight. The May 1 article that followed received over 2 million hits, and the additional traffic to Oshun’s website crashed after it received over 50,000 views.

On Instagram, the photo sharing smartphone application where she markets her self-made fashion line, Oshun now has 17,300 followers. The Twitter page, where her story began, now has 2,665 followers.

 

Oshun’s journey to viral social media popularity began the night before her April 30 senior prom at San Francisco’s City View at Metreon, when she found herself in a tight predicament: She did not have a dress to wear for the formal event.

 

“I just didn’t want to wear a normal dress,” Oshun recalled.

“I could have just probably made one of the dresses in my closet work or something, but I just really didn’t want to do that,” she said.

 

Oshun engrossed herself in creative thought, a tried-and-true process tested over her two years as a designer, before placing an old dress on her dress form and making some initial pinning changes. It was ambitious endeavor, since she had only tried to make dresses a few other times before then, Oshun said.

 

It was also a task that came with its fair share of challenges and tested her abilities as a fashion designer.

 

Work that evening came to a grinding halt after just two hours when she stepped on a large sewing needle, Oshun recalled.

“My dad had to pull it out of my foot, so after that, I just said, ‘I’m going to sleep and I’ll try again in the morning,’ ” she said.

Just hours before her prom began, Oshun ran into another snafu when her sewing machine broke.

 

“My mom ran to get it fixed, but in that time, I started hand-sewing, and that’s how I finished the dress,” Oshun said.

“But my mom was quick on her feet and ready to think of a new idea. Once it was done, I was just relieved and super happy because I had just been putting all of that time into it,” she said.

At prom, Oshun found herself dealing with an unexpected wardrobe malfunction that had a serendipitous silver lining.

“Since the flowers were so heavy, it started to weigh down the tulle, so the dress started getting longer and longer,” Oshun said.

“It wasn’t until I was stepping all over it that I realized that, so I just asked the security guard for some scissors, and my friend and I just cut the dress. It was kind of sad, but it was fun; it was like a mini outfit change,” she said.

 

After her prom night was over, BuzzFeed contacted her, leading to calls from the Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, Essence and Cosmopolitan, just to name a few.

 

“I feel like once you turn off your phone, it’s not there anymore,” Oshun said.

 

“When I looked at my phone, it was very overwhelming because I was just getting a lot of notifications on social media, so I eventually turned it off. I was excited about it, but it just didn’t feel like it was something physical that was happening in front of my face,” she said.

 

Oshun is taking a year off from school to compete in a nationwide student entrepreneurship competition in New York City, where she will present her business plan for her fashion brand. The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship is organizing the October competition, with a $10,000 grand prize. It offers an entrepreneurship course at Hayward High School through a partnership with Eden Area Regional Occupational Program

“I’ve really just been in the experimental phase of kind of seeing what people like and what my aesthetic is as a brand, but I want to focus on my brand for the next year and see what I can do with it,” Oshun said.

 

For now, Oshun sells her bright, hand-sewn fashion collections through Instagram, ranging in price from $30 to $250. She credits her start in fashion design to a fabric that her father brought back from a 2015 trip to Uganda.

 

“I think Shami has always been ahead of the bar, so this is nothing new,” Oshun’s father, Don Carroll, said.

 

“Even when she was little, she would always get into something and really look at it from different angles,” he said.

 

Contact Darin Moriki at 510-293-2480 or follow him at Twitter.com/darinmoriki.

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8/10/17

An incoming senior at Hayward's Mt. Eden High School was nominated to serve as a delegate in a selective, nationwide program. Boys State seeks to prepare young men to be the leaders of the future and it boasts notable alumni such as former President Bill Clinton and John A. Perez, the former California Assembly speaker. Mathew Bretz was the only Hayward Unified School District student selected to the program at the statewide level.

The American Legion began the California chapter of Boys State in 1937 with the goal of replicating how local and state government systems should function. Mathew Bretz was a junior at Mt. Eden High School when he was nominated by his history teacher to participate as a delegate. He went on to earn the endorsement of the local American Legion post. When he arrived for the week-long program, which takes place at Sacramento State University, he and 1,000 other young men from across the state were placed into five separate dorms. Each building represented a county, and the members of those counties embarked on a process of electing city, county, and then state representatives.

Mr. Bretz was appointed to serve as a firefighter for his mock city and later, due to staffing issues, he was called to duty as a police officer. Inspired by the experience, Mathew Bretz stated, "It is vital that every American participate in the electoral process and become familiar with their state and local governments." In addition to acquiring public speaking and leadership skills, Bretz ended the program with a new appreciation for the art of consensus building. The experience culminated with the delegates visiting the state capitol, where they had the opportunity to meet state legislators and convene a joint session of the Assembly. According to Tim Aboudara, a Boys State senior staff member, "The program is unique in that it is modeled closely after the California Constitution." Aboudara indicated that every state in the U.S. (with the exception of Hawaii) sends two representatives to the nationwide program, which convenes in Washington D.C. Recently, President Trump welcomed the members of Boys Nation to a ceremony at the White House.

As for Bretz, he plans to apply to UC Davis, San Francisco State, and Stanford to pursue a career in medicine. While he doesn't foresee a future in politics, he's grateful for the opportunity this
program has given him to become more civic-minded.

more
8/10/17

An incoming senior at Hayward's Mt. Eden High School was nominated to serve as a delegate in a selective, nationwide program. Boys State seeks to prepare young men to be the leaders of the future and it boasts notable alumni such as former President Bill Clinton and John A. Perez, the former California Assembly speaker. Mathew Bretz was the only Hayward Unified School District student selected to the program at the statewide level.

The American Legion began the California chapter of Boys State in 1937 with the goal of replicating how local and state government systems should function. Mathew Bretz was a junior at Mt. Eden High School when he was nominated by his history teacher to participate as a delegate. He went on to earn the endorsement of the local American Legion post. When he arrived for the week-long program, which takes place at Sacramento State University, he and 1,000 other young men from across the state were placed into five separate dorms. Each building represented a county, and the members of those counties embarked on a process of electing city, county, and then state representatives.

Mr. Bretz was appointed to serve as a firefighter for his mock city and later, due to staffing issues, he was called to duty as a police officer. Inspired by the experience, Mathew Bretz stated, "It is vital that every American participate in the electoral process and become familiar with their state and local governments." In addition to acquiring public speaking and leadership skills, Bretz ended the program with a new appreciation for the art of consensus building. The experience culminated with the delegates visiting the state capitol, where they had the opportunity to meet state legislators and convene a joint session of the Assembly. According to Tim Aboudara, a Boys State senior staff member, "The program is unique in that it is modeled closely after the California Constitution." Aboudara indicated that every state in the U.S. (with the exception of Hawaii) sends two representatives to the nationwide program, which convenes in Washington D.C. Recently, President Trump welcomed the members of Boys Nation to a ceremony at the White House.

As for Bretz, he plans to apply to UC Davis, San Francisco State, and Stanford to pursue a career in medicine. While he doesn't foresee a future in politics, he's grateful for the opportunity this
program has given him to become more civic-minded.

more
7/7/17

Shami with Superintendent Matt WayneHAYWARD — From the time that she learned how to sew a stitch at 8 years old and made her first handbag, Shami Oshun has had a knack and vision for turning rolls of fabric into wearable and functional creations.

 

“When my mom put me in a sewing class, I just thought, ‘What am I going to do in there,’ and I was kind of confused, but as soon as I got to the fabric store, which is where the classes were, I was just kind of in awe of all the fabric and different things that you can make,” Oshun, a Hayward High School graduate, said in an interview Monday at the Hayward Unified School District office.

“I think I fell off because I’m a very active person and I’ve stuck with sports for most of my life, but I love clothes and I think I’ve secretly known that for a long time,” she said.

 

Though it has been more than two years since Oshun, now 17, stopped playing volleyball and soccer competitively to launch her eponymous clothing line, her big break came in May. She documented her hours-long effort to sew a floor-length dress the day of prom in photos and short social media posts on Twitter.

What followed was an interview the next day from BuzzFeed, an online media company, that spread across social media and thrust Oshun — and her strapless, sheer, lavender tulle dress with purple fabric roses on the bottom — into the limelight. The May 1 article that followed received over 2 million hits, and the additional traffic to Oshun’s website crashed after it received over 50,000 views.

On Instagram, the photo sharing smartphone application where she markets her self-made fashion line, Oshun now has 17,300 followers. The Twitter page, where her story began, now has 2,665 followers.

 

Oshun’s journey to viral social media popularity began the night before her April 30 senior prom at San Francisco’s City View at Metreon, when she found herself in a tight predicament: She did not have a dress to wear for the formal event.

 

“I just didn’t want to wear a normal dress,” Oshun recalled.

“I could have just probably made one of the dresses in my closet work or something, but I just really didn’t want to do that,” she said.

 

Oshun engrossed herself in creative thought, a tried-and-true process tested over her two years as a designer, before placing an old dress on her dress form and making some initial pinning changes. It was ambitious endeavor, since she had only tried to make dresses a few other times before then, Oshun said.

 

It was also a task that came with its fair share of challenges and tested her abilities as a fashion designer.

 

Work that evening came to a grinding halt after just two hours when she stepped on a large sewing needle, Oshun recalled.

“My dad had to pull it out of my foot, so after that, I just said, ‘I’m going to sleep and I’ll try again in the morning,’ ” she said.

Just hours before her prom began, Oshun ran into another snafu when her sewing machine broke.

 

“My mom ran to get it fixed, but in that time, I started hand-sewing, and that’s how I finished the dress,” Oshun said.

“But my mom was quick on her feet and ready to think of a new idea. Once it was done, I was just relieved and super happy because I had just been putting all of that time into it,” she said.

At prom, Oshun found herself dealing with an unexpected wardrobe malfunction that had a serendipitous silver lining.

“Since the flowers were so heavy, it started to weigh down the tulle, so the dress started getting longer and longer,” Oshun said.

“It wasn’t until I was stepping all over it that I realized that, so I just asked the security guard for some scissors, and my friend and I just cut the dress. It was kind of sad, but it was fun; it was like a mini outfit change,” she said.

 

After her prom night was over, BuzzFeed contacted her, leading to calls from the Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, Essence and Cosmopolitan, just to name a few.

 

“I feel like once you turn off your phone, it’s not there anymore,” Oshun said.

 

“When I looked at my phone, it was very overwhelming because I was just getting a lot of notifications on social media, so I eventually turned it off. I was excited about it, but it just didn’t feel like it was something physical that was happening in front of my face,” she said.

 

Oshun is taking a year off from school to compete in a nationwide student entrepreneurship competition in New York City, where she will present her business plan for her fashion brand. The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship is organizing the October competition, with a $10,000 grand prize. It offers an entrepreneurship course at Hayward High School through a partnership with Eden Area Regional Occupational Program

“I’ve really just been in the experimental phase of kind of seeing what people like and what my aesthetic is as a brand, but I want to focus on my brand for the next year and see what I can do with it,” Oshun said.

 

For now, Oshun sells her bright, hand-sewn fashion collections through Instagram, ranging in price from $30 to $250. She credits her start in fashion design to a fabric that her father brought back from a 2015 trip to Uganda.

 

“I think Shami has always been ahead of the bar, so this is nothing new,” Oshun’s father, Don Carroll, said.

 

“Even when she was little, she would always get into something and really look at it from different angles,” he said.

 

Contact Darin Moriki at 510-293-2480 or follow him at Twitter.com/darinmoriki.

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