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A vehicle was stolen on EastBayshore Road before 11:03 a.m. Sunday,May 6.
. A vehicle was stolen after thekeys were taken from the owner’s jacket pock-et on Woodside Road before 3:47 a.m.Saturday,May 5.
. A bicycle was stolen on Oak Avenuebefore 9:06 a.m. Saturday,May 5.
. Cash and checks belonging to aresident were stolen on Woodside Road before3:10 p.m. Saturday,May 5.
. Items were taken from a store onWoodside Road before 3:39 p.m. Saturday,May 5.
. A bicycle was stolen from an apartmentbuilding on Arch Street before 9:11 p.m.Saturday,May 5.
. A man was caught stealing copperwire from a commercial property before 8:41p.m. Thursday,May 3.
. Vehicle tires were slashed at theintersection of La Selva Circle and Casa DeCampo before 2:23 p.m. Wednesday,May 9.
. Someone was assaulted by a man atthe intersection of North Delaware Street andPeninsula Avenue before 5:22 p.m. Tuesday,May 8.
. A license plate was stolen on the 600block of Magnolia Drive before 12:33 p.m.Tuesday,May 8.
When the other shoe drops
A woman was throwing shoes on the ﬂoorin a store on El Camino Real in RedwoodCity before 7:12 p.m. Saturday,April 28.
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Eduardo Lopez,who goes by Lalo,doesn’tcommand attention from stature or draw neg-ative attention.Instead,the about 17-year-old who stands 5feet 5 inches is simply engaging. Friendly andapproachable,he introduced himself andbegan speaking with ease about his life,thedesire to see his classmates succeed and thepressures of being the ﬁrst in a rather largefamily to attend college. After he graduatesfrom Eastside College Preparatory,Lopezwill start work on that challenge at WesleyanUniversity in Middletown,Conn.“Lalo possesses a magical type of charmthat is hard to deﬁne in words,”Ryan Atkins,who taught Lopez in multiple classesthroughout high school,wrote. “Last year,during our school-sponsored trip to visit col-leges on the East Coast,Lalo’s charisma wason full display. Time and time again,I wit-nessed college reps and other speakers whobegin to address a group of 50 or more peopleturn and direct almost all of their direction toLalo. I have taught a few students who areengaging speakers,but I have never seen astudent who is as much of an engaging speak-er as he is a magnetic,engaging listener. It ishard to describe:Lalo has the amazing abili-ty to make complete strangers feel at easethrough his gregarious,positive nature andhis wide-ranging interests in theater,politicsand sports.”Lopez,the oldest of three children,grew upin East Palo Alto. His parents previouslyimmigrated from Mexico. Lopez noted theirhard work to support their children.“The best thing I can do to repay them is towork hard,”he said.Full of energy from an early age,he beganplaying soccer —a sport he’s alwaysenjoyed discussing with his mother.He attended East Palo Alto Charter Schooland,at the encouragement of a teacher,checked out the program at Eastside. It was awonderful opportunity for Lopez whose par-ents were supportive of his academic effortsand welcomed a program that would furtherhis chances of attending college.Transitioning to Eastside’s rigorous pro-gram was difﬁcult at ﬁrst for Lopez,whowasn’t used to the workload. Once he settledin,Lopez has found a home in the communi-ty. He’s embraced challenges and failures andfound new activities — like volleyball.Drama was a place he excelled,even thoughit was an activity he hadn’t considered until ateacher suggested it.When drama wasn’t offered at Eastside lastyear,Lopez decided to audition for a profes-sional show. He was cast. And although theschedule was crazy — school from 8 a.m. to5 p.m.,rehearsal from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.,din-ner then homework until 1 a.m. — Lopezenjoyed the experience.For his senior year,Lopez moved into theschool’s on-campus dorms to really focus onhis academics. He’s not far from his family,but Lopez said the year has helped him andhis family prepare for being separated duringcollege. Also,Lopez has improved upon hiswork habits. That will come in handy oncestudying at Wesleyan University this fall.Lopez isn’t sure what he will focus on once atthe liberal arts schools. His interests are var-ied,but he is looking forward to gettinginvolved in the school’s theater community.
Eastside Prep’s graduation is 5 p.m.Thursday,May 24 at 1041 Myrtle St. in East Palo Alto. Tickets are not required.
Great Grads is in its seventh year proﬁlingone graduating senior from each of our localschools. Schools have the option to partici- pate. Those that choose to participate areasked to nominate one student who deservesrecognition.
Heather Murtagh can be reached by email:email@example.com or by phone:(650)344-5200 ext. 105.
Carving his own path