Junior Lifeguard program still has openings
Spots are still available for the Del Mar Junior Lifeguard program, which opened registration March 1. Boys and girls ages 9-15 — residents and nonresidents of Del Mar — are encouraged to learn beach and ocean safety, teamwork and lifeguard skills. Junior Guard instruction focuses on safety, respect and discipline. Participants will become well-versed in lifesaving techniques, the marine environment, skills training and physical fitness. Email email@example.com or call (858) 375-9552.
Group awarding 13 scholarships
The Assistance League of North Coast will be awarding 13 scholarships of $2,500 to members of the Class of 2022 from Carlsbad High School, El Camino High School, General Raymond Murray High School, Mission Vista High School, New Haven School, North County Trade Tech High School, Oceanside High School, Rancho Buena Vista High School, Sage Creek High School and Vista High School. Two other scholarships will be awarded to students committed to careers in STEM or Business. The awards will be based on community and school service, financial need, and academic performance. A $5,000 Meredith Fellows Future Teacher Scholarship will be awarded to one of the students, based on commitment to a career as a teacher, community and school service, financial need and academic performance. For guidelines and applications, visit alncscholarships.com. Applicants can also contact their school counseling office or the Scholarship Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due on or before April 8.
Local students graduate
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb.: Angelee Jane Cawagas Garcia and Steven Michael Remus, master’s degree in business administration, both of Escondido; and Jessica Anne Pentlarge, bachelor of science in education and human sciences cum laude, and Diana Katherine Reyes McGraw, bachelor of science in fisheries and wildlife, both of Oceanside
University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Ky.: Rajasekhar Reddy Arimalla of Carlsbad, master of science in information technology
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa: Hailey Hendrix of Oceanside, bachelor of arts in biology
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta: Joshua Humpherys of Carlsbad, Eric Hsieh of Encinitas, Charles Seat of Escondido, MS in computer science; James Hunter of Del Mar and Carl Demolder of Encinitas, MS in mechanical engineering; Brian Clark of Poway, MS in electrical and computer engineering; Luke Lawver of Carlsbad, BS in aerospace engineering, summa cum laude; Suhani Patel of Carlsbad, BS in civil engineering, cum laude; Natalie Rotherham of Rancho Santa Fe, BS in mechanical engineering
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Ryan Culp of Encinitas, MS in geology; Taraneh Barjesteh of Encinitas, BS in chemistry; Lauren Kostuke of Carlsbad, MBA; Selina Martinez of Carlsbad, BS in human environmental sciences; Maxwell Parker of Solana Beach, BS in commerce and business administration
Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, N.M.: Kameryn Coleman of Fallbrook, bachelor’s in business administration
University of Tampa, Tampa, Fla.: Jennah Hickle of Ramona, MS in physician assistant medicine
MiraCosta students honored at theater festival
MiraCosta Theatre students Salisha Carr and Cindy McClure recently received top recognition at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Carr received the regional Christopher Clark Classical Acting Award, virtually performing a monologue from Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” She was one of 16 finalists. McClure received the Kennedy Center/Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Student Dramaturgy Award, a national award, for her work in the MiraCosta Theatre production of “Tiny Beautiful Things.” Carr graduated from MiraCosta in 2012 with an associate degree in theatre before transferring to Cal State San Marcos to earn her bachelor’s degree in visual and performing arts. She returned to MiraCosta in 2019 to take classes on lighting and voice and diction. McClure was a paralegal for more than 30 years and started taking classes at MiraCosta when her children were taking courses on campus. As a dramaturg, McClure researches a specific period, style of clothing, and the way people speak, and helps the cast flesh out their characters. She will advance to the national finals and participate in the Kennedy Center Dramaturgy Intensive in the summer. She is also the first MiraCosta student to be recognized for dramaturgy. Theater professor Eric Bishop was honored for his 26 years on the Region 8 board and also for completing a three-year term as regional chair.
‘Marines in Flight’ art contest for children
San Diego County students in grades 6-12 can submit artwork to the annual “Marines in Flight” student art contest. There are cash awards, and the winning art will be on public display in the offices of the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation in San Diego. Deadline is April 11 for online submission. Visit flyingleathernecks.org/education/art-contest.
Schools hiring at countywide job fair
A Careers in Education Job Fair is taking place from 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m. April 9 at Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road in San Diego. The event is organized by the San Diego County Office of Education with Point Loma Nazarene University. Job seekers can register for one of three time slots: 8 to 9:45 a.m., 10 to 11:45 a.m., or noon to 1:45 p.m. They are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of a resume and letters of recommendation. Some districts may interview on the spot, while others will collect resumes in anticipation of an opening within the district. Organizations are looking to hire teachers and substitute teachers as well as non-teaching employees such as after-school program staff, bus drivers, campus supervisors, child nutrition assistants, food service professionals, health clerks, instructional aides and assistants, maintenance workers, noon duty supervisors and nurses. Find more at https://bit.ly/3sWKKsn.
Community invited to town hall session
The community is invited to join Superintendent Dr. Cheryl James-Ward and School Board Trustee Julie Bronstein at a Town Hall from 5-6 p.m. March 28 that will include a Q&A session. The event will be at the Canyon Crest Academy Learning Commons and will be held in person. Questions may be submitted online by Monday at https://bit.ly/3qfZtwU (English) or at https://bit.ly/3CST7ZB (Spanish), or they may be submitted in person. All questions are submitted anonymously.
District announces two principals
The San Dieguito Union High School District has named Justin Conn as principal of La Costa Canyon High School, and Reno Medina as principal of Earl Warren Middle School. Conn is in his 16th year with the district, serving now as principal of Earl Warren Middle School. He is returning to the high school after being assistant principal there from 2015-2018, where he oversaw the creation of the International Baccalaureate Program. He also was the athletic director at San Dieguito Academy and was an English teacher for 10 years. Medina is in his 18th year with the district and is principal at La Costa Canyon. He will be returning to Earl Warren, where he was principal from 2017-18. Medina has also been assistant principal at La Costa Canyon, assistant principal at Earl Warren, lead special education district program specialist, and was part of the founding faculty of Canyon Crest Academy. Visit www.sduhsd.net.
Students chosen to attend conference
Four student leaders from the Vallecitos School District recently attended the Small School Districts’ Association conference in Sacramento with Superintendent and Principal Dr. Maritza Koeppen. The students — Jordan Anicete, Iris Ramos, Berenice Yanez and Henry Toledo — are in Shraddha Knight’s eighth-grade class and are members of the association’s Mighty Future Leaders program. Mighty Future Leaders represent students in small districts statewide and share their experiences. More than 60 percent of California’s school districts are identified as small (fewer than 2,500 students). The Vallecitos students and a fifth student, Emilia Daniels, a sophomore at Lucerne Valley High School, created an art exhibit of mental health depictions from students at small schools in California. In Sacramento, the students took part in a question-and-answer session on how art can be beneficial to mental health as a way to express emotions. “I’m very proud of the leadership roles these students have demonstrated at Vallecitos and within the state of California,” said Koeppen in a statement. “Creating intentional, systemic, and ongoing opportunities to listen to students is key to addressing equity issues within our school communities.” In rural areas of the country, where many of the small districts are located, schools are often one of the only places providing children’s mental health services. Visit https://www.ssda.org.
District sets open house for portrait project
The Vista Unified School District is holding an open house from noon-6 p.m. Wednesday at the English Language Center, 111 W. California Ave. The purpose is to share ideas on the Graduate, Adult, and System Portraits being developed by the district. The open house is open to all staff, students, teachers and community members. The portraits aim to depict themes and outcomes for each group. To provide feedback, people can also watch a video at https://bit.ly/3JgehTP and then take surveys on the different portraits at https://bit.ly/3tazOaJ. Open house parking is in the Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts parking lot. Call (760) 726-2170.
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