Math team scores well in year’s contests
The Pacific Rim Elementary School fifth-grade math team, coached by teacher Ilene Cooper, wrapped up the year’s math competitions as National Champions in the World Math Day Mathletics Competition. Members
Emmet Conkey, Maddox Lawrance, Michael Kamenev, Desmond Holinka, Aaron Cooper, Emi Furukawa, Adrian Torres, Zachary Ross, Kaleb Basilio and Navdhi Jain reached the championships in fifth place, and also achieved a fifth-place world team ranking. The team also scored well in the Perennial Math Competition’s national championships, where the school had three teams of five students each competing. National champions in the team event were Aaron Cooper, James Gentile, Olivier Weeda, Sophia Kim and Zachary Ross. Reaching fifth place in the same event were Amal Ali, Annie Kim, Caden Faciane, Emi Furukawa and Maddox Lawrance. Students scoring well in individual events were James Gentile, second; Sophia Kim, fourth; Annie Kim, fifth; Aaron Cooper, 11th; and Olivier Weeda, 13th. The team scored many other achievements in various math competitions during the school year, and were honored at a recent school ceremony.
Robotics team places in international contest
Team MC2, a Poway-based robotics team composed of seven students ages 9 to 14 from charter schools around Poway and Escondido, received the third-place Champions Award recently at the 2022 First Lego League Razorback Open Invitational, held at the University of Arkansas. Team members are Bryce McCague, Eric McCague, Jillian Smith, Odin Chang-Jones, Caleb Laux, Konrad Sleipness, William Hovel (Poway High School mentor) and Chloe Raya-Ortiz. Coaches are John McCague and Ona Jones. The team won the Southern California regional championship before being invited to the international competition, which fielded 80 national and international teams. A second North County team, Nevergreen of Carlsbad, was also in attendance. Team MC2 also won fourth place in the Alliance Challenge. For the MC2 team’s innovation project — one of four components in the competition — students created a working system to reduce plastic waste. The system shreds plastic bottles into strips that are fed into an extruder, which melts them into strands that can be reused as filament in 3D printers. The components are available on the open-source website Thingiverse. The team uses its YouTube channel to show how to re-create the project at home or school. Visit youtube.com/c/FLLTeamMC2.
Local students graduate
Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pa.: Chloe Elaine Oyanguren of Oceanside, Bachelor of Science in nursing
East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsberg, Pa.: Melissa FitzGibbon of Oceanside, Master of Science in athletic training
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb.: Meagan Elizabeth Hubinger of Carlsbad, Master of Business Administration
University of Mississippi, University, Miss.: John Kellen of Escondido, Master of Accountancy and Data Analytics
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass.: Oliver Thode of Rancho Santa Fe, bachelor’s degree in computer science and robotics engineering
Local teachers win credit union grants
Ten school projects from around the county recently received funding from North Island Credit Union through its Spring 2022 Teacher Grant program. To help educators create innovative learning opportunities for their students, the credit union has provided 10 grants of $500 each to underwrite a diverse range of class projects. North County teacher grant recipients are: Amy Cutchin, San Pasqual Elementary School, Escondido; Bita Farid-Mohebati, Valley Center Middle School; Lora Josic, Classical Academy, Vista; Rosanne Nightingale, Coastal Academy, Oceanside. Since the creation of the program in 2012, the credit union has awarded $155,000 in teacher grants. Any full-time classroom teacher in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange or Riverside county can apply. The grant form will be available at ccu.com/teachergrant starting Aug. 8.
MCC offers certificate in affordable housing management
MiraCosta College will launch a free program this fall leading to a certificate in Affordable Housing Management. This will prepare students to enter the workforce at the management level in a quickly growing industry. Reports show that the number of affordable housing units built in 2021 increased by 43 percent compared with the previous year. The San Diego region needs to build 171,685 units by 2029 in order to meet its regional needs, and there is a demand for property managers. The certificate program was created with MiraCosta College’s Short Term Career Preparation and the San Diego Housing Federation, an advocate for more affordable housing. The federation plans four informational sessions in the coming months to inform potential students and industry mentors about the program. The program will also target underserved communities. Two free four-week courses are required to obtain a Certificate of Completion. Each course will be limited to 20 students, so learners can complete the certificate as a cohort. In spring 2023, thanks to a Strong Workforce grant, MiraCosta will offer free tuition to up to 40 students
to continue and complete three real estate exam preparation courses. Contact Erica
Duran at [email protected]
Student wins $10K science scholarship
Sanjit Sarda, a senior from Rancho Bernardo High School, was recently awarded a $10,000 Science Olympiad Founders’ Scholarship, one of five chosen by the organization. The scholarship recognizes outstanding academic achievement, character and citizenship. Sanjit has competed in many STEM challenges and Science Olympiad tournaments. His community activities included volunteering with a middle school Olympiad team, working to keep them going during the pandemic and raising $4,000 to support the team. He plans to study electrical engineering at UCLA. Visit soinc.org.
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