LCC prepares for Spring Pops Concert
The La Costa Canyon High School Music Program will present its Spring Pops Concert on May 25 at the high school theater, 1 Maverick Way. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with food vendors, a silent auction, small group performances and more outside the theater. The concert starts at 7 p.m. in the theater and features the jazz band, rock band, piano instrumentalists and the LCC band. Selections will range from the 20th and 21st century and include the world premiere of a piece composed by senior Ian West. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds from the event go toward new instruments and equipment, repairs, instrumental coaches and other expenses. Visit bit.ly/lccmusic.
Bank awards grants for literacy projects
City National Bank recently awarded nearly 100 Reading Is The Way Up literacy grants totaling close to $83,000 to support literacy-based projects as well as financial literacy to elementary, middle and high school teachers in California, Nevada, Georgia and Tennessee. The literacy grants range from $500 to $1,000 and will help augment or expand literacy projects that were judged to be creative, engaging and would increase student achievement. The educators receiving literacy grants were selected from among those who submitted an online application. The one-page application was available to educators in every school district throughout the bank’s footprint across the country in the fall of each year. In North County, those receiving grants were: Carlsbad: Magnolia Elementary School Library, Aaron Nelson; Escondido: North County Education Foundation for The Classical Academy, Kenna Molina; North County Education Foundation for Classical Academy High School Personalized Learning Center, Stacey Perez; North County Education Foundation for Classical Academy Middle School, Jen Morrow; Oceanside: North County Education Foundation for Coastal Academy Charter, Marcy Cashin; Poway: Poway High School, Richard Nash; Ramona: Mount Woodson Elementary School, Barbara Chiment; San Marcos: High Tech High North County, Joseph Davidson; High Tech Middle North County, Kelly Jacob. For a list of all grant recipients, visit cnb.com/about-us/community/literacy-grants.html.
Area teams score at robotics challenge
Several San Diego teams scored well at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Robotics Championship held in Houston recently. In the FIRST Robotics Competition (ages 14-18), the Gracious Professionalism Award in the Hopper Division went to Team 3128, Aluminum Narwhals of San Diego. In the FIRST Tech Challenge (ages 12-18), Team 11212, The Clueless from San Diego, won in the Jemison Division, and became runner-up for the World Championship title out of 7,000 teams. The Clueless set the world record of 410 points — the highest score among all the matches during the 2021-2022 season — and was also a World Championship Inspire Award Finalist. The Motivate Award was won by Team 16884, Mechanical Advantage of San Diego, and the Dean’s List Award went to Rohan Bosworth of that team. More than 3,200 FIRST Robotics Competition teams competed during the 2022 season, with 454 teams advancing to the championship round.
MiraCosta honors five outstanding students
MiraCosta College and the MiraCosta College Foundation have announced the 2022 recipients of the 58th Medal of Academic Merit, the college’s highest academic award. It is given annually to students nominated by the teaching faculty and who earned a minimum GPA of 3.75 in degree-applicable courses. The honorees are Negar Farahbakhsh, Armando Gabriel Leon, Hayat Sherif, Gilbert “Gib” Barbo IV, and Rocio “Rosey” Gutierrez. Each recipient receives a $1,500 scholarship provided by community members, businesses and service organizations, including Union Bank, Rotary Club of El Camino and the Carlsbad Rotary Foundation.
PHS Music Boosters cancel casino night
The Poway High School Music Boosters have canceled its Casino Night Dinner and Silent Auction planned for May 20, sponsored by the Poway High School Music Boosters. The auction items will instead be available at the school’s Spring Band concert on June 2. Visit phsmb.com.
Preschoolers release ladybugs for Earth Day
Students at Discovery Isle Preschool celebrated Earth Day recently by releasing more than 12,000 ladybugs throughout the schoolyard and back into the environment on plants, flowers and trees. Students dressed for the occasion in handmade ladybug hats. Before the celebration, students learned that ladybugs serve as a natural pesticide by feeding on insects that could otherwise harm the health of gardens, trees and shrubs. Discovery Isle Preschool is at 11740 Creek Road. Call (858) 434-8423.
Club names County Youth of the Year
Ernie Montano, a member of the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos who has volunteered for more than 400 hours, was recently named the 2022 San Diego County Youth of the Year. Ernie, 17, is a senior at Mission Hills High School and has been with the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos for more than 11 years. He represented San Diego County in the California Youth of the Year competition in April. Ernie has also been part of the club’s Leaders in Training program, serving meals and creating care packages for homeless people locally, and took part in fundraising efforts for those affected by natural disasters. He was the first club member to be offered a paid summer internship as a junior staff member. At the club, Ernie worked with kindergarten and first-grade students on summer programming to offset learning losses. He was also chosen to join members from other Boys & Girls Clubs across California to help renovate a fellow Boys & Girls Club’s outside playground area. Ernie hopes to use his platform as San Diego County Youth of the Year to advocate for changes in gender stigmas and societal norms that can affect young adults and keep them from expressing themselves. The Boys & Girls Club is an environment where “they care about you regardless of your identity and preference,” he said in a statement. Ernie aims to attend Palomar College next fall, transfer to a UC university and continue helping others through a career in dentistry. Visit boysgirlsclubsm.org.
Palomar president ‘installed’ at showcase
The Palomar College Foundation hosted its third annual Community Showcase recently at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, highlighting the college’s 75th anniversary. During the event, Star Rivera-Lacey was officially “installed” as superintendent/president of the college. Rivera-Lacey was appointed as the 11th superintendent/president by the Palomar Community College Governing Board in July 2021, but the first months of her leadership coincided with the last months of the COVID-19 crisis, delaying her public introduction. The event also featured a tribute to the late John Masson, former board chair of the foundation and an Escondido city council member, who died in March 2020. Masson’s wife and two children accepted the 2022 Comet Award on his behalf, and the foundation announced a $10,000 endowed scholarship in his name. The showcase was sponsored by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians.
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