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North County School News, May 23


Pacific Ridge School hosts fashion show

Pacific Ridge School’s service learning group A Million Knots aims to empower women through education. A Million Knots recently hosted its third biennial fashion show in the amphitheater outside Community Hall. Fashion students at Palomar College and Pacific Ridge students designed Indian-inspired outfits, some of which were sewn by vocational students in India. Featured speakers from service-learning groups HERO and Revere spoke about their work, and attendees enjoyed a musical performance from “wack?,” a student band. All proceeds from this event go to support local and international partners that provide educational and empowerment opportunities for girls and women. Visit


Robotics teams win at regional competition

Two Poway Unified School District robotics teams, Team Spyder1622 (Poway High School) and Team 3341 Option16 (Westview High School), were recently awarded the Chairman’s Award at the San Diego Regional competition. The Chairman’s Award is considered the highest award offered by FIRST Robotics. It honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Also receiving awards were:

  • Dean’s List Awards: John Chang of Team 2658 E(sigma)-Motion (Rancho Bernardo High School); Ella Godun and Rayyan Nasser of Team 3341 Option16; and Edward Sun of Team 3647 Millennium Falcons (Torrey Pines High School)
  • Woodie Flowers Finalist Award: Christine Low of Team 3128 Aluminum Narwhals (Canyon Crest Academy)
  • Skills Competition Award, Excellence in Engineering Award, Engineering Design Award: Team 2658 E(sigma)-Motion
  • FIRST Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalist Award, Qualcomm Innovation Ambassador Grant: Team 3749 Team Optix (Del Norte High School)
  • Quality Award: Team 3647 Millennium Falcons; Team 2031 The Agency (Classical Academy High School)
  • Industrial Design Award: Team 6995 Nomad of Escondido


College joins UC Irvine for computer initiative

MiraCosta College has partnered with the University of California Irvine on a Pathways to Computing for Women of Color initiative to open more doors to careers in the computer science industry. The partnership is aimed at increasing the number of Black, Latino and Native American women who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in computing by providing those studying computer science at MiraCosta with access to professional mentors, industry tours, academic success workshops, conference funding and a small stipend. MiraCosta College students interested in participating in the UC Irvine Pathways to Computing for Women of Color community can apply at The application deadline has been extended to June 1. Visit


Virtual showcase of student work

The Career Technical Education Department of the Poway Unified School District hosts a virtual showcase of student work from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday using the Whova platform. The free showcase is open to all, not just PUSD students, and geared especially to middle and high school students (grades 6-12). The event will feature a variety of the district’s pathway programs, including details about early college credit opportunities, and featuring live student testimonials. Superintendent Marian Kim Phelps will also be a guest speaker at this event. Register early at to get access to preview sessions and learn about pathway offerings. If you’ve never attended an in-person CTE Expo, check out the video created by Studio701 Digital Media interns (also a CTE program) at


Business college earns global accreditation

The Cal State San Marcos College of Business Administration recently earned accreditation from a prestigious global organization, joining the top 5 percent of business schools worldwide. The college was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The association was founded in 1916 and is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network worldwide. It holds strict standards for its nearly 900 business school members, including focus on mission and strategic management; support for students, faculty and staff; and academic and professional engagement. The accreditation “will put the college on the map and open doors to collaborating with international partners … and an exchange of students and faculty,” said Mohammad Oskoorouchi, associate dean of the College of Business Administration, in a statement. “We were commended for our teamwork and collegiality across the college, engagement with the community, and our passion for helping students.” Less than 6 percent of the world’s schools offering business degree programs hold the association’s business accreditation: 890 institutions across 58 countries and territories have earned the accreditation. Visit

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