Students raising money to compete in Iowa
The Dilemma Dinos, a sixth-grade team from El Camino Creek Elementary School, placed first and second at the recent state tournament for Odyssey of the Mind, a creative-thinking challenge. The team — Olivia Drennan, Emily Mumbauer, Roxana Arezi, Keira Chang, Yehna Waite and Ryan Howard — placed first in spontaneous problem thinking and took second place for solving their long-term problem. The team now moves on to the World tournament in Ames, Iowa, later this month, and members and their families are raising funds for their trip. To donate to their efforts, visit gofund.me/2fcc2c32,
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Cooking teams square off in district contest
Culinary students from Escondido Union High School District recently took part in a cooking competition at Orange Glen High School. Each school fielded an entrée and a dessert team. Lincoln Zdunich and Cecilia Villaume from San Pasqual High were awarded first place for their shrimp pasta. Ramiro Gonzalez Torres, Edith Pinzon, Emily Pereda and Emily Sanchez from Orange Glen High were awarded first place for dessert for their deconstructed apple pie. Four judges rated students on their dishes’ taste, texture, originality, difficulty, plating and visual appeal. Students’ interaction with the judges, including their knowledge of the recipes and techniques, was also a factor. “We’re so happy to be able to host this again several years of not being able to,” said Orange Glen High culinary teacher Kristi Sovacool in a statement. “Yes, students learn how to cook, but they also learn valuable service and presentation skills through our classes, not to mention being able to earn their food handler’s card, which helps many get part-time jobs.” Each of the district’s high schools offers beginning and advanced culinary classes as part of the Culinary Arts Career Technical Education program. Students at Orange Glen High have access to a commercial kitchen, which is where the competition was held. Culinary Arts is one of 35 pathways in nine industry sectors offered at the district high schools. Visit cte-euhsd.org.
Two teachers win writing fellowships
Two San Diego County high school teachers are among those receiving the New Literary Project’s inaugural Jack Hazard Fellowships, offered to California high school-based writers. Fellowships will be awarded annually, and in subsequent years will be opened to writers who teach high school anywhere in the United States. The fellowships give $5,000 to teachers pursuing creative writing projects. In San Diego County, the winners are Armando Batista of Pacific Ridge School, Carlsbad (“American Diaspora: A Dominicanish Travelog”), and Adam O. Davis, The Bishop’s School, La Jolla (“The Everlasting Goddamned Winter”). Seven other California high school teachers were also chosen. For more about New Literary Project and the Jack Hazard Fellowship, visit newliteraryproject.org.
AAUW announces Speech Trek winners
Kristine Sy, winner of the American Association of University Women Poway Peñasquitos branch’s Speech Trek contest, also recently won the AAUW California statewide contest and $1,500. The topic of the contest was “Has the U.S. lived up to its pledge of liberty and justice for all? Would requiring the study of diversity, equity and inclusion in a high school setting help ensure liberty and justice for all?” Third place and $500 was won by Sanjana Kumar of the Del Mar-Leucadia branch, who also won the AAUW Del Mar-Leucadia Branch contest. Sy, who attends Mark Kepple High School in Alhambra, previously won a $1,000 first-place prize from the Poway branch contest. Yuvraj Anand of Francis Parker High School won $500 in that contest for second place, and Sanjay Bharadwaj of Del Norte High School won third place and $250. From the AAUW Del Mar-Leucadia branch, Kumar, a sophomore at Francis Parker School, won $500 for her first-place finish; Kelly Hu, a junior at Torrey Pines High School, won second place and $300; and Grace Wheeler, a junior at San Dieguito Academy, won $200 for third place. Speech Trek is AAUW California’s signature high school program, open to girls and boys. Visit aauw-ca.org.
Wildcat car show takes place Saturday
The El Camino Wildcat Foundation will host its 10th annual Wildcat Run Car and Motor Show from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at El Camino High School, with all proceeds going to El Camino High School students. The event showcases about 200 cars/motorcycles and draws several thousand spectators. The day also includes a food court, silent auction, opportunity drawing, vendor booths, trophies and T-shirts. Sponsorship and vendor booth opportunities are still available, and donations are also appreciated for the raffle/silent auction. Email [email protected] To register a car, motorcycle, boat or anything with a motor, contact the foundation through that email address, or visit ecwildcatfoundation.org/car-show. Registration costs $30 until Thursday, $35 on show day, and includes a dash plaque, T-shirt and goodie bag.
Gallery features Tale of Two Cultures exhibit
A Tale of Two Cultures exhibit runs through May 17 at the Kruglak Gallery on the MiraCosta College Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. The exhibit features Pennsylvania Dutch and African pieces placed side by side. Gallery hours are 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. A closing reception will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 17. Admission and parking are free. Visit miracosta.org.
Students invited to apply for SciTech program
The Fleet Science Center invites elementary and middle schools in San Diego County to apply for SciTech for the 2022-23 school year. SciTech is an after-school program that inspires girls in grades 4-6 to become innovative, creative thinkers by fostering interest in science, technology, engineering and math. SciTech aims to build confidence and science interest among girls through inquiry-based, collaborative investigations, family engagement and interactions with female role models. The program also aims to make science accessible to girls in underrepresented communities, and to develop connections with the local scientific community. Schools in the SciTech program can select up to 30 students to participate in the weekly two-hour program from October to May. For the upcoming year, the Fleet Science Center will be working with SciTech school partners to provide opportunities on-site or virtually as needed. Applications are due May 31. Visit fleetscience.org/scitech.
Team places well in WordMasters Challenge
A fifth-grade team representing Skyline Elementary School scored well in competition in a recent round of the WordMasters Challenge, a national vocabulary competition. The team scored 194 points out of a possible 200 in their division in the second of three meets this year, placing third in the nation. At the final meet, the team scored 185 out of 200 and finished fifth overall. Fifth-graders Calliope Campbell, Amelia Hamilton, Eli Purcell and Beck Saphire each earned a perfect score of 20 in the Blue Division of the challenge. Amelia got a perfect score in the final round. The WordMasters Challenge encourages students to become familiar with a set of new words (harder than grade level), and then tests their abilities to use those words in analogies. Visit wordmasterschallenge.com.
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