North County School News, Sept. 19


Local student wins scholarship

Meckena Hultin of Bonsall, a student at the UC Davis School of Law, was recently announced as one of the recipients of Guild Mortgage’s annual scholarships. Now in its fifth year, the Guild Giving Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to qualified students, as well as Guild Mortgage employees and their dependents who are pursuing higher education. Winners are awarded $1,500 to be applied to accredited colleges, community colleges, trade schools, and undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Hultin was one of 10 students awarded scholarships, which are given through the nonprofit Guild Giving Foundation.


Library offers free online tutoring

The Carlsbad City Library offers access to online tutors for grades K-12, college-level work and adult learners through a partnership with Career tutors are also available to help job seekers search for a job, work on résumés and prepare for interviews. The service is free for Carlsbad library card holders. Tutors provide homework help along with support for test preparation for SAT, GRE and others. Feedback on writing assignments, including college and scholarship applications and cover letters, is available within 24 hours. Princeton Review test prep materials can be reviewed and downloaded. Live tutoring is also available in Spanish. Live tutoring is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. can be accessed through the eResources page on Call (760) 602-2049 or email [email protected]


Ticktockers donate backpacks to school

The daughters of the National Charity League Inc., Del Sol Chapter recently gathered at San Dieguito County Park for “Ticktocker Day,” an annual bonding day, which included filling more than 65 backpacks with donated school supplies for the students of King-Chavez Academy. The event brought all six of the Ticktocker classes (organized by class year) together for the official start of the Del Sol year. National Charity League is a nonprofit that strengthens the mother-daughter bond through leadership development, philanthropy, and culture. The Del Sol Chapter was founded in 2005 and serves communities throughout San Diego County. Visit


Rotary awards three scholarships

Three graduates from Del Lago Academy recently each received a $1,500 Johnson/Escondido Rotary After 5 Scholarship to assist with their first year of college. This year’s recipients were Maryam Abbas, Citlali Medina Cruz and Joel Villegas Ramirez, each of whom maintained an excellent grade-point average while working and participating in community service. All three students plan to pursue careers in the medical field. Rotary of Escondido After 5 was started in 2012 and since then has offered thousands of dollars in college scholarships. Club fundraising efforts as well as the financial help of Warren and Cherie Johnson have enabled the club to support local youth and offer scholarships.

Social workers Monique Reeves (left) and Michelle Suarez welcome students to the new Wellness Center at Escondido High.

Social workers Monique Reeves (left) and Michelle Suarez welcome students to the newly opened Wellness Center at Escondido High School.

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District opens its first wellness center

The Escondido Union High School District recently celebrated the opening of the Escondido High School Wellness Center. The Wellness Center is designed to provide an environment focused on increasing and enhancing students’ mental well-being. The space holds a student center, as well as spaces for school social workers and community partners to meet with students. At the center, students can do a self-assessment and access mental health resources, including time with social workers. The Escondido High School Wellness Center is the first for the district, and steps are being taken to open centers at Orange Glen and San Pasqual high schools. The effort began last fall and the center was able to open quickly thanks to volunteers from the Church at Rancho Bernardo who dedicated 140 hours to framing, Sheetrock and carpet installation, and building and installing cabinets; nearly 50 volunteers who painted the space; and more than 70 hours to design the center. The nonprofit Wildflower Initiative, which helps women and children through literacy, added a reading nook to the center, providing books, cabinets and other decor. Call (760) 291-3200.


County seeking ‘remarkable teens’

The San Diego County Public Defender seeks the community’s help for this year’s third annual installment of the “25 Most Remarkable Teens in San Diego” program. The program highlights youths ages 13-19 and celebrates them for positive accomplishments and showcases the ways they contribute to their community. All nominees will receive a certificate of recognition. Find the nomination form and list of award categories at Nominations are due by Tuesday. Send forms to [email protected] or Connie Howard, San Diego County Public Defender Youth Council, 451 A St., Suite 1480, San Diego, CA 92101.


MiraCosta College brewers win honors

The BrewTech program at MiraCosta College recently earned the Grand National Championship title in the U.S. Open College Beer Championship. This was their first time in the championship, and the program won gold medals for their Hefeweizen, Pale Ale, Spring IPA and Stout, plus a silver for their Raspberry Berliner. This was the fifth year for the Open College Beer Championship, with 11 colleges and universities from the United States and Canada participating. The U.S. Open is the only competition for beers from college and university brewing and fermentation programs. MiraCosta’s beers were submitted by brewing instructor Mike Stevenson, who co-owns Culver Beer in Carlsbad. The students responsible for the school’s wins were Ron Bass, Kyle Breckenridge, Kelly Cardinell, Kellen Darnall, Alberto Espinoza II, Mike Hughes, Ricardo Mendoza, Garrett Perkins, Kaitlin Peters, Elizabeth Robles, Amy Still, Patrick Sullivan, William Vazquez and Kristoffer Wheeler. Classroom material covers the chemistry and biology of beer production and an introduction to equipment used in breweries of all sizes. Other instructors are Justin Stambaugh, former head of brewing operations at Rip Current Brewing and founder of Stave & Nail Brewing, and Greg Turk, who has worked as a brewer at Karl Strauss and The Lost Abbey. Visit


Meetings seek input on next superintendent

The San Dieguito Union High School District is seeking public input to help guide selection of the next superintendent. Parents, staff, students and community members may comment at 10 in-person school site meetings, or in one of five virtual town hall meetings to be held this week. The schedule for in-person meetings: Monday, 5 p.m. San Dieguito High School Academy, and 6:30 p.m. Carmel Valley Middle School; Tuesday, 5 p.m. La Costa Canyon High School, and 6:30 p.m. Canyon Crest Academy; Wednesday, 5 p.m. Pacific Trails Middle School and 6:30 p.m. Earl Warren Middle School; Thursday, 5 p.m. Diegueño Middle School, and 6:30 p.m. Torrey Pines High School; Friday, 5 p.m. Oak Crest Middle School and 6:30 p.m. Requeza Education Center. Virtual Town Hall meetings will be available at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday via Zoom at Those attending forums will be required to wear masks. Those who don’t wish to wear masks may participate via the virtual meetings. Input may also be shared at


School district seeks board applicants

The Vallecitos School District is seeking applications from interested residents who live within the district’s boundaries to serve on the governing board to fill a short-term seat that would be up for election Nov. 8, 2022. A vacancy occurred on Aug. 11, and the board must make an appointment before Oct. 11. Applicants must be California citizens, residents living within the Vallecitos School District, and registered voters. Applications are available from the district office or the district website at Call (760) 728-7092 or email [email protected] Submit applications to Secretary of the Board/Superintendent, Vallecitos School District, 5211 Fifth St., Fallbrook, CA 92028; fax to (760) 728-7712; email to [email protected] Applications must be received by 4 p.m. Oct. 1.

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