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North County School News, May 8


Students raise money to compete in Iowa

The Dilemma Dinos, a sixth-grade team from El Camino Creek Elementary School, placed first and second in 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 – ranked first in spontaneous problem thinking and took second place in solving their long-term problem. The team is now moving on to the World Tournament in Ames, Iowa, later this month, and the members and their families are raising money for their trip. To donate to their efforts, visit,
or to match their fundraiser, email


Orange Glen High School students Ramiro Gonzalez Torres, Edith Pinzon, Emily Pereda and Emily Sanchez with teacher Kristi Sovacool won the top dessert prize for their deconstructed apple pie.

(Escondido Union School District)

Kitchen teams compete in a district contest

Culinary students from the Escondido Union High School district recently competed in a cooking contest at Orange Glen High School. Each school presented a team of appetizers and desserts. Lincoln Zdunich and Cecilia Villaume of San Pasqual High won first place for their shrimp pasta. Orange Glen High’s Ramiro Gonzalez Torres, Edith Pinzon, Emily Pereda and Emily Sanchez won first place for dessert for their deconstructed apple pie. Four judges scored the students on the taste, texture, originality, difficulty, plating, and visual appeal of their dishes. The students’ interaction with the judges, including their knowledge of recipes and techniques, was also a factor. “We are so happy to be able to host this again for several years without being able to do this,” Kristi Sovacool, cooking instructor at Orange Glen High, said in a statement. “Yes, students learn to cook, but they also learn valuable service and presentation skills through our courses, not to mention the opportunity to get their food handler card, which helps a lot in getting part-time jobs.” Each of the high schools in the district offers beginner and advanced cooking classes under the Culinary Arts Career Technical Education Program. Orange Glen High students have access to a commercial kitchen, where the contest was held. Culinary arts is one of 35 pathways in nine industry sectors offered at high schools in the district. Visit


Two teachers win writing scholarships

Two San Diego County high school teachers are among those to receive the New Literary Project’s first Jack Hazard Fellowships, offered to California high school writers. Fellowships will be awarded annually and in subsequent years will be open to writers who teach high school anywhere in the United States. The scholarships 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 Dominican Travel Diary”) and Adam O. Davis, The Bishop’s School, La Jolla (“The Everlasting Goddamned Winter”) . Seven other California high school teachers were also chosen. To learn more about the New Literary Project and the Jack Hazard Fellowship, visit

AAUW Announces Sweepstakes Winners

Kristine Sy, winner of the American Association of University Women Poway Peñasquitos’ Speech Trek competition, also recently won the AAUW’s statewide competition in California and $1,500. The topic of the contest was “Has the United States Delivered on its Promise of Freedom and Justice for All?” Would requiring the study of diversity, equity and inclusion in a secondary school setting help ensure freedom 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 competition. Sy, who attends Mark Kepple High School in Alhambra, has already won a $1,000 first prize in the Poway branch competition. Yuvraj Anand from Francis Parker High School won $500 in this competition for second place, and Sanjay Bharadwaj from 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 first place; Kelly Hu, a junior at Torrey Pines High School, won second place and $300; and Grace Wheeler, a junior from San Dieguito Academy, won $200 for third place. Speech Trek is AAUW California’s flagship program, open to girls and boys. Visit


The Wildcat car show takes place on Saturday

The El Camino Wildcat Foundation will host its 10th Annual Wildcat Run Car and Auto 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 features around 200 cars/motorbikes and attracts several thousand spectators. The day also includes a food court, silent auction, raffle, 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 To register a car, motorcycle, boat, or anything with an engine, contact the foundation through this email address or visit Registration is $30 through Thursday, $35 the day of the show, and includes a scoreboard plaque, t-shirt, and goody bag.

The gallery presents the exhibition Tale of Two Cultures

The A Tale of Two Cultures exhibition runs through May 17 at the Kruglak Gallery on MiraCosta College’s Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. The exhibit features Pennsylvania Dutch and African pieces placed side by side. Gallery hours are 2:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. A closing reception will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on May 17. Admission and parking are free. Visit


Students invited to apply to the 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 and creative thinkers by sparking interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. SciTech aims to build confidence and interest in science in girls through inquiry-based collaborative inquiries, family engagement, and interactions with female role models. The program also aims to make science accessible to girls from underrepresented communities and to develop links with the local scientific community. SciTech Program schools can select up to 30 students to participate in the weekly two-hour program from October through May. For the coming year, the Fleet Science Center will work with SciTech partner schools to provide opportunities on-site or virtually as needed. Applications are due May 31. Visit


The team ranks well in the WordMasters Challenge

A fifth-grade team representing Skyline Elementary School performed well in a recent round of the WordMasters Challenge, a national vocabulary contest. The team scored 194 points out of a possible 200 in its division in the second of three competitions this year, ranking third in the nation. In the final encounter, 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 last lap. The WordMasters challenge encourages students to become familiar with a set of new words (more difficult than grade level), then tests their abilities to use those words in analogies. Visit

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