North County School News, May 8 – Advice Eating


Students raise money to compete in Iowa

The Dilemma Dinos, a sixth grade team from El Camino Creek Elementary School, took first and second place 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 — took first place for spontaneous problem thinking and second place for solving their long-term problem. The team is now moving 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,
or email to support their fundraiser.


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

(Escondido Union High School District)

Cooking teams compete in district competitions

Escondido Union High School District cooking students recently competed in a cooking competition at Orange Glen High School. Each school put together an appetizer team and a dessert team. San Pasqual High’s Lincoln Zdunich and Cecilia Villaume took first place for their shrimp pasta. Orange Glen High’s Ramiro Gonzalez Torres, Edith Pinzon, Emily Pereda and Emily Sanchez were awarded first place for dessert for their deconstructed apple pie. Four judges rated the students on their dishes’ taste, texture, originality, difficulty, plating, and visual appeal. The students’ interaction with the judges, including their knowledge of the recipes and techniques, was also a factor. “We are so glad to be able to host this again after several years,” Orange Glen High cooking instructor Kristi Sovacool said in a statement. “Yes, students learn to cook, but they also learn valuable service and presentation skills through our courses, not to mention being able to earn their food handler card, which helps many find part-time jobs. Every high school in the district offers undergraduate and intermediate cooking classes as part of the Culinary Arts Career Technical Education program. Orange Glen High students have access to a canteen kitchen where the competition was held. Culinary Arts is one of 35 majors in nine branches offered at District High Schools. Visit


Two teachers win writing grants

Two San Diego County high school teachers are among those to receive the New Literary Project’s first Jack Hazard grants, awarded to California high school writers. The grants are awarded annually and are open for subsequent years to writers teaching in high schools anywhere in the United States. The grants 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 selected. For more information on the New Literary Project and the Jack Hazard Fellowship, visit

AAUW announces Speech Trek winners

American Association of University Women Poway Peñasquitos Branch Speech Trek contest winner Kristine Sy also recently won the statewide AAUW contest in California and $1,500. The contest’s theme was “Has the United States lived up to its promise of freedom and justice for all?” Would requiring diversity, equity and inclusion studies in a high school help ensure freedom and justice for all? Third place and $500 went to 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 prize for first place in the Poway branch competition. Yuvraj Anand of Francis Parker High School won $500 in this second place contest and Sanjay Bharadwaj of Del Norte High School won third place and $250. From the Del Mar-Leucadia branch of AAUW, Kumar, a sophomore at Francis Parker School, won $500 for her first place; 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 both girls and boys. Visit


The Wildcat Car Show takes place on Saturday

The El Camino Wildcat Foundation is hosting its 10th Annual Wildcat Run Car and Motor Show at El Camino High School on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with all proceeds benefiting El Camino High School students. The event features around 200 cars/motorcycles and attracts several thousand spectators. The day also includes a food court, silent auction, bargain draw, stalls, trophies and t-shirts. Sponsorship and booth opportunities are still available and donations for the raffle/silent auction are also welcome. Email To register a car, motorcycle, boat or anything with a motor, contact the foundation at this email address or visit Registration is $30 through Thursday, $35 on show day, and includes a dash badge, t-shirt, and goodie bag.

The gallery is hosting the Tale of Two Cultures exhibition

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


Students invited to apply to the SciTech program

The Fleet Science Center is inviting 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 an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. SciTech aims to build girls’ confidence and scientific interest through research-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 build 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 through May. For the coming year, the Fleet Science Center will work with SciTech school partners to offer onsite or virtual opportunities as needed. Applications are due by May 31st. Visit


Team places well in WordMasters Challenge

A fifth grade team representing Skyline Elementary School did well in a recent round of the WordMasters Challenge, a national vocabulary competition. The team scored 194 points out of a possible 200 in its division in the second of three meetings that year, placing third in the nation. At the last meeting, the team scored 185 out of 200 points and finished fifth overall. Fifth graders Calliope Campbell, Amelia Hamilton, Eli Purcell and Beck Saphire each achieved 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 range of new words (harder than grade level) and then tests their ability to use those words in analogies. Visit

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