North County School News, September 19


Local student wins scholarship

Meckena Hultin de Bonsall, a student at UC Davis School of Law, was recently announced as one of the recipients of the Guild Mortgage Annual Scholarship. 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 pursue higher education. Winners receive $ 1,500 to apply to accredited colleges, community colleges, trade schools, and undergraduate and graduate programs. Hultin was one of 10 students who received scholarships, which are awarded through the non-profit Guild Giving Foundation.


The library offers free online tutoring

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


Ticktockers donates backpacks to school

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


Rotary awards three scholarships

Three Del Lago Academy graduates recently each received a $ 1,500 Johnson / Escondido Rotary After 5 scholarship to help them in their first year of college. This year’s recipients were Maryam Abbas, Citlali Medina Cruz and Joel Villegas Ramirez, who each maintained an excellent average while working and participating in community service. The three students plan to pursue a career in the medical field. Rotary of Escondido After 5 was started in 2012 and has since offered thousands of dollars in college scholarships. The club’s fundraising efforts along with financial assistance from Warren and Cherie Johnson have enabled the club to support local youth and provide scholarships.

Social workers Monique Reeves (left) and Michelle Suarez welcome students to the brand new wellness center at Escondido High School.

(Courtesy photo)

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 improving the mental well-being of students. The space houses a student center, as well as spaces for school social workers and community partners to meet with students. At the center, students can self-assess and access mental health resources, including time with social workers. The Escondido High School Wellness Center is the first in 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 Rancho Bernardo Church who dedicated 140 hours to framing, installing drywall and rugs, as well as ” the construction and installation of cabinets; nearly 50 volunteers who painted the space; and over 70 hours to design the center. The nonprofit Wildflower initiative, which helps women and children learn, added a reading nook at the center, providing books, cabinets and other decor items. Call (760) 291-3200.


County is looking for “remarkable teens”

The San Diego County Public Advocate is seeking community support for this year’s third annual installment of “San Diego’s 25 Most Outstanding Teens” program. The program shines a light on young people between the ages of 13 and 19 and celebrates them for their positive achievements and showcases how they contribute to their community. All applicants will receive a certificate of recognition. Find the nomination form and the list of award categories at Applications must be submitted before Tuesday. Send the forms to [email protected] or to Connie Howard, San Diego County Public Defender Youth Council, 451 A St., Suite 1480, San Diego, CA 92101.


MiraCosta College brewers take top honors

MiraCosta College’s BrewTech program recently won the Grand National Championship title at the US Open College Beer Championship. It was their first appearance in the championship, and the program won gold medals for their Hefeweizen, Pale Ale, Spring IPA and Stout, as well as a silver medal for their Raspberry Berliner. It was the fifth year of the Open College Beer Championship, with the participation of 11 colleges and universities from the United States and Canada. The US Open is the only competition for beers in college and university brewing and fermentation programs. MiraCosta beers were submitted by brewing instructor Mike Stevenson, co-owner of Culver Beer in Carlsbad. The students responsible for the school’s victories 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. The other instructors are Justin Stambaugh, former head of brewing operations at Rip Current Brewing and founder of Stave & Nail Brewing, and Greg Turk, who worked as a brewer at Karl Strauss and The Lost Abbey. Visit


Meetings ask for feedback on the next superintendent

The San Dieguito Union High School District is seeking public input to help guide the selection of the next superintendent. Parents, staff, students and community members can comment at 10 in-person meetings at the school site or at one of five virtual town hall meetings this week. In-person meeting schedule: Monday, 5:00 p.m., San Dieguito High School Academy and 6:30 p.m., Carmel Valley Middle School; Tuesday, 5:00 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. at Diegueño College and 6:30 p.m. at 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 Participants in the forums will be required to wear masks. Those who do not wish to wear masks can participate through virtual meetings. Comments can also be shared at


School district seeks candidates for council

The Vallecitos School District is seeking applications from interested residents who live within the district boundaries to serve on the Board of Directors to fill a short-term seat that would be up for election on November 8, 2022. A position became vacant on August 11 , and the board must make an appointment before October 11. Candidates must be California citizens, residents living in the Vallecitos School District, and registered voters. Applications are available from the district office or on the district website at Call (760) 728-7092 or email [email protected] Submit applications to the Board Secretary / Superintendent, Vallecitos School District, 5211 Fifth St., Fallbrook, CA 92028; fax to (760) 728-7712; e-mail to [email protected] Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on October 1.

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