Neighborhood offering free summer meals
Escondido Union High School District Student Nutrition Services provides meals to students during the summer through a United States Department of Agriculture program. Meals will be available for all children 18 and under. No application, registration or documentation is required. Free meals will be offered at these locations and dates:
- Washington Park, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays through August 5, breakfast and lunch
- Grove Park, noon-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, June 27-July 29, noon
- Del Lago Academy, 10:20 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. weekdays through July 1, lunch
- Orange Glen High School, 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. weekdays, Monday through July 8, breakfast and lunch
- Valley High School, 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. weekdays, Monday through July 8, lunch
Contact Alicia Pitrone, Director of Student Nutrition, at (760) 291-3239 or [email protected]
The Chamber awards scholarships to Stars
The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce recently honored several of its Rising Star Program students with scholarships. Half of this school year’s rising stars—students recognized by the chamber for their accomplishments—receive at least $1,000 in graduate scholarships provided by chamber members Genentech and Tri-City Medical Center. The scholarship recipients were: Angela Hernandez Lira, Ariyan Perdue and Nhi Ngo, El Camino High School; Daniel Cruz, Dianne Ibarra, Julissa Beltran and Sabrya Mosely, Oceanside High School; Zitlali Valverde Gomez, Angel Gomez Galvan and Jasmine Perez, Surfside Educational Academy; and Jonathan Dolores, Pacific View Charter School.
MiraCosta student gets transfer scholarship
MiraCosta College student John Siebelink of Oceanside has been awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The scholarships pay up to $55,000 per year for tuition, books, and housing for up to three years at a four-year college or university. Siebelink is a first-generation student and military veteran specializing in English at MiraCosta, where he is a writing consultant at the college’s writing center. His goal is to transfer to UCLA and eventually earn a doctorate, and he aims to teach English. Siebelink is also president of Phi Theta Kappa and president of the Creative Writing Club campus, which he created. Siebelink was one of 100 recipients among more than 1,200 community college applicants. Jeannette Mayo Gallegos, who attends San Diego City College, also received a scholarship. Gallegos will earn an associate’s degree in computer science and transfer to UC Berkeley in the fall. She plans to major in computer science and pursue a career as a software or security engineer in the field of cybersecurity. They were among 27 scholarship recipients from California. Cooke Scholars receive comprehensive academic counseling from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to guide them through their transition to four-year college. Visit jkcf.org.
Discovery Fest offers STREAM activities
The Solana Beach Schools Foundation and the Solana Beach School District recently held their annual Discovery Fest at Solana Pacific School, themed “Can You Dig It: All Things Prehistoric.” The event included activities to give students a taste of the science, technology, research, engineering, arts and math (STREAM) skills offered by the district’s Discovery Lab classes. Students gave TED Talk-style presentations and kids were challenged to create a device to help a paleontologist, geologist or gemologist work. Booths hosted by event sponsors and community partners—such as San Diego County Parks and Recreation and the Fleet Science Center—featured exhibits and activities based on STREAM. Over 1,500 people attended this year’s event, including 900 students.
The water district awards scholarships to seniors
The Vista Irrigation District recently awarded college scholarships to seven high school students. Emilie Taylor from Rancho Buena Vista High School received a $2,500 scholarship, Samantha Bailey from Rancho Buena Vista High School received a $2,000 scholarship and Abigayle Paliotti from Rancho Buena Vista High School received a $1,500 scholarship as winners of the Vista Irrigation District 2022 scholarship competition. Mateo Sulejmani, Jennifer Galan and Kenneth Morales Reyes, all of Rancho Buena Vista High School, and Grace Koumaras of Mission Vista High School each received $1,000 as finalists in the scholarship competition. The contest, which is open to high school students living or attending school in the district’s service area, aims to increase knowledge and awareness of water-related issues affecting the district.
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