Students, volunteers honored at the meeting
The Encinitas Union School District Board honored several students and volunteers from across its schools at a recent board meeting. The Students of the Year, California Association of School Administrators Outstanding Students and Parent Volunteer of the Year were: Capri Elementary: Asher McLellan, Scarlett Trujillo, Denean Mosman; El Camino Creek Elementary: Kylie Liu, Olivia Drennan, Natalie Drennan; Elementary Flora Vista: Abby Kates, Lucy Parkinson, Vy Baker; La Costa Heights Elementary School: Jake DeShayes, Miles Swanson, Sarah Santos; Mission Estancia Elementary School: Campbell Whitmer, Makenna Nelson, Bree Smith; Ocean Knoll Elementary School: Kelby Lepley, Jackson Bell, Beth Granger; Pioneer Olivenhain: Lucy Baldwin, Livia Gray, Staci Valdez; Park Dale Lane Elementary School: Sade Gunn, Pela Hadley, Michelle Bay; Paul Ecke Central Elementary: Marco Fabani, Alexander Juan Gonzalez, Julie Nunez.
Pacific Ridge students create investment fund
Three students from Pacific Ridge School have started a student-run nonprofit investment fund at the school, helping other students develop their financial literacy and learn investment strategies. Seniors Nick Rabjohn, Sean Oxenhorn and Miles Pulvers, who co-lead the school’s finance club, created the “Firebird Fund” as a real-world teaching tool. They created a detailed business model, showing how the fund could be incorporated into the finance club, used in finance courses and overseen in the future. They presented their idea to the school board and met rigorous requirements before approval was granted. The students guaranteed that the fund would stay within the student groups and that while 90% of the income would be reinvested, 10% could be donated to the school’s service-learning program to help students create new service groups. The trio contacted donors, filed legal documents and prepared contracts with the school. They worked with board members, teachers, and the school’s chief financial officer to optimize the portfolio for the $10,000 fund. Finance Club students can propose a specific career or investment to club members, the fund’s appointed board, academic advisors and the school board. Approved trades will be executed by a faculty advisor or the school’s financial director. Students will meet regularly with faculty advisors and review fund assets three times per academic year. To learn more about the fund and how it was created, contact [email protected]
new vice president
Shannon Stubblefield has been named the new Vice President of Institutional Advancement at MiraCosta College. Stubblefield will oversee the college’s foundation, institutional advancement efforts, and marketing department. She comes to MiraCosta after 10 years as director of philanthropy for North County Lifeline, a nonprofit that works with North County families who face challenges such as poverty or mental health issues. . A native of Southern California, she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University and a master’s degree from the Nonprofit Management and Leadership program at the University of San Diego. Diego. Stubblefield also worked for six years in Chicago, at the McCormick Tribune Foundation and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, before returning to San Diego County. She is chair of the board of the North County Philanthropy Council and has taught fundraising as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego and North Park University.
The Valley Center High School Jazz Band, Concert Band, Concert Choir and Jazz Choir recently traveled to Santa Cruz to participate in the “Music in the Parks” festival against schools from Fresno to Sacramento. Led by group director Jeff Beck and choir director Laralee Alderson Beck, the four music groups swept their respective award categories, with all four groups and choirs receiving unanimous top marks. The Jazz Band earned a perfect score of 100. Senior trombonist Ben Wodarczyk won Best Instrumental Solo and sophomore Lina Hernandez won Best Vocal Solo. Community donations to the Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters help support district music programs. Email [email protected], or find and like Valley Center Pauma Music Boosters on Facebook.
Students Recognized for State-Level Films
Rancho Minerva Middle School students were recently recognized in a virtual Directing Change Program & Film Contest ceremony. The competition asks students to create short films and art projects on topics such as suicide prevention, dealing with difficult times, the impact of the pandemic, and returning to in-person education. Rancho Minerva students Adalia Pacheco, Melanie Ortiz, Adriana Chavez, Arely Murillo, Willem Ross and Izzy Castillo were honored for their debut film, “Dear Future Me,” in the Walk in Our Shoes: The Superhero in Each of Us category Adalia Pacheco, Kaio Passos, Ally Lopez and Natalie Lopez tied for second place for their film, “Fingerprints,” in the Walk in Our Shoes: What Is Mental Health & Words Matter category. They are tied with Ally Lopez, Natalie Lopez, Keaton Hawkins and Diego Guerrero for their film “Un-Silent”. Keaton Hawkins placed third for his film “What Are You Waiting For?” in the Hope and Justice – Hope category. Students from Oceanside High School, Torrey Pines High School, and Sage Creek High School also received honorable mentions for their films in various categories. See all movies at bit.ly/3M9MB3z. The film program is part of statewide suicide prevention and mental health efforts funded by county agencies and operated by the California Mental Health Services Authority. Visit www.directingchangeca.org.
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