North County School News, December 12


The art scholarship program is looking for applicants

The Escondido Art Association announces its art scholarship program for 2021-2022. Elderly graduates enrolled in any Escondido-based high school are eligible to apply. Scholarships totaling $ 1,000 will be awarded in addition to a free two-year membership in the Escondido Art Association. To compete, students must complete an entry form, submit a letter of recommendation from their scholarship coordinator / art teacher, write an essay on their interest in art, and submit three works of art (at least one original). Scholarship materials are available from scholarship coordinators in schools, as well as at Completed kits should be submitted to the Artists Gallery at 121 W. Grand Ave. before March 5. Call the Co-Chairs of the Scholarship Committee Rosemarie Woldin at (760) 743-6634 or Carol Crisci at (760) 745-3585.


Local students graduate

Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois: Matthew Abruzzo de Ramona, Bachelor of Arts in Business / Economics; Samuel arnold de San Marcos, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minor in Communication

Tufts University, Medford / Somerville, MA: Brandon Bay d’Encinitas, Bachelor of Science in Biology

Palmer College of Chiropractic, San José: Robert Renkin d’Encinitas, doctor of chiropractic

University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI: Eric P. Borrelli d’Escondido, Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences; Imke Scheepers d’Escondido, doctor of pharmacy, magna cum laude; Taylor larie sidney de Solana Beach, master of science in dietetics; Jakob Logan Szabo de Ramona, Bachelor of Arts in English

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY: Brian Gumport de Rancho Santa Fe, master of science in education in special education: international perspectives


The university celebrates its first generation students

The University of Saint Katherine recently hosted its first first generation college celebration at its new campus, 277 Rancheros Drive. The celebration marked the anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Dr. Benjamin Andrew, US Navy veteran and professor of management at the University of Saint Katherine, spoke to students about his personal journey as a college graduate of first generation. Andrew encouraged the students to persevere, as he did, to become the proud recipients of their family’s first four-year college degree. To support its new freshman class of 60 percent first-generation students, Saint Katherine University offers services such as free tuition, personal financial advice, and faculty mentorship. Visit


New Assistant Superintendent of Business Services

Michael hodson

(Courtesy photo)

The Solana Beach School District recently appointed Michael Hodson as the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services effective December 1. He joined the district after serving as chief of business or deputy superintendent of affairs at the Marysville Joint Unified, Walnut Valley Unified and El Monte Union high school districts. His expertise and experience will support all business operations including budgets, accounting, payroll, employee benefits, risk management, contracts, warehouse, facilities, purchasing, nutrition services and the Child Development Center. He was also a lieutenant colonel and commander in the United States Marine Corps.


Annual Christmas concert scheduled for Monday

Valley Center Pauma Music Boosters invite the community to their eighth annual Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Valley Center High School Maxine Theater and Gymnasium. The in-person show had to take a hiatus last year due to COVID-19, but it’s back with seven different award-winning middle and high school groups and choirs. All members of the public are required to wear a mask indoors due to health guidelines. In addition, the Boosters will have a bake sale starting at 6 p.m. at the theater, and there will be a raffle to support the more than 600 music students. Membership forms will be available at the concert. The Maxine Theater is located at Valley Center High School, 31322 Cole Grade Road. Seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis and depart quickly, so arriving early is recommended.


Grants available for youth programs

Vista offers scholarships to Vista families with income who wish to enroll their children in a Vista Recreation Program or Early Childhood Education program. Parents or guardians must submit documents, including proof of Vista address and income information, and must certify their financial hardship related to COVID-19. To apply for the scholarship, the parent or guardian must submit: a recreation program registration form (at; proof of Vista residency; and proof of income. All documents must be submitted in person from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Civic Center Recreation Office, 200 Civic Center Drive. Allowable income limits must match the table shown on the web page above. Call (760) 643-5255 or email [email protected]

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