North County School News, April 25

North County School News, April 25


Student wins $20K Coca-Cola scholarship

Pacific Ridge School senior Nick Simpson has been named a 2021 Coca-Cola Scholar, receiving a $20,000 college scholarship. He was among 150 high school seniors chosen from an initial pool of nearly 100,000 applicants nationwide. As a member of the 33rd class of Coca-Cola Scholars, Nick exemplifies superior leadership, service and academics. He was also one of five Scholars this year chosen to receive a surprise celebration from the foundation. After volleyball practice, Nick was met with a Coca-Cola truck emblazoned with his name, the official Coca-Cola Bear mascot, a giant check for $20,000 and family members and faculty. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is a joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the country and The Coca Cola Company. With the 2021 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than $75 million in scholarships over 33 years.


‘Giant Peach’ coming to Classical Academy

Classical Academy High School theater students will perform “James and the Giant Peach” at 8 p.m. Thursday through May 2. This musical version of Roald Dahl’s book of the same name will be performed at 207 E. Pennsylvania Ave. with outdoor seating and social distancing. Tickets start at $10 and are available at Email


Senior takes second in speech contest

Halle Schaffer

Halle Schaffer

(Courtesy photo)

Halle Schaffer, a senior at San Dieguito High School, placed second and won $1,000 at the state level of Speech Trek, a contest coordinated by the American Association of University Women of California. Halle won the local Speech Trek contest presented by the Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of AAUW. She then competed with the winners from other AAUW branches in California, and was one of three students chosen to go to the state finals. The Speech Trek topic was “Has social media helped or hindered the breaking down of barriers for women and girls?” Contestants created a five- to six-minute speech on the topic and competed at contests presented by local branches. AAUW is a national organization that advances equity for women and girls. Membership is open to all college graduates with an associate or higher degree. Visit or email Karen Dorney at

Nominations sought for best theater teacher

The community is invited to nominate and vote for the Best Local Theatre Teacher. This award is part of the Broadway San Diego Awards, a competition for high school students who are talented in musical theater. The winning teacher will receive a pair of season tickets to Broadway San Diego’s 44th season, along with parking. Students, parents, family members and friends can nominate and vote for a theater teacher in San Diego County who has made a positive difference in someone’s life or in the community. To nominate and vote, visit Voters can return to the page daily through 11:59 p.m. May 7. The Best Local Theatre Teacher Award will be presented May 20 at the 2021 Virtual Broadway San Diego Awards. The awards are sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union with Broadway San Diego. For rules, visit


Authors to speak at scholarship fundraiser

Authors Louise Penny and Lisa See will speak at a virtual fundraiser at 10 a.m. May 15 hosted by the American Association of University Women Poway Peñasquitos branch. The fundraiser is for scholarships for women re-entering college and will be presented over Zoom. Penny is the author of 16 mystery novels featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. See is the author of “ Island of Sea Women,” “Snow Flower and The Secret Fan” and many more. Tickets cost $25. To register, email Registration closes May 10.


Library Friends announce scholarships

The Friends of the Solana Beach Library will be awarding at least three $1,000 scholarships this year to graduating high school seniors, continuing students or students returning to school after a gap. Applicants must live in Solana Beach. Scholarship money may be used for college tuition, books, fees, room and board, or related educational expenses. Find applications at; forms are also available at the Solana Beach Library. Deadline to submit forms is May 31. Applications can be emailed to, mailed to Friends of the Solana Beach Library, Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 194, Solana Beach, CA 92075, or given to library staff. Call (858) 775-3629 or (858) 353-2728.


Rancho Minerva teachers get grants

Five teachers at Rancho Minerva Middle School were recently awarded grants of $400 each from Division 45 of the California Retired Teachers Association. The recipients and their programs were: Beth Duncan for her Mixed Tiles digital photography program; Erik Kerby for his Creative Writing Books project; Lisa Fukuda for hands-on science supplies for students to use at home; Andrew Hudson for his Making Comics elective class; and Nicole Morison for a classroom aquarium. The California Retired Teachers Association aims to protect and advocate for retired and active educators’ pensions and other retirement benefits, and to support public education. Visit

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2021-04-25 07:10:22

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