Students exchange group to sponsor Dine and Donate at Chipotle – The Reporter

The 2018 Sister City student exchange group is sponsoring a Dine and Donate event from 5 to 9 p.m. June 16 at Chipotle, 1586 Gateway Blvd., Suite B, Fairfield.

Chipotle will donate 50 percent of the sale proceeds from each customer presenting a flier (either a paper copy or on a phone) when ordering; customers also can simply state they are there to support the Sister City program.

The student group is made up of six local high school students and their adult chaperone who will travel to Japan in July for a three-week stay in Fairfield’s Sister City, Nirasaki.

Source: Students exchange group to sponsor Dine and Donate at Chipotle

Sorority acknowledges Solano grads at 26th baccalaureate – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Students dressed in green, purple and white robes got an early graduation nod Sunday with a baccalaureate ceremony at St. Stephen CME Church.

Fifty students from various Solano County schools took part.

Sereniti Robinson, 18, of Fairfield, will graduate this week from Fairfield High School and is looking forward to her future in the culinary arts.

“I have recipes passed down from family members and I love to cook,” she said.

Source: Sorority acknowledges Solano grads at 26th baccalaureate

Solano County students majoring in agricultural field have opportunity for scholarships – The Reporter

Multiple $10,000 scholarships are being awarded by the Julia I. Carrington Foundation to undergraduate students majoring in an agricultural field who attended high school in Solano County.

Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and plan to, or currently attend, a California University that offers a Bachelor’s degree or higher in an agricultural field. Scholarships can be applied for year-round and are awarded throughout the year.

Consideration is given first to applicants who have resided in Solano County for a minimum of two years and have a family member who derives their living from farming or other agricultural means.

Scholarships will be paid directly to the university.

Source: Solano County students majoring in agricultural field have opportunity for scholarships

Vallejo Symphony offers youth chance to hear, learn about Mozart – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

About 700 Solano County students filled the Empress Theatre Monday morning for two performances by the Vallejo Symphony.

The symphony’s board of directors picked up the ticket tab. Schools were responsible for transportation to and from the venue.

A few of the neighborhood schools were able to walk to the historic theater.

This is the first time in more than 20 years the symphony has offered the student performances, said Tim Zumwalt, who heads up publicity for the symphony.

The symphony – founded in 1931 – completed its first full season Sunday of performing at the Empress, which is more than 100 years old.

Source: Vallejo Symphony offers youth chance to hear, learn about Mozart

Child Haven kicks off National Child Abuse Prevention Month – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

By any sad stretch, the numbers were startling:

• Nearly 900 abused Solano County children needed the therapeutic services provided by Child Haven last year.

• Nearly one-third of American children ages 12 to 17 have experienced two or more types of childhood adversity that likely will affect their physical and mental health into adulthood.

• Three American children die every day from child abuse.

Those were among the statistics aired during the “pinwheel event” Monday at Child Haven in Fairfield, where officials kicked off National Child Abuse Prevention Month in a local effort to raise awareness about preventing child abuse and neglect, from physical and sexual abuse to emotional neglect and poverty.

Source: Child Haven kicks off National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Students showcase scientific chops at Solano science fair – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Students from across Solano County completed their participation in a two-day science showcase Friday that saw projects from elementary schoolchildren to high schoolers take over the gym at Vanden High School.

The annual Solano County Science/STEM Fair opens the door for qualifying students to enter the California State Science Fair next month at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Solano County’s science fair was open to sixth- through 12th-graders.

It’s a competition based on the quality of experiments presented through exhibits, according to event organizers. The event is designed to stimulate an active interest in science, provide a quality educational experience, and to give public recognition to talented students for the work they have done in the field of science.

Source: Students showcase scientific chops at Solano science fair

Benicia youth lead protest for peace – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The city’s youth spoke out against being afraid to go to school, called out the government for not doing enough to protect them from gun violence and demanded change as they marched Saturday down First Street – one of more than 800 March for Our Lives rallies that took place across the country.

Benicia High School students organized the event but they were not alone in their anger with the gun violence; several hundred adults marched alongside them.

“We had a fire drill the other day at school,” said Shannon Sweeney, 17, a student at Benicia High. “I couldn’t help thinking, ‘Is this it? Is there a shooter on campus?’

”Sweeney was one of the organizers who helped bring about the march. She said her goal was to help everyone feel safe, every day, at school and in their community.

Source: Benicia youth lead protest for peace

Vallejo students, adults take stand against gun violence – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The March for Our Lives event was about the youth Saturday and hundreds of adults were there to support them.

More than 800 marches were held across the country and some might say it was a continuation of the student walkouts last week in protest of the 17 people killed Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Isabel Reyes of Vallejo still grieves for her son, Eric Reyes, who died in February 2016 because of gun violence. She formed the Eric Reyes Foundation in his memory and helped sponsor the march.

“Youth are killing youth,” she said. “We have a lot of gun violence in the community.”

Source: Vallejo students, adults take stand against gun violence

Kajukenbo March Awards – Daily Republic

By Heather-Rae Sanderson

Join the PAL Kajukenbo Club and enhance your martial arts skills, track your progress with belts and more under the guidance and support of a World Champion!

The Fairfield Police Activities League’s (PAL) Kajukenbo Club recently awarded new belts. Kajukenbo belts provide a goal for members to strive towards and accomplish. Most importantly, each belt provides a base line to help students track their progress and mastery of the sport.

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Vacaville to host middle school socialite night – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

A seventh- and eighth-grader Socialite Night is scheduled from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Ulatis Community Center with dancing, video games and a chance to hang out with friends in a safe, supervised setting.

The event will allow participants to use their social media account to play and win gift cards to Dutch Bros., or to the movies. There will also be a “Famous” challenge and Snapchat lip-sync battle.

The first 50 participants to arrive will get a door prize. Only parents and guardians can purchase tickets and proof of grade is required for first-time participants.

Source: Vacaville to host middle school socialite night

Kindness Campaign seeks student videos – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Students in seventh through 12th grades are encouraged to participate in a countywide video contest that underscores the impact of positive behavior in Solano County.

The Kindness Campaign student video contest, sponsored by 4th District Supervisor John Vasquez and District Attorney Krishna Abrams, invites students to produce and submit a video that is between 30 seconds and two minutes in length that expresses what the power of kindness can accomplish at school, at home and in our communities to make a positive difference.

All videos must be submitted by or before April 20.

Source: Kindness Campaign seeks student videos

Solano Hispanic chamber honors students, leaders – Daily Republic

By Solano Hispanic Chamber

The Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce celebrated over 11 years as a local chamber of diversity during its annual Awards and Recognition Gala on March 10, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield. Solano County students and business leaders were recognized for their achievements, contributions and leadership.

Republic Services was awarded the 2018 Business of the Year award, Excellence in Customer Service was awarded to the Law Offices of Dana Dean, the Hispanic Business Leader was awarded to Roxana Damas of Diversity RD Global, and Voces Unidas de Solano was recognized as the Community Leader of the Year.

Fourteen scholarships were awarded to eight high school seniors and six college students including a post-graduate. Due to the generosity of NorthBay Healthcare and their investment in the future of our community, two deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare were recognized and awarded by President & CEO, Konard Jones. Also,The Law Offices of Dana Dean gave an additional contribution to an aspiring attorney.

Source: Solano Hispanic chamber honors students, leaders

Science fun for kids during holiday week – The Reporter

By Reporter Staff

Will they learn to how to make their own “volcano”? What about building a soap-powered model boat? Like a magician, will they figure out how to “bend water” with static electricity?

They might, if they attend the city of Suisun City’s Spring Break Science Camp.

The six-day camp, from March 26 to April 2 (no camp on Saturday and Sunday) and sponsored by the city’s Recreation & Community Services Department, is open to children in grades one to six and will be held at the Anson G. Burdick Center, 1101 Little Rock Circle, in Suisun City. Daily hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Organizers say the camp will be a fun and educational experience for the children, as they learn how the world works through field trips to Rush Ranch Open Space, the Imagine That! Museum in Vacaville, and through experiments and other activities.

Source: Science fun for kids during holiday week

Benefit to provide free books to needy children – The Reporter

By Reporter Staff

Famed American children’s author Maurice Sendak once said, “There’s so much more to a book than just the reading.”

A child would understand that, especially some of those who receive free books from the women of Delta Kappa Gamma.

The sorority’s Delta Xi chapter will host a fundraising evening of Bunco March 22 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 350 Stinson Ave., Vacaville.

Social hour starts at 5 p.m. with a salad dinner and refreshments. Bunco — a parlor game with 12 more players in groups of four who try to score points rolling three dice — begins at 6.

Source: Benefit to provide free books to needy children

Solano County speller takes the top prize – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A fourth-grader and one of the smallest contenders, James Maravilla, 8, a student at Federal Terrace Elementary School in Vallejo, confidently spelled “vengeance.”

Facing off against James, Diego Gonzalez, 12, a sixth-grader at Callison Elementary School in Vacaville, then stumbled on the word “masquerade.”

At about 7:45 p.m., in the sixth round, one hour and 45 minutes after the 2018 Solano County Elementary Spelling Bee started, word pronouncer Dave McCallum of Vacaville, a well-known KUIC-FM personality and former Vacaville Unified trustee, then declared James as the top elementary speller in the county, prompting applause from families, friends, relatives and leaders from the Solano County Office of Education, sponsor of the 42nd annual event.

Source: Solano County Speller

Vallejo, Vacaville students earn top spots at Solano County Spelling Bee – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

James Maravilla, 8, a fourth-grader at Federal Terrace Elementary School in Vallejo earned first place in the 2018 Solano County Elementary Spelling Bee Tuesday night in the Nelson Community Center in Suisun City.

Diego Gonzalez, 12, a sixth-grader at Callison Elementary School in Vacaville, came in second.

With their wins, topping some 50 other spellers in grades four to six, they will represent Solano County at the California State Spelling Bee Championship May 12 at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton.

Source: Vallejo, Vacaville students earn top spots at Solano County Spelling Bee

S-U-C-C-E-S-S: 42nd annual Solano County Spelling Bee crowns new champs – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

James Maravilla left the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center Tuesday with a hard-earned trophy after besting 45 other fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders in the 42nd annual Solano County Spelling Bee.

The fourth-grader at Federal Terrace Elementary School in Vallejo wasn’t nervous about the words from spellmaster Dave McCallum. It was the size of the standing-room only crowd that concerned him the most.

“It was kind of nerve-wracking and shocking,” James said after the event concluded.

Source: S-U-C-C-E-S-S: 42nd annual Solano County Spelling Bee crowns new champs

High schoolers begin design, innovation challenge at Travis Air Force Base – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Solano County Office of Education leaders, in a partnership with Travis Air Force Base, are launching an event, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, that will enlist the help of Solano County high school students to tackle real-world problems at Travis Air Force Base.

A group of student will visit the sprawling base today so can participate in the next phase the Phoenix Spark Challenge — described as a strategy used by the military to solve problems shared by military operational experts, academia and government agencies — will take place May 18 at the sprawling base.

Airmen will lead student tours of the base and show them three real-life issues the consumer sector and the Department of Defense are trying to solve. Students will have a chance to ask questions, then select which challenge they want to resolve through design and problem-solving processes.

Source: High schoolers begin design, innovation challenge at Travis Air Force Base

Solano County’s elementary spellers set to face off Tuesday – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Young spelling wizards, including several from Vacaville, will convene Tuesday in Suisun City for the 42nd annual Solano County Elementary School Spelling Bee.

The free event, open to fourth- through sixth-grade students in county schools, public and private, begins at 6 p.m. in the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive.

Nearly 50 schools will send their best spellers to participate, including, from Vacaville (a partial list), Angelo Crosby, a sixth-grader at Fairmont Charter School; Hannah Trinh, a fifth-grader at Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy; Rebecca Amar, a fourth-grader at Cambridge Elementary; Su Tyler, a fifth-grader at Sierra Vista K-8; Kennedy Jackson, a sixth-grader at Cooper Elementary; Ximena Capella-Leggett, a sixth-grader at Padan Elementary; Rebecca Flaum, a fifth-grader at Ernest Kimme Charter Academy; Diego Gonzalez, a sixth-grader at Callison Elementary; and Nathan Schittl, a fifth-grader at Heritage Peak Charter School.

Brandman to host Solano education job fair – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Brandman University will hosting the 4th Annual Educational Job Fair from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 4820 Business Center Drive.

The university will be partnering with local school districts to connect potential job seekers with job openings. Bring a resume, dress for success and be ready to interview.

Source: Brandman to host Solano education job fair