Student journalism shines again in Campus Star – The Reporter

By Matt Miller

In 1990, The Reporter launched a community engagement program designed to showcase the talent budding of young journalists and ad designers in our local elementary, middle and high schools.

Today, the newspaper publishes its 27th edition. The Reporter and hundreds of local students, their families, teachers and sponsors will celebrate the outstanding work of these young writers, artists and photographers from schools across the region at a reception tonight. For the first time in the program’s history, the ceremony will take place in the Travis Unified School District at Foxboro Elementary.

Each year The Reporter encourages students at all area schools to participate. This year, there were close to 400 entries.

The work is on display in our special section. Campus Star is a newspaper published inside The Reporter each year and is of, by and for local students. Once again, readers will find themselves engaged, inspired and entertained by this collection of outstanding work by the participating students.

 

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Local charter school students publish book of short stories – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Eight Solano County junior high students have developed a book of their own short stories as part of their language arts course.

The students are Lisette Adundez, Caden Hiteshew, Madeline LeBron, Kawika Makua, Warren Dominguez, Carolyn West, Josiah West and Spencer Young. Their book, “Ready for Liftoff,” is available on Amazon.

“They all belong to different charter schools,” said Mia Douglas, director of the Launch tutoring program, which these students have been enrolled in for two years.

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“A Day for Kids” of all abilities – The Reporter

By Michael Morris

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, The McBride Center was transformed into a park as families and their children celebrated “A Day for Kids.”

Looking to spread education and acceptance in regard to children with autism and any special needs, Jessica Johnson and NorthBay Healthcare provided a fun-filled event as they raised money for the cause.

When Johnson first heard that a young dancer and her mother were sent home from a dance studio due to her daughter’s autism, the former Miss California Global Nations (2014) sought to make a difference and used her platform to do so.

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Youth Employment Resource Fair to help prepare job seekers – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

It may never be easier for area youth to learn how to land and keep a job. Or possibly be hired on the spot.

A Youth Employment Resource Fair will be held May 6 at the Solano Community College campus, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield.

The free event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is open to all Solano County youth ages 16 to 24.

Workshops will cover a variety of topics to better prepare job seekers for interviews and employment. They include resume- and cover letter-writing, team-building, social media etiquette, and financial literacy training provided by Travis Credit Union.

Job Squad, a Fairfield-based grassroots organization, will provide a boot camp of sorts, teaching a variety of job skills along with a panel of employers available to provide candid feedback about employer expectations and perform mock job interviews.

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Travis base starts Earth Day early with urban garden contest – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Wednesday was a bad day to be a weed at the urban garden being cultivated by some of the Travis Air Force Base Youth Center’s children.

Six-year-olds Jaxon Dieball and Keegan Reinhard were two of eight children getting the raised garden beds next to the center ready for a visit from judges for a basewide best urban garden contest as well as a best watermelon contest.

“This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and to have that opportunity to care for the Earth,” Youth Center Director Carrie Basaca said.

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Students ready for National Bike to School Day – The Reporter

Hundreds of Solano County students will strap on safety helmets and pedal to school May 10 — National Bike to School Day.

The annual event focuses attention on the physical and environmental benefits of biking or walking to school instead of commuting by car.

In 2016, 26 elementary and middle schools throughout Solano County participated in the Solano Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program to promote Bike to School Day and this year high schools are invited to participate.

Along with promoting safety, SR2S aims to improve children’s health by increasing their daily physical activity by walking and biking to school. SR2S staff works with schools and parents to organize Walking School Buses and daily or weekly walking programs. The program also conducts traffic safety assemblies, bike safety rodeos and helmet fittings in Solano County schools.

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‘Bell of Peace & Purpose’ sees dedication at Matt Garcia campus – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Corissa Chavez, shot in 2014 during a carjacking of the vehicle she was in, used a walker Tuesday to reach and ring the bell in the monument dedicated at the Matt Garcia Career and College Academy.

The 21-year-old Vacaville resident injured in the Sacramento County shooting was among speakers at the dedication of the “Bell of Peace & Purpose” as part of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

“I will walk again,” Chavez said.

The monument is dedicated to Matt Garcia, the 21-year-old Fairfield councilman killed Sept. 1, 2008; Taylor Linn Little, killed in a Modesto car crash in 2014; and Jesus Adrian Amaya, killed in a 2012 shooting in Fairfield.

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Congressional high school art competition deadline extended – The Reporter

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 3rd District, which includes all or portions of Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties.

Submissions for the Congressional High School Art Competition in Congressman John Garamendi’s 3rd District are due by 5 p.m. April 28 in Fairfield and Davis.

Full details are available at http://garamendi.house.gov/how-can-i-help/art-competition.

Call ahead for Yuba City drop off time at (530) 329-8865.

To find out residency in the 3rd District, visit www.house.gov/representatives/find.

 

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Nutritional education, 4-H diversity are Cooperative Extension targets – Daily Republic

By Todd R. Hansen

A University of California Cooperative Extension program chart left Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan feeling a little hungry for more.

Hannigan continued her push to develop nutritional education in the area schools Tuesday, telling Morgan Doran, director of the three-county UC Cooperative Extension Capitol Corridor, that a nutritional adviser is needed in the county.

“We really need to work on that,” Hannigan said. “Solano County . . . we just heard about this a week ago . . . has the highest rates of child obesity, the highest rate of diabetes, a lot of really bad long-term health consequences as a result of poor nutrition.”

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Solano announces kindness video contest – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Students in the seventh through 12th grades can participate in a countywide video contest that underscores the impacts of positive behavior in Solano County.

Videos must be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes, and are due April 21.

The contest, The Power of Kindness, is sponsored by Supervisor John Vasquez and District Attorney Krishna Abrams.

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Vallejo students top county spelling bee – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Call it the luck of the draw, but David Whitwell correctly spelled “interrupt,” smiling at his success, and Amid Brock Jr. stumbled on “neuropathy,” arguably, a tougher word, then word pronouncer Ken Scarberry declared David the winner of the 2017 Solano County Elementary School Spelling Bee.

As first- and second-place finishers of the 41st annual event, held Tuesday night at the Nelson Community Center in Suisun City, the boys, both students in Vallejo City Unified schools, will next test their spelling mettle at the state championship, May 13, at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton.

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Solano high school students give their all in Academic Decathlon – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

Super Bowl Sunday has finally arrived.

But throughout the day Saturday at Solano Community College, high school students from across the region gathered to take part in a Super Bowl of a different sort as 14 teams and 255 total participants took part in the North Bay Regional Academic Decathlon Super Quiz.

As mistress of ceremonies and Solano County superintendent of schools, Lisette Estrella-Henderson told the gathered competitors, “This is the real Super Bowl.”

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Solano high school students compete for national poetry honors – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Students from five Solano County high schools will compete next week in a national poetry recitation contest.

The competition, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

The Poetry Out Loud county finals begin at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Fairfield Civic Center Library, 1150 Kentucky St. Contestants will recite works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems.

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After 40 rounds plus, more than c-a-p-a-b-l-e – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Young students who gathered Wednesday for an annual spell-off in Vacaville were seen, by turns, fidgeting, squirming, rolling their eyes and even using their palms and fingers to write out words, silent testimony to the following question: How do you solve a problem like the English language?

In the end, at the 2017 Grace B. Powell Citywide Spelling Bee, only one of 48 elementary students, Orchard sixth-grader Caitlin Peck, and one of 26 middle school students, Vacaville Christian eighth-grader Caitlin Sweany, were remotely able to answer the question through 40 or more rounds each, one word at a time, from any of the several different languages that comprise ever-evolving modern English, a hallmark of one of the world’s most common and sometimes frustrating languages.

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High school Super Quiz coming to Solano College – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

High school students from Solano, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo counties will compete in the North Bay Academic Decathlon Super Quiz Regional Competition with the goal of qualifying for the state event.

The Solano County Office of Education is hosting the Super Quiz portion of the decathlon starting at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Solano Community College gymnasium.

Among the subjects about which the students’ knowledge will be tested during the decathlon are art, music, language and literature, math, economics, science and social science. Additionally, there are communication tests that require writing an essay, delivering a prepared and an impromptu speech, and an interview.

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Wood sophomore wins Youth of the Year – The Reporter

By Jessica Rogness

This year’s ambassador for the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club has been chosen.

Sergio Maciel, 15, a sophomore at Will C. Wood High School, will serve as the 2017 Youth of the Year for the Club. He will go on to compete in the Northern California Youth of the Year competition.

“I’m really going to do my best to represent the Boys and Girls Club as well as the youth of Vacaville,” Maciel said at the podium in the Vacaville City Hall council chamber Thursday.

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Students learn teamwork, science for next generation – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

A group of dedicated high school students spent their weekend learning some new skills that they will then pass on to the younger generation.

The 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology program was held at the 4-H offices on Texas Street for high school students to learn how to teach science to elementary and middle school students in an after-school program for approximately one hour during the week.

Mia Baez is a freshman at Rodriguez High School and for part of her community service requirements she is doing the 10-hour program. She is the youngest in the group, the others are all high school seniors.

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CDE report: Vaca-area students generally improve physical fitness scores – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Something of a turnaround compared to last year, Vacaville-area students generally outperformed their county and state counterparts, no longer lagging behind, on physical fitness tests, data from a California Department of Education report indicate.

The report, released Monday, comes as State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson noted that the percentage of students who met the Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ) performance standards declined slightly compared to the previous two years, according to the results of the 2015-16 Physical Fitness Test.

For the past 17 years, given to fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders in the spring, the test measured performance standards in six areas: aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk extensor strength, upper body strength, and flexibility. The HFZ is a state benchmark of fitness that offers, educators believe, protection against diseases tied to sedentary lifestyles, such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

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Dedication set for student-led Rocky Hill Trail – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A dedication of the Rocky Hill Trail is set for 3 p.m. Dec. 22 at the trail entryway on the 700 block of Markham Avenue in Vacaville, near the Lucky Supermarket.

The project was spearheaded by youth activists who wanted to clean up the abandoned railway easement used by many residents as a pathway.

However, the trail as it existed was difficult to navigate, especially during the rainy season, and had become an area used for drinking, drug use and drug dealing, project proponents said.

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County 4-H’ers to hold SET training – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The 4-H mission, to engage youth to reach their fullest potential, continues in Solano County with another two-day SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) training session.

High school students are invited to take advantage of a chance to perform community service, learn new skills, experience teaching firsthand, and have fun.

The 10-hour training will be held at the Fairfield 4-H office, 501 Texas St., from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 21 and 1 to 8 p.m. Jan. 22.Teens must participate in both days of training. Deadline to register is Jan. 20.

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