Vaca High grad Stevens wins USTAF 50K championship – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Vacaville High graduate and former Westwind Flyers Track Club member Robyn Stevens won the USA Track and Field 50-kilometer (31.1-mile) race walk championship in Santee, Saturday, with a time of 4 hours, 34 minutes, 24 seconds.

The top three finishers (male and female) will compete for the United States team in the 2019 Pan American Race Walking Cup in Lazaro, Mexico, April 20-21, and Stevens will participate in the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, July 26-Aug. 11.

Source: Vaca High grad Stevens wins USTAF 50K championship

Hogan High grad Bob Bohnet to enter Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame – Times-Herald

By Thomas Gase

When Bob Bohnet was at Hogan High in the early 1970s, he was cut from the school’s basketball squad by coach Jim Stephenson. Bohnet has thought about the moment from time to time and if he sees the ex-Hogan coach on March 9 he’ll probably have two words to say to him — thank you.

Bohnet will be in a good mood because the potential meeting would take place at the Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame ceremony at the Dan Foley Cultural Center. Bohnet will be inducted due mostly because of his exploits in another sport he later focused on — baseball. Stephenson is also a 2019 inductee.

“Yeah, maybe I’ll remind him about it (being cut) there,” Bohnet said with a laugh.

The 1974 Hogan High graduate was stellar in multiple sports, but baseball was his calling as he stared for the Spartans at multiple positions on the field before also playing well for Solano College, Cal and a number of teams in the minor leagues.

Source: Hogan High grad Bob Bohnet to enter Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame – Times-Herald

Bethel High grad C.J. Anderson signs with Oakland Raiders – Times-Herald

By Vallejo Times Herald

NFL.com and other sources have reported that Jesse Bethel High grad C.J. Anderson has signed with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday.

Anderson reportedly worked out with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday but Kansas City eventually signed ex-Chief Charcandrick West instead.

On Twitter Tuesday night Anderson sent out a message saying, “Just a #CrestKid happy to be home. As @nene25uno my mother would say ‘it’s only one nation’”

Anderson, a 1,000-yard rusher last season with the Broncos, helped Denver win a Super Bowl in 2016. He was a Pro-Bowler in 2015.

Source: Report: Bethel High grad C.J. Anderson signs with Oakland Raiders – Times-Herald

FHS grad Peyton Bailey adds spark to Briar Cliff Chargers – Daily Republic

By Paul Farmer

Teams for whom Peyton Bailey plays just seem to do better.

The Fairfield High football team was 5-5 his senior year in 2015, when he made the All-Solano County Athletic Conference first team on defense, second team on offense. The Falcons have gone 2-26 since.

Sacramento City College was 6-5 in 2016 and 8-3 in 2017 in his two years with the Panthers, 3-7 the year before he got there, 4-5 this season.

Prior to 2018, Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, had never had a winning season in football since beginning play in 2004. Its high-water mark was 5-6 in 2006, its longest winning streak two games – attained four times.

Source: FHS grad Peyton Bailey adds spark to Briar Cliff Chargers

‘Incredible:’ Armijo High graduate working on ‘Toy Story 4’ – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

If you purchased “Incredibles 2” when it came out on digital format Tuesday, look closely at the credits, particularly the animators.

Among them is Suisun Elementary, Grange Middle School and Armijo High graduate Frank Abney III.

The married father of two is starting work on Pixar’s “Toy Story 4.”

It was the first “Incredibles” flick, released in 2004, that got Abney interested in computer-generated imagery. Abney was studying animation.

“It was something that turned the corner for me,” he said. “It was the first film that showed me what that medium could do.”

Getting to work on the second “Incredibles” was a “dream come true.” He got to work with amazing artists as well as Brad Bird, who directed the flick.

Source: ‘Incredible:’ Armijo High graduate working on ‘Toy Story 4’

Major design award for SCC’s Biotech/Science building – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A new era for Solano Community College’s acclaimed biotech manufacturing program began 14 months ago with the opening of a gleaming, $34.5 million, 38,000-square-foot cutting-edge structure in Vacaville that helps to prepare graduates for 21st-century jobs.

The Biotechnology and Science Building was clearly a significant boost to the school’s educational mission and perhaps the envy of other colleges.

Now there is another reason for envy:

The building, at the SCC Vacaville Center on North Village Parkway, is the recipient of a National Award of Merit in the educational facilities category.

The award, given by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), is of the highest honor, and will be announced during the Design-Build Conference & Expo in November in New Orleans, Jennifer Aries, a spokeswoman for the Fairfield-based college, noted in a press release.

Source: Major design award for SCC’s Biotech/Science building in Vacaville – The Reporter

SCOE supe named among Garamendi’s 2018 Women of the Year – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Lisette Estrella-Henderson, superintendent of Solano County schools, will need to make space on her wall or shelf of awards in her Vacaville home.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Solano, has named the 33-year educator as one of his 2018 Women of the Year, it has been announced.

“There are so many deserving women that I have the privilege to work alongside with each day,” Estrella-Henderson said in a press release Thursday. “For Congressman Garamendi to recognize me as someone who has made a positive difference in our community, I am truly honored!”

She and 45 other women will be recognized Friday during a 9 a.m.-to-noon ceremony in the Community Room at Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road, Woodland. Each will receive a congressional proclamation that will be preserved in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Source: SCOE supe named among Garamendi’s 2018 Women of the Year – The Reporter

Garamendi taps Estrella-Henderson as among top women in region – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano County Office of Education announced Wednesday that Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, has been selected as one of Rep. John Garamendi’s 2018 Women of the Year.

The annual awards publicly honor outstanding women of the 3rd Congressional District improve the quality of life in the district through their work and volunteerism.

“There are so many deserving women that I have the privilege to work alongside with each day. I am humbled and astounded by this tremendous honor,” Estrella-Henderson said in a prepared statement.

Source: Garamendi taps Estrella-Henderson as among top women in region

Benicia teen becomes coffee entrepreneur – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

At 16, Reid Burford is about the age where one might expect to find him working as a coffee shop barista, but that is not the case. Instead, the Benicia High School junior roasts and distributes his own coffee as part of his business Howling Hounds Coffee Roasters. What’s more: he has been doing it since he was 14.

Burford has been a coffee enthusiast since he had his first cup of joe at the age of 12. This interest was magnified as a result of going to coffee shops over the years.

“I was very interested in the process of roasting coffee and brewing it,” he said. “I saw these big, fancy, shiny espresso machines at the coffee shops, and I always found it interesting to watch the baristas prepare the coffee.”

Source: Benicia teen becomes coffee entrepreneur

Vacaville native receives her PhD in physics – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Alexandra Miller, a graduate of Vanden High School and San Francisco State University, has completed her requirements for a PhD in physics from Santa Barbara State University, according to the university.

She is the daughter of Mark and Alicia Miller of Vacaville, both employees of Solano County Office of Education. She will teach this fall at Welsley College in Massachusetts.

Alicia (Graves) Miller is a graduate of Fairfield High School. Alexandra Miller’s grandmother is Nathel Bartlett Ramirez, a 1960 Armijo High School graduate. Her grandfather was Donald Graves, a 1958 Armijo graduate.

Source: Good News: Vacaville native receives her PhD in physics

Unopposed, county school supe Estrella-Henderson is officially elected – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

For Lisette Estrella-Henderson of Vacaville, her race to gain the job she now holds, superintendent of the Solano County Office of Education, was never in doubt: She was unopposed, had been so for months, but she is now officially elected.

By 11 p.m. Tuesday night, her total vote count, with 77 of 167 percent of county precincts reporting, was 36,278.

(As expected for a midterm election year, voter turnout was relatively light. Some 220,000 Solano County residents are registered voters, and John Gardner, assistant registrar of voters, predicted 50,000 to 60,000 would cast ballots.)

Source: Unopposed, county school supe Estrella-Henderson is officially elected to post she holds

Benicia High School senior ready for Eagle Scout rank – Benicia Herald

By George Johnston

Next month, 10 years of work will pay off for Benicia High School senior Jason Own. On June 23, Own will be awarded the status of Eagle Scout and achieve one of his lifelong dreams.

Own, 17, was born in Vallejo. He was enrolled in Boy Scouts in the third grade after his mother signed him up for the program, believing it would help her son make friends. He stuck with the Boy Scouts through the years because of the impact it had in his life. He joined Troop 7064, which is chartered by First United Methodist Church in Vallejo, six years ago. In his troop, he has served as patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, scribe, instructor and quartermaster. Additionally, he volunteered as a Cub Scout camp counselor for two summers and was a member of the Order of the Arrow, a national Boy Scouts honor society.

Source: Benicia High School senior ready for Eagle Scout rank

Fairfield High grad finds his way in Big Apple music scene – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Nate Hernandez took a big leap of faith in October 2014.

The gamble appears to be paying off for the Fairfield native who attended local schools and the University of California, Davis, before pursuing a music career in New York City.

Recording under the moniker Kisos, Hernandez recently released an alt-pop, rhythm and blues-inspired EP of five songs he wrote, composed, mixed and performed – on his own.

“Voices” is the result of hard work, heartbreak and sleeping on a hammock in Harlem to save money.

Source: Fairfield High grad finds his way in Big Apple music scene

Benicia High grad appears as guest on Carol Burnett Netflix series – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

On May 4, comedy legend Carol Burnett debuted her new Netflix talk show “A Little Help with Carol Burnett,” in which the comedic icon leads a panel of children ages 5 to 9 provide unscripted advice to regular people and celebrities in front of a live audience. One of those people to receive advice was 2012 Benicia High School graduate Nicholas Bustamante.

Bustamante began acting in Solano Youth Theatre, which he said inspired his current path.

“It was really nice having a lot of people come to those shows,” he said. “It really inspired me and made me think I could go further with what I was doing and at the time, that was musical theater.”

Source: Benicia High grad appears as guest on Carol Burnett Netflix series

Nicola Parr Honored As Solano Co. Behavioral Health School Hero | Benicia, CA Patch

The Solano County Department of Health and Social Services nominated Solano County Office of Education’s Director of Student and Program Support Nicola Parr for their Behavioral Health School Provider Hero Award. She will be recognized during the 4th Annual Mental Health Month Celebration on Saturday, May 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1234 Empire Street in Fairfield, California. “We are thrilled that our very own Nicola Parr is receiving this well-deserved recognition. Nicola exemplifies our guiding principles of leadership, collaboration, and support. She is a true advocate for putting students’ needs first. The Solano County Office of Education is student centered in our efforts and we take great pride in providing a variety of services based on the needs of our students and their families,” says Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson.

Source: Nicola Parr Honored As Solano Co. Behavioral Health School Hero | Benicia, CA Patch

2 from Dan O. Root win state, head to national invention convention – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Several fourth-graders at Dan O. Root Health & Wellness Academy took the expression “necessity is the mother of invention” to heart April 14 as they came up with ideas to compete at their school and the state’s invention convention.

Two of the students are heading off to the National Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo, May 31 through June 2 at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Aiden Buffa created the Curb Hopper after watching an adult try to maneuver a wheelchair up a curb with a passenger in the seat. He saw it a second time and the fourth-grader wanted to do something about it.

Source: 2 from Dan O. Root win state, head to national invention convention

Laurel Creek kindergartner to appear on ‘Little Big Shots’ – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Trent Fuller, 5, a Golden State Warriors superfan and sports reporter for Warriors media day, will be on “Little Big Shots” airing at 8 p.m. Sunday on NBC, Xfinity Channel 3.

The Laurel Creek kindergartner caught the public’s eye with his super dribbling skills (and likeness to Steph Curry) that were featured on “Sportscenter.”

On “Little Big Shots,” he puts on the charm, talking about his young sports broadcasting abilities (and dance moves) and chats with host Steve Harvey about his favorite sport and team.

Source: Laurel Creek kindergartner to appear on ‘Little Big Shots’

Armijo grad featured in Broadway-bound ‘Head Over Heels’ opening in San Francisco – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Taylor Iman Jones graced many local stages before heading off to work with Bay Area theater companies.

The 2009 Armijo High School graduate set her sights on Broadway about 18 months ago and left for New York.

Within two months, Jones made her Broadway debut in “Groundhog Day.”

Broadway is calling again as Jones is cast in “Head Over Heels,” opening next week at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre. The musical comedy is directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer and features tunes from the Go-Gos.

Source: Armijo grad featured in Broadway-bound ‘Head Over Heels’ opening in San Francisco

Buckingham High School sophomore wins local essay competition – The Reporter

By Kimberly K. Fu

She’s a history buff, piano player, track runner and National Honor Society member.

Now Buckingham Charter sophomore Sariah Carson can add Optimist of Solano County essay contest winner to her growing list of accomplishments.

Next up for the 15-year-old Vacaville teen — the district competition and choosing a college.

“I was really excited when I got the phone call,” Sariah shared last week, a day before visiting the campuses of Spellman College and Brown University, among others. “It really made me feel proud of myself. It boosted my confidence.”

With encouragement from her mom, Sariah entered the competition with a two-page answer to the question “Can society function without respect?”

Source: Buckingham High School sophomore wins local essay competition, heads to district

Rodriguez junior earns Violet Richardson Award – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

It’s not an understatement when Rodriguez High School junior Olivia Frenkel tells you she’s busy.

The longtime Fairfield resident is on the school’s varsity swim team, active in Suisun Valley 4-H, spends her summers as a swim coach and lifeguard and helps out in the community – all while maintaining a 4.1 grade-point average.

Frenkel is the recipient of this year’s Violet Richardson Award given by Soroptimist International of Central Solano County. It honors a young woman, ages 14-17, who is engaged in volunteer activities within her community or school.

Source: Women Making a Difference: Rodriguez junior earns Violet Richardson Award