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School Board Passes Student-Driven Resolution on Gun Violence (8/30/22) - Encinitas Advocate
The San Dieguito Union High School District board unanimously supported a resolution Aug. 25 on the prevention of gun violence in American schools, brought forward by La Costa Canyon seniors Shane and Andrew Baum. The resolution includes important steps that the district could take, such as implementing free, safe gun storage education initiatives and advocating for federal common sense gun laws.
 
 
 
Young Cardiff Dancer Participates in All-State Dancers National Convention (8/27/22) - Encinitas Advocate
Bellina Tricarico, an 8th grader at Earl Warren Middle School, recently attended the All Star Dancers National Convention in New York City. She was selected to participate in the convention based upon a solo contemporary routine she performed at the Rainbow Dance Competition in downtown San Diego.
 
 
 
Torrey Pines Tennis Player Alyssa Ahn Is On The Fast Track (8/23/22) - Rancho Santa Fe Review
How good can this girl become? The long-term answer remains to be seen. But in the short term, the answer is coming in hard and fast like one of Ahn’s blistering flat forehands: the Carmel Valley teenager is scary good. National champion good.
 
 
 
Canyon Crest Academy Students Campaign for International Human Rights (8/8/22) - KPBS
Students at Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley formed a Fair Trade Club and drafted an amendment to U.S. law that would allow many more victims of abuse to sue companies in a U.S. court.
 
 
 
San Dieguito To Start District Office Upgrades (8/2/22) - Del Mar Times
Construction is expected to begin this month on San Dieguito Union High School District’s office overhaul. The office building at 710 Encinitas Boulevard in Encinitas closed on July 12 with district departments now spread out at campuses across the district for the duration of the modernization project. The work is anticipated to be completed in May 2023.
 
 
Torrey Pines’ Alyssa Ahn In Running for Prestigious Girls Tennis Honor (7/17/22) - Del Mar Times
Following a freshman season in which her superlative play ultimately resulted in winning the 2021 CIF individual championship, Torrey Pines girls’ tennis standout Alyssa Ahn has now vaulted onto the national stage.
 
 
14-Year Old Local Author Releases 11th Book (6/21/22) - Encinitas Advocate
At 14, incoming San Dieguito Academy freshman Shanti Hershenson has already published 11 books. For her latest release, “Neverdying,” she will be hosting a book signing at Mysterious Galaxy bookstore on Rosecrans Street in San Diego on June 25. The book signing will begin at 2 p.m. on June 25 at Mysterious Galaxy, located at 3555 Rosecrans St. #107 in the Midway District. For more information, visit shantihershenson.com. Her books are also available on amazon.com.
 
 
Pacific Trails’ Austin Olson is County Middle School PE Teacher of the Year (6/2/22) - Del Mar Times
Pacific Trails Middle School teacher Austin Olson has been named San Diego County’s Middle School PE Teacher of the Year. The honor was awarded by the San Diego County chapter of the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD).
 
 
High hopes: Young Aerialist is an ‘Emerging Pro’ in Cirque (4/5/22) - Del Mar Times
Flying through the air with the greatest of ease, the daring young Jillian Ryan recently won an aerial cirque competition with her performance on lyra, also known as the aerial hoop. Jillian, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy, competed against aerialists from across the country in the “emerging pro” level at De Leon Cirque Fest, held Feb. 19-20 at De Leon Dynamics in Carmel Mountain.
 
 
Canyon Crest Academy Grad Releases New Book of Affirmations (4/2/22) - Del Mar Times
A Canyon Crest Academy graduate recently released a book of more than 100 affirmations aimed at helping teens “unleash their potential and live a life that is aligned with their most authentic selves.” Kim Peretz, 17, graduated high school early and has been writing and working on other personal projects.
 
 
Canyon Crest Academy Students Create Clothing Rental Business (3/30/22) - Del Mar Times
Students in Canyon Crest Academy’s advanced business class created a business called AppaRent, an instant clothing rental service that allows customers to rent clothes, shoes and purses for short-term leases on their website. The all- female business is run by the team of Trisha Thontepu, Hanna Kuster, Reagan Neuendorf and Yolanda Liu.
 
 
Students Develop NFT Line To Help Ukraine and Other Causes (3/23/22) - Del Mar Times
A group of Canyon Crest Academy students are releasing an NFT collection to support humanitarian efforts, such as supporting Ukraine in its continuing battle against Russian forces, for a business class project.As part of the class project, student groups have to launch their own businesses.
 
 
CCA Student Business Sells Clothing To Support Homeless Population (3/22/22) - Del Mar Times
A group of advanced business class students at Canyon Crest Academy has formed Revitalize Loungewear, a clothing line that gives back and raises awareness about the mental health struggles in the homeless community. The students are selling the sweatshirts as part of the Junior Achievement Company Of The Year competition and 10% of the proceeds will go to Art and Creativity for Healing, an art therapy program that allows homeless people to find comfort in their lives. The Revitalize team includes students Tiana Abrishami as CEO, Lauren Ross as CMO, Spencer Dicken as CFO and Owen Reily as COO.
 
 
Optimist Club Announces Winners of "Essay Contest" (3/12/22) - Del Mar Times
The Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club conducted its annual “Essay Contest” based on a theme of “How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?”. First place went to Roha Rupareliya, a student at Pacific Trails Middle School. Roha will be awarded a check for $250, gold medallion, and certificate. Roha’s essay advanced to the district contest for a chance at even greater prizes including a college scholarship. Second place went to Sachin Wijay, a student at Torrey Pines High School. Sachin will be awarded a check for $150, silver medallion, and certificate.
 
 
Winner named in Encinitas Rotary Club Speech Contest (3/7/22) - Coast News Group
Ximena Yanez, a freshman at San Dieguito Academy, won the Encinitas Rotary Club 4-Way Speech Contest on Feb. 23, held at the Encinitas Historical Society’s Historic 1883 Schoolhouse. Yanez will reprise her speech on March 24 when she competes with the winners of other Rotary Clubs’ 4-Way Speech Contest.
 
 
San Diego Youth Symphony flautist Erica Wang wins pre-professional competition (3/6/22) - KUSI
Erica Wang is a student at Canyon Crest Academy and has been a member of San Diego Youth Symphony for four years. She is also the winner of the 2021 Pre-Professional Level Concerto Competition and will perform solo March 13 at California Center for the Arts. Wang performed “Fantaisie Brilliante Sur Carmen” live on KUSI’s “Good Morning San Diego.”
 
 
Winners of the 2021-2022 Art of the Immune System Student Competition Announced (3/1/22) - La Jolla Institute of Immunology
La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021-2022 Art of the Immune System Student Competition: 1st place: Jennifer Hu, Canyon Crest Academy; 2nd place: Neshama Reed, IDEA Center High School; 3rd place: Kelly Dai, Canyon Crest Academy
The competition, now finishing its second year, welcomed pieces from students across San Diego County. The goal of the program is to encourage students to think creatively about science and medical research.
 
 
CCA Students Launch Business That Give Back (3/1/22) - Del Mar Times
Students in the Advanced Business Management Class at Canyon Crest Academy have created businesses that give back.
 
 
Canyon Crest Students Win Virtual Garibaldi Bowl (3/1/22) - Del Mar Times
Canyon Crest Academy students won the Garibaldi Bowl, a regional ocean science academic competition that is part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. The Garibaldi Bowl, hosted virtually by the University of San Diego on Feb.12, tests students’ knowledge of ocean science disciplines through buzzer-style, multiple-choice questions and open-ended team challenge questions.
 
 
CCA Student Nominated for Music Award (1/27/22) - Del Mar Times
Canyon Crest Academy senior Maya Rosenbaum has been nominated for a San Diego Music Award in the Best Folk or Acoustic Album category.
 
 
How Torrey Pines High School student Daniel Cai is paving the way for better diagnostics (1/20/22) - La Jolla Institute for Immunology
Daniel Cai is a senior at Torrey Pines High School, in San Diego County. He’s also one of the few people to have witnessed the onset of an autoimmune skin disease called pemphigus vulgaris.
 
 
Canyon Crest Academy Student Achieves Top ACT Score (2/3/22) - Del Mar Times
Hanan Eli Zhang, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. Hanan is very involved in PALS, a leadership organization devoted to promoting student wellness. Fewer than half of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2021, only 4,055 out of 1.29 million students who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.
 
 
Local Students Candidates in US Presidential Scholars Program (1/27/22) - Del Mar Times
Several local students were named among more than 5,000 candidates in the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2022.
 
 
Canyon Crest Academy Student Launches Anti-Hate Podcast (1/26/22) - Del Mar Times
Melinda “Michi” Synn, a freshman at Canyon Crest Academy, has co-founded Annihihate, a student-led organization and podcast to educate, debate and annihilate hatred. A first-generation Asian American (Chinese/Korean), Michi formed Annihihate in response to the increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans, mostly due to misplaced blame in the pandemic. 
 
 
Canyon Crest Academy Singer-Songwriter Releases New Single (1/24/22) - Del Mar Times
A singer-songwriter who attends Canyon Crest Academy released a debut single called “Pieces and Pages” on streaming platforms Jan. 21, with an EP to follow in the spring.
The song, by CCA senior Emilia Vaughn, was co-written by her friend Gabby Neeley.
 
 
Input Provided on New Trustee Area Maps (1/24/22) - Del Mar Times
Over the next few weeks the San Dieguito Union High School District will work on rebalancing its trustee area map to reflect population growth, as must be done every 10 years when new census numbers are released. The 2020 census has revealed the district’s map is out of compliance and area boundaries need to be adjusted to ensure equal population in each of the five areas by March 1.
 
 
Why Was I Born A Girl? An Afghan Poem Inspires US Students (1/22/22) - New York Times
When Fariba Mohebi, an 11th grader, learned in September that most Afghan girls would not join boys returning to school under Taliban rule, she shut the door and windows to her room. Then she broke down and sobbed. From her despair, a poem emerged: “Why Was I Born a Girl?” Fariba’s poem found its way to Timothy Stiven’s A.P. history class at Canyon Crest Academy, a public high school 8,000 miles away in San Diego.
 
 
Torrey Pines Grads Make Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Science (1/5/22) - Del Mar Times
Two Torrey Pines High School graduates were named to the Forbes list of 30 under 30 in science for 2022. Amin Aalipour, class of 2010, and Elora López-Nandam, class of 2011, both found out they had been included in December, when the list was released.
Aalipour is a resident physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. López-Nandam, a postdoctoral researcher at the California Academy of Sciences, has a background in evolutionary biology and using genetic tools to understand evolution and conservation of marine life.
 
 
Community Supports Canyon Crest Academy on GivingTuesdayCCA With Record-Breaking Donations (12/31/21) - Del Mar Times
The Canyon Crest Academy Foundation set a goal of $150,000 this #GivingTuesdayCCA and thanks to 477 generous donors, the goal was met. Because of the unwavering support of the CCA community, donations were easily up from last year’s 2020 pandemic year (total $95,000 donated), but also more than 25% higher than from the last biggest GivingTuesday in 2019. A record-setting number of donations were received for #GivingTuesdayCCA, demonstrating the incredible support that Canyon Crest Academy is given by its community.
 
 
New Agreement To Bring Solar To Five San Dieguito Schools (12/29/21) - Del Mar Times
The San Dieguito Union High School District has entered into an agreement with ForeFront Power to design, construct and install solar facilities at five of its district campuses. The contract will assist the district in meeting the state’s energy conservation goals and help reduce the rising costs of energy needs at schools.
 
 
LCC's Bill Vice Concludes Extraordinary Cross Country Coaching Career (12/18/21) - Encinitas Advocate
After 24 remarkable seasons coaching the boys’ and girls’ cross country and track & field distance programs at La Costa Canyon High School, Bill Vice recently announced that he was stepping down from his coaching role at the close of the fall 2021 season and, following the 2022-23 academic year, retiring from his teaching position at the school as well.
 
 
Torrey Pines High Alums Kraft and Maple Capture Beach Volleyball U19 World Title (12/12/21) - Times of San Diego
Two Torrey Pines High School graduates won the 2021 FIVB Beach Volleyball women’s U19 world championship, defeating a Russian team Saturday in Phuket, Thailand.
Megan Kraft and Delaynie Maple beat Olga Gavrilova and Alina Salmanova, 21-12, 21- 17.
 
 
SDA Student Bryce Wettstein Named GEO Style Director (12/8/21) - Coast News Group
There are many ways to describe Encinitas local Bryce Wettstein — high school student, skateboarder, Olympian, musician, philanthropist. And now add “fashion icon” to the list. Wettstein, 17, was recently named the new style director of LA-based skate apparel company GEO Skate, also known as The GEO Metro Party, and will soon have her own signature collection available through the brand.
 
Wettstein, a student at San Dieguito Academy, has been a GEO fan for some time and began communicating with the brand before her trip to Tokyo this summer for the Olympic Games.
 
 
CCA Student Campaign Promotes International Human Rights (12/7/21) - Del Mar Times
A group of Canyon Crest Academy juniors started the Fair Trade Canyon Crest Academy Campaign to advocate for changes in the Alien Tort Statute, which grants federal courts power over certain lawsuits filed by citizens of other countries over alleged violations of international law.
 
They started their campaign after the U.S. Supreme Court, by an 8 to 1 vote earlier this year, threw out a lawsuit alleging that American companies Nestle and Cargill aid and abet child slavery by purchasing cocoa from the Ivory Coast. 
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CCA Students Recognized in iGEM Competition (12/6/21) - Del Mar Times
A group of students at Canyon Crest Academy were recognized for a project they completed for an International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation competition. The CCA team won a gold medal, the school’s first since it began competing seven years ago, and a Best Education prize.
 
 
CCA Teacher Helps Raise Money to Support School for Afghan Girls (12/6/21) - Del Mar Times
A Canyon Crest Academy teacher has been raising money through a GoFundme page to support girls in Afghanistan who want to continue their schooling with the country under Taliban rule.
 
“The girls still want to be educated, and I’m doing all I can to make sure that happens,” said Tim Stiven, a history teacher who connected his class with Afghan students earlier this school year via Zoom.
 
 
Students at CCA Participate in 2021 San Bernardino Forestry Challenge (12/4/21) - Rancho Santa Fe
Two students from Canyon Crest Academy participated recently in the 2021 San Bernardino Forestry Challenge, one group of a total of 64 high school students from 10 schools from the Southern California area. The event was held Nov. 10 to 13 at Hume SoCal near Green Valley Lake, Calif. The Canyon Crest team placed third overall at the event, with a score of 201.3 out of a possible 250 points.

 

 

Cardiff Teen Named a Winner of Statewide Playwrights Contest (12/2/21) - Coast News Group

In “Petunia,” a play written by San Dieguito Academy sophomore Ana Cabrera, a bespeckled flower with roots on both sides of the Mexico and United States border struggles to find her place in the world.
 
It’s a story that is very personal to Cabrera.

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Education Matters: Comic-Con Special Edition's Education Panels Shine (12/1/21) - Del Mar Times
Nearly all the comic books and graphic novels mentioned by educators were created by well-known artists and writers. Yet one graphic novel, unique in its creation, was written and illustrated by local students at Canyon Crest Academy in the San Dieguito Union High School District.
 
“Jasper and the Spirit Skies” is an international collaboration between CCA and a sister school in Panama, and focuses on environmental stewardship and conservation.

 

 

San Dieguito School Board Approves Vaping Sensors (12/1/21)
A pilot program will soon bring new sensors and cameras onto campuses in the San Dieguito Union High School District to help stop vaping on campus.
 
The school board recently voted in a 3-2 decision to launch the pilot program from the company Verkada on a 30-day trial which will bring 10 vapor sensors into bathrooms on two campuses in the district as well as cameras installed outside of the bathroom doors.

 

 

CCA Junior Optimist Club Members Provide Support to San Diego Food Bank (11/27/21) - Del Mar Times

On Friday, Nov. 19, several members of the Canyon Crest Academy Junior Optimist Club volunteered at the San Diego Food Bank.

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Individuals Shine for LCC at Cross Country Championships (11/23/21) - Encinitas Advocate
Following a pandemic-driven season bereft of major events, having the CIF Championships on the racing calendar Saturday at Balboa Park’s Morley Field produced a palpable sense of joy for the prep cross country world—like getting re-acquainted with an old friend.
 
A new beginning, definitely, but it was marked the end of an era for La Costa Canyon, the final San Diego section meet for veteran Head Coach Bill Vice, under whose tutelage the past 23 years, LCC has become a fixture on the podium at this affair. Vice-coached units have captured 13 CIF team crowns since 2010.
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With Stars Gone, This Falcons Duo Can Soar To New Heights (11/23/21) - San Diego Union-Tribune
With college-bound stars Chris Howell and Nick Herrmann carrying the load and grabbing the headlines, Otto Landrum and Logan Huston “flew under the radar” on Torrey Pines’ 30-1 San Diego Section Open Division champion boys basketball team last season.
 
 
Canyon Crest Academy's Envision Dance Returns to the Stage in December (11/18/21) - Encinitas Advocate

Canyon Crest Academy Envision Dance will host two dance productions in December. Presented by the Envision Dance day classes on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, “Resilience” celebrates the human gifts of perseverance, creative expression, and community. “Resilience” features choreography by CCA Envision Dance faculty, as well as guest artists Guillermo Castro, Marty Dorado, and Nikki Dunnan.

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