Education

Palmdale High School students win AIRE Award

Palmdale High School’s Solar Falcon Race Team and AVAMQD Board members. [Contributed photo.]

LANCASTER – Palmdale High School’s Solar Falcon Race Team on Tuesday won the 2015/2016 William J. “Pete” Knight Memorial AIRE (Achievement in Reducing Emissions) Award. Presented annually by the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, the AIRE award is given to a local entity or individual that makes an outstanding contribution to the prevention or…

Kaiser Permanente plants seeds for future doctors

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LANCASTER – Forty-five students from Piute Middle School in Lancaster began their journey into the medical field recently by taking their oath for Kaiser Permanente’s Hippocrates Circle. The program first took root in San Diego when physician Ricardo Sistos, MD, and his colleagues began mentoring 30 students. The goal of the circle is to encourage…

Katelynn Dinius awarded NASA Armstrong scholarship

Katelynn Dinius, second from left, accepts the 2016 NASA Armstrong Exchange Thomas W. Finch Scholarship from Center Director David McBride. From left are Clint Dinius, Katelynn, McBride, Joe Dinius and Dede Dinius. [NASA photo / Lauren Hughes]

PALMDALE – The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2016 Thomas W. Finch Memorial Scholarship Award to Katelynn Dinius, a 2016 graduate of Paraclete High School in Lancaster. Katelynn is planning to major in mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic State University this fall. “I have liked math since elementary school, and I looked…

AVTA unveils College Student Pass program

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LANCASTER – A College Student Pass Program for Antelope Valley College students was recently approved by the Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s board of directors, the agency announced Tuesday. The new program will be available for students who are enrolled in six or more units per semester. The pilot phase of the program will provide free…

Palmdale’s Evelyn Valencia selected for national KPMG scholarship, Future Leaders Program

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Evelyn Valencia from Knight High School was selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide to participate in the inaugural KPMG Future Leaders Program – Class of 2016. Funded by proceeds from the Women’s PGA Championship, the KPMG Future Leaders Program affords top female high school seniors across the country the opportunity to enhance their personal growth…

AVC Board to place local bond measure on November ballot

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LANCASTER – Citing the outdated classroom and student services areas, the Antelope Valley Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously June 13 to put a $350 million bond measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. “With a bond, there is an opportunity to get a large share – we are talking about millions…

AVH Auxiliary presents scholarships to local high school seniors

[Front row, left to right] Scholarship Winners Lilly Bolton-Rodriguez, Darla Mirsky, Clarissa Savko, Adiba Jahin Chowdhury, Emilie Anne Hatcher, LySandra Vuong and Hyeveen Cho. Not pictured: Jennifer Feeley, Gabriela Romero and Tyler Bybee. [Back row, left to right] Volunteer Resources Director Mary Binkowski; Auxiliary Board Members Margaret Capell, Bobbie Patton, Harriet Lee, Judy Vaughn, Marsha Pedersen, and Mary Overton.  [contributed]

LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Auxiliary recently presented $1,000 scholarships to 10 high school seniors who are planning to pursue a career in healthcare. The following students earned scholarship awards: Darla Lynn Mirsky, Antelope Valley High School Emile Anne Hatcher, Desert Christian High School Adiba Jahin Chowdhury and Jennifer Aleen Feeley, Highland High…

Local schools win Honor Roll Award

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LANCASTER – Westside Union School District has been recognized for its efforts in lowering the achievement gap by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE). Hillview Middle School, Gregg Anderson Academy and Rancho Vista Elementary garnered the 2015 CBEE Honor Roll Award. This marks two years in a row for Hillview Middle School and Gregg…

Educators attend Antelope Valley Ed Tech Summit

The conference featured Google certified teacher Alice Keeler as a keynote speaker. [contributed]

PALMDALE – The Palmdale School District hosted the valley’s first Ed Tech Summit May 14th at David G. Millen Intermediate School. The summit invited educators across the Los Angeles region to learn how to effectively use 21st century tools inside the classroom. “We were extremely excited to have hosted the first AV Ed Tech Summit…

APWA awards scholarships to local students

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PALMDALE – The High Desert Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) has awarded 11 scholarships of $1,500 each to local students.  Five recipients were returning college students and six were high school seniors. This year’s scholarship winners are: Ryan Brown – Victor Valley High School Ryan Harding – Quartz Hill High School Ariana…

Palmdale School District ratifies contract with teachers

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PALMDALE – The Palmdale Elementary Teachers’ Association (PETA) and the Palmdale School District have a three-year contract, District officials announced Thursday. The Contract includes a 4 percent salary increase and an additional 2 percent increase to extend the work year by two days in order to provide professional development for teachers, with a 5 percent off-schedule salary…

Local homeschool students earn ‘Memory Master’ award

MEMORY MASTERS [Top row:] Kate Priest, Kyra Brown, Caden Sepp, Emily Paquette, Jedidiah Eberhard, Seth Albert. [Bottom row:] Judah Brown , Ansley Priest, Lindsey Paquette, Eva Sepp, Makaela Fogde. (contributed photo)

LANCASTER – Eleven students from the Lancaster Classical Conversations homeschool community recently capped months of study by correctly reciting more than 400 facts from a multitude of subjects as part of the national Classical Conversations Memory Master program.  The students, who range in age from 6 to 12, earned their Memory Master awards April 29…

500+ students recognized for 4.0 GPAs

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LANCASTER – More than 500 high school seniors were honored for their academic achievements at the 15th annual 4.0 Student Recognition Celebration. The event took place Tuesday night at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds and was presented by Friends of the Antelope Valley Fair and the Antelope Valley Fair Association. “Together with the A.V. Fair Association, we…

Local robotics team wins Build Award

The local team won the Build Award, which is given to a team with a well-crafted and constructed robot that also shows a clear dedication to safety and attention to detail. [contributed]

PALMDALE– The Vex Jets Robotics Team 4073b from Joe Walker Middle School won the Build Award at the 2016 Vex World Championship, which took place  April 20-23.  The students competed against 86 teams in their division from a total of 172 teams from around the world for the title. The team of 12 students traveled…

Vice principal charged with vehicular manslaughter

Jada Jackson [Photo: Knight Prep Academy website]

PALMDALE – The vice principal of a middle school in Palmdale is facing a vehicular manslaughter charge. Jada Lashay Jackson of Knight Prep Academy was charged last month in connection with a 2015 traffic crash that killed 79-year-old Beverly Arlene Dwyer of Lancaster, according to court records. The multi-vehicle crash happened around 3:24 p.m. Tuesday,…