Education

Local students train to save lives

High school students from the Health Careers Academy, Emergency Medical Technician and Fire Technology programs acted as mentors to the Desert Willow students. (contributed)

PALMDALE – Students bobbed rhythmically as the falsetto voices of the Bee Gees’ Staying Alive rang through the gymnasium at Desert Willow Intermediate School. This was no school dance, though. These 7th and 8th grade students were learning hands-only CPR and becoming empowered as lifesavers. “The best thing for me has been seeing the change…

Target, singer-songwriter donate $10k to Cottonwood

Tiffany presents her favorite teacher with a bouquet of flowers. (contributed)

QUARTZ HILL – Former Cottonwood Elementary student Tiffany Alvord partnered with Target to donate $10,000 to the school in honor of kindergarten teacher Mrs. Elliott. Alvord, a 22-year-old Internet celebrity with more than 2.5 million subscribers on YouTube, surprised her former teacher recently with a $10,000 check, presented on behalf of Target. Alvord even treated…

Palmdale honors robotics world champions

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PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale recognized the students of Team 5012 Gryffingear for their world championship win at this week’s council meeting. The robotics team from the Palmdale Aerospace Academy recently won the world champion title against more than 600 competitors at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) World Championship…

Lancaster student wins Congressional Art Competition for 23rd District

Christiana Macy created her piece, “Lost in Thought,” using colored pencil. (Winning image courtesy Congressman Kevin McCarthy)

BAKERSFIELD – Christiana Macy, an 11th-grade homeschool student at Grace Christian Academy in Lancaster, is the overall winner of the 34th annual “An Artistic Discovery” Congressional Art Competition for high school students in California’s 23rd Congressional District, Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced Thursday. Under the direction of her art teacher, Alicia Garver, Christiana created her piece,…

Helpful Honda rewards “outstanding” Palmdale teacher

Helpful Honda's Tami Horetski presents Teacher Appreciation Award winner Angie Bohannon with $5000 worth of reading materials and iPads Tuesday, May 5. (Contributed photo)

PALMDALE – Yucca Elementary teacher Angie Bohannon received a special surprise Tuesday morning when the Guys in Blue crashed a school assembly with $5,000 worth of supplies for her classroom. The gift was part of the Helpful Honda team’s effort to recognize and reward five deserving teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, according to spokesperson Destin…

Local students earn National Homeschool Award

Local Memory Masters [L to R] Kate Priest, 9, Saysha Brown, 11, Judah Brown, 7, Kyra Brown, 9, Sophie Schroeder, 10, Eva Sepp, 6, Caden Sepp, 8. (Contributed)

LANCASTER – Seven students from the Lancaster Classical Conversations homeschool community recently capped months of study by correctly reciting hundreds of facts from a multitude of subjects as part of the Classical Conversations Memory Master program. The students, ranging in age from six to 11 years old, earned the title Memory Master on Friday, May…

Joe Walker teacher receives key to the city

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LANCASTER – Matthew Anderson from Joe Walker Middle School received a Key to The City award recently from Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. In the month of February, Anderson received national recognition as the Project Lead The Way Gateway Teacher of Year Award, due to his hard-work and dedication at Joe Walker. Anderson’s national recognition…

Teachers, students prepare to care for selves in emergency

Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Dale Luvvik leads a debriefing the
conclusion of the exercise. (contributed)

PALMDALE – Students at Palmdale Learning Plaza calmly turned off lights and computers and came together behind their teacher’s desk. Meanwhile, their teacher made an announcement over the school PA system to secure all classrooms. In the hallway, a group of school administrators observed, making notes of what went right and what could be improved…

Gryffingear of the Palmdale Aerospace Academy wins FRC World Championship Competition!

Team 5012 Gryffingear is mMade up of 35 students, six mentors and two advisors. (contributed)

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Aerospace Academy’s FRC Team 5012 – Gryffingear won the 2015 FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, which was held April 22-26. The championship competition was called “Recycle Rush,” a themed game played by two “alliances” of three robots each. Robots scored points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those…

BMX bike show at Tierra Bonita Elementary

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LANCASTER – Students screamed with excitement recently while attending a one-of-a-kind BMX bike stunt show at Eastside Union School District’s Tierra Bonita Elementary. Eastside district has been implementing new ideas to energize students on their Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing. BMX group Team Soil showcased high-energy air stunts on April 23 to demonstrate to…

Films from Knight High School declared regional winners in mental health film program

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PALMDALE – Two films created by students at William J. Pete Knight High School in Palmdale were regional winners in the third annual Directing Change Student Film Program, a statewide prevention effort sponsored by Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement and the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) that empowers young people to promote…

Local students to be honored for academic achievements

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LANCASTER – Approximately 358 local high school seniors graduating with a cumulative 4.0 or higher grade-point average will be recognized for their academic achievements at the 14th annual 4.0 Student Recognition Dinner on April 23. “Maintaining a 4.0 (and higher) GPA throughout high school is impressive. It meant long nights spent studying, and many of…

AVC student selected as NASA Aerospace Scholar

Victoria Jenne (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – Victoria Jenne of Antelope Valley College will travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center this spring to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). Jenne is one of 240 community college students from across the country selected for the coveted project. The five-week scholars program culminates with a three-day on-site event…

Local robotics team takes first place at FRC Las Vegas regional competition, wins Imagery Award

TPAA Team 5012 Gryffingear Robotics is made up of 35 students, six mentors and two advisors. (Contributed photo)

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Aerospace Academy’s (TPAA) FRC Team 5012 Gryffingear took first place and won their second Imagery Award at the Las Vegas FRC Regional Competition held March 26-28 at the Las Vegas Cashman’s Center. The competition featured 42 teams from around the country, including Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Pennsylvania, California, and three teams…

Valley aerospace STEM pioneer to be recognized

Bob Johnstone (Contributed)

PALMDALE – Robert “Bob” Johnstone, who passed away Nov. 8, 2014, was among Antelope Valley’s most recognized advocates for educational systems emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). He played a key role in helping promote the broad STEM-based educational opportunities that students have in the Antelope Valley. In his memory, The Palmdale Aerospace Academy…

QHHS STEM Expo set for April 15, judges needed

The QHHS STEM Expo has already attracted more than 170 individual and group entries, according to organizers. (Contributed images)

LANCASTER – Hundreds of students are gearing up to showcase innovative projects next month at the inaugural Quartz Hill High School STEM Expo. The event, which promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics, will be held Wednesday, April 15, inside the small gym at Quartz Hill High School, located at 6040 West Avenue L. Judging will…

SOAR students showcase invention at White House Science Fair

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President Obama on Monday welcomed budding scientists and engineers from across the country to showcase their inventions at the 2015 White House Science Fair. Two local students, Jonathan Hernandez and Fanta Sinayoko, were among the gifted young leaders selected to participate in the fifth annual event. Hernandez and Sinayoko represented the SOAR High School InvenTeam…

Edwards thanked for ‘saluting’ AV youth

Betsy McKinstry, Antelope Valley Union High School District College and Career director, presented Brig. Gen. Michael Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander, with a certificate of appreciation for Edwards AFB's participation in the district's 2014 Salute to Youth program. The presentation was made during the weekly test wing staff meeting March 17. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber)

EDWARDS AFB — The Antelope Valley Union High School District recognized Edwards AFB this week for its contributions to the area’s annual Salute to Youth event. The 23rd Annual Salute to Youth was held Oct. 9, 2014, at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. There were featured exhibits, static displays and demonstrations, all showcasing career paths to…