Education

CA university leaders urge Trump to keep DACA program

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LOS ANGELES – The leaders of the California State University, University of California and California Community College systems sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday, asking that he maintain a program sparing people who were brought to the country illegally as minors from deportation, so they can pursue higher education. The Deferred Action for…

AV Wall Essay Contest winners announced

The winners were announced at the Nov. 2 Palmdale City Council Meeting. [ Seated in back (L to R): Mayor Pro Tem Steve Hofbauer and Councilmember Fred Thompson. Standing (L to R):  Mike Bertell, contest winner Lillian Collado, Stacia Nemeth, contest winner Persja Moore, Mayor Jim Ledford. Standing, front row: Contest winner Nicholas Howlett. [Contributed photo]

PALMDALE – The winners of the 2016 Mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall Essay Contest have been announced. Nicholas Ryan Howlett, a 4th grader at Gregg Anderson Academy, won the Elementary School division. Topic: What is a military veteran? How and why should we properly honor our veterans? Lillian Collado, an 8th grader at Hillview Middle School,…

Salute to Youth event at AV Fairgrounds

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LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Union High School District on Thursday hosted its 25th annual Salute to Youth: The Career Connection, an event designed to introduce local students to a variety of career and higher education opportunities. Approximately 2,000 middle and ninth-grade students from throughout the Antelope Valley attended the event, which took place from…

Local school named in honor of Congressman Steve Knight

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PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley Union High School District on Thursday recognized Congressman Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley) for his dedication to public service by naming Stephen Knight Preparatory in his honor. “When we are presented with the opportunity to name a school, we often reflect on those who have dedicated themselves to public service and…

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…