North County School News, Nov. 20: The Poway Robotics Team in Geneva;  The Escondido District collects gift cards

North County School News, Nov. 20: The Poway Robotics Team in Geneva; The Escondido District collects gift cards


The Art Society Scholarships are open

The Escondido Art Association announces the 2022-23 Arts Scholarship Program for graduating high school seniors who are talented in the arts and enrolled in any Escondido-based high school. A total of $1,000 in scholarship money will be awarded as follows: $500 First Place, $250 Second Place, $150 Third Place, and two honorable mention awards of $50 each. Scholarship application materials and rules are available from scholarship coordinators at schools as well as at Completed application packages should be submitted to the Artists Gallery at 121 W. Grand Ave. noon to 6 p.m. March 4th. Contact Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs Rosemary Walden, (760) 743-6634 or Carol Creasy, (760) 745-3585.

High school collecting gift cards for students

The Escondido Union High School District is collecting $25 gift cards or Walmart gift cards as part of a holiday campaign for high school students affected by homelessness. Cards will be given out to students before the December holidays. About 200 students in the area are homeless or unsafe in their housing. Gift cards can be mailed to Escondido Union High School District, Paula Zamudio Care, or sent at the District Service Center, 302 N. Midway Drive, through December 1. Contact or call (760) 291-3237.

Northern Province

The Veterans Writing Group awards scholarships

The San Diego Veterans Writing Group recently named the winners of the 2022 Ernie Pyle Scholarship Award. The scholarships support military veterans and those who are active in the military as they pursue their education, and help them cover their college expenses. Contestants submitted a personal poem or essay based on their experiences of military service. Vista’s Damian Galli, who teaches business, management and operations at Miracosta College, won the first place prize of $1,000. Connor Maris of Escondido, who is studying computer science at MiraCosta, took home the $500 third-place prize. Second place and $500 were won by Rachel Griffin of Whittier, who studied biology at Cerritos College. To apply for the next round of scholarships, visit The San Diego Veterans Writing Group was created to help authors write and publish stories. They meet regularly at the Veterans Association of the Northern District (VANC), 1617 Mission Ave. Oceanside. visiting; Email

paying off

The robotics team travels to Geneva

Members of FIRST robotics Team Spyder 1622, based at Poway High School, recently traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to join more than 180 international teams in the 2022 World Premiere Challenge, an Olympic-style robotics event. Team Spyder has volunteered in the robot hospital, in the team pits and in the competition area for all teams. The team has also mentored the Paraguayan team, the Ecuadorian team, the Benin team, and the Togolese team. During the closing awards ceremony and finals, the Spyder team was honored with the “Francisco José de Caldas Award for Sustained Excellence,” presented to those who have contributed positively to the first Global Challenge by helping it grow, as well as by positively influencing other students at the challenge. Students who have received the award are Reza Bagheri, Arun Amar, Priya Birch, Oscar Huth, Irina Kuzenkova, and Marshall Hammon. American rapper and record producer of the Black Eyed Peas, Jackie and Mike Bezos of the Bezos Family Foundation and parents of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also received this award.

San Marcos

New Directors on the CSUSM Board of Directors

The Cal State San Marcos Foundation Board recently welcomed nine new directors to its first meeting of the school year. The council is made up of community leaders and philanthropists who cultivate and encourage philanthropic investment in the university, build regional relationships and encourage philanthropy. All gifts to the University are accepted and administered by the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) ancillary organization for CSUSM. The nine new directors are: Yasmine Casas, a sophomore majoring in literature and writing, and a student working at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. Christine Crellin, Senior Vice President of Community and Membership Development for the First Schools Federal Credit Union, as well as Chair of the CSU Foundation Board of Directors; Ingo Hentschel, Senior Vice President and Regional Director, Cox Communications; Damian McKinney, owner of a real estate consulting firm for over 35 years; Annie Norville, CPA and Audit Partner at accounting firm Moss Adams; Raj Pillai, Professor of Management and Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Creativity and Mentoring Building at CSUSM; Brian Reyes, senior vice president of higher education at C&W Services; Stephen Tsui, Associate Professor of Physics at CSUSM and Co-Director of the Facilitating Identity, Retention, and Successful STEM Transition Program, known as FIRST2STEM; and Alisha Wilkins, Temecula-based owner and founder of Hera Hub, a co-working space for women-owned businesses.

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