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Montgomery’s Sackett takes top prize at Poetry Out Loud

[imagebrowser id=40] Montgomery High School’s Kaitlyn Sackett took home the top prize in the county’s Poetry Out Loud contest Sunday, earning a spot in the state contest next month. Sackett will represent Sonoma County at the state competition in Sacramento March 23 and 24. Rancho Cotate’s Veronica Spalding, a senior, took second place and El Molino junior Gillian Barrios came in third. Contestants in yesterday’s event at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa came from Analy, Cloverdale, Creekside, El Molino,… Read More »

Top of the tops Poetry Out Loud contest Feb. 10

Twelve Sonoma County high schools will be sending students to the countywide Poetry Out Loud competition Feb. 10. In the program, students memorize then recite poems. The pieces are not written by the students, but are typically considered greats in the English language. The participating schools include: Analy, Cloverdale, Creekside, El Molino, Elsie Allen, Maria Carrillo, Montgomery, Piner, Rancho Cotate, Roseland University Prep, Santa Rosa and Sonoma Academy. Santa Rosa High held their qualifying event Thursday night. I acted as… Read More »

Nine local seniors to be honored in Sac today

Nine Sonoma County high school seniors are scheduled to be honored today in Sacramento for winning Comcast’s Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. The local winners are: Austin Schmidt of Cloverdale High School Elizabeth Fox of El Molino High School  Suzanne McNamara of Casa Grande Senior High School  Laura Smith of Petaluma High School  Nicole Thompson of St. Vincent High School  Janice Castro of Roseland University Prep  Bethany Codding of Ursuline High School Rebecca Hildebrant of Rincon Valley Christian School Carlos Velasquez… Read More »

21 locals make National Merit semi-finals

This is a follow up to an earlier post highlighting Santa Rosa High’s National Merit Scholarship Program’s semi-finalist. I now have the full county-wide list, so here are our 21 locals who are semi-finalists in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship program. To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.… Read More »