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Lion scholars honored by Russian River Rotary

Fourteen El Molino High School members of the class of 2014 were awarded a record $13,500 in scholarships from Russian River Rotary. The aid is the biggest ever amount from the club, according to President Brendan Coen.Recipients include: Louis Rampone, Kelsey Sword, Megan Cheatham, Mandi Young, Erika Sween,  Riana Andersen, Isabella Negri, Fiona Barbolak, Ezgar Sanchez, Angelica Lezama, Megan Simmons, Mariah Udell and Sam Flood. Not pictured are Tomas Guzman, Emily Lewis and Mitchel Reesink. In addition, the El Molino… Read More »

El Molino celebrates 50 years with style

El Molino High School celebrated its 50th birthday May 10 with a grand celebration at the Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm. The party served as a reunion of sorts for many Lion alums but also a fundraiser for the school’s ag, performing arts, athletics and culinary arts programs, among others. Check out the photos, supplied courtesy of longtime El Mo booster Jim Walton.

Full contact alumni football game in the works between Analy and El Molino

A full-contact alumni football game between grads of El Molino and Analy high schools is in the works for June 20. Sign ups are open to ex-players ages 18 to 65, according to Alex Cosentino, El Molino class of 2011. Players can register through http://www.alumnifootballusa.com/index.php/gamelist The game will be played at 7 p.m. June 20 on El Molino’s field, 7050 Covey Road, Forestville. For more information, contact Darren Taylor at 327-6079.

REMINDER: El Mo’s 50 year celebration is Saturday

REMINDER El Molino High School will celebrate a half century of educating young people with a big party and fundraiser May 10. The event, hosted by booster groups supporting Lions’ athletics, performing arts, culinary arts, leadership and agriculture programs, will feature dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. The event will be a reunion of sorts for all classes of Lions through the school’s 50 year history.  The school opened in 1964. The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. with… Read More »

El Molino High hosting 50th birthday party

El Molino High School will celebrate a half century of educating young people with a big party and fundraiser May 10. The event, hosted by booster groups supporting Lions’ athletics, performing arts, culinary arts, leadership and agriculture programs, will feature dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. The event will be a reunion of sorts for all classes of Lions through the school’s 50 year history.  The school opened in 1964. The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. with appetizers… Read More »

El Molino’s Trombetta named top FFA administrator

El Molino High School Principal Doria Trombetta was named Star Administrator by the California FFA (Future Farmers of America) association April 13. The award was presented at the annual FFA Leadership Conference in Fresno. Trombetta was honored as the top FFA administrator from the North Coast Region which stretches from Del Norte County south to Solano County.

Matt Dunkle named incoming principal at El Molino

El Molino High School vice principal Matt Dunkle has been named principal of the Forestville school beginning July 1. Dunkle replaces Doria Trombetta, the Lions’ longtime leader who announced her retirement in January. Dunkle has been vice principal at El Molino since 2011 before which he was an independent education consultant, according to West Sonoma County Superintendent Keller McDonald. Dunkle was a teacher at Rancho Cotate High School in 2008-09. He earned both his Bachelor’s degree in English and Master’s… Read More »

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 »

El Molino High ag students harvest their grape crop

El Molino High School’s viticulture students helped bring in about three tons of pinot noir grapes from the school’s one-acre vineyard on Anderson Road, school backers said. The vineyard was originally planted 13 years ago with the help of Russian River Valley Winegrowers and today Dutton Ranch owners Steve and Joe Dutton oversee the vines for the Lions. Since 2010, the Bohemian Club of San Francisco and Monte Rio has purchased grapes to make wine they call Bohemian Lion’s Pride… Read More »

Trojan volleyball squad spearheading breast cancer campaign

The volleyball squads from Petaluma and El Molino high schools are inviting spectators and fans to wear pink to their game tonight in an effort to raise funds for breast cancer research. The “Dig Pink” game will be at the Petaluma High School gym at 6 p.m. The Petaluma High School volleyball squad has launched a campaign to raise funds for breast cancer research through The Side-Out Foundation and their Dig Pink campaign.  For more information on how to donate,… Read More »