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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 »

Elsie’s ag program gets new PlasmaCAM

Elsie Allen High School has a new PlasmaCAM computer-automated cutting system thanks to a slew of donations from the community. American AgCredit gave the final $10,000 to allow school officials to buy the $20,000 piece of equipment, according to Elsie ag treacher, Grant Ermis. Other donors include: Willie Tamayo, Gail Dutton, Ed Peterson, Mike Lopez, The West Jamison Fund, Bob Higham, Brian Bartlett and the Elsie Allen High School Agriculture Boosters. The entire system includes a cutting table, computer-aided design… Read More »

Organizers: Schools Plus’s ‘Night’ earns record funds for arts, sports

“A Night Under the Lights,” the annual gala fundraiser hosted by Schools Plus, pulled in $130,000 to benefit athletics, arts and drama programs in Santa Rosa City Schools’ middle and high school campuses, organizers say. The Oct. 19 fete featured dance performances by students from Santa Rosa and Maria Carrillo high schools, music performances led by students, and a show by Elsie Allen High’s drum line. The dinner was prepared by students in Maria Carrillo’s culinary program and Montgomery High’s… Read More »

Elsie celebrates dedication of its farmworker mural

 [imagebrowser id=30] Elsie Allen High School officially dedicated its mammoth farmworker mural Friday night with a community celebration and remembrances from people immortalized in the piece. The fete also included artists – most of them students – who worked on the piece over the course of seven years under the direction of local artist Mario Uribe. Elsie Principal Mary Gail Stablein sent these photos from the event. To read about the mural’s long back story and how it came to… Read More »

SRCS trustees assigned graduation posts

Ceremony assignments are set to be formalized tonight for the string of Santa Rosa City Schools graduation festivities. For those interested, here is the lineup of which trustees will preside over which events. All graduations are on May 31 except for Mesa which is on May 30: Elsie Allen and Midrose, 5 p.m.: Laura Gonzalez. Maria Carrillo, 6:30 p.m.: Frank Pugh Montgomery, 6:30 p.m.: Ron Kristof Piner and Grace: 6 p.m.: Larry Haenel Santa Rosa, 6:30 p.m.: Donna Jeye Mesa, 5:30… Read More »

Joint choral performance by SR City Schools a hit

[imagebrowser id=12] The choral programs from all five Santa Rosa City Schools high schools came together on one stage last Friday for the annual William Barclay Memorial Scholarship Concert. Typically held at Santa Rosa High, this concert was staged at Sonoma State University’s Weill Hall. Superintendent Socorro Shiels on Wednesday night lauded the event. “Showcasing the students and their amazing talents – things like that are really amazing,” she said. More than 200 students performed in the two-hour performance. Jenny Brent, Sonoma… Read More »

Montgomery’s Petersen wins top Poetry Out Loud prize

  Nelly Gudino Kennedy Petersen   Kennedy Petersen of Montgomery High School was the top vote getter in the Sonoma County Poetry Out Loud contest held this week. With the win, Petersen heads to the state competition in Sacramento Marcy 24-25. If she prevails there, Washington, D.C. is next April 28-30. Petersen recited “Monet Refuses the Operation” by Liesel Mueller and “An Autumn Sunset” by Edith Wharton. Roseland University Prep senior Nelly Gudino came in second and Paola Cruz Hernandez, a senior… Read More »

Elsie’s Garcia, Vargas are co-students of the month

Elsie Allen High School’s Cristina Garcia and Alexis Vargas are both Santa Rosa City Schools students of the month for February. Garcia, a junior, and Vargas, a senior, are both cheerleaders for the Lobos. Garcia is described as an amazing personality who is a loving friend and daughter. Vargas is called full of energy and described as a caring person by her classmates. The girls, who are cousins, were injured in a devastating auto accident in December in which Garcia’s… Read More »