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Analy asking Tigers, Hounds fans to wear pink

Analy High School is hosting Healdsburg in football Friday night and using the game as a kick-off for breast cancer awareness events. Fans are asked to wear pink in support of breast cancer survivors. All proceeds from shirt sales and all donations made at the games will go to breast cancer awareness initiatives, according to school officials. Shirts are $15 and will be sold throughout the stadium. The junior varsity game kicks off at 5 p.m. and the varsity game starts… Read More »

Healdsburg Middle’s Fonseca honored

Healdsburg School District has pulled a double after both Healdsburg Junior High teacher Lili Fonseca and Healdsburg High School teacher Joe DiOrio both won California League of Schools teacher of the year awards in their respective categories. To read about DiOrio, see yesterday’s blog post. Fonseca will represent Region 1 at the annual California League of Middle Schools conference in Sacramento in February. Fonseca gave a moving speech about her experiences as a teacher that shaped her approach to teaching,… Read More »

Healdsburg High’s DiOrio named top teacher

  Joe DiOrio at work Healdsburg High School’s Joe DiOrio has emerged from a pack of award-winning area high school teacher to be honored as the California League of High Schools Region 1 Panel Educator of the Year. DiOrio is a seven-year veteran with the Hounds and teaches math. He was honored Friday night. In the nomination form, DiOrio, principal Chris Vanden Heuvel credit DiOrio with being a forward thinker who engages students and colleagues through technology and is dedicated… Read More »

Hound heading to England

  Amber Lowers Healdsburg High School senior Amber Lowers is spending a portion of her final year in high school studying in England. Lowers won a grant from the Albertina Zanzi Living Trust to make the stay happen. She will remain in England for one semester. She will study at Aldridge School: A Science College in the West Midlands, according to the Healdsburg Education Foundation, who coordinates the Zanzi award with help from Laurie Nimmo of Healdsburg High’s career center.

Seven recent grads earn scholarships

Seven recent graduates of Sonoma County high schools were among those awarded scholarships from the California Druidic Order last month. The $1,000 awards were given to students who are committed to furthering their education. The 2011 winners are:             Allison Bailey, Novato High School, Novato, CA             Stephanie Black, Middletown Christian High School, Middletown, CA             Tyler Cook, Healdsburg High School, Healdsburg, CA             Erika Eide, San Marin High School, Novato, CA             Colin Gallagher, Petaluma High School, Petaluma, CA… Read More »

Piner students chefs honored

Just in time for lunch, check out the award-winning menu prepared by 17 Piner High School culinary arts students who took home the top prize at the “Chefs of Tomorrow” competition at Vintner’s Inn on April 7. Lamb loin with cocoa nib crust, mint chimichurri and a forget-me-not flower Chili lime white shrimp with asparagus and saffron mayonnaise Paper thin crostini with smoked duck pâté and caramelized apples topped with micro greens BBQ bacon wrapped oysters with hickory chipotle sauce… Read More »

Science students vie for spot in North Bay competition

Want to know what happens when salt water comes in contact with pole beans? Or whether teenagers are motivated more by personal or group gain? How about if there are variations in the vigor of the pathogen that causes sudden oak death? If these concepts keep you up at night, or at least get you thinking, you might want to check out the Sonoma County Science Fair on Tuesday. Students in grades sixth through 12 from 16 schools from around… Read More »

SSU, SRJC and Healdsburg High jazz bands at the Raven

Sonoma State University’s Contemporary Jazz Ensemble will perform at Homegrown Jazz on Nov. 13 at the Raven Theatre in a benefit for myhbg.tv. SSU’s group will be joined by jazz bands from Healdsburg High and Santa Rosa Junior College. Each group will perform a 40-minute set. The show begins at 7 p.m. with an optional reception at 5:45 p.m. The event will be hosted by Lou Sbrana. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/135248 as well as the Exchange… Read More »

More from Healdsburg High’s Ryan Powers

Healdsburg High student body president Ryan Powers calls being named an alternate to the prestigious United States Senate Youth Program “an absolute honor.” Powers is on tap to go to Washington for a week in March should Montgomery High senior Rena Wang be unable to go. For a full story on Wang and the program, as well as a side story on Powers, see today’s Press Democrat (at least it was scheduled to run today). Powers, a varsity tennis player… Read More »