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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 »

Saturday BBQ to benefit children’s museum

Need another reason beyond a pound of barbecued meat to attend the annual Wine Country Big Q this weekend? How about that the main beneficiary is the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. The event, a Kansas City Barbecue, nationally-sanctioned competition, is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Sonoma Academy campus, 2500 Kawana Springs Rd. Access is from Kawana Springs Road. The museum is slated to open next year on West Steele Lane next to the Charles M. Schulz Museum but… 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 »

Sonoma Academy students participate in diversity conference

Four students from Sonoma Academy have recently returned from a three- day Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Houston, according to the school. MacLean Hartford, Lupita Alamilla, Noah Baughman and Jenna Powell are members of Sonoma Academy’s student leadership council. They will present what they learned to the entire student body, according to school officials. The conference was hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools. Participants examine issues of social justice, develop communication skills, practice expression through the arts and… Read More »

Sonoma Academy hosting forum with college admissions advisors

A panel of admissions officials from leading colleges will share advice and answer questions in a forum being hosted by Sonoma Academy on May 17. The event, which is free to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. Universities represented include Sonoma State, the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford, Santa Clara and the University of Southern California. The program is recommended for sophomores, juniors and their parents. For more information, call David Rion, director of counseling at Sonoma Academy,… Read More »

Six local debaters headed to state tourney

UPDATE: Spelling corrected below. Thanks. ___________ Six Sonoma County high school debaters have advanced to the upcoming state championship debate and speech tournament after scoring well at the qualifying tournaments last weekend across the East Bay. From Analy High School, Gordon Allen secured a spot in Lincoln Douglas debate; Nate Rosen in impromptu speaking and Ryan Taylor-Davis in oratorical interpretation. I hear from folks at Analy that Taylor-Davis performs a rendition of Stephen Colbert’s Press Corps dinner speech “honoring” George… Read More »