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North County School News, June 27


Fourth-grade math team earns honors

The Pacific Rim Elementary School fourth-grade math team, coached by Ilene Cooper, wrapped up the year with a national championship win in the Perennial Math Competition for grades 3-8. The five-person team of Aaron Cooper, Amal Ali, Caden Faciane, James Gentile and Olivier Weeda were named national champions for their grade level. Reaching 11th place was the team of Annie Kim, Emi Furukawa, Erick Lim, Maddox Lawrance and Sophia Kim. Aaron Cooper reached 13th place in individual competition. In the World Math Day Mathletics Competition, 21 students competed among more than 10,000 fourth-graders worldwide. The team reached sixth place in the World Team rankings, and third place in the National Team rankings. Erick Lim placed eighth in the Top Student National Ranking, and eight students finished in the top 100 nationally: Sophia Kim, Annie Kim, Lasya Desy, Olivier Weeda, James Gentile, Michael Kamenev, Maddox Lawrance and Jaxon Starkey. In the International Mental Math Olympiad, Annie Kim placed fourth in the national finals and 24th worldwide. Amal Ali earned a National Honorable Mention in the Beestar Math Competition. Aaron Cooper made the National Honor Roll of the Noetic Math Competition, and national Honorable Mentions went to Maddox Lawrance, Sophia Kim, Amal Ali, Erick Lim, Olivier Weeda, Caden Faciane, Emi Furukawa, James Gentile, Lauren Zinn, Annie Kim, Avery Chasin and Isabella Berke. In the Alphastar MC Euler Competition, Olivier Weeda and Aaron Cooper earned national bronze awards.


Student Standout Award winners named

The Greater San Dieguito ACSA Charter recently celebrated the recipients of its 2021 Student Standout Awards, chosen from each of its elementary, middle and high schools. The charter comprises seven school districts: Cardiff, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and San Dieguito. The award ceremony was held virtually. The winners are:

Encinitas Union School District: Susan Sado, Capri Elementary; Aliya Laffler, El Camino Creek; Liliana Olucha, Flora Vista; Analiese Humphreys, La Costa Heights; Andy Park, Mission Estancia; Michaela Wheelock, Ocean Knoll; Tyler Blackledge, Olivenhain Pioneer; Victoria Duprat, Park Dale Lane; Aiden Fitzsimmons, Paul Ecke Central; Clarissa Macondray, Cloud Campus.

Del Mar Union School District: Nathan Gordon, Ashley Falls Elementary; Aaron Wong, Carmel Del Mar; Naomi Nguyen, Del Mar Heights; Adeline Parnes, Ocean Air; Chase Mafong, Sage Canyon; Kayla-Marie Booker, Sycamore Ridge; Gavin Cieslukowski, Torrey Hills; Ryan Smith, Launch Program.

Solana Beach School District: Emma Cancel, Skyline Elementary; Reid Foster, Solana Vista; Brooklyn Leis, Solana Santa Fe; Minjae Kang, Solana Highlands; Sophia Wang, Carmel Creek; Lia Aboolian, Solana Pacific; Chloe Cameron, Solana Ranch; Ben Pai, Online Scholars.

Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School District: Noah Belghazi and Liam Hutchinson, R. Roger Rowe.

Cardiff School District: Sophia Gonzales, Cardiff Elementary; Rachel Tapely, Ada Harris Elementary.

Carlsbad Unified School District: Lucky Barker, Aviara Oaks Elementary; Stella Roller, Aviara Oaks Middle School; Josue Gonzalez, Buena Vista; Skyler Denney, Calavera Hills Elementary; Amanda Bradshaw, Calavera Hills Middle School; Lena McEachern, Carlsbad High School; Joy Sauder, Carlsbad Seaside Academy; Jordan Gomez, Carlsbad Village Academy; Merrick Hamilton, Hope; Jewel Thornton, Jefferson; Rea Marchi, Kelly; Jack Farraher, Magnolia; Emey Kordower, Pacific Rim; Mya Utrilla, Poinsettia; Isabella Ausman, Sage Creek High; Adalay London, Valley Middle.

San Dieguito Union High School District: Carrie Su, Canyon Crest Academy; Gabby Camargo, Carmel Valley Middle; Georgia Sporrer, Diegueño Middle; Adina Olsen, Earl Warren Middle; Carson Robles, La Costa Canyon High; Delilah Sonnenshein, Oak Crest Middle; Jacques Godard, Pacific Trails Middle; Cassie Miller, San Dieguito Academy; Devon Hollingsworth, Sunset High; Zander Samarasinghe, Torrey Pines High.


Student entries sought for water poster contest

The Vallecitos Water District is looking for fourth-graders in its service area to promote water awareness through a calendar drawing contest. All students who were in fourth grade during the 2020-21 school year are eligible to use their creativity to illustrate how they love water and save water. The top drawing will represent the district by being featured in the 2022 North County Water Agency “Love Water, Save Water” calendar. The top three artists will receive Amazon gift cards, and the drawing that wins the “Viewers Choice” award on the district’s social media pages will win a special prize. Contest rules and entry forms are available at The deadline is July 31.

Kiwanis chapter awards 21 scholarships

The Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club recently awarded nearly $20,000 to 21 students headed for college. Scholarship committee members presented the awards to each student via Zoom. The awardees are: St. Joseph’s Academy, Maddie Doan, Milla Sato, Kylie Konyn, $1,000 each; Mission Hills High School, Jaedyn Hoenig, Cuauhtemoc Lona, Zander Vilaysane, Andrew Diep-Tran, Emily Luong, Carolyn (Cari) Fenn, Akash Mahajan, Jane Bounkousonh, $1,000 each, and Bianca Vasquez, $500; Twin Oaks High School, Colby Harris, Jovelyn Merino, $500 each; San Marcos High School, Iris Kimberly Cantoran, Yulissa Hernandez, Leeydy Rodriguez Cobian, Vivek Vijayakumar, Dillan Selitsch, Taylor Quach, $1,000 each, and Dulce Saldivar, $500. Email

App allows access to district, county library

The San Diego County Library and San Marcos Unified School District have joined to increase students’ access to e-books and digital audiobooks by combining their digital reading resources in the Sora app. This partnership is led by OverDrive, a digital reading platform serving the library and the district, and provides safe access to thousands of age-appropriate titles for students. Through Sora, students can borrow from the school’s collection of titles as well as from the San Diego County Library’s juvenile and young-adult digital collection. San Marcos Unified students can download the Sora app through the Apple Store and Google Play Store, and on Chromebooks that support the Google Play Store. It is also available at on any computer.

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