Motivational speaker addresses local students

Motivational speaker addresses local students

Motivational speaker and bullying- and drug- prevention advocate Fabian Ramirez addresses students at Burroughs High School on Wednesday. The first-generation college graduate gives his testimony of how he overcame bullying and the influence of gang culture in his youth. He now addresses students across the . . . Read Full Story >>

Monroe observes ‘Kindness Week’

Monroe observes ‘Kindness Week’

By KELLY COSNER News Review Correspondent James Monroe Middle School hosted “Kindness Week,” spearheaded by Counselor Robin Gabriel, in conjunction with the national “Great Kindness Challenge” to improve school culture. “Some of the benefits of this event include increasing the students’ feelings of being cared . . . Read Full Story >>

Elks Lodge donates $500 to BHS Drumline

Elks Lodge donates $500 to BHS Drumline

Letia “Tia” Courtney, exalted ruler of the Ridgecrest Elks Lodge, presents a $500 donation to the Burroughs High School Drumline. The donation will replace a base drum that cannot be repaired. The BHS Music Boosters, who received the Elks donation on behalf of the student . . . Read Full Story >>

Program helps pay for textbooks

Program helps pay for textbooks

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — The typical college student spends more than $1,000 on books and supplies every year, according to a 2018 College Board study. A program at Cerro Coso Community College is making those costs less daunting. Open Educational Resources allows students to . . . Read Full Story >>

Dozens of students attend Scholastic Chess Tournament

Dozens of students attend Scholastic Chess Tournament

Some 50 students compete in the Scholastic Chess Tournament held on Martin Luther King Day at Gateway Elementary School. Gateway Kindergartener Ethan Hernandez was the top player for the K-1 section. Other section winners were Las Flores third-grader Logan Merriman (2-3), Pierce fourth-grader Aiden Goodarzira . . . Read Full Story >>

Proposed budget  could yield $500K  deficit for SSUSD

Proposed budget could yield $500K deficit for SSUSD

Rebecca Neipp

In the days and weeks that followed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal, public agencies have been analyzing how those projections will impact their bottom lines. For education in general, the Legislative Analyst Office and other advocates have predicted that trends of increasing mandates without proportionate . . . Read Full Story >>

Service academy forum set

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will host a forum in Bakersfield Saturday, Feb. 8, for students in his district who are interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy. “Our nation’s service academies offer young scholars some of the best educational opportunities in the country, while . . . Read Full Story >>

Monroe’s Avery Thibado takes the spelling bee

Monroe’s Avery Thibado takes the spelling bee

Monroe Middle School eighth-grader Avery Thibado (center), pictured with her father Pete and brother Aiden, claims this year’s trophy as Sierra Sands Unified School District’s Spelling Bee champion. Thibado successfully spelled the word “schnauzer,” claiming the title for Monroe for the first time in more . . . Read Full Story >>

Schools in recovery, planning for future

Schools in recovery, planning for future

Rebecca Neipp

While the quakes caused millions in structural and content damage for local schools, officials took the opportunity to assess not only the destruction, but also the underlying needs revealed during the shake-up. “The earthquakes definitely highlighted how well our facilities performed in the new and . . . Read Full Story >>

Locals make list of alternates for academy appointments

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy this week announced his nominations to U.S. service academies, which included several local students competing alternates for the primary nominations. Nominees were selected in a competitive process in which a number of highly qualified high school students from California’s 23rd . . . Read Full Story >>

Nuno receives Extended Opportunity Program and Services scholarship

Nuno receives Extended Opportunity Program and Services scholarship

Cerro Coso Community College student Zulema Nuno (center) receives a $750 Extended Opportunity Program and Services scholarship. Also pictured are EOPS-CARE Director Penny Talley (left) and Access Programs Director Pam Campbell. Nuno is a first-generation college student who returned to school after becoming a single . . . Read Full Story >>

Student speaker contest

The Ridgecrest Lions Club will once again host its student speaker contest for grades 9-12, on the theme “Homelessness in California: What is the Solution?” Students will present their speeches on Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. Winners from the local contest will advance to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Thespians get expert training

Thespians get expert training

Rebecca Neipp

One of the lesser-known casualties of our July earthquakes is the Burroughs High School Parker Performing Arts Center — which has been temporarily shuttered while structural repairs are completed over the next few months. Because the building was deemed “nonessential” by the bureaucratic standards that . . . Read Full Story >>

Career Center opens on Dec. 5

Career Center opens on Dec. 5

Cerro Coso Community College will hold a grand opening for its Career Center, located on the second floor of the Main Building, on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. “Career exploration and readiness is a continuous process that guides individuals into successful and fulfilling . . . Read Full Story >>

NAWCWD gives hands-on presentations to students during STEM Day

NAWCWD gives hands-on presentations to students during STEM Day

EOD2 Sam Montejano from China Lake helps Burroughs High School student Spencer Johnson try on an explosive ordnance disposal bomb suit helmet during the Nov. 8 STEM Day, when Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division professionals offered 15-minute interactive presentations. — Courtesy photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso to host Open House

Cerro Coso to host Open House

Cerro Coso Community College will host an open house Thursday, Nov. 14, from 3-7 p.m. in its newly remodeled Main Building on the second floor at the Student One Stop. “This is a great opportunity for students, potential students and community members to tour the . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso honors local businesses at President’s Circle luncheon

Cerro Coso honors local businesses at President’s Circle luncheon

From left, Cerro Coso Community College student Brynn Turpin, CCCC President Jill Board, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital CEO Jim Suver, CCCC Foundation member Jan Bennett and students Cameron Reese and Abigail Voigt attend the Oct. 24 President’s Circle luncheon. RRH, Mather Bros. Inc. and Desert Valleys . . . Read Full Story >>

After-school program seeks community support

Rebecca Neipp

A teacher at High Desert Leapin’ Lizards’ after-school program addressed Ridgecrest City Council at its Oct. 16 meeting, asking for support for the service to students and families in our local district. Manuel Fierro noted that California voters approved a proposition for after-school education and . . . Read Full Story >>

YES! gives middle schoolers hands-on experience

YES! gives middle schoolers hands-on experience

By AARON CRUTCHFIELD NAWCWD Public Affairs One hundred twenty-seven local middle school students got to experience science and engineering first hand at the ninth annual Young Engineers and Scientists! of Ridgecrest conference on Sept. 28 at China Lake. The students, who came from Murray and . . . Read Full Story >>

Saalex, CCCC form partnership

Saalex, CCCC form partnership

Saalex Solutions, China Lake’s largest defense contractor and the third largest employer in Ridgecrest, has formed an internship partnership with Cerro Coso Community College, in order to drive local workforce development. “I am proud to offer local area college students the opportunity to gain valuable . . . Read Full Story >>