Cerro Coso gears up for first-ever ‘Welcome Week’

Cerro Coso gears up for first-ever ‘Welcome Week’

Rebecca Neipp

As K-12 students settle into the new routine accompanying this week’s start of the school year, Cerro Coso Community College is putting the final touches on its inaugural “Welcome Week,” which starts Monday to help new and returning students prepare for the fall semester. “We . . . Read Full Story >>

School is back in session!

School is back in session!

Pierce Elementary Principal Pam Barnes greets Lashanntii Johnson on her first day of school on Tuesday morning. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Goodbye summer,  hello school year

Goodbye summer, hello school year

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer After weeks of bike rides, trips to the pool, sleeping in and probably catching more than a few Pokémon, it’s time to adjust those sleep schedules and settle on first-day-of-school outfits. The Sierra Sands Unified School District school . . . Read Full Story >>

New Murray campus site work completed

New Murray campus site work completed

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Site work for the new Murray Middle School campus will be completed by the end of August. That was the word given to the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education during its meeting on Thursday last . . . Read Full Story >>

Acosta makes Dean’s List

Jordyn Acosta of Ridge-crest has been named to the spring semester Dean’s List at Champlain College. Acosta, a major in business management, achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 (or higher) to earn the distinction. Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vt., . . . Read Full Story >>

Keeter makes Azusa dean’s list

Ridgecrest resident Elliot Keeter was named to the spring 2016 Dean’s List of Azusa Pacific University. Keeter, a biochemistry major, achieved a 3.5 (or better) grade-point average to qualify for that distinction. Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and . . . Read Full Story >>

O’Neill to lead foundation

O’Neill to lead foundation

Justin O’Neill will serve as president of the Cerro Coso Community College Foundation for the 2016-2017 academic year. O’Neill grew up in Ridgecrest and earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and theater from the University of California, San Diego. He said he brings to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Paul makes Georgia Tech Dean’s List

Paul makes Georgia Tech Dean’s List

Local daughter Nasya Paul of Ridgecrest made the Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester at Georgia Institute of Technology. The designation is awarded to undergraduate students who achieve a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Nasya graduated from Immanuel Christian School in 2013 with . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS Marching Band is off to Washington, D.C.

BHS Marching Band is off to Washington, D.C.

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer While many students have been lazily enjoying a break from their studies, the Burroughs High School Marching Band has been marching around the BHS campus under the hot sun in preparation for the national Independence Day Parade in . . . Read Full Story >>

Students soar in Skybot Challenge

Students soar in Skybot Challenge

Rebecca Neipp

High-performing robotics students from the Indian Wells Valley added a dimension to their unmanned systems experience and still came home with honors after participating in the recent Skybot Challenge in Las Vegas, Nev. In a field of 27 competitors, local middle school Team 3A “The . . . Read Full Story >>

Schiller awarded DAR scholarship

Schiller awarded DAR scholarship

Burroughs High School graduate Madison Schiller receives a $500 scholarship from the Panamint Springs chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. At right is her mother, Gaynell. Madison wrote the winning essay for DAR’s “What It Means to Be an American” contest. -- Courtesy photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Storch graduates from USD

Philipp Storch of Ridgecrest graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego last month, earning his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to teaching the . . . Read Full Story >>

AAUW works to send girls to ‘Tech Trek’

AAUW works to send girls to ‘Tech Trek’

The local American Association of University Women is in the final stages of fundraising for a program that offers science, technology, engineering and mathematics training and exposure to middle-school girls. This year four girls will attend the “Tech Trek” camp at the University of California, . . . Read Full Story >>

AltaOne awards athletes

AltaOne awards athletes

Burroughs High School graduating seniors and AltaOne Federal Credit Union Scholar Athlete nominees and winners pose with their certificates and trophies at the AltaOne Ridgecrest corporate office on Tuesday, May 31. Winners (front row) are Rebecca Williams (swimming), Madison Felix (basketball, track & field) and . . . Read Full Story >>

Moschitto earns bachelor’s from Cal Poly

Ridgecrest native and Cerro Coso Community College graduate Anna Christine Moschitto graduated from Cal Poly Pomona, earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. She is the valedictorian of the Cal Poly School of Electrical Engineering. She is also a CCCC honor student, pursuing an education . . . Read Full Story >>

Kennedy retires after 30 years

Kennedy retires after 30 years

SSUSD Superintendent Ernie Bell and retired Assistant Superintendent Elaine Jansen (center) present Shirley Kennedy with a service award from state Sen. Republican Leader Jean Fuller during her retirement ceremony, commemorating 30 years of service to the SSUSD. Kennedy also received a flag from our nation’s . . . Read Full Story >>

SSUSD honors staff, supporters

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Sierra Sands Unified School District honored several staff members and community volunteers with service awards during last week’s meeting of the SSUSD Board of Education. Represen-tatives of the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society accepted Community Service Awards and . . . Read Full Story >>

Congratulations 2016 graduates!

Congratulations 2016 graduates!

Former Gateway Elementary School Gators, now Burroughs High School graduates, parade through their former stomping grounds May 23, inspiring young ones with their milestone achievement. The seniors turned their tassels Friday night at the BHS Football Stadium. Come on in to the News Review office . . . Read Full Story >>

Teachers accept school district’s latest offer

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer “It is the end of a very difficult year of negotiations, but it is, thankfully, finally over.” That was the sentiment of Desert Area Teachers Association Vice President Vanessa Vaughn regarding teacher salary negotiations for the Sierra Sands . . . Read Full Story >>

Haddock named to Dean’s List

Ethan Haddock of Ridgecrest was named to the Chadron State College Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester. The honor requires a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of coursework during the semester . . . Read Full Story >>