Graduation ceremonies scheduled

Hundreds of graduates are expected to receive their diplomas in the coming weeks as local schools hold commencement exercises for students in the Indian Wells Valley. The 23 graduates of the Sierra Sands Adult School will participate in ceremonies Thursday, May 24, at 6 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

District honors outstanding teachers, staff

District honors outstanding teachers, staff

Rebecca Neipp

Sierra Sands Unified School District administrators and Employee of the Year winners. – Photo by Laura Austin ------ Hundreds of faculty, staff, family and friends of Sierra Sands Unified School District gathered last week to celebrate Employee of the Year honorees for the scholastic year, . . . Read Full Story >>

Smith graduates from SUNY Potsdam

Megan Smith of Ridgecrest will participate in commencement ceremonies May 19 for graduates of State University of New York, Potsdam. Smith will receive a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. . . . Read Full Story >>

Local middle school musicians take honors

Local middle school musicians take honors

Murray and Monroe middle school musicians earn distinction at the Forum Music Festival at Fullerton College. Monroe’s concert choir earned a “Gold” rating, the highest given, from both judges. The band also received a “Gold” rating, as well as awards for flutist Kimberly Wallace and . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members

CCCC inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members

Cerro Coso Community College announces the induction of 126 students into the Beta Kappa Chi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. PTK’s mission is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso commencement is May 11

Cerro Coso commencement is May 11

More than 350 students will receive more than 600 associate’s degrees, certificates and other distinctions Friday evening, May 11, as Cerro Coso Community College holds its 45th annual commencement at 6 p.m. in the Raymond A. McCue Gymnasium. “For more than four decades, Cerro Coso . . . Read Full Story >>

Vigneault  receives  merit award

Vigneault receives merit award

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Burroughs High School senior Grant Vigneault, and his chosen teacher Damien Jacotin, joined a select group of near-graduates in Lancaster last week to receive a Congressional Merit Award from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “I am impressed every year with the bright, young minds in . . . Read Full Story >>

CCCC students make all-state team

CCCC students make all-state team

Mariela Germann (CCOnline), Britney Brown and Caitlin Peterson (IWV campus) and Greg Kutzback (Bishop campus) make All-California Academic First Team. — Courtesy photo ------ CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — One can belt out an operatic aria and play a violin, another has been known to . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso students earn recognition

Eight students from Cerro Coso Community College’s Career Technical Education programs earned “Strong Workforce Stars” recognition from California Community Colleges. “We are honored to have been recognized by the Strong Workforce Stars Program,” said CCCC President Jill Board. “These awards are the results of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Steimer graduates from Azusa

Ridgecrest resident Ashley Steimer graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree on May 5, 2018, joining some 1,702 graduates at the spring commencement ceremonies. Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. Azusa offers . . . Read Full Story >>

Hise makes Mary Baldwin honor list

Sara Hise of Ridgecrest was named to the Fall 2017 Honors List at Mary Baldwin University. Students named to the Honors List earned grade point averages of 3.75 to 4.00. To be eligible, a student must be a degree candidate and must have earned at . . . Read Full Story >>

Brown, Peterson receive achievement awards

Brown, Peterson receive achievement awards

Cerro Coso Community College honor students Britney Brown (left) and Caitlin Peterson receive the Exemplary Achievement Award from the Honors Transfer Council of California. The multidisciplinary conference showcased faculty-mentored research by students from state community colleges. Brown presented on “The Impacts of Invalid Assumptions on . . . Read Full Story >>

Ops students engineer aerial imaging devices

Ops students engineer aerial imaging devices

Opportunities for Learning teacher Jillian Kuczora from Opportunities drops an aerial imaging unit from the roof of the Cerro Coso’s Learning Resource Center. Students in Kuczora’s engineering class were tasked with creating their own aerial imaging devices as their final project. Students used everything they . . . Read Full Story >>

Curiosity peaks as China Lake volunteers speak at Burroughs High School STE

Curiosity peaks as China Lake volunteers speak at Burroughs High School STE

A Burroughs High School student learns how to operate a Kineto Tracking Mount during Burroughs’ STEM Day on March 16 in Ridgecrest. — U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert ------ By STACIE LAWRENCE NAWCWD Public Affairs Twelve years. That’s how long members of the Naval . . . Read Full Story >>

Beta Sigma Phi donates to Animal Shelter

Beta Sigma Phi donates to Animal Shelter

Preceptor Delta Tau chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority representatives President Ann McCubbin and Secretary Janet Mulvihill, present recommended supplies to the Ridgecrest Animal Shelter. — Courtesy photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Charter teachers hear anti-bullying presentation

Charter teachers hear anti-bullying presentation

LuAnn Capazzi shares anti-bullying information with teachers at Ridgecrest Charter School as part of the American Legion Auxiliary’s efforts to help reduce bullying in schools. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Writers offer Aubin Scholarship

The Ridge Writers, the Eastern Sierra Branch of the California Writers Club, will offer the $500 Allison Aubin Scholarship for Young Writers to a high-school senior preparing to continue writing studies in college. Each applicant should submit a 500-word essay on the topic “Why do . . . Read Full Story >>

Masons celebrate new schools

Masons celebrate new schools

Grand Master of California Masons Bruce Galloway (right) presents a contribution to Murray Middle School Principal Kirsti Smith and Burroughs High School Principal Bryan Auld during a cornerstone dedication ceremony Wednesday. Both the new Murray campus and the newly renovated BHS campus were included. — . . . Read Full Story >>

Officials complete master’s training

Officials complete master’s training

Kern County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Barlow (left) visits Sierra Sands officials for a training session. Also shown are SSUSD Superintendent Ernie Bell (center in white shirt) with board members (from second from left) Kurt Rockwell, Amy Covert, Bill Farris, Tim Johnson and Mike . . . Read Full Story >>

DCOA announces scholarship winners

DCOA announces scholarship winners

Winners from left are Rhiannon Cushing, Caleb Tomes and Britney Brown. — Courtesy photo ------ By FRAN ROGERS News Review Contributor The three recipients of this year’s Desert Community Orchestra Association-sponsored Peter Pinto music scholarships are soprano Britney Brown, pianist Rhiannon Cushing and cellist Caleb . . . Read Full Story >>