Continuing an annual tradition, the Irvine Teachers Association has announced a handful of scholarship recipients for 2011. Kristina Pelekoudas of University High School was named the winner of the ITA’s scholarship for “Students Interested in Entering the Education Profession,” which goes to an IUSD senior who has been accepted to a four-year university and plans to pursue a degree in education.
A University High School sophomore will participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May after wowing a panel of judges during this month's county competition. Sanjna Ghanshani was among more than 400 students to take part in the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair, which was sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation. Yet she was one of only two selected to compete at the Intel event. The announcement came during the county awards ceremony on April 10.
Every year, the Imagination Celebration arts festival picks a single piece of student artwork to feature in its promotional posters. This year’s official design, selected from among 500 submissions, was created by none other than Kira Wong, an eighth-grader from Sierra Vista Middle School.
The intrepid journalists over at The Northwood Howler are pretty adept at covering the news. But they were making news as well at the recent Orange County Journalism Education Association competition, placing first in their division and racking up a number of individual honors.
And finally, this year's Elementary School Teacher of the Year is ... Donnie Mai of Stonegate Elementary School. Applause erupted as Mr. Mai emerged for a fire drill on the Stonegate blacktop, where students, staff and members of his family were waiting to share the news. It wasn't long before he was presented with a king's crown and cloak to wear. "This whole school is part of my big extended family," he said.