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Application deadline Monday for Kiwanis of Ramona’s Glae McDonald Memorial Scholarship

Service to the community is what Ramona Kiwanis Club is seeking in candidates for its Glae McDonald Memorial “Children and Community First” Scholarship Program.
The club’s scholarship guidelines state that recipients “must have demonstrated a sincere desire to better themselves and their community, served as a positive role model with leadership potential and have a high degree of motivation necessary to succeed in their college or vocational school program.”
In addition to community service, awards will be granted based on student qualifications and financial need.
Applicants must have graduated from an accredited Ramona Unified School District high school or have received a General Education Development (GED) diploma no later than Aug. 31, 2014. Ramona graduates from previous years may apply.
Applications are available for download at
Application deadline is June 30.
For more information, contact Dr. Jose Luis Alvarado, Kiwanis Scholarship Committee chair at

Ramona trustees poised to approve budget, place bond bid on Nov. 4 ballot


Ramona Unified School District trustees are poised to place a $40 million bond bid on the November ballot and approve a budget of nearly $50 million in a special session Thursday evening.

The June 26 meeting, open to the public, will begin at 6 in the Board Room of the Wilson Administrative Center, 720 Ninth St.

Ramona school trustees consider $40 million bond


In a special meeting Monday afternoon, Ramona Unified School District trustees indicated their support for a $40 million bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Of that, $32 million would pay off a loan a previous board approved a decade ago and $8 million would pay for school modernization and repairs.

Testing shows one-third of fifth-graders at risk for obesity and diabetes


Testing fifth-graders in the Ramona Unified School District for obesity and diabetes risks this year showed that 35 percent of the students were considered at risk.

This was the eighth year the Palomar Health Community Action Council conducted the Transforming Obesity and Diabetes Awareness in Youth school-based screening program, said Nancy Roy, Ramona resident and community outreach liaison for Palomar Health. Roy provided the results at the Community Action Council meeting in Ramona Community Center on June 6.

School board workshop today targets bond


Ramona Unified School District trustees will hold a special meeting this afternoon at 2 to discuss specifics of a potential bond measure on the November 2014 ballot.

The meeting, open to the public and billed as a special board study session, will be in the Board Room of the Wilson Administrative Center, 720 Ninth St.

Ramona High School selects 2014 Scholar Athletes


At the end of the school year Ramona High School’s Athletic Department presents three equally prestigious awards to male and female athletes: Scholar Athlete, Bulldog of the Year and Athlete of the Year. This article features the scholar athletes: Makayla Torsak and Garrett Wilcox.

Montecito High School Class of 2014 scholarships, awards


Montecito High School started its awards banquet with an announcement from Superintendent Robert Graeff that the school has earned a six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Schools. “That’s the highest accreditation honor,” said Graeff to those attending the alternative school’s awards dinner and ceremony. About 106 graduating [...]

Ramona High School Class of 2014 scholarship recipients

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When Arvie and John Degenfelder’s youngest daughter graduated as Ramona High School valedictorian in 1979, she received one scholarship. It was for $25, and it came from the Poway Elks Club.

My, how times have changed, Arvie noted during Senior Scholarship Night at Ramona High on May 29.

Students graduating from Ramona High this week are walking off with, in some cases, thousands of dollars in scholarships. While some of that represents scholarships from prestigious learning institutions, the rest came in smaller increments from Ramona clubs and organizations, groups such as the Rotary club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Sun Valley Council PTA.

Vandals spray-paint animals, Super Glue locks, spray-paint and egg high school

Ramona High School security officials discovered two goats and a sheep in the Bulldog stadium Monday morning in what appeared to be a prank.

The sheep and one goat were spray-painted with “2014,” said Principal Chris King.

Bulldog auto team places second in nation

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Dylan Ballantyne and Brandon Arthur had never been to New York City, so they worked to get there. Their work as the two-man automotive team from Ramona High School resulted in a second-place finish in the nation at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in the National Automotive Technology Competition.
Ramona High’s retired automotive teacher, Mike Jordan, had to pinch-hit for automotives instructor Mike Saavedra as coach and chaperone, because Saavedra is recuperating from heart surgery.
Saavedra got Ballantyne and Arthur started and, when he went on sick leave, Jordan took over.
The trip was a four-day event. Day one was travel. Day two was a tour of New York City.
“It is an amazing city. It was fun to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there,” said Ballantyne.
Day three was competition day. The team had to rotate among 10 stations. Among them were engine diagnosis, electrical diagnosis, brake diagnosis, a safety test and a job interview.
The Ramona team aced the 10 stations and earned a trip to the finals.
At finals, they were given a car that did not run and had multiple problems. They had three hours to get it running.
They got the job done in two and a half hours, earning them second in the nation.
Arthur’s favorite part of the trip was the competition and finishing second in the nation. In addition to the competition, Ballantyne liked the experience of going to New York.
For their efforts, Arthur and Ballantyne each received $64,000 in scholarships, shirts, jackets, hats, a travel bag and a drill.
“We had trouble with TSA when we tried to take the drill on the plane,” joked Ballantyne.
TSA (Transportation Security Administration) didn’t think it was funny.
The San Diego New Car Dealership Association sponsored their trip.
“Dean Mansfield, the president and czar of the association, took great care of us,” said Jordan.
While the auto team was in New York City, Ramona High’s SkillsUSA adviser, Robert Grace, took a group of RHS students and graduates to the SkillsUSA competition in Mission Valley. There was no team format, but Ramona’s students did well as individuals:
•Kyle Rash earned the gold in collision repair,
•Mike Jones won the motor cycle technology competition,
•Ryan Hall took third place in the auto refinishing competition,
•Erick Leyva took third in automotive service technology,
•Ricky Jauregui came in third in collision repair, and
•Ramona High grad Adam Scull won the post secondary collision repair competition.