Category archives for: Youth

Teen’s horse rescue finds a home in Ramona


A young girl’s homeschool project and her affection for a horse named Zoey spurred her family to create a horse rescue and relocate to Ramona to accommodate its growing operation.

Annika Russell, 15, is the force behind the horse rescue that she named TheraPony after searching for names online. The name reflects a “spin off of therapy,” said Annika.

High school band earns first in Festival of Bands

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Saturday, Oct. 25, was a day of firsts for the Ramona High School Royal Alliance band. Not only did the day mark the group’s first competition of the 2014 season, but it was the first competition under the guidance of first year teacher Zachary Christy.

Continuing with the theme of “firsts,” the Royal Alliance took first place band in its division, and the parade band took first place overall receiving the highest score Ramona High has ever earned at the annual Mt. Carmel

Trick-or-Treaters descend upon Main Street


Sage Marciano, right, hands out candy in front of Ramona Food and Clothes Closet. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard Roman Pope as Max from “Where the Wild Things Are”, left, and Ethan Fisher as Elmo,  ride in grand style for Halloween. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard “Zultan” grabs the attention of a young trick-or-treater at Town & Country Real [...]

Palomar College student recuperating from meningitis

A student at Palomar College in San Marcos is recovering from meningococcal bacteria, but there is no known connection between the unidentified patient and a San Diego State University freshman who died Saturday of the bacterial disease, county health officials said today.

No one at the community college has reported close contact with the student, who attended only one class in the past three weeks, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

Ramona Food & Clothes Closet Foundation offers Community Spirit scholarships

First-generation college-bound students from low-income families have an opportunity to earn a scholarship through Ramona Food & Clothes Closet Foundation’s Community Spirit Scholarship Program.

Scholarships are open to students in the nonprofit’s service area of Ramona, Julian, Santa Ysabel, Ranchita, Borrego and Warner Springs. All applicants must live in one of these areas, volunteer for 40 hours in the thrift store and be accepted in a two- or four-year California college, university or trade school, before they can apply for a scholarship.

Ramona Stars 4-H Club welcomes new members

Children between the ages of 5 and 19: Do you like the noises moo, baa, oink, neigh, bleat, buzz, or cluck cluck?

Ramona Stars 4-H is welcoming new members. The community meetings, which are for all members, are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Home Economics building at the Ramona Junior Fairgrounds on Aqua Lane. Each project meets for a minimum of six hours during the year.

Health officials reports first cases of EV-D68 in county


Three San Diego County children were among the first four cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) respiratory infection confirmed in California this year, California Department of Health and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Teenagers take on leadership roles at Ramona Library


A group of high school students are not only earning community service hours for school as they volunteer at Ramona Library, but they are learning responsibilities as well.

“What we’re trying to do is prepare them for leadership roles,” Ramona Library Branch Manager Ellie Slade said of the Teen Action Council (TAC) program.

“These are life skills…we treat it like a job,” added librarian Charlotte King-Mills.

Business can be fun, Ramona Boys & Girls Club youth learn

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Youngsters participating in the Ramona Boys & Girls Club end-of-summer Our Town project combined creativity with entrepreneurial skills as they studied business and economics and then designed their own businesses around a theme.
Participants created three restaurants and chose the countries they wanted their restaurants to represent. After deciding which restaurant and country they preferred, they got busy researching the country’s cuisine online and selected menus. They also designed the restaurant’s entry banner and decor.
“Job interviews were conducted and each member had a different role within the restaurant,” said Simone McCune, supervisor of the Ramona Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego. “Some worked in the kitchen preparing plates of food while others were waiters/waitresses, cashiers and cleaning crew.”
The youngsters each had a scheduled shift, and, when they weren’t working, they were free to spend “Club Bucks” at the restaurant of their choice, said McCune.
“All earnings were divided amongst the restaurant employees, and members had the opportunity to bid on items in a prize auction,” noted McCune. “The restaurant that generated the most revenue had more to spend.”
Community members also participated and graded the restaurants on food quality, customer service and atmosphere.
“Every year, members strive to make their restaurants better than the year before, and the youth and counselors alike enjoy the chance to be creative as well as to learn business skills,” said McCune.
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Students invited to ‘see a show, win a scholarship’

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Ramona teen stars in production

Art Animates Life is partnering with California State University San Marcos, the San Marcos Arts Council and the San Marcos Community Foundation to bring the historical stage production, “Passage Into Fear,” to San Marcos’ Connors Hall.

To underscore the play’s historical accuracy, history and social science teachers are encouraged to assign attending the show as extra credit. A copy of the play is available to any teacher upon request.