Mike Jones, a 2014 Ramona High School graduate, competed in the SkillsUSA National Championships in Kansas City, Mo., finishing 20th among students nationwide in the field of motorcycle service technology.
A highlight of the competition, Jones said, was working on a motorcycle radio/entertainment system “because that’s what I excelled at.”
The SkillsUSA conference, held in the Kansas City Convention Center, drew 6,000 students from across the country who competed in trade, technical, and leadership fields.
Aug 11 2014 | Posted in Youth
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Ramona teenager Brandon Arthur, known as The Stinger in the off road racing world, captured his first career Pro Lite win in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series held at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino.
Arthur, 18, has been moving up through the ranks in his rookie season in Pro Lite. In round 10 of the Aug. 1 and 2 race in San Bernardino, he put it all together with a convincing win over a field of top-notch racers.
Most of the tracks Arthtur has raced on this season were new to him, but he had raced at Glen Helen before and had an opportunity to test there weeks before the race. The testing paid off.
Aug 11 2014 | Posted in Sports
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A 6-year-old Ramona boy credited with saving his grandmother’s life was the center of attention at a dinner in his honor at Ramona Fire Station 81.
Xavier Mumaw seemed more interested in the pizza and personal tour of the fire equipment and ambulance he received from the station’s crew than in all the attention showered on him.
Investor Warren Buffet and Microsoft founder Bill Gates have more in common than business. They both see the value of teaching bridge to children.
With so many teachers in the Town Hall Bridge Club, “the Bill Gates-Warren Buffet idea to introduce bridge into the schools has long had appeal, so much so we decided to do it ourselves,” said Mary Ann Houston, founder of the Ramona Town Hall Bridge Club.
All seven Ramona Intra soccer teams participated in the Dave Shelton Memorial Tournament July 19 and 20, playing a variety of club teams from San Diego and Orange counties.
Held at Frances Ryan Park in Escondido, the Dave Shelton event was the first tournament of the season for many of the teams, and for a few it was their first tournament as a new team.
The teams and their records from the tournament are:
Jul 30 2014 | Posted in Sports
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Kalani Prokop of Ramona recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award — the organization’s highest honor — for her outstanding leadership and commitment to community service, reports Michelle Ross of Girl Scouts San Diego.
For her Gold Award project, Kalani reached out to residents of the Ramona Senior Center, where she volunteers during her school vacations.
She taught computer classes geared toward facilitating communication with loved ones far away. Her series of four lessons — which she presented eight times over two summers — covered computer basics, email, Facebook and online security.
She also offered one-on-one classes for those with little cyber experience.
The Cathedral Catholic High School junior belongs to Girl Scout Troop 2208. She is the daughter of the Honorable Maria Arroyo (retired Juvenile Court judge) and Stanley Prokop. Her two older sisters, Tiffany Lynch and Taylor Arroyo-Tabin, received the Gold Award in previous years.
Kalani is one of 44 Girl Scouts in the San Diego region who earned the Gold Award this year. Just 5 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide achieve this level of recognition.
The tradition of the highest leadership awards for Girl Scouts has included The Golden Eaglet of Merit (1916-19), The Golden Eagle (1919-38), First Class (1938-82) and The Curved Bar (1940-80). In 1980, the name became the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Through the years, approximately 1 million Girl Scouts have earned one of these service awards.
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouting provides leadership experience for girls. Through Girl Scouts, girls discover themselves, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place.
Jul 26 2014 | Posted in Youth
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Ramona Junior Fair continues Sunday with goats, llamas, alpacas and horses.
The 43rd annual junior fair opened today at Ramona Junior Fairgrounds, 431 Aqua Lane, with a dog show, rabbit and cavy show and home economics judging.
A highlight of the 10-day fair for 4-H and FFA participants is the livestock auction slated to begin Saturday at 1 p.m.
With nearly 300 exhibitors in the 43rd Annual Ramona Junior Fair, participants, bidders and visitors anticipate 10 days of shows, showmanship and competition as area 4-H’ers and FFA members gather “Under the Big Top with the Livestock.”
All activities except the horse show will be at the Ramona Junior Fairgrounds, 431 Aqua Lane, from July 26 through Aug. 3. The horse show will be at Mountain Valley Ranch, 842 Highway 78, Sunday, July 27, at 2 p.m.
Winterball signups for Ramona Pony League and Ramona Girls Softball begin this weekend.
From noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, registration for boys winterball will be available at the Pony fields’ snack bar at 417 Aqua Lane.
The cost, which includes hat and shirt, is $95 per player and $80 for a sibling of a player. Parents need to bring their children’s birth certificates to registration.
Jul 23 2014 | Posted in Archive
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Ramona High School senior Tatiana Lloyd-Dotta represented Ramona at the 71st annual Girls State conference sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization.
Over 500 girls from around the state met at McKenna College in Claremont to participate in the auxiliary’s mission of “providing an outstanding, unique and coveted educational opportunity for the young women of California that instills the basic ideals and principles of American government.”