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Carmel Valley student Andrew Gao wins first place in Coding Competition

Andrew Gao accepting his award.

Andrew Gao, 4th grade student at Sage Canyon School, won first prize at the 1st Annual Scholastic Coding Faire held at UC San Diego on June 1. Over 200 students attended on Sunday, competing in various programming challenges for the $1,000 grand prize. Not only did Andrew win the $1,000 grand prize, he also won 1st place in the Minecraft Modding division of the Faire. The 1st annual event was held at the UC San Diego Computer Science & Engineering Building and was hosted by ThoughtSTEM.

Because the Coding Faire is an annual event, a placard is being made to commemorate the winners of the Coding Faire each year. Andrew Gao will be listed as the 2014 winner. Sage Canyon will display the placard until the next Coding Faire in June 2015.

Prosecutor: Del Mar man raped two women after meeting them online; Defense says client is innocent

A Del Mar resident accused of raping two women had a how-to dating guide intended for men “fed up being a nice guy,’’ a prosecutor alleged June 11, but a defense attorney said his client did not rape the women.

Sean Patrick Banks, 38, is accused of raping a La Mesa woman in her apartment after they met on ChristianMingle.com in November 2012. The defendant is also accused of raping a woman he met on a different dating website, Match.com, in 2009.

Del Mar residents give input on city hall planning

Although there were mixed opinions on some project details, residents who attended a workshop June 9 generally agreed that a 9,250-square-foot city hall, 100-seat town hall and 15,000-square-foot plaza would meet Del Mar’s needs.

About 70 people filled the Del Mar Communications Center to discuss the status of the project — a year after the City Council agreed to plan to replace the deteriorating city hall at 1050 Camino del Mar.

Groundbreaking ceremony held for high school district’s ‘Middle School 5’ in Carmel Valley

San Dieguito Union High School District broke ground on the new Middle School 5 in Pacific Highlands Ranch on June 6. At center, Congressman Scott Peters and Superintendent Rick Schmitt, flanked by SDUHSD board members Beth Hergesheimer, left, and right Joyce Dalessandro and Amy Herman.

San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) broke ground on its 10th school, the new “Middle School 5” in Pacific Highlands Ranch on June 6, set to open in fall 2015. Superintendent Rick Schmitt said he was “pleased and proud” to lead a celebration of all the people who helped make the groundbreaking happen on the 13.8-acre property on Carmel Valley Road, next to Canyon Crest Academy.

Carmel Valley harpist awarded University of Southern California’s prestigious Mork Family Scholarship

Carmel Valley harpist Emma Dyson will attend USC this fall on a full-ride scholarship. Courtesy photo

Emma Dyson, a 17-year-old harpist from Torrey Pines High School recently became the first music student to receive the University of Southern California’s Mork Family Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition scholarship with a $5,000 yearly stipend. Less than 20 Mork scholarships are offered per year and after Emma was accepted to the school she was selected to apply for the scholarship.

Mork finalists are required to go through an interview process before they are awarded the scholarship and Emma underwent hers early this year.

Del Mar school district honors teachers, staff members, volunteers, PTA presidents and retirees

At its May 28 meeting, the Del Mar Union School District board honored the 2013-14 school site teachers of the year; classified employees of the year; volunteers of the year; PTA presidents and this year’s retirees. Below are the names of the honorees:

Regional issues committee reviews Corallina mixed-use project in Carmel Valley

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board’s regional issues subcommittee expressed concerns about massing and the modern-contemporary architecture of the proposed Corallina mixed-use project at its June 4 meeting.

Randi Coopersmith, senior principal planner of Latitude 33, accepted the comments as plan developments continue and reminded the subcommittee that this is where they will start to see the density and height in Pacific Highlands Ranch, as it is the village center.

Trader Joe’s to open new Carmel Valley location

The store will be located at 13480 Highlands Place.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for new school in Carmel Valley

Principal Jerry Jones cuts the ribbon with help from (left to right) Solana Beach School District Board Member Julie Union, Director of New Facilities Caroline Brown, Solana Beach School District Board President Richard Leib, Solana Beach School District Superintendent Nancy Lynch, Supervisor Dave Roberts and San Diego Councilmember Sherri Lightner.

Solana Ranch Elementary School, Pacific Highlands Ranch’s shiny and sustainable new school, is ready to welcome students this fall. The Solana Beach School District celebrated its seventh district school with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 28.

The school will serve approximately 650 students in grades kindergarten through sixth, along with a two-classroom preschool program.

Del Mar school district board holds public LCAP meeting

The Del Mar Union School District board held a public hearing on May 28 to review its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), a new requirement of all school districts this year as a result of the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCCF).

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