Children from Holy Spirit School in Fairfield had their best showing to date Saturday at the Diocese of Sacramento California Catholic Schools Junior High Academic Decathlon.
Twelve seventh- and eighth-graders, including two alternates, participated under the guidance of science teacher Syndi Nellis: Three students earned recognition for their efforts, as did the Holy Spirit team.
Participants, their grade and category, included: Sophia Anderson, seventh, religion; Jason Miralles, eighth, math; Andy Garcia, eighth, science; Emily Davis, eighth, English; Marco Ballesteros, eighth, social studies; Raven Rainey, eighth, literature; Mia Castro, seventh, fine arts; Reina del Castillo, eighth, current events; Nick Rodriguez, seventh, logic/super quiz; and Erin Godwin, seventh, logic/super quiz. Eighth-grader Mario Esparza and seventh-grader Natalie Herriott were alternates.
Ballesteros earned first-place honors, Rainey and Miralles each placed second, and Castro finished third. The team finished eighth overall in the super quiz.
I was fortunate to be involved with Academic Decathlon many, many years ago in high school when it was getting its start where I lived at the time. It was a wonderful, challenging experience. It’s nice to see the program offered at the junior high level.
Great job to all of the participants, and to their coach.
This season’s plethora of crab-feed fundraisers takes a break this weekend before returning next weekend for perhaps the final once of the year.
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If you enjoy fresh crab, and want to support worthwhile causes, it’s not to late to dive into a plate of tasty crab meat. You better act fast, though, or risk having to wait until early next year.
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Fairfield hosted 85 local children and teens Sunday for a day with the Sacramento Kings. MV Transportation provided four motor coaches for youngsters from The Leaven, programs run by the city and the Matt Garcia Police Activities League center.
Some of the participants were able to receive on-court high fives from Kings players prior to the game, and temporary court-side seating during warm-ups.
Each “king for a day” received a personal Cenario’s pizza; a goodie bag with snacks provided by First Northern Bank and Solano First Credit Union; Kings “sky box” munchies; and an official fan backpack.
Congratulations to the participating children and teens, and great work by the Kiwanis Club to pull it all together.
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