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Maria Carrillo junior advances to state finals of “Poetry Out Loud”

Maria Carrillo High’s Brynna Thigpen will represent Sonoma County at the state finals of the “California Poetry Out Loud” competition next month in Sacramento.
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S.R. Singer/Actor Lawrence Cummings on Building a Career

Santa Rosa native Lawrence Cummings has performed duets with Carly Simon and appeared in “Pirates of Caribbearn 3.” Here he shares a little on what it’s like to build a career as a singer/actor.… Read More »

SC High School Newspaper Winners

Healdsburg High’s Rebecca Friedemann, a senior who in September will attend the University of Pennsylvania, was named the outstanding high school journalist Thursday at the 62nd Annual Redwood Empire Excellence in Journalism Contest. Included are all the winners from the region’s high schools. The photo is by my colleague, Beth Schlanker.
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YA Photos: Contest Winners- Alternatives

Here is the fifth group of winning photos from the Zone of Focus high school photography contest. A large selection of the students’ work will be displayed May 7 through June 26 at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa. The museum will host an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday May 6. … Read More »

YA Photo: Contest Winners- Still Lifes

Here is the fourth group of winning photos from the Zone of Focus high school photography contest. A large selection of the students’ work will be displayed May 7 through June 26 at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa. The museum will host an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday May 6. … Read More »

YA Photos: Contest Winners – Portraits

Here is the second group of winning photos from the Zone of Focus high school photography contest. A large selection of the students’ work will be displayed May 7 through June 26 at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa. The museum will host an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday May 6.… Read More »

YA Photo: Contest Winners- Landscapes

Here is the first series of winning photos from the Zone of Focus high school photography contest. A large selection of the students’ work will be displayed May 7 through June 26 at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa. The museum will host an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday May 6.… Read More »

Favorite Books: “Betsy-Tacy”


Justine McDaniel helped revive the student newspaper at Santa Rosa High and served as editor there all four years. She now is a junior at the University of Puget Sound. She has been an intern at Sonoma West Times and News and the North Bay Bohemian. Read her thoughts on a classic series of books.… Read More »

Enter Zone of Focus H.S. Photo Contest

Attention high school photographers from around the country: Santa Rosa is once more hosting the Zone of Focus photo competition, and Sonoma County residents will be the beneficiaries. Why will the rest of us benefit? We’ll get the chance to see some amazing work. Santa Rosa High photography teacher Tanya Braunstein puts together this juried exhibition, now in its 11th year. The show typically draws several hundred submissions from students around the U.S. Braunstein, a member of Santa Rosa High’s… Read More »