News Nuggets June, 2

Rotary Club of La Jollawraps year of service

As the Rotary Club of La Jolla prepares to pass the leadership torch this month (at a “demotion party” for the outgoing president), Community Service Chair Cindy Goodman shared some of this year’s accomplishments.

In late May, a “small but mighty” group of Rotarians were at the Miramar military base to refurbish the recreation center for the Marines. “We re-did the pull-up bars and prepped, stained and painted the docks and furniture. We worked our hearts and bodies into a state of finding muscles we didn’t know existed to give hardworking Marines some recreation time in a nice facility.”

The club also held its scholarship luncheon May 24 where 16 students received a collective $150,000 worth of scholarships. The club distributes two types of scholarships: one based on performance for those going to schools in California majoring in STEM fields, knwon as the Riford Scholarship; and the other based on need, known as the Rotary Scholarship.

Recipients of the Riford Scholarship include: Ihan Nunow, Nin Tabrizi, Claire Andrews, Emily Gainor, Clayton Halbert, Maya Hildebrand, Jake Northrup and PJ Smigliani.

Recipients of the Rotary Scholarship includes: Athena Dong, Cassidy Drost, Chloe Palaez-Kuo, Phillip Lee, Stephanie Silvar, Sera Stotelmyre, Samantha Webster and Carlos Pedroso.

In a new partnership, the club also partnered with the Salvation Army and Just In Time for Foster Youth to furnish an apartment for a former foster youth who aged out of the system. “The hope there is to furnish a place but in the process, connect with that youth because they don’t really have family,” Goodman said.

She added the club will be looking at other projects and partnerships to embark upon next year and “broaden the scope.” rotarycluboflajolla.com

Mayor visits La Jollato open Bizness Apps

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer stopped by La Jolla May 24 for the official opening of Bizness Apps, a mobile app development firm for small and medium-sized businesses at 7590 Fay Ave., considered one of the fastest growing companies in America.

“It’s great to see so much happening in San Diego. We’ve always been known for our great weather, but increasingly we are becoming known for a great business climate, particularly in innovation and technology,” Mayor Faulconer said. “We couldn’t be happier to have Bizness Apps here and I’m excited about what you’re bringing to San Diego.”

Added its CEO Andrew Gazdecki, “We’re not just expanding into San Diego, we’re not just opening a new office in San Diego, we specifically chose San Diego as a place to completely relocate our company outside of San Francisco. … San Diego really is a great place to start a business, grow a business or expand a business. What I’m really excited to do is help the innovation economy grow in San Diego by adding 100 new jobs and help by putting San Diego on the map for start-ups to let them know this is an area that is growing and thriving and will continue to thrive over time.” biznessapps.com

All Hallows student earns top honors at Science Fair

All Hallows Academy seventh-grader Chrysanthe Frangos took first place in the microbiology category at the California State Science Fair. The 65th annual Fair was held in the California Science Center, May 23-24, with 941 participants from 421 schools presenting 845 projects in competition for awards totaling $60,000.

In the junior division of the Microbiology Category, Chrysanthe won for “Using Rice and Silica Gel in the Prevention of Bread Mold.” Her project summary states that the goal was to “see if rice can safely and effectively delay or prevent the forming of mold on stored, preservative-free bread. Rice is a known desiccant used in salt shakers to absorb excess moisture and prevent clumping. Many cultures twice bake bread (biscotti, zwieback) as a form of preservation.”

Chrysanthe detailed her methods/materials, results, conclusions and help received.

Eric Kokke, another All Hallows Academy seventh-grader, did well in the Environmental Engineering Division, also earning a nomination to apply for the Broadcom Masters national Middle School Science Competition.

Preuss students to host STEM workshop

High school students from the Preuss School are putting on a “Kids that Code” STEM series, 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday, June 4 and Saturday, June 11 at La Jolla’s Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Each day there will be a different theme from programming and LEGO Mindstorms, to CAD modeling and 3D printing as well as other STEM presentations — all conducted by the students. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org

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