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A Century of Quality

Vista Unified School District (VUSD) celebrated its 100th birthday at a fundraising dinner at Shadowridge Golf Club in early October. Superintendent Devin Vodicka spoke about the achievements of the schools within the district, as well as individual students and teachers.

Among the district’s achievements cited by Vodicka were the September selection of Jenny Anderson as one of five San Diego County teachers of the year and a $10 million, five-year “high school of the future” grant won in September by Vista High School through XQ: The Super School Project. Other achievements include Rich Alderson, Board of Education President and STEM teacher and coach at the Casita Center for Technology, Science, and Math, being named one of five California Teachers of the Year. Anne Fennell, head of the performing arts department at Mission Vista High School, was celebrated for being named one of 10 finalists in the nation for the 2016 Music Educator Awards by the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation. Superintendent Vodicka commented, “It is a great reflection of the quality of teachers we have in the district.”

Rancho Buena Vista High School student Cassie Molano was given recognition for being selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar and recipient of a full college scholarship through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition, a scholarship fund was started at the event with $3,000 raised to go to graduating high school seniors. For more information on the achievements of VUSD visit