In the news: OC, state graduation rates on the rise, Los Alamitos students master nearly 150,000 words and more Staff reports May 20, 2016 The OCDE weekly roundup is ready — are you, Orange County? Here’s what’s happening in education news this week: The state Department of Education released figures showing graduation rates in Orange County and the rest of California are up for the sixth year in a row. Two students from La Quinta High School in Westminster took home first place at the 2016 ocMaker Challenge for their creative design of a prototype fork that makes eating spaghetti easier. The One Billion Acts of Kindness campaign raked in more than 14,000 registered acts of kindness in the first few weeks following the May 5 launch. A group of students from Tustin High School used a 3-D printer to create a prosthetic arm for a fellow student. Los Alamitos High School students mastered nearly 150,000 words – more than any other school in the state – at the 2015-16 Vocabulary Bowl. With Crown Valley Elementary School set to close in June, renowned marine life artist Wyland helped preserve its memory, by painting a mural to commemorate the Sea Kings’ 50 years in Laguna Niguel.