Weekly roundup: An Ocean View High football player makes history, a guide to universal transitional kindergarten, and more

A sophomore from Ocean View High School in the Huntington Beach Union High School District is defying stereotypes and making history.

Isis Salazar scored a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a varsity football game against Temecula Prep, making her the first female at Ocean View High and only the second girl in Orange County to tackle this feat.

According to a recent article in the Orange County Register, Salazar went out for the football team this season and earned a spot on the varsity as a backup running back although she had no football experience.

“I’m an athlete, and I come from an athletic family,” Salazar told the Register. “My mom and my dad and my siblings always play sports. We’re always watching sports on TV.”

While many young women have played varsity football in Orange County and have scored extra points and field goals, Salazar told the Register she wanted a position. And according to her coach, she’s earned the opportunity.

Here are some other stories we’ve been tracking this week:

  • California’s two largest school districts — Los Angeles and San Diego — are targeted in lawsuits challenging student COVID-19 vaccination mandates, reports the Los Angeles Times.
  • OCDE’s popular environmental education program Inside the Outdoors is partnering with the Municipal Water District of Orange County to provide free water education programs to elementary, middle and high students across the county.

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