Weekly roundup: It’s game-on for Fullerton street hockey event, a spelling bee champ is crowned, and more

Students from the Fullerton School District took part in a daylong street hockey tournament over the weekend using equipment provided by the Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. program.

Richman Elementary School hosted the event, which returned stronger than ever after a pandemic hiatus. In fact, this marked the first time in the tournament’s six-year history that teams from all 20 district schools participated, according to the Orange County Register.

More than 350 elementary and middle school students gathered last Saturday to compete on 23 teams, which were split into two divisions based on grade levels, the newspaper reported.

In the end, “two hefty trophies” were raised by the championship squads. But the tournament’s return pretty much represented a win for everyone.

Here are some of the other stories we’ve been following this week:

  • An eighth-grader from McAuliffe Middle School in Los Alamitos Unified won the Orange County Spelling Bee. Jason Khan is now headed to the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be held in Washington, D.C. in May.
  • The Edison High School community is mourning the loss of two brothers who were reportedly killed in a car crash in Huntington Beach. The Daily Pilot reported that hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil on Monday night. 
  • Arts education thought-leader Donn K. Harris, former chair of the California Arts Council, will be the featured speaker at the 12th annual Creative Edge Lecture on March 29. Admission is free with a reservation.
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  • In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, teachers are helping their students navigate misinformation, historical context and their own emotions, the Los Angeles Times reports.
  • OCDE recently teamed up with Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice to present a two-day hybrid conference on human trafficking. Our own Media Services team supported the event and captured some of the highlights for a brief video.
  • The OC Board of Education will use voting maps selected by a separate county committee for the upcoming June election following an Orange County Superior Court judge’s ruling, the Register reported.
  • And finally: On this day in 1889, California Gov. Robert Waterman signed a bill that paved the way for Orange County to split from Los Angeles County and become its own separate political entity. That move would set in motion the creation of the Orange County Department of Education.

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