School Bulletin: RHS junior wins student speaker contest

Drexel adds undergraduate transfer program
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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RHS junior wins student speaker contest

Roseville High School junior Janelle Stepper won the Roseville Host Lions Club Student Speaker Contest on Feb. 6, and has advanced to the next step in the 76th annual Lions of California and the Lions Student Speaker Foundation-sponsored statewide competition. The program awards more than $103,000 annually in scholarships to high school students. This year’s topic is “How do we create and keep jobs in America?” Stepper has four more rounds to go for a chance to reach the state finals June 1.

“The (contest) is a great opportunity for young men and women to gain experience in public speaking and with any luck, get scholarship money for college,” said Roseville Lions President Ed Smith in a press release. “The students in the Roseville Joint Union High School District have an impressive track record in this competition. Since 2008, over $13,500 in scholarships have been awarded to students from this district alone.”

EUSD human resources director resigns

The Eureka Union School District is losing its director of human resources, Dr. Clark Burke, who submitted his resignation to the school board on Feb. 12. Burke has been with the district for two school years, and will serve the local district through June. He has accepted a position as the deputy superintendent of schools in Manteca Unified School District. In his letter, he called his decision “bittersweet” and thanked his coworkers and the larger community. Board member Eric Bose told the Press Tribune that Burke’s resignation is a “huge loss.”

“In his tenure at EUSD he brought new ideas, innovation, integrity and trust,” Bose said. “He was instrumental in helping us become more efficient, balance our budget, keep low class sizes and restore transparency. I am disappointed that we could not have found a way to keep him.”

Host families needed for international students

Roseville resident and homestay coordinator Debra Maginn is looking for 64 local families to host high-school age students from Spain for three weeks in late July and early August as part of American Discovery. Maginn has been organizing these groups for more than seven years in the Roseville, Rocklin, Loomis, Lincoln and Newcastle areas. Students speak English, are fully insured and bring their own spending money. Host families provide food, lodging and some transportation. For more information, visit or email Maginn at

Drexel adds undergraduate transfer program

Drexel University Sacramento will add an undergraduate transfer program in the fall, in an effort to work with all of the community colleges in the area, including Sierra College in Rocklin, according to Olivia Stelte, assistant director of admissions. Drexel intends for students to complete the first part of their degree at the community college level, and then transfer into their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program.

The program includes a cooperative on-the-job education in which undergraduate students participate in paid work experience for six months of their two-year degree program. Sierra College Dean of Business, Applied Academics and Physical Education Sonja Lolland said in a press release she’s impressed with Drexel’s co-op feature.

“Work experience is incredibly valuable to college students,” Lolland said. “It gives them a wonderful opportunity to explore the work environment and find out what they like and perhaps what they don’t like, as well.”

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