Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Feb. 4

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Poetry Out Loud: Sonoma County’s high school student Poetry Out Loud contest is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at Central Library, 211 E. St. in Santa Rosa. Students from a dozen high schools around the county memorize and perform oral interpretations of famous poems. The county winner will advance to the state competition, in Sacramento. The local high schools involved this year include Creekside High School and Sonoma Academy. Sonoma County has one of the most active participation rates in all of California according to organizer (and poet) Phyllis Meshulam.

Internship: Transcendence Theater is looking for interns and apprentices for its 2019 season. Opportunities are available for creative, administrative, technical and construction across all areas of the company. A stipend, travel, housing and transportation is provided for certain positions. Deadline to apply is Feb. 9 at transcendencetheatre.org/interns/.

Sports scholarships: Applications are open now for La Luz Fortitude Sports Scholarships. This is for all athletes from marginalized communities seeking funding support for any local competitive sport. Applications are due by Feb. 28.

UC Irvine tops: More incoming freshman applied to UC Irvine this year than any other UC. A total of 70,540 aspiring in-state freshmen applied to attend UCI. UCI was also the top choice for first-generation students and those from low-income families and underrepresented groups. More than 117,000 students, both incoming freshmen and transfers, applied, placing UCI third – behind UCLA and UC San Diego – for total applications, which also includes out-of-state and international student bids. Since 2015, overall applications to UCI have increased by 32 percent.

Hispanic parent group: There is a new Latino Parent group aimed at keeping parents informed of events and resources. (All info posted in Spanish) Find it on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/PadresLatinosDeSonoma/about/.

Diversity: SRJC will hold its annual One Love Diversity Festival on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The free event include intercultural arts, entertainment and global cuisine, as well as representation from a wide range of programs and student services at the resource fair.

Creativity: Is creativity really a skill? Yes, and it tops the chart of soft skills that employers want, according to LinkedIn. So is creativity something you get better at through repetition and practice? Can it be taught? The website Edsurge asked professionals in film, teaching, startups and big tech: Is creativity a skill? Read what they said at EdSurge.com or at tinyurl.com/y96bcb6a.

Congratulations: Wichita State University has announced that Jenna P. Mak made its honor roll for the fall semester.

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