Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Vista Grande Teacher, Students Honored for Achievement in Social Studies

Vista Grande social studies winnersVista Grande Elementary School recently honored the outstanding achievements of its teachers and students in social studies. Students and staff recognized third grade teacher Micheline Wagner, who was named the 2011 Outstanding Elementary Teacher for California at the annual conference of the California Council for the Social Studies.

Ms. Wagner is actively involved in social studies education throughout the county, serving as the vice president of the Greater San Diego Council for Social Studies, and has helped schools from across San Diego participate in the yearly History Day competition. Ms. Wagner is also involved in Project Citizen, sponsored by The Center for Civic Education.

Eight students were also recognized whose posters won awards at this year’s San Diego County History Day competition. Among these students were Ryan Agosto, Zachary Bohedba, Jonathan Ly, Sarah Staten, Bernie Graves, Justin Cervi, Sydney Werner and Erica Swartz. Of these, three posters were selected to represent San Diego at the statewide competition, to be held in San Jose on April 28- May 1.

Students attending the state competition are Sarah Stevens (individual poster), Bernie Graves and Justin Cervi (group poster), and Sydney Werner and Erica Swartz (group poster). The theme of this year’s History Day competition was “debate and diplomacy in history.”

For more information, contact Principal Cathy Calcagno at or Micheline Wagner at

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