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San Miguel student wins county’s American History Contest

Juan Farias, an eighth-grader at San Miguel’s Cappy Culver School in Heritage Ranch, won first place in the county for his entry in the 2015 American History Essay Contest, which is sponsored annually by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The contest theme was “A Colonial Family’s Reaction to the Stamp Act.” He received his award at a Friday morning school assembly.

El Paso de Robles DAR member Sharon Wilson also presented students Sierra Laucella and Austin Williams with certificates of participation. The contest encourages youth to read and learn about American history.

Juan’s essay will now be submitted to the state; the winning state essay is entered in the national contest. Congratulations to all students who participated.

School board meets

The San Miguel School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the library at Lillian Larsen School, 1601 L St.

Included in this evening’s packet is the audit and approval of the update to the Local Educational Agency plan.

Brunch at Mission San Antonio

The annual Cutting of the Roses and Brunch will be held on Sunday, Jan. 31, at Mission San Antonio de Padua in Lockwood.

The beautiful interior rose garden features many varieties, and the event has become a tradition for some. Morning Mass is at 9 a.m. Brunch will begin at 10 a.m. with a menu of breakfast burritos and side dishes for $10. Desserts, wine and mimosas also will be sold.

Tours of the mission begin at 11 a.m. for a nominal charge. Proceeds benefit ongoing earthquake retrofit of the structure. For information, call 831-385-4478, ext. 17.

Go to for current information on San Miguel events, businesses, organizations, churches and opportunities to volunteer. A history section features stories and pictures from early-day families, the town and the area.

Lynne Schmitz’s column is special to The Tribune. She is a longtime resident of San Miguel, and her column appears here weekly. Reach her at (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 805-467-3565.