Encinitas students and teachers receiving ‘Salute to Education Awards’ this month

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The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Rancho Santa Fe Security in presenting their 23rd Annual Salute to Education Awards. The Salute to Education program honors 18 students and 18 teachers from Encinitas schools.

The awards ceremony highlights outstanding achievements in education by teachers and students alike in the Encinitas area school districts. The awards have and are being given at each schools’ virtual awards ceremony. Once all the proclamations and plaques have been made they will be delivered by RSF Security at the end of the month.

The normalcy of many students and teachers’ lives has been shaken to the core due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers have been called upon to fill in the gaps, offering critical resources and support beyond their normal scope of familiarity.

Despite many obstacles, strong connections have been created with their students through the persistence of accomplishing a common goal.


Denise Korenek, CEO of Rancho Santa Fe Security, and Sherry Yardley, interim CEO of Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, had the opportunity to participate in recent Zoom events with the students and teachers. Emotional stories were read by leaders about students’ progressive journeys and how they triumphed despite devastating circumstances. The sharing of the students’ experiences unified the true significance of this celebrated milestone.

San Dieguito Trophy has been a devoted sponsor for 23 years, supplying the engraved plaques. Certificates will be given by representatives of congressional, state, county and city leaders. Three scholarships will also be given to 2020 high school graduates from San Dieguito, La Costa Canyon and Sunset.

For more information on the Salute to Education Program or to make a donation toward this or future events, contact the Chamber Office at 760-753-6041. — News release from Encinitas Chamber of Commerce. Report by Teri Alasantro