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Empty Nesters Open Their Homes, Gain Cultural Insights

Empty Nesters Open Their Homes, Gain Cultural Insights

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent   An exchange organization, Compass U.S.A., is still looking for families to host teenage female Japanese students from Tuesday, July 22 until Sunday, Aug. 10 in South Orange County. Though historically few families from Laguna Beach have participated, the organization is trying to change that this year. Each […]

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High School Sports Update

High School Sports Update

Laguna Shines at Boys Tournament Boys Volleyball Breaker players Tyler Alter, (16-Open MVP), and Jack Burgi opposite (17-Open) were selected to the 15-player division all-tournament teams at the 35th Annual USA Volleyball Boy’s Junior National Championships held June 28 – July 5 in Houston, Texas. Alter was the starting middle blocker on the Breakers this […]

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Band Grants Go to Good Use

Band Grants Go to Good Use

A $5,000 grant from the Festival of Arts enabled the Laguna Beach High School jazz band to compete in the Riverside Community College band competition where they took first place as well as purchase instruments. Another gift of $750 from the Ebell Club allowed three students to attend a performance by the San Francisco Symphony […]

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Top Dance Crew Show Off Their Moves

Top Dance Crew Show Off Their Moves

A high-energy master class taught by Brian Hirano and Aris Paracuelles of Quest Crew will be offered on Saturday, July 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sage Hill School’s Studio, 20402 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast. Intermediate and advanced dancers age 12 and older are welcome. The fee for the class is $25 for […]

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Collection Reveals the Secrets of College App Essays

Collection Reveals the Secrets of College App Essays

Nothing can sap summer fun better than a looming deadline to write a college application essay. This is the time of year rising high school seniors should be getting a jump on these dreaded personal essays, but most prefer to do just about anything else. “I don’t blame them,” said Janine Robinson, a longtime Laguna […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

School Texts Available for Inspection New textbooks are on display for public review in the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s administration office, 550 Blumont St, through Friday, July 18. The public is invited to review the new books during regular business hours of 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. They include two new environmental science texts […]

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SoLag Skimmer Wins Third Vic

SoLag Skimmer Wins Third Vic

  Last Sunday at Aliso Beach, the United Skim Tour’s number two-ranked Sam Stinnet beat number one-ranked Austin Keen to capture his third Victoria Skimboards World Championship of Skimboarding title in the past four years. “It’s an insane feeling. I can’t even describe it,” said the eight-year pro, a SoLag native and two-time tour champion. […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Locals Do Laguna Proud From Afar Laguna Beach residents graduated from Boston University. Madison M. Gordon-Lavaee and Mia L. Malchow, both received bachelor of science in film and television degrees; and Brent M. Donenfeld, received bachelor of science in business  administration and management. Locals Ava L. Burnes, Alexander Monda and Morgan S. Myers were recently […]

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Student Thespians Take a Bow

Student Thespians Take a Bow

By Kimberly O’Brien-Young, Special to the Independent Even before the awarding of end-of-school year honors, Laguna Beach High School’s drama students also earned accolades during the annual MACY awards earlier this month. Park Avenue Players performed a four-minute compilation of scenes from their recent production of  “Guys and Dolls” during the June 1 ceremony at […]

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 Camp Keeps Kids on the Field in Summer

Camp Keeps Kids on the Field in Summer

Youth Baseball Summer Camp for youth ages 5-14 and incoming freshman will run from July 8-31 from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Laguna Beach High School Summer Baseball for returning high school players only, runs from July 7-30, 5-7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Both camps take place at the high school baseball field. […]

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Players Earn All-CIF Accolades

Players Earn All-CIF Accolades

Baseball, Boys Volleyball Baseball players completed their best post-season run in 76 seasons for the sport at Laguna Beach High School and were rewarded with three all-CIF selections. Grant Wilhelm and Preston Grand Pre were first team selections while Richie Nunis was named to the second team. Wilhelm and Grand Pre’s selection were only the […]

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Graduates Share a Final Experience

Graduates Share a Final Experience

The Irvine Bowl at the Festival of Arts grounds was filled to the brim last week when parents, other family members and friends turned out to watch 256 seniors graduate from high school. The sky sparkled with stars, the temperature was mild, rare at the bowl even later in the summer. The high school band, […]

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Disciplined Teacher Plans to Retire

Disciplined Teacher Plans to Retire

High school science teacher Joanie McKnight gave notice that she intends to retire at the end of the school year, her attorney confirmed Tuesday. Even so, she will continue to contest a potentially career-damaging formal reprimand by the school district accusing her of coming to school intoxicated in December, 2010. “She doesn’t want to be […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Scholars Get Assistance The Assistance League of Laguna Beach awarded $24,000 to 12 students of Laguna Beach High School at the recent honors convocation.                       Scholars Earn Degrees Two 2010 Laguna Beach High School graduates received undergraduate degrees from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Alexsandra […]

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Firebrand Earns Praise of School Supporter

Firebrand Earns Praise of School Supporter

  Schoolpower presented its 2014 Hall of Fame award to Firebrand Media for its unwavering support of local public schools. Firebrand publishes magazines and newspapers including the Laguna Beach Independent newspaper and Laguna Beach Magazine. Its support includes $50,000 of in-kind sponsorship and revenue to the local education foundation whose mission is enriching local public […]