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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 […]

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Family Steps Up for Athletes

Family Steps Up for Athletes

“The Hexbergs have had a truly transformational effect on the Laguna Beach High School athletic program over the past three years. Their donations have funded very tangible things necessary to maintain a robust athletic program.  As a parent of two high school athletes, I am personally very grateful for all they have done,” said Lynn […]

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LBHS Adds 22 Hours to School Year

LBHS Adds 22 Hours to School Year

A new bell schedule at Laguna Beach High School will add 22 instructional hours to the next school year, said Assistant Principal Lisa Brackez, who outlined plans to the school board. The new bell schedule includes an increase in instructional minutes to 64,800 minutes per year from 63,461. A committee comprised of students, staff and […]

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 Shortstop Overcomes Long Odds

Shortstop Overcomes Long Odds

Former Laguna Beach High School senior Keaton Jones struck out a career high 12 batters as well as scoring the winning run against Costa Mesa on May 3, 2011, to clinch the first league title in the program’s 48-year history. Jones, now a junior shortstop at Texas Christian University, led his team with three hits […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Online Class Promotes Understanding Understanding and Addressing LGBT and Gender-Based Bullying is a month-long online course that begins July 14. It’s an opportunity for educators, school administrators, and parents to learn about issues related to transgender students as well California’s AB1266 that went into effect Jan. 1. “The School Success and Opportunity Act goes some […]

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Enrollment Jumps for Pre-kindergarten Class

Enrollment Jumps for Pre-kindergarten Class

  The kindergarten prep class at El Morro Elementary School is opening up to more 5-year-olds and enrollment has soared four-fold for next fall. If a child’s fifth birthday falls on or after Sept. 2, parents can now enroll them in a preparatory kindergarten class, a relatively new state-mandated program intended to improve children’s readiness […]

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AYSO Offers Fall Registration Discounts

AYSO Offers Fall Registration Discounts

Laguna Beach’s AYSO league is offering a 25 percent discount off the standard registration fee for youth fall soccer until the end of June. The program is open to all players aged 4-18 years, with no previous soccer experience required. The registration fee covers the uniform jersey, shorts and socks. AYSO is able to keep […]