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School Board OKs New Budget

School district employees across-the-board will receive a 3 percent pay raise effective July 1, based on a $55 million balanced budget for the coming fiscal year preliminarily approved by the school board last week. The 2016-17 budget, a 5.7 percentage increase over the previous...

Class Notes

LCAD Grad Wins Contest and a Paycheck Matthew McKeown, a 2016 game art graduate of Laguna College of Art and Design, won a student art contest by Blizzard Entertainment, which also offered him a job, says a college announcement. McKeown designed a “World of Warcraft” ogre...

Donors Bestow Gifts to Open Doors for Students

A celebratory gathering of graduating seniors along with donors and guests flowed into Laguna Beach High School’s Artists’ Theatre at the annual Honors Convocation where a record $380,975 in scholarship awards were bestowed Friday, June 10. The 322 Laguna Beach High School...

Scholarship Award Winners

Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation H. Robertson Memorial Scholarship $500.00 – Alexandra Harper AAUW, Laguna Beach Branch Scholarship $3,000 – Kara Dunne-Dombrin, Christina Kaplan, Molly McMillen Allen Bell Memorial Scholarship Fund $500 – Deja...

Local Grad to Join Naval Academy

LBHS grad Robert C. will be inducted into the Naval Academy Class of 2020 on June 30 and begin six weeks of basic midshipman training as part of Plebe Summer, a training requirement which consists of basic skills in seamanship, navigation, damage control, sailing and handling...

Laguna High Student Wins Photo Scholarship

Surterre Properties has awarded Laguna Beach High School student, Charles Dickerson, the grand prize of a $500 college scholarship in its annual photography contest for his winning entry, “Orange Sunset.” Second place winner, Vicky Nguyen of Western High School, and third place...

Three Laguna Eagles Soar

Laguna Beach Boy Scout Troop 35 has awarded Boy Scouting’s Highest Rank to Bobby Briggs, Grant Miller and Jack Reed. All three boys exceeded the required 21 merit badges for the rank of Eagle. Their Scouting adventures include learning to survive, navigate and cook in many...

LBHS Drama Students Win M.A.C.Y. Awards

Laguna Beach High School’s Drama Department attended the M.A.C.Y. Awards Sunday, June 5, and received multiple awards for the production of “Once Upon a Mattress.” The 46th M.A.C.Y. Awards were held at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to recognize and reward achievement and...

Scouts Plant Flags

For the 14th year local Laguna Beach Pack 35 Cub Scouts took part in their annual Memorial Day weekend tradition on May 27.  The scouts honored fallen soldiers and planted flags at veteran’s grave sites at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar.

Students Put On Masters Pageant

Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School performed their 13th Masters Pageant Show with students from all grades posing in live gallery art encompassing the theme of “We Can Do Small Things with Great Love,” including Gustav Klimt’s, “The Kiss;” Edgar Degas’, “La Classe de Dance;”...

TOW Celebrates Their Spelling Champion

Twelve fifth-graders each from El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools competed in the district’s annual spelling bee on Wednesday, May 25. Finalists went 15 rounds with Top of the World students Kaiyal Das and Natalie Ralston facing off in the last four rounds before...

Preschool Director Receives Award

Most mornings Anne Herzog can be seen outside Laguna Presbyterian Preschool with her arms opened wide, giving each child walking through those gates a “high five” or a hug, welcoming them with a smile on her face. Last month, Herzog received a greeting of her own at the Orange...

Class Notes

Kid Stuff The “Cover to Cover” puppet show, a journey into the magical world of reading, opens at 1 p.m. to all children Sunday, June 5, at Chabad Jewish Center, 30804 S. Coast Highway. The story is directed and written by Rima Trachtenberg. Entry: $10 per child. All...

Drama Students Close Out the Year

Twenty student actors and crew members perform May 26-29 in five performances of “Almost, Maine,” directed by drama instructor Alexis Karol and alumna Celena del-Pizzo Howell. The play by John Cariani is set amid the northern lights of winter when Almost’s residents find...

Locals Figure In UCI’s Anniversary Party

Laguna Beach activist and decorated Vietnam veteran Michael Beanan led several veterans’ initiatives and programs as assistant dean of students at UC Irvine from 1973-78. Anne Frank established the UCI library Southeast Asian archive. And political science professor emeritus Jim...