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Young Actors Grow Up in ‘Little Women’

Mr. Laurence, a crotchety old geezer in the musical adaptation of “Little Women,” calls them “those awful March girls.” Like everyone else, he, too, falls in love with the four sisters at the core of the story, especially piano-playing Beth. “Little Women” and the mystery pl...

Support Needed for Cross Country Team

Laguna Beach High School’s cross country team is holding a fundraising jog-a-thon to raise money for travel expenses to attend the Ioloni Invitational Meet on Sept. 17 on Oahu, Hawaii. Runners are seeking sponsors to donate dollars for laps run at the high school on Friday, Aug....

AP Class Enrollment, Success Rate Climb

Thanks to a successful trial initiative, more Laguna Beach high school students than ever are graduating with Advanced Placement credits on their transcripts, giving them a head start when entering college. In the last school year, 43 percent more students took AP exams than in...

Guilty Plea In Teen Stabbing

A Laguna Beach teen-ager pleaded guilty this week to stabbing a former classmate and assaulting the victim’s friends last year following a dispute aired on Facebook.   Michael Jason Wilson, 17, who was charged as an adult and thus fully identified in the proceedings,...

Hunt Underway for Baseball Coach

LBHS Athletic Director Mike Churchill finds himself in all too familiar territory.   During his four-year tenure, Churchill has scrambled to find replacements for at least five coaches that have left the school for a variety of personal or professional reasons. Churchill is...

Remembrances of an Exile from the Class of 1949

By Paul D. Speer Jr., Special to the Independent My family moved from Laguna Beach in my graduation summer.  I came back to the village periodically while I was in college.  After 1953 I did not return for 31 years.  In 1984, as I drove down the coast past Corona del Mar and...

Performers Kick to a Different Rhythm

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Known for their soulful, open-hearted, feel-good music, Laguna Beach musicians Beth and Steve Wood have a lethal side few of their fans have seen. For nearly two decades the musical duo has studied Tae Kwon Do, a Korean martial art....

’11 Grads Weave Their Own Path

As Laguna Beach High School’s graduating seniors paraded into the Irvine Bowl last week through evergreen arches held aloft by younger versions of themselves, there was a sense of achievement that went beyond their academic accomplishments. Whether a relative, friend or teacher...

LBHS Spring All League Honors

Baseball Chris Paul – League MVP Keaton Jones – League Pitcher of the Year 1st Team: Erik Peruzzi, Austin Paxson, Larry Stewart, Travis Clawson, Steven Harrison 2nd Team: Jackson Rees, Alex Iannoti Boys Golf (Golden West League) 1st Team: Andrew Palmer, Tim Peterson 2nd Team:...

LBHS Spring Sports Wrap

 The 77th spring season for Laguna Beach High School sports was one of the most successful in school history for league titles and CIF finishes. Baseball and swimming had their best finish in school history while softball earned their second appearance ever in the section...

SchoolPower Spreads Love and Money

  SchoolPower’s outgoing president Robin Rounaghi was recognized for her service last Tuesday by Laguna’s school board and administrators.  “I call her the closer,” said Supt. Sherine Smith, indicating Rounaghi’s ability to bring in sizeable donations, including a recent $135,000...

Winning Team Causes a Racket

Laguna Beach High School sophomore Teague Hamilton won the 2011 West Coast Open Tennis Tournament in Lakewood over Memorial Day weekend. Teague completed the tournament without dropping a set.  The 7-5, 7-5 score in the final match over Hosep Orojian from Glendale, who had won...

2011 Boys Volleyball Awards

 Laguna celebrated the conclusion of the 40th season of boys volleyball with their annual awards banquet held Tuesday, May 31, at the Emerald Bay Clubhouse. All three teams won their league titles, for varsity, the 25th league crown. Breakers advanced to the section finals for...

New Course Evolves from Collaborative Effort

Come September, some freshman at Laguna Beach High School will enroll in global studies and study skills, a new class recently approved by the school board and organically developed by social science teachers to establish a platform for higher-level coursework. The new course...

Students Honored for Outstanding Work

Laguna Beach High School and Capistrano Unified School District ROP students were honored at the recent Distinguished Student Recognition ceremony, which was held at San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano. About 4,500 students in the Capistrano and Laguna Beach school...
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