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Students Reap Awards in Arts Competition

Students Reap Awards in Arts Competition

Eight Laguna Beach High School students were announced as division winners of the school’s annual PTA “Reflections” arts contest and will advance to the regional level of this national competition: they are Karina Parker for dance choreography; filmmaker Austin Fickman; Molly McMillen and Moorea Howson in literature; Blake Allard for musical composition, photographer Anika Larsen; […]

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Where Character Matters on Campus

Where Character Matters on Campus

As part of national bullying prevention month, Laguna Beach schools hosted character-building programs in October that encouraged students to be kind and exhibit good character. At the two elementary schools, lunchtime activities featured guest speakers who reinforced ways kindness and respect can be extended to individuals, the environment and the world. Top of the World […]

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Small Town Memories

Small Town Memories

By Natalie Hills   I watched the City Council candidates on TV. Mr. Whalen talked about how hard it is to raise kids in Laguna, keep them positively engaged at school, because of the party scene. To show how much he cares about teen drinking, Whalen supports the proposed Social Host Ordinance (SHO), which the police […]

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MACY Awards Co-Founder Lee Childress Dies at Age 95

MACY Awards Co-Founder Lee Childress Dies at Age 95

Lee Childress, who with her husband John co-founded the coveted Music Arts Commendation for Youth Awards known as MACYs, died on Sept. 21 at Mission Hospital. She was an inspiration and role model for high school students, visiting at least three musical theater productions throughout Orange County per week. She dispensed encouragement, advice and plenty […]

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Can’t Dodge This!

Can’t Dodge This!

The hard-hitting fun of SchoolPower’s wildly popular community event returns to the LBHS gyms on Oct. 17 with Dodgeball III. Tournament registration opens Sept. 17 so round up a team and be part of Laguna’s most entertaining sports event of the year. In SchoolPower’s spin on the schoolyard classic, champions are named from three divisions: […]

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The Charlotte Report

The Charlotte Report

Finding Locals in Unlikely Places By Madeline Knutson, Special to the Independent Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention filled with stress, excitement, and pure American patriotism. I was not in possession of a credential to enter the arena due to the venue change. The venue had changed because of extreme weather conditions. However, my luck […]

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Smitten by a Passion for Politics

Smitten by a Passion for Politics

By Madeline Knutson, Special to the Independent Tonight I attended the first night of the Democratic National Convention, which definitely did not disappoint! I heard from many different speakers on issues crucial to the campaign, such as equal pay, the right to choose, and the necessity of universal health care. There were a few standouts […]

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Grads Focus on the Horizon

Grads Focus on the Horizon

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach High School’s graduating class of 2012 reveled in their commencement, where some 239 students met the end of their high school careers. The air last Thursday, June 21, in the Festival of Arts’ Irvine Bowl was jocular if not occasionally sentimental as student and teacher speakers […]

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Futbol Club Wins National Cup

Futbol Club Wins National Cup

LBHS sophomore Taylor Davidson, top row third from the right, with the West Coast Futbol Club that won the Cal South National Cup on May 20. The club competes Monday, June 18, in the Far West Regional Championship in Phoenix. Taylor played on the varsity LBHS team for the past two seasons.

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Student Musicians Rock the House

Student Musicians Rock the House

Three of the school district’s instrumental groups brought home first place trophies at a recent regional music competitions. The LBHS Wind Ensemble won first place and unanimous superior ratings from the judges at the “Music in the Park” competition held in conjunction with California’s Great American Theme Park in San Francisco, April 26-28. Last week, […]

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‘Rumors’ Will Fly at LBHS

‘Rumors’ Will Fly at LBHS

Laguna Beach High School’s Park Avenue Players finish their year with the staging of Neil Simon’s hit comedy “Rumors.” The show opens in the Artists’ Theatre, 625 Park Ave., this Friday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. and runs through the first weekend of June. The curtain goes up on performances May 25-26 and 31 as […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

LBHS, Among the Nation’s Best Schools Newsweek ranked Laguna Beach High School number 388 on their 2012 list of 1,000 of America’s best public high schools in this week’s edition. Supt. Sherine Smith commended Principal Joanne Culverhouse and her staff for providing an outstanding learning environment for students. “It takes a village to produce students […]

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Schools Make the Grade

Schools Make the Grade

Laguna’s schools added two new feathers to their cap. All four schools, El Morro Elementary, Top of the World Elementary, Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School, were among 1,614 public schools in the state to make the 2011 honor roll of the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE). Laguna’s schools made the honor […]

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Broadway Star Mentors Local Students

Broadway Star Mentors Local Students

Broadway composer John Bucchino conducted a master class with promising student vocalists at Laguna Beach High School earlier this month.   LBHS singers each prepared two of Bucchino’s songs. Under his direction, he rehearsed one of them in front of the audience. Each master-student session culminated with a performance of the chosen song accompanied by […]

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Getting Dirty Over Kidney Research

Getting Dirty Over Kidney Research

Members of Love Your Kidneys, a newly established Laguna Beach High School club, ran through four miles of obstacles and sodden terrain during its first annual fundraiser at the Irvine Lake Mud Run last Friday, March 31.   After being diagnosed with kidney disease as a freshman, Lexi Del Toro, now a junior, started the […]