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Former Local Star Scores in NCAA Tournament

Former Laguna Beach High soccer standout Marina Paul (’12), now a Georgetown University sophomore, scored a goal to help seal the Hoyas 2-0 win over LaSalle in the first round of the NCAA tournament last Saturday, Nov. 16, on Georgetown’s home field in Washington, DC. With the...

Scholarship Foundation

The Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation is already hard at work to make this a most rewarding year for LBHS seniors, welcoming four new donors thus far. Having awarded over 270 scholarships totaling $328,955 to 107 LBHS 2013 graduating seniors last June, foundation...

Night Beams With Bountiful Benevolence

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   A 66-year history serves as testament to one of Laguna Beach’s special traditions, now an ingrained coming of age ritual for the town’s high school graduates. Witness the $328,955 in scholarships awarded at Laguna Beach High School’s Honors...

DAR Recognizes Graduates

Jackson McKay Pries is the winner of the DAR American History Scholarship for Laguna Beach High School. The organization also honored a score of other students at an awards program this past Thursday at at Laguna Presbyterian Church’s Tankersley Hall. Counselors and...

Raising the Bar for Cheerleaders

LBHS varsity cheer came away with top honors at La Habra’s NRG competition on May 4, winning a five-foot tall grand champion trophy in the all stars and high school division, as well as placing first place in the varsity novice division and winning a spirit stick for “awesome...

Still Settling Into an Outsize Role

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Heading into her show’s final weekend, Haley Castuera has only so much time left finding out who Dolly is. “I find something new about her each night, each performance,” explains Castuera, 18, a Laguna Beach High School senior. “It’ll be my...

Team Shows its Gratitude to Pavilions

Editor, The Laguna Beach High School girls water polo team is honoring Pavilions for their commitment to our school and particularly the girls water polo program. Pavilions market has contributed much needed monies through eScrip and the 10% Back To Schools program. The players,...

Two Winning High School Coaches Resign

By Jennifer Erickson and Frank Aronoff | LB Indy After leading Laguna Beach High School’s football team during its two most successful seasons ever, Coach Mike Churchill turned in his resignation,effective Friday, Dec. 7, the school district announced Tuesday. In a second...

Class Notes: Students Score Collecting Soccer Gear

LBHS juniors Rory Saunders and Chris Tellez are asking parents and students to start spring cleaning early by donating old soccer jerseys and other gear at collection boxes in Laguna skills by Friday, Dec 21. The boys established Score 4 the Poor as a community service project...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...