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SchoolPower’s 3 Clubs Barefoot Golf Tournament a Hole-in-One for Laguna Schools

Three Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic champion team Nick Alexander, Aaron Taub, Brett Bradshaw and Jeff Regal.

Monday, May 13, marked the fourth annual 3 Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, benefiting SchoolPower. With the theme of “Peace, Love, & BBQ,” the sold-out event entertained golfers and non-golfers alike. Underwritten by The Ranch at Laguna Beach and Hobie, 100 percent of the over $60,000 raised will benefit local Laguna Beach schools through SchoolPower.

Foursome Jen Murray, Lauren Halloran, Nicole McMann and Alison Alexander head to the next hole at the 3 Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic benefiting SchoolPower. Photo by Kristin Karkoska/Blue Sky’s Studio

Seventy-six barefoot golfers kicked off the afternoon’s festivities with a nine-hole, four-person scramble competition. As in past years, players tackled some nontraditional shots, including teeing off with a softball bat, driving with opposite-handed clubs, and the replacement of putters with a hockey stick. Later on, golfers and guests gathered for a cocktail reception that included tequila tastings by Nosotros Tequila, live music by blues guitarist Shawn Jones, and dinner featuring Santa Maria-style BBQ prepared by former NFL player Brandon Jessie’s BBQ81.

As in past years, lifelong Laguna resident and longtime SchoolPower supporter Mark Christy took to the podium and served as auctioneer for a live auction. A creator of the Barefoot Classic, Christy’s enthusiasm set the tone for the night.

Laguna’s schools and teachers were a game-changer for my classmates and me,” Christy said. “We hope that the funds generated will afford our exceptional instructors the flexibility and resources to further connect with students.”

Golfers Ben Warner and Coby Naess struggle to free themselves from sponsor Laguna Mountain Toys’ People Puzzle on Hole 8 at the 3 Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic. Photo by Kristin Karkoska/Blue Sky’s Studio












School District Names 2018-19 Employees of the Year

Steve Sogo, a science teacher at Laguna Beach High School, was selected as the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year. Additionally, Nikki Romano, library media specialist at Top of the World Elementary (TOW), was selected as the Classified Employee of the Year for the district. They will be recognized at the school board meeting on May 28 at 6 p.m.

Sogo will be recognized at the Orange County Department of Education Teacher of the Year (TOTY) banquet in November at the Disneyland Hotel, which celebrates outstanding teachers in Orange County.

Steve has led the Science department for a number of years and is amazingly knowledgeable in the content area,” said Laguna Beach High School Principal Dr. Jason Allemann. “Steve creates an environment where students are able to apply sound lab practices to their learning experiences that deal with current and real-life issues and challenges.”

Presented by California Casualty, the California Department of Education and the Classified School Employees Association, the Classified School Employees of the Year Program highlights the contributions of classified school employees who support more than six million public school students from preschool through 12th grade in California.

Nikki is a ray of light on TOW’s campus,” said Top of the World Elementary School Principal Michael Conlon. “She has built such warm working relationships with staff, parents, and students. Nikki goes above and beyond to help out around campus and I am so thankful to have her as part of the TOW family,” he concluded.

The school district will also recognize Classified Employee of the Year winners in specific categories including Linda Butler-Stoll, child nutrition; Kelli Merda, office and technical support; and Heidi Winegard, support services and security.

The winners were selected through a district-wide nomination and voting process that was open to all classified school employees.

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