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Susan Hough knows the value of clean water

By Caedman Welch, LBHS senior and member of the school's "Walking for Water" club Meet Susan Hough. The 13-year resident of Laguna Beach not only mentors many LBHS students but also inspires private therapy clients near and far.   Hough also founded the non-profit Wisdom Springs organization that sponsors the annual "Walking...

Breakers Sports Update: Week of April 12

SPRING SPORTS UPDATE Many Laguna sports teams had to skip spring break due to the district calendar taking the traditional week later than most of the area public schools. The issue will still exist next year as the Breakers will be out-of-step with the other Pacific Coast League schools and...

Local nonprofit raises more than $400K for Laguna Beach Schools

SchoolPower, Laguna Beach’s Education Foundation, hosted its 38th Annual Gala Above & Beyond on March 23 at Montage Laguna Beach. Chaired by SchoolPower trustees Ashley Brown and Liz Black, the event grossed more than $400,000 for Laguna Beach Unified School District’s four schools.   “When a community works together to realize a mutual...

LBUSD moves forward with pool revitalization, classroom upgrades

The Laguna Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Board of Education awarded contracts for design services for the modernization of the Laguna Beach High School pool and classroom upgrades at El Morro and Top of the World Elementary School, projects in the district’s Ten-Year Facilities Master Plan (FMP) during its...

LBHS Theatre’s ‘Mean Girls’ a must see

By Sophia Callisto, Special to the Independent On Friday, March 8, the LBHS Theatre Program opened its Spring musical production of Mean Girls, and it was—you guessed it—so fetch. The cast and crew of nearly 60 students and staff have been working for the past 10 weeks under the direction of Meghan...

Laguna Sports Update: Week of March 15

SPRING SPORTS UPDATE  BASEBALL (6-5)  Laguna dropped a pair of non-league games, losing 1-0 last Friday, March 8, giving up the lone run in the top of the seventh inning against Huntington Beach (6-2). Becker Sybirski took the loss in the pitcher's duel.  On Monday at El Modena, Laguna lost 7-1 as...

Spring sports update: Week of March 1

BASEBALL (4-3) Laguna lost a 1-0 nine-inning Newport Elks tournament contest to Tesoro on Thursday, Feb. 22, but came back on Saturday to defeat Orange 6-0 in a non-league game at Skipper Carrillo Field. Noah Neufield hit a home run, and Becker Sybrisky picked up the win, striking out 6....

LBUSD releases annual report, launches the ‘Living Library’ initiative

The Laguna Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) released its 2023 Annual Report to the Community on Feb. 16, describing the district's educational initiatives, accomplishments and vision for the future. Adopting the theme "It Takes a Village," the report highlights new community spaces, like the Family Resource Center and the...

Laguna Sports Update: Week of Feb. 23

SPRING SPORTS UPDATE BASEBALL (2-2) St Margaret’s scored five runs in the fifth inning, four earned to power the Tartans to a 6-4 win over Laguna in a non-league game played at Skipper Carrillo Field last Friday afternoon. The Breakers had a 3-0 lead entering the inning before the roof fell...

Lumberyard Chef Challenge an tasty annual fundraiser for Schoolpower

On Jan. 29 at the Lumberyard restaurant, Laguna Beach Unified School District principals dueled as guest “chefs” for the Lumberyard Chef Challenge befitting SchoolPower. Served three-course meals and signature cocktails, the full-house crowd of SchoolPower supporters agreed that the evening was hilarious and heart-warming. This event was made possible by...