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February 17, 2000
Andrew Wainer FOUNTAIN VALLEY -- After 37 years as an educator and nine years as principal of Fountain Valley High School, Gary Ernst will retire at the end of the school year. "I need to make some changes," Ernst said. "I want to see what's available outside of education." Ernst, who has the most seniority as a principal at one school within the Huntington Beach Union High School District , said the nonstop hours have cut too far into his personal life.
NEWS
October 12, 2000
Angelique Flores FOUNTAIN VALLEY -- A plan to demolish the No. 300 building at Fountain Valley High School and replace it with one half its size has parents and school officials upset. The ground beneath the building's foundation is settling, adding stress to the columns and beams, officials said. Huntington Beach Union High School District officials want to raze the building before it becomes unsafe. Because the price to repair the building -- $9 million -- is about 80% of the cost to rebuild -- $13 million -- the district wants to tear it down and start from scratch, said Ed Baker, the district's assistant superintendent of facilities.
FEATURES
June 11, 2009
Claudia Cheffs Claudia Cheffs isn’t sure if she wants to be a lawyer — but she knows how to play the part. As a sophomore, Claudia was given the role of a prosecuting attorney in a short play at Fountain Valley High. To do research, she attended a mock trial competition, in which teams of students enact a court case under the eye of a judge. “Once I did that, I thought, ‘This is really interesting,’” said Claudia, 17. “I ended up playing the role better.
NEWS
By Susan Davis | May 29, 2013
Edison High senior Richard Graham recently gathered his and Fountain Valley High's jazz bands for what many hope will become an annual performance. The Edison High School Black Box Theater was the venue for the show May 23. It was the first in which the two groups performed together. The performance was the culmination of Richard's senior CIBACS (Center for International Business and Communication Studies) project. CIBACS is a four-year program at Edison featuring competitive projects, job shadowing and internships with business partners.
NEWS
January 13, 2005
Students show off their financial smarts A team from Fountain Valley High School recently won the 2004 Orange County Capital Market Contest, a competition held by the California Council on Economic Education to test students' economic literacy. The team was chosen from more than 400 Orange County students who participated in the 10-week competition from September to December. Team members Tim Hyde, Nickole Pena, Megan Jones, Phil Brockamp and John Gutierrez, all seniors at Fountain Valley High School, participated in a stock market contest with a simulated portfolio, essays about recent economic trends and an oral presentation.
NEWS
June 10, 2010
Kathryn Gasparro served as president of her junior and senior classes at Fountain Valley High School — and in between, she came close to rubbing elbows with President Obama. Last summer, Gasparro ventured to Washington, D.C., to receive the Congressional Award Gold Medal, which Congress gives every year to 14- to 23-year-olds who have excelled in volunteerism, personal development, physical fitness and exploration. The 18-year-old Gasparro had taken 200 hours of dance for physical fitness, played the oboe for personal development and fulfilled exploration by going to Australia as a student ambassador.
NEWS
March 9, 2000
NORTHCUTT SEEKS DONORS Northcutt Elementary School in Fountain Valley is starting its annual fund-raiser for the 1999-2000 school year. Contributors will receive recognition in the the school's newsletter, which reaches hundreds of families in the community. For more information, call PTA President Susan Robb at 434-1087. MUSICAL NOTES The Edison High School Pageantry Corps Booster Assn. seeks donations to replace its aging collection of musical instruments.
NEWS
December 7, 2000
Angelique Flores FOUNTAIN VALLEY -- High school teens are already getting into the holiday spirit of giving. The Orange County Red Cross Club at Fountain Valley High School is gearing up for a number of community service projects that include donating food and toys for the needy. With 80 active members, the group does more than just Red Cross activities. As part of its latest project, the club is collecting new, unwrapped toys until Dec. 15 for the annual Red Cross Holiday Project, which gathers more than 3,000 toys for needy children in the county every year.
NEWS
September 21, 2000
There is a development going on that should be the concern of parents in the Fountain Valley-Huntington Beach area. I'm speaking of the saga of Building C at Fountain Valley High School. During the bond campaign last year, the Huntington Beach Union High School District made much ado about the condition of Building C. Rebuffed on the ballot, it went after state funds to raze and replace Building C. Cafeteria employees have been given notice, but no one seems to know much else.
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NEWS
October 16, 2013
Fountain Valley High School will host its first College and Career Day on Oct. 16, during which seniors will attend an informational forum while the other grades take assessment tests. Freshman will be taking the ACT Explore test and sophomores the ACT Plan test, both of which explore post-high school options. Juniors will take the PSAT, a preparatory exam for the SAT and the qualifying test for National Merit Scholarships. "With this testing day, it is our goal to promote college and career readiness across all grade levels," the high school's college and career specialist, Michaela Wakeman, said in a news release.
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NEWS
July 12, 2013
Three former Fountain Valley High School students posted bail this week after having been arrested on suspicion of vandalizing the high school, according to a Fountain Valley police news release. Nicholas Irwin, 21, of Huntington Beach, and Michael Ross, 21, of Fountain Valley, posted bail Wednesday and Karlo Cirson, 21, of Westminster, posted bail Thursday. The men had been booked into Orange County Jail on vandalism charges. Police arrested the trio Tuesday after school staff members identified them on a security video, according to the release.
NEWS
By Susan Davis | May 29, 2013
Edison High senior Richard Graham recently gathered his and Fountain Valley High's jazz bands for what many hope will become an annual performance. The Edison High School Black Box Theater was the venue for the show May 23. It was the first in which the two groups performed together. The performance was the culmination of Richard's senior CIBACS (Center for International Business and Communication Studies) project. CIBACS is a four-year program at Edison featuring competitive projects, job shadowing and internships with business partners.
SPORTS
May 16, 2012
The 16th annual National Scholastic Surfing Assn. West Coast Regional Championships begin Thursday and run through Sunday at the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. The event is one of the largest surfing competitions in the nation. More than 400 competitors from Northern, Central and Southern California will contend for titles and qualifying berths in the upcoming NSSA National Interscholastic Championships, June 16-18 at Salt Creek in Dana Point, and June 26-July 3 at the Huntington Beach Pier.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Brittany Woolsey | April 11, 2012
People use YouTube for many reasons. For Courtney Jenaé, it was a way to make her dreams real. Jenaé, a 22-year-old Fountain Valley native who was born Courtney Woolsey (no relation), discovered that YouTube could help her share her love of singing. "I feel like having a social media outlet like YouTube is a great advantage because it's free advertis[ing]," Jenaé said. "It's a way to immediately get your music out there to everyone. " Jenaé's YouTube channel, CourtneyWoolsey, currently has more than 12,000 subscribers and 3.7 million views.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | August 24, 2010
Most athletes start their workouts with a warm-up and stretching, but 17-year-old Hassan Ilyas and his track-and-field cohorts have to prep not only themselves, but the track. Before they run, they grab shovels to remove rocks, bring in a rake to smooth the area and then stomp down the dirt, Hassan said. The whole process takes about 15 minutes if you ask Hassan — 30 if you ask his brother, 15-year-old Muaz. Hassan said the pre-practice ritual is not as bad as it could be, but Muaz isn't so optimistic.
NEWS
June 10, 2010
Kathryn Gasparro served as president of her junior and senior classes at Fountain Valley High School — and in between, she came close to rubbing elbows with President Obama. Last summer, Gasparro ventured to Washington, D.C., to receive the Congressional Award Gold Medal, which Congress gives every year to 14- to 23-year-olds who have excelled in volunteerism, personal development, physical fitness and exploration. The 18-year-old Gasparro had taken 200 hours of dance for physical fitness, played the oboe for personal development and fulfilled exploration by going to Australia as a student ambassador.
NEWS
June 10, 2010
Last month, Lauren Garcia found herself in a spot she never would have imagined a year or two ago — finishing high school ahead of schedule. The 17-year-old started strongly at Fountain Valley High School, acting in school plays and singing with the choir her freshman year. Afterward, by her own admission, she fell in with the wrong crowd, got in trouble and watched her grades slip. By the second semester of her junior year, the Huntington Beach resident had hit bottom, to the point where she often felt too depressed to get out of bed. Rather than try to make up her lost credits at Fountain Valley, she opted for Coast High School, the district's independent-studies campus.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | November 12, 2009
Bethany Owen puts on many faces during her stage show. The impersonator has a repertoire ranging from Britney Spears and Alanis Morissette to Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, and she’s constantly adding new impressions to her act. When she takes the stage tonight at the Huntington Beach Elks Lodge, though, she’ll be evoking a part of herself as well. Owen, who has toured internationally and headlined in Las Vegas, graduated from Edison High School in the early 1970s.
FEATURES
June 11, 2009
Claudia Cheffs Claudia Cheffs isn’t sure if she wants to be a lawyer — but she knows how to play the part. As a sophomore, Claudia was given the role of a prosecuting attorney in a short play at Fountain Valley High. To do research, she attended a mock trial competition, in which teams of students enact a court case under the eye of a judge. “Once I did that, I thought, ‘This is really interesting,’” said Claudia, 17. “I ended up playing the role better.
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