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NEWS
June 10, 2010
Brandon Castagna learned to pick up the tempo when he joined the Marina High School choir his junior year. The 18-year-old had mostly skimped on his studies as a freshman and sophomore, preferring to hang out with his friends than prepare for college. When he signed up for music teacher Eric Graham's class, though, Castagna got more than just a group to complement his tenor. He got the incentive he needed to become a top student. His last two years, while attending night school to make up lost credits, Castagna rose at 6 every morning, appeared in two school musicals and even played backup quarterback for the varsity football team.
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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.
NEWS
June 10, 2010
It took Michael Place four years to finish one at Ocean View High School. The Alaska native had a rough time before enrolling at Ocean View, losing both of his parents and bouncing from one family member's home to another. During his first three years of high school, he landed in juvenile hall four times and often had to spend semesters at Valley Vista High School, the district's continuation campus, before he could return to Ocean View. By his senior year, though, the 18-year-old vowed to change his ways.
LOCAL
January 18, 2010
ANAMOUS Scott Quinlan is totally blind, but that does not stop this man from doing things.  Scott is a college student at both GWC and OCC, plays golf, is an active member of the Huntington Beach Host Lions and recently marched as a member of the blind drill team in the Rose Parade.  Scott does not believe that the loss of his sight due to diabeties stops him from doing anything except driving and he says he does not miss that.  Once a month Scott, his wife Diane along with other member of the HBH Lions cook and serve dinner to residents at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House.
NEWS
By Jim Moreno | December 17, 2009
By 2014, according to projections by the state Finance Department, there will be 640,000 more college applicants in California than colleges and universities have room to handle. At the three colleges of the Coast Community College District — Coastline Community College, Golden West College and Orange Coast College — there are far more students than classes, and we are planning for further cuts that we will be forced to make for 2010-11. The Public Policy Institute of California has estimated that 41% of California’s jobs will require college degrees, but only 35% of Californians will have any type of degree.
NEWS
By Matt Szabo | December 10, 2009
Dave White was reviewing formations in the Edison High School football office at 4:30 p.m. Monday, but then it was time to work out. Not just for the players, but for the Edison football coach himself. White walked to the training room and hopped onto an elliptical machine. Soon, his players came into the room and joined him. Legs moved rapidly back and forth, a bunch of cheetahs hoping to snack on some prey Saturday night at Angel Stadium in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division championship game.
NEWS
By Matt Szabo | November 29, 2009
COSTA MESA — The last time he played Dana Hills, senior quarterback Matt Viles had a career night in September and broke a school record with 486 yards passing. This time, he didn’t come close, but that was only because he was out of the game in the fourth quarter enjoying the Chargers’ blowout victory. Edison scored 34 unanswered points in its 47-16 win over Dana Hills Friday night at Orange Coast College, in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division quarterfinals.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | November 26, 2009
Plenty of football teams won their first CIF Southern Section playoff game Friday night, advancing to this week’s quarterfinals. Few of those teams, though, had a victory as special as what Huntington Beach High could claim. The Oilers topped Anaheim, 21-10, in the first round of the Southwest Division playoffs. It was the first time they had won a CIF football playoff game since 1993, when current NFL standout tight end Tony Gonzalez roamed the halls at the high school.
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