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June 11, 2009
Christina Tran High school wasn’t always a smooth road for Christina Tran. But for the last four years, it was the steadiest part of her life. The 17-year-old spent her high school career bouncing from one foster home to another, stopping in between at Orangewood Children’s Home in Orange, while taking classes at the Huntington Beach Union High School District’s alternative campus. She came to Valley Vista, she said, after being kicked out of another school due to absences, and when she started at her new campus, things didn’t look much more promising.
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September 9, 2004
Huntington Beach resident Barbara Creighton traveled to the city of Barlad in eastern Romania in July to teach conversational English to high school students. A math teacher at Valley Vista High School in Fountain Valley, she was a member of a team representing Global Volunteers, a nonprofit that operates in 20 countries. Other volunteers on Creighton's team cared for at-risk infants and toddlers in a local hospital. NEIGHBORS is news about Huntington Beach people achieving and doing good in the community.
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June 19, 2003
Coral Wilson Lisa Gallinger used to hate high school. "I hated going, I hated everything about it," she said. On June 12, she graduated from Coast High School. And it is just the beginning of her education, she said. "I never thought I would be proud to graduate, but I am," she said. "I know I worked at it and it is something you are supposed to do." She was a high school drop out, she lived in a group home and she was depressed. She had lived a rough life and didn't fit in with other students at other schools who she said were sheltered and often judgmental.
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November 4, 1999
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June 10, 2010
Curtis Gonzalez found out he wasn't going to graduate on time his junior year. The senior said he was bored with school and ditching Ocean View High School all the time. He was sent to talk to the principal of Valley Vista High School, who told him he didn't have enough credits to graduate. "It was definitely an eye-opener," he said. "I realized how much time I've wasted." He decided to transfer to Valley Vista. He not only caught up on credits, but got ahead. He was given the option to transfer back to Ocean View, but decided against it. The smaller class sizes and more personal experience cured Gonzalez of his boredom.
NEWS
April 25, 2002
Paul Clinton More than 30 jobs may be lost as part of the Huntington Beach Union High School Board's plan to trim $3.87 million out of the 2002-03 budget. The plan would close the summer school program at two of the eight high schools in the district and strip down a program for disabled students. Students at Valley Vista High School in Fountain Valley and Coast High School, the adult education school in Huntington Beach will have to sign up for summer school classes at other campuses.
NEWS
April 25, 2002
Evelyn Espinosa, manager of the Maid's Home Services franchise serving Huntington Beach was recognized at the company's Maid's International annual Awards Banquet March 23 in Omaha, Nebraska for her outstanding sales performance. . . . Corrine Neal, Valley Vista High School teacher and Huntington Beach Community Clinic Board Director will be commissioned as a minister for the Mesa Verde United Methodist Church in Costa Mesa. . . . Marine Corps Pvt. Matthew E. Borst, a 2001 Huntington Beach High School graduate and son of Leo P. Borst of 7851 Barfield Ave., Huntington Beach, has completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego.
NEWS
September 12, 2002
Suzie Harrison The bell rang, signaling the kids to come in from break. It was English period and the first 20 minutes are designated for sustained silent reading. Students in Suzanne McClaire's special day class for at-risk students at Valley Vista High School are focusing on the book "Into Thin Air" about Mount Everest. Each student got out their work folder and concentrated on their in-class grammar and punctuation assignment. "As you can see, I've made notes in your folders," McClaire said.
NEWS
June 19, 2003
Seventh-graders Alex Heiney, and Ariel Knoebel of Huntington Beach's Pegasus Middle School earned first and second place respectively in Tilly's Essay Contest. The contest attracted more than 2,000 entries. Alex read his essay, "The Flavor of the Day," at the awards ceremony ... Huntington Beach Elks Lodge 1959 is proud to announce contributions to local charities for the whopping sum of $11,700 ... Megan Marlena of Huntington Beach was awarded the Kathryn Dettman Memorial journalism scholarship award at he Associated Press Radio and Television Conference in April.
NEWS
June 20, 2002
Mary A. Castillo Coast High School's 62 graduates accepted their diplomas with a deep appreciation. Students from the independent study high school graduated in a joint ceremony with students of Valley Vista High School, another alternative high school. These were students who had encountered personal obstacles that nearly kept them from graduating high school. The common theme to many of their personal stories was that they toughed it out and ended up on top. "The teachers here inspired me," said Miguel Lagnas, 19, a Valley Vista student from Huntington Beach.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | November 20, 2013
With just a pencil in hand, Nancy McClanahan, a 17-year-old senior at Valley Vista High School in Fountain Valley, worked diligently to finish her portrait of Kala, an orphan from Nepal. Nancy had in front of her two pieces of paper. One was a color photograph of a Nepalese boy and the other a black and white portrait of the boy that she had been working on for about a week. She and about 10 other students in Michelle Delanty's art class are participating in a nationwide initiative called the Memory Project, in which high school students draw portraits of orphans from around the world and send them to the youngsters as childhood keepsakes.
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NEWS
June 10, 2010
Curtis Gonzalez found out he wasn't going to graduate on time his junior year. The senior said he was bored with school and ditching Ocean View High School all the time. He was sent to talk to the principal of Valley Vista High School, who told him he didn't have enough credits to graduate. "It was definitely an eye-opener," he said. "I realized how much time I've wasted." He decided to transfer to Valley Vista. He not only caught up on credits, but got ahead. He was given the option to transfer back to Ocean View, but decided against it. The smaller class sizes and more personal experience cured Gonzalez of his boredom.
FEATURES
June 11, 2009
Christina Tran High school wasn’t always a smooth road for Christina Tran. But for the last four years, it was the steadiest part of her life. The 17-year-old spent her high school career bouncing from one foster home to another, stopping in between at Orangewood Children’s Home in Orange, while taking classes at the Huntington Beach Union High School District’s alternative campus. She came to Valley Vista, she said, after being kicked out of another school due to absences, and when she started at her new campus, things didn’t look much more promising.
NEWS
September 9, 2004
Huntington Beach resident Barbara Creighton traveled to the city of Barlad in eastern Romania in July to teach conversational English to high school students. A math teacher at Valley Vista High School in Fountain Valley, she was a member of a team representing Global Volunteers, a nonprofit that operates in 20 countries. Other volunteers on Creighton's team cared for at-risk infants and toddlers in a local hospital. NEIGHBORS is news about Huntington Beach people achieving and doing good in the community.
NEWS
June 19, 2003
Coral Wilson Lisa Gallinger used to hate high school. "I hated going, I hated everything about it," she said. On June 12, she graduated from Coast High School. And it is just the beginning of her education, she said. "I never thought I would be proud to graduate, but I am," she said. "I know I worked at it and it is something you are supposed to do." She was a high school drop out, she lived in a group home and she was depressed. She had lived a rough life and didn't fit in with other students at other schools who she said were sheltered and often judgmental.
NEWS
June 19, 2003
Seventh-graders Alex Heiney, and Ariel Knoebel of Huntington Beach's Pegasus Middle School earned first and second place respectively in Tilly's Essay Contest. The contest attracted more than 2,000 entries. Alex read his essay, "The Flavor of the Day," at the awards ceremony ... Huntington Beach Elks Lodge 1959 is proud to announce contributions to local charities for the whopping sum of $11,700 ... Megan Marlena of Huntington Beach was awarded the Kathryn Dettman Memorial journalism scholarship award at he Associated Press Radio and Television Conference in April.
NEWS
September 12, 2002
Suzie Harrison The bell rang, signaling the kids to come in from break. It was English period and the first 20 minutes are designated for sustained silent reading. Students in Suzanne McClaire's special day class for at-risk students at Valley Vista High School are focusing on the book "Into Thin Air" about Mount Everest. Each student got out their work folder and concentrated on their in-class grammar and punctuation assignment. "As you can see, I've made notes in your folders," McClaire said.
NEWS
June 20, 2002
Mary A. Castillo Coast High School's 62 graduates accepted their diplomas with a deep appreciation. Students from the independent study high school graduated in a joint ceremony with students of Valley Vista High School, another alternative high school. These were students who had encountered personal obstacles that nearly kept them from graduating high school. The common theme to many of their personal stories was that they toughed it out and ended up on top. "The teachers here inspired me," said Miguel Lagnas, 19, a Valley Vista student from Huntington Beach.
NEWS
June 6, 2002
Send AROUND TOWN items to the Huntington Beach Independent, 18682 Beach Blvd., Suite 160, Huntington Beach, CA 92648; fax to (714) 965-7174; call (714) 965-7176 or e-mail o7 hbindy@latimes.com. f7 Submissions must be received two weeks before publication. A complete listing may be found at o7 http://www.hbindy.com. f7 TODAY Valley Vista High School students, Priscilla Varela and Kellie Wilson will be honored at the Exchange Club of Huntington Beach's 10th annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon.
NEWS
April 25, 2002
Paul Clinton More than 30 jobs may be lost as part of the Huntington Beach Union High School Board's plan to trim $3.87 million out of the 2002-03 budget. The plan would close the summer school program at two of the eight high schools in the district and strip down a program for disabled students. Students at Valley Vista High School in Fountain Valley and Coast High School, the adult education school in Huntington Beach will have to sign up for summer school classes at other campuses.
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