Members of the 2020 Class of National League of Young Men, Greater Orange Chapter, completed four years of community service with their mothers, and will go to their respective colleges with leadership involvement, cultural experiences and protocol education.
Back row, from left: Nic Garcia will attend W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State; Max Domer-Zoll, Arizona State University; Jonathan Young, Cal Polytechnic State University; Christian Hahm, UC Berkeley; Trevor Gilkerson, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Ben Barnett, UC Berkeley; Deven Atwater, University of Oregon; Middle row, from left: Hunter Cluse, San Diego State; Jason John, UCLA; Drew Kaminski, Santiago Canyon College; Robert Bilodeau, Johns Hopkins University; Dino Sdrales, CSU, Fullerton; Vincent Paonessa, UC, Davis; Front row, from left: Michael Murphy, Boise State; Austin O'Dea, Santiago Canyon College; Jacob Brandenburger, San Diego State; Dalton Dyer, Chapman University; Jeffrey Holley, Azusa Pacific University; Ryan Sullivan, University of Arizona; and not pictured, Davis Smith, who will be attending UCSB.
NLYM Class of 2020 celebrated
NCL ladies lauded
The County of Orange lifted parking restrictions along Black Star Canyon Road to accommodate trail users visiting the area. Roadside parking is once again available between the Black Star Canyon trailhead and Silverado Canyon Road.
While the public has enjoyed uninterrupted access to the trail, temporary parking restrictions were implemented along Black Star Canyon Road in late March. The temporary safety measures were effected due to potential safety risks associated with vehicles blocking public areas, parked vehicles encroaching into the roadway and a lack of social distancing.
As public safety remains the county’s top priority, parking restrictions along other roads in unincorporated Silverado Canyon, Modjeska Canyon and Trabuco Canyon will remain in effect.
Parking lot facilities and restrooms at county-operated regional parks and wilderness areas opened as of May 16. For a list of Orange County Parks locations and hours of operation, visit ocparks.com.
The El Rancho Charter School Robotics Team, Team 2250B, The Pack, was awarded the VEX World Championship title. The team, in only its second year with a robotics program, competed virtually against over 2,300 teams from around the world.
After the cancellation of the world competition in Kentucky, a virtual competition pitted El Rancho against teams from around the world.
Advisors for the program were Jill Romero, a science teacher, and Marcy Hail, a home economics teacher. “I am so proud of everything our robotics program has accomplished this year,” Hail said. “I can’t wait to see what they do in the future. We are lucky to have the support of dedicated El Rancho parents and an active community.”
By Cliff Robbins
“We’re hopeful,” said Robert Pedroza, head coach of Orange High School Panthers football. “We really miss seeing the guys. Online workouts just aren’t the same.”
Pedroza noted that some schools (out of state) have already resumed practices. In a recent poll, high school coaches in California responded with a 60 percent “yes” vote to a return for a full season of play, as opposed to reduced season play. Safeguards, such as small groups and limited contact, would be enforced. Reportedly, a few Northern California school teams have begun restricted practices.
“Everyone is eager to get back,” said Pedroza. In the interim, he is holding online meetings, including featured speakers and freshmen recruiting, to keep up the momentum.
Salute to Service
Villa (Park) video contest seeks entries
The Villa Park Community Services Foundation invites homebound residents of any age to get creative and submit their own “Villa Videos,” a 1-2 minute entertaining, funny video on any topic. The entries will be screened on the VPCSF website. The first place video will win a cool $500 donation to go to the nonprofit of the winner’s choice; second place is $250, third place $100, also to be donated to a designated nonprofit.
Videos should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday, June 15.
Doing what the Orange Elks do best
SCC Foundation receives food pantry grant
The Santiago Canyon College Foundation has appointed David Rohlander to its board of directors. The foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is managed by a 14-member board whose charge is to assist in raising funds to support programs and scholarships for students at Santiago Canyon College.
Rohlander brings to the foundation many years of experience as an executive coach, public speaker, management consultant and company executive. He is currently the CEO of David Rohlander, Inc., a company offering public speaking engagements, leadership development, strategic planning and executive coaching to the private sector.
Rohlander holds a B.A. in literature and history from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, an M.B.A. from Cal State Fullerton, and completed post-graduate work in Management at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He was, for many years, a member of the Rotary Club of Orange and also served on the board of the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.
El Rancho robotics team wins world championship
Canyon, El Modena, Orange and Villa Park High Schools have each been named a 2020 “Best” High School by U.S. News & World Report.
This honor indicates that each school has been determined to be in the top 40 percent of high schools nationwide. Additionally, each of the four high schools was ranked in the top 1,000 high schools from 553 districts across California.
Using third-party data from The Common Core of Data, The College Board, International Baccalaureate, and statewide math and reading level assessment tests and high school graduation rates, U.S. News & World Report worked in coordination with global nonprofit social science research firm RTI International to rank schools. Data was used to score schools based on six indicators of school quality, then computed an overall score between 0-100 to reflect performance across these metrics. The overall scores depict how well each school did on a national percentile basis.
Assistance League of Orange to Embrace Orange
Assistance League of Orange annually recognizes high school seniors who are committing to serve in the U.S. armed forces following their graduation. The seniors are usually feted at a Salute to Service event, including a dinner, presentation of colors, a keynote speaker, patriotic music, and proclamations.
In lieu of the event this year, gifts cards, congratulations and best wishes were mailed to the 19 graduating seniors: from El Modena High, Joseluis Barranco, Christian Cruz, Bryan Fuentes, Joseph Palacios, Tyquon Wilson, Christian Bravo will serve in the U.S. Marine Corps; Tania Balderas Maldonado, U.S. Navy; Patrick Cox and Jesus Sanchez, U.S. Air Force; from Villa Park High, Ashley Lazar, Esther Pablo Montiel and Karla Perez Rosas are committed to the U.S. Navy; Daniel Aguilar-Vazquez, Jesse Becerra, Cesar Munoz Vazquez, Arthur Shores, Andrew Sloniger and Jason Solorio will serve in the U.S. Marine Corps; and Isaiah Bedolla, from Orange High, will be a U.S. Marine.
Orange author offers read-aloud children’s book online
OUSD high schools named “best”
The 2020 Class of National Charity League (NCL), Orange-Villa Park Chapter, ended six years of mother-daughter volunteer philanthropic efforts and giving, exceeding over 4,144 volunteer hours devoted to NCL-partnered community philanthropies, without the much-anticipated white gowns and accolades.
The graduating seniors, from high schools throughout the area, include, standing, from left: Cassidy Keays, Isabella Cuevas, Caroline Beinlich, Katelyn Platt, Kelsey Cleary, Amy Narang, Lauren Doctor, Lauren Drum, Leah Lehner, Delaney Williams, Katherine Henderson, Catherine Domer, Destiny Rouse, Sarah Piferi; sitting, front, left to right, Makenzie Bojorquez, Katrina Reta, Sophia Fascenelli, Tess Meier and Sophia Leo; not pictured, Shannon Parker.
The Elks are finally back to work.
The Orange Elks Lodge 1475 applied for, and received, a $2,500 Elks National Foundation (ENF) Gratitude Grant. The lodge, in turn, gave the money to WasteNot OC (WNOC) to help feed local at-risk families. Then, in partnership with Orange Unified School District and WNOC, the Elks supplied volunteers to distribute meals to families at Fairhaven Elementary School. The Elks brought over 600 meals, handed out 350, and donated the remainder to the Anaheim YMCA.
Black Star Canyon trailhead reopens
Will there be fall football?
Bertrand Cottle, longtime Orange resident and author of children’s books, has teamed with retired public school teacher Liz Shipley to create an online version of his first story, “Molly and the Moon Dragon.”
In response to the stay-at-home restrictions of the coronavirus, Cottle wanted to help kids and parents stay entertained. He and Shipley created a narrated version of his story and posted it at youtu.be/lUisxZCGJGw, where it can be viewed for free.
Cottle, a retired attorney, had always found himself writing children's stories -- raising five daughters may have played a role in that. Since retiring, he has published three books and has a fourth on the way.
Orange resident Zane Rojas was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, May 23. He will graduate from West Point, June 13. Rojas was a student at Linda Vista Elementary, Santiago Middle School and graduated from Servite High School in 2016. He played soccer for Army all of his four years at the military academy. He earned his B.S. in international relations, with a minor in counter-terrorism, and a focus in engineering. Rojas will do his basic officer leadership training course, and attend Ranger School and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He will then report to his first duty station at Fort Hood, Texas where he will lead an infantry platoon.
The World Champion Robotics Team from El Rancho Charter School, with Advisor Jill Romero.
Rohlander named to Santiago Canyon College Foundation
The Santiago Canyon College Foundation has received a $15,000 grant from the Peter and Ginny Ueberroth Family Foundation to support its Hawk’s Nest Food Pantry and soon-to-launch Basic Needs Center. The grant will be used to purchase food and personal items for students served by the pantry, as well as procure supplies and equipment to outfit the new center.
Now in its third year, the Hawk’s Nest Food Pantry was launched as a grassroots collaboration among faculty, staff and students in early 2017. The need for a pantry was identified in a survey the campus health unit conducted in 2016, which revealed that a significant number of students faced daily struggles with food insecurity. Last year alone, the pantry served over 500 students and distributed over 20,000 pounds of food.
In addition to supporting the food pantry, the Ueberroth Family Foundation grant will support the Basic Needs Center, which was scheduled to open this spring, but has been postponed due to the pandemic. The center will expand the food pantry to become a “one-stop” resource and referral service for registered students who require basic needs items and/or financial, legal, health or housing referral assistance. The center will also offer classes in financial literacy, nutrition and other areas that promote adult competency.
Assistance League of Orange welcomes all to its rescheduled premier fundraiser, Embrace Orange, themed “To Serve, with Love,” on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach.
The selection of high-end silent and live auction opportunities at this annual event are extensive, and will include a stay at a luxurious Corona Del Mar property; golfing trips, Angels and Ducks suites, a 65-inch smart TV, a wine pairing dinner at Capital Grille; a ruby and diamond necklace, even a private chef interactive cooking experience.
The evening will also include cocktails and dinner, music for dancing provided by the Pete Jacobs Swingtet, and an opportunity tickets for cash prizes of up to $1,000. The prestigious Community Circle Award will be presented to Al Ricci, recognized for his numerous contributions to the community.
Tickets for the event are $130 per person, and may be purchased at alorange.org. For information about tables, donations, sponsorships and underwriting opportunities, contact Deena Arnold at (714) 287-3795 or email@example.com.
Assistance League of Orange President, and Orange High alumna Cheryl Scudday, right, presents a gift card to Isaiah Bedolla, in recognition of his commitment to serve in the U. S. Marine Corps following his graduation from Orange High School.