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June 19, 2001
Kayley Harrington, a Newport Beach resident and senior at Newport Harbor High School, was given the prestigious Presidential Scholarship to American University in Washington, D.C., in the fall. The scholarship awards $15,000 annually. In addition, Kayley will participate in the school's University Honors program, a highly competitive program for students with exceptional academic ability. Kayley is a Valedictorian Scholar in the class of 2001. She was involved in campus activities, including philanthropy for Associated Student Body, president of the American Cancer Society, and holds Varsity Letters in Field Hockey and Softball.
October 3, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Charlie Roman, 5, stood poised with his right arm cocked in front of him and his right foot planted carefully behind the imaginary starting line, ready to run. He and about two dozen other children waited anxiously for Newport Harbor High School Principal Michael Vossen to call the start of Saturday's Kids' Klassic race at the Harbor Heritage Run at Newport Harbor High School. Children age 5 to 7 got their own quarter-mile race after the main event, a 5K run. "He was very excited last night and this morning, until it became a reality," Charlie's dad, Burt Roman said of the race.
May 1, 2005
NEWPORT BEACH Paleontologists begin excavation of whale fossil Paleontologists got down to work this week to excavate a long-buried whale fossil that was discovered during a construction project at a Newport Beach home. The fossil could be 3 million to 5 million years old, and may be the most complete whale skull ever found in Newport Beach, paleontologist Sarah Black said. The city's planning commission again will take up St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church's proposed 22,000-square-foot expansion, the City Council decided Tuesday.
October 4, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH -- Tugging on the straps of his backpack, his face nearly as red as his T-shirt, Aaron Peirsol returned to school Tuesday morning to face his friends and admirers. The 17-year-old Olympic silver medalist in the 200-meter backstroke ambled past red, white and blue balloons, oblivious to their significance. All who saw him shouted congratulations, many stopping to give him a hug or shake his hand. "You done me proud Aaron," shouted Greg Worthing, a fellow Newport Harbor High School student who grabbed Peirsol in a quick, awkward "guy" hug. "Very nice," shouted another student.
August 25, 2001
A listing of special events to entertain you through the weekend and beyond. TODAY Watch the bouncing ball. Basketball and Africa are an unlikely combination in "The Air Up There," featuring Kevin Bacon, part of the Newport Dunes Resort's Free Family Flicks series at dusk tonight. The Dunes is at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. Free, but parking is $7. (949) 729-3863. SUNDAY See the Bard of Springfield. Rick Miller will bring "The Simpsons" to life at the Irvine Barclay with "MacHomer," a retelling of Shakespeare's "MacBeth."
May 2, 2001
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- Bob Russell recalls best friend Steven Allen Luce as a man who enjoyed life and "knew every square inch of Newport Beach." On Monday, at about 4 p.m., 53-year-old Luce rode away on a red bicycle to a friend's house. Barely 10 minutes later, he was hit by a van while crossing Newport Boulevard at 16th Street in Costa Mesa. He was pronounced dead late Monday at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa Police Lt. Dale Birney said Tuesday.
June 15, 2005
Tivoli Maikalani Hudson, 14, of Newport Beachdaughter of Susie and Ron Hudson, was chosen as a state finalist and participated in the Miss California American Junior Teen Pageant from May 27 to 29, at the Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles. This year's pageant had 115 girls in the Junior Teen division. During the state pageant, she competed in two additional competitions in which she was first runner-up for her original speech and second runner-up for the Miss Photogenic competition.
May 19, 2002
Lolita Harper NEWPORT BEACH -- The muggy marine layer and light drizzle Saturday afternoon may have succeeded in blocking the sun's rays but it could not dampen the spirits of those involved in the Relay for Life at Newport Harbor High School. Dozens of people gathered at a makeshift tent city, erected just outside the high school stadium, for the final leg of the 24-hour vigil in the fight against cancer. Although they were fatigued, team members enthusiastically executed their shifts in the all-night relay, or cheered on fellow teammates during their own downtime.
By Britney Barnes | February 21, 2012
Scott Beaver knows the difficulty first-hand of being an openly gay teen, but the deaths of three friends is what spurred him to action. Two committed suicide; a third succumbed to AIDS, the Newport Harbor High School senior said. "That has been the biggest influence on my entire life," Beaver, a 17-year-old Costa Mesa resident, said in an interview Tuesday. "It was terrible, and it's like, I can't let that happen again, especially at Newport Harbor. I mean, it's my school.
By Joseph Serna | December 19, 2011
COSTA MESA - Classmates of a Newport Harbor High School teen hit by an SUV outside the school two weeks ago are raising money to help her family pay for her medical expenses as she recovers in intensive care. "Our goal is to raise as much money as possible to help the family's medical bills," said Alexandra Holbrook, 17, a Harbor senior. "She's just a really nice girl, someone you can't imagine this happening to. " Alexandra and her classmates were collecting donations in front of the Ralphs on 17th Street, a few blocks from where 17-year-old Crystal Morales was hit Dec. 6 while crossing Irvine Avenue toward Margaret Drive.
November 9, 2011
A half dozen Corona del Mar High athletes signed national letters of intent on campus Wednesday, the first day seniors in sports other than football, field hockey, soccer, track and field, cross country and boys' water polo, can fully commit to a college. Alex Musselman, the Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team Player of the Year in girls' water polo last season, chose the UCLA women's water polo program. Pippa Saunders signed with the UC Berkeley women's water polo program. Musselman, a goalie, and Saunders, a versatile player, each earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division I honors as juniors.
By Britney Barnes, | March 24, 2011
COSTA MESA — Nicolas Jaber is organized. The Newport Harbor High School junior keeps his schedule on his iPhone and a planner. He keeps a political journal to reflect on current events and jot down theories. But it's not warm and fuzzy like a teenage girl's diary, he is quick to point out. He also finally broke down and brought a file cabinet up to his room. "No teenager should have a file cabinet," he joked. Nicolas isn't complaining about the reasons he needs to get more organized.
By Alexandra Baird, | February 25, 2011
COSTA MESA — A 17-year-old Costa Mesa resident has died of his injuries in a fire at a local apartment complex, the Orange County coroner's office confirmed Friday. Luke Upton died at 11:16 a.m. Thursday at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, according to the coroner's office. Upton, a student at Newport Harbor High School, was pulled from a burning garage at 145 Melody Lane in Costa Mesa about 3:30 a.m. Thursday and transported to Western Medical Center, said Costa Mesa Fire Battallion Chief Bill Kershaw.
By Tom Ragan, | August 2, 2010
COSTA MESA — Floyd Harryman, the first principal at Estancia High School, died of natural causes Friday at his Eastside Costa Mesa home. He was 92. Since 1945, Harryman was an educator, first working at Newport Harbor High School, where he created several programs, including the high school's physiology department and the beginnings of what would later become a full-fledged academic counseling staff. Born in the small farming community of Keyes, Okla., on Sept. 13, 1917, Harryman fled the Dust Bowl at age 19 for better opportunities in Southern California, said his daughter Carla Harryman, 58, who teaches creative writing at Eastern Michigan University.
By Sarah Peters | May 29, 2010
S eventy years after graduating from Newport Harbor High School, George Grupe gave the Veteran's Address at his alma mater's 20th annual Memorial Day ceremony. Having helped organize the first ceremony two decades ago, Grupe has never missed the event that honors Newport Harbor alumni who died while serving in the military. "We had a lot of Medal of Honor recipients in this area," said Grupe, Class of 1940. "It's something that we can be truly proud of." More than 300 students, faculty and community members were on hand.
By Tom Ragan | April 15, 2010
Newport Harbor High School Surf team are champions. The squad took first place in the state championships last weekend in Oceanside, earning a pair of trophies in the short board competition for both the girls and boys categories. Scott Morlan, the team’s coach, said the short board competition was the high point of his career. “I’ve been teaching here for 15 years,” he said. “This is a really big deal — for them both to win. We’ve never done this before.
By Julie Hagy | March 2, 2010
Victorian-style dresses, three-piece suits, sour straw candy and the scent of hair spray fill the backrooms of the Robert B. Wentz Theatre at Newport Harbor High School. It is an hour before the curtain goes up on closing night of the first production to be staged in the newly built New Loats Performing Arts Center. Student performers are getting into costume. The 500-seat auditorium is starting to fill. Yet not a word about the play is being spoken. “It’s a cursed play,” said drama teacher Gail Brower-Nedler, who has been teaching at Newport Harbor for 25 years.
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