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By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | June 24, 2010
Nobody knows the troubles they've seen. But they pushed forward and got their high-school diplomas on Thursday in a graduation ceremony that rocked to The Who's "Baba O'Riley" and U2's "Beautiful Day." Nearly 200 students from Back Bay and Monte Vista high schools took that defining, life-altering walk to accept their high school diplomas before a capacity crowd inside Estancia High School's gym with the hoops raised high to clear the way. Photographs of each the students were flashed on a big screen in what had to have been one of the coolest, goose bump-producing, seven-minute musical presentations for miles.
NEWS
June 24, 2005
Michael Miller When Deborah Davis, the principal of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's Alternative Education Center, sought an anecdote to tell her graduating class on Thursday, she chose an old fable: the tortoise and the hare. It was an appropriate tale for the 146 seniors in front of her, many of whom took slow and difficult roads toward finishing high school. "There's going to be a lot of great races, and I want you to win all of them," Davis told the crowd.
NEWS
June 21, 2002
Deirdre Newman COSTA MESA -- Students at Monte Vista and Back Bay high schools celebrated their independent spirit and perseverance at graduation on Thursday morning. The Costa Mesa schools serve a population that struggles at traditional high schools or craves the opportunity to work at its own pace. Ninety-eight students wearing vibrant red caps and gowns kissed their high school years goodbye amid applause and cheers. Many of the graduation speakers underscored the positive attributes the school cultivates in its students.
NEWS
June 22, 2001
For Elliott McKenzie, the diploma he casually tucked behind his ear after Monte Vista and Back Bay high schools' commencement Thursday was anything but a casual accomplishment for him. What would have been a great moment for the 18-year-old Back Bay graduate became a mission completed. "Today is my father's birthday, but he died last year," McKenzie said. "This is all for him." McKenzie, who was also a scholarship recipient from the Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union, dedicated his day and his accomplishments to his father.
NEWS
June 18, 2004
Luis Pena Flowers, teddy bears and balloons bearing sayings such as "Way to Go Grad" were brought by family and friends to Back Bay and Monte Vista high schools' joint graduation on Thursday in the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College. Principal Deborah Lucker-Davis said the hardest part for some was convincing themselves they could graduate, not convincing the faculty. She told the 103 graduates to make their own finish lines and to determine their own destinies.
NEWS
November 6, 2001
As the renovation of aging schools gets underway, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District is looking for people to serve on project review committees at each campus. Committee members will interact with the architects and provide input on traffic flow and other design issues. The district hopes to receive at least 15 applications per school and then to narrow the committees down to seven to 11 members. The multimillion-dollar renovation program is a result of Measure A, passed by voters in June 2000.
FEATURES
By JIM CARNETT | April 7, 2009
I’ve wanted to be a newspaper columnist since I was 12. Now, 52 years later, I finally have my chance! Born in Orange County at the end of World War II, I grew up in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. My father met my mother at Santa Ana Army Air Base, where he was a staff sergeant and she a civilian secretary. When I was 12, I published a few issues of a newspaper that I distributed to kids on my block. I’d write my stories longhand, and my long-suffering mom would type them using a half-dozen sheets of well-worn carbon paper.
NEWS
October 28, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Most people know Newport-Mesa's high schools -- Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor, Costa Mesa, Estancia and Back Bay/Monte Vista. Back Bay/Monte Vista? The two high schools in one, Monte Vista for independent study and Back Bay for alternative education, just moved into newly refurbished classrooms at its campus off Irvine Avenue. There, students who don't fit in at a traditional high school because of work schedules, world travel, reading levels or just because they don't feel comfortable, can still get an education.
NEWS
November 15, 2003
Marisa O'Neil While five district high schools far exceed state target rates for graduation, the two alternative education programs have seen drastic drops in graduation rates, according to the latest round of test results, released by the California Department of Education on Friday. The 2003 Adequate Yearly Progress Phase II reports showed 93.6% of seniors in the district graduated from high school last year, exceeding the state's 82.8% target.
NEWS
June 18, 2004
Inspiring words echoed across campuses, amphitheaters and stadiums. Diplomas were handed out. And the camera flashes flickered in a few hours of hugs, kisses, big grins and cheers. In one day, local high school seniors' lives changed as parents, teachers, friends and other family members watched. The class of 2004 from Corona del Mar, Back Bay, Monte Vista, Costa Mesa, Estancia, and Newport Harbor high schools graduated Thursday. In all of the pomp and circumstance, the messages cut through: Pride.
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SPORTS
September 7, 2013
GIRLS' TENNIS California Classic CLOVIS - Corona del Mar High advanced to the semifinals Friday. In the first round, the Sea Kings defeated Leland of San Jose, 5-2. In the second round, CdM beat Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, 5-2. The Sea Kings will face Monte Vista of Cupertino in the semifinals Saturday. * Lightning Invitational NEWPORT BEACH - Tesoro took the first day lead in the two-day 12th annual tournament. The team tournament has four teams playing a format of five singles and four doubles, best of nine matches, with every team playing each other.
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SPORTS
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | March 26, 2013
CORONA DEL MAR - Monte Vista High came all the way from Danville to play Corona del Mar in boys' lacrosse on Tuesday. The San Francisco Bay Area school's spring break is this week, a perfect time for two of the state's top teams to meet. The Mustangs' trip to Orange County unraveled early, as the Sea Kings won, 13-5. Before the start of the second period, one of Monte Vista's players was caught playing with an illegal stick. The coach, Michael Lambrecht, didn't believe it. He asked the referee to show him why he called a three-minute, non-releasable penalty on his player.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | June 24, 2010
Nobody knows the troubles they've seen. But they pushed forward and got their high-school diplomas on Thursday in a graduation ceremony that rocked to The Who's "Baba O'Riley" and U2's "Beautiful Day." Nearly 200 students from Back Bay and Monte Vista high schools took that defining, life-altering walk to accept their high school diplomas before a capacity crowd inside Estancia High School's gym with the hoops raised high to clear the way. Photographs of each the students were flashed on a big screen in what had to have been one of the coolest, goose bump-producing, seven-minute musical presentations for miles.
NEWS
June 17, 2009
Gabe Johnson There’s a common thread among many of the success stories coming out of Back Bay/Monte Vista High School today: a second chance Whether it be skipped classes or failed classes, kids at the Back Bay/Monte Vista campus are searching for an opportunity to recover and earn their diploma. Gabe Johnson is one of those success stories. The 18-year-old avid basketball player from Costa Mesa said by the time he reached sophomore year at Costa Mesa High School, he had all but given up on his academics.
FEATURES
By JIM CARNETT | April 7, 2009
I’ve wanted to be a newspaper columnist since I was 12. Now, 52 years later, I finally have my chance! Born in Orange County at the end of World War II, I grew up in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. My father met my mother at Santa Ana Army Air Base, where he was a staff sergeant and she a civilian secretary. When I was 12, I published a few issues of a newspaper that I distributed to kids on my block. I’d write my stories longhand, and my long-suffering mom would type them using a half-dozen sheets of well-worn carbon paper.
FEATURES
By JIM RIGHEIMER | November 17, 2007
“The world belongs to the activists.” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is fond of saying that whenever we talk politics. Whether we were discussing a recall campaign or fighting the half-cent sales tax the county supervisors put on the ballot to pay for the county bankruptcy, it was always clear to Dana that the activists usually won in the end. No matter how good the idea or candidate, in America, the most votes win. It may not be...
NEWS
June 22, 2007
To see photos of graduation, click here. Juan Aguilar Salvador Aguilera Rafael Alejandre Maritza Alvarado Francisco Avonce Gerardo Barrera John Castellon Andy Chang Charles Clement James Cochran Angela Coleman Edwin Curiel Jeffery Daniel Kevin Dearen Hector Diaz Raul Duarte George Flores Diocelina Garcia Jose Garcia Sammis Gayner Cesar Gaytan ...
NEWS
By Michael Miller | March 26, 2007
Early College High School, the newest campus in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, may not admit a new class this year, as administrators are scrambling to find a permanent location for the school. The school, operated jointly by Newport-Mesa and Coastline Community College, opened in August in portable classrooms on the Back Bay/Monte Vista continuation high school site. The district and college intended to house the first class of students there and move to a long-term facility within two years.
NEWS
June 24, 2005
Michael Miller When Deborah Davis, the principal of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's Alternative Education Center, sought an anecdote to tell her graduating class on Thursday, she chose an old fable: the tortoise and the hare. It was an appropriate tale for the 146 seniors in front of her, many of whom took slow and difficult roads toward finishing high school. "There's going to be a lot of great races, and I want you to win all of them," Davis told the crowd.
NEWS
June 18, 2004
Luis Pena Flowers, teddy bears and balloons bearing sayings such as "Way to Go Grad" were brought by family and friends to Back Bay and Monte Vista high schools' joint graduation on Thursday in the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College. Principal Deborah Lucker-Davis said the hardest part for some was convincing themselves they could graduate, not convincing the faculty. She told the 103 graduates to make their own finish lines and to determine their own destinies.
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