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May 17, 2007
Niko Ridge, a student at Victoria Elementary School, took second place statewide in an art contest sponsored by John Wayne Airport. The fourth-grader had received an honorable mention last fall for his colored-pencil drawing of a Boeing-747 landing at the airport. Afterward, John Wayne officials sent the winning drawings to a statewide competition — and Niko ended up in second place, tying with two others from elsewhere in California. On Tuesday, he was honored at a ceremony in the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana. "I didn't know what to say," Niko, 9, said about his victory.
By Michael Miller | March 6, 2007
FOR THE RECORD A story Tuesday, "County honors principal," should have included Stacy Holmes on the list of Newport-Mesa Unified School District employees who have won Orange County's Outstanding Contributions to Education Award in the last year. Holmes, the principal of Kaiser Elementary School in Costa Mesa, received the award in January. . . . . . . . . When Judy Laakso became principal of Victoria Elementary School in 1993, she didn't have much of an act to follow ?
December 29, 2012
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Vanguard 72, Victoria BC 62 LA MIRADA - Nicole Ballestero scored 20 points to help the undefeated Lions improve to 9-0 after the Biola Holiday Classic victory Saturday. Esther Timmermans scored 14 points, Maya Kennedy had 10 points and Maree Drennan grabbed 12 rebounds for Vanguard. Victoria BC is 6-6. * Ventura 74, Orange Coast 58 VENTURA - Michelle Angel had 18 points for the Pirates in the semifinal game of the Ventura tournament Saturday at Ventura College.
By Britney Barnes | March 8, 2012
Sitting criss-cross on the floor, four kindergartners each placed a hand on the double bass towering over them to feel the vibrations as it was played. "Wow! How does that feel?" asked Pacific Symphony bassist Doug Basye. "Does it tickle?" Basye gave a lesson Thursday morning to a class of kindergartners at Victoria Elementary School on how the double bass works, the different sections of the orchestra and the works of American composer Aaron Copland. It was all part of Class Act, a partnership between the Costa Mesa-based Pacific Symphony and schools, to connect students with musicians and introduce them to a composer.
By Michael Miller | April 7, 2007
Victoria Elementary School was one of two Newport-Mesa Unified schools to win a Title I Academic Achievement Award this week — and the prize, which goes to schools with many low-income students, was the latest addition to Victoria's increasingly crowded trophy case. "It's been a great year for everybody," Principal Judy Laakso said. Last spring, the school became the first in Newport-Mesa history to win a California Distinguished School Award and a Title I award at the same time.
June 12, 2007
As far as Lowell Bernstein is concerned, food can be tied into almost any academic subject. Even swing. Bernstein, who visited Victoria Elementary School last week, runs food preparation workshops at schools around Southern California. The name of his presentation is Jazz Kidchen — with the "d" in "Kidchen" being intentional — and as he explained to fifth-graders at the start of class on Thursday, there's a similarity between whipping up an open-face sandwich and riffing on a theme by John Coltrane.
February 11, 2010
Two elementary schools in Newport-Mesa Unified School District today were named winners of the state's 2009-10 Title I Academic Achivement Award. Killybrooke Elementary and Victoria Elementary, both K-6 campuses in Costa Mesa, were among 238 schools in California to earn the distinction. The award recognizes academic gains made in reducing achievement gaps by schools comprised largely of low-income and minority students, which get federal Title I dollars to boost programs and performance.
By Matt Szabo | May 20, 2010
They were the senior co-captains for the Corona del Mar High girls’ water polo team this year, and they’ve made their college decisions. Victoria Kent and Margot Money are keeping it all in the family. Kent is headed to UCLA for water polo, she said Thursday, and Money said she will be swimming for BYU next year. It’s all in the family because Kent’s parents, Rob and Anne, were both Bruins. Money’s mom and dad, Jill and Chris, also both attended BYU. Kent and Money helped the Sea Kings reach the CIF Southern Section semifinals for the ninth straight year under former Coach Aaron Chaney, who resigned last month.
By Britney Barnes, | February 15, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Victoria Griffin, 15, has pretty much been singing since birth, or at least since before she could talk, her mother said. Catherine Griffin used to sing lullabies to newborn Victoria and her daughter would make odd little noises back. "I realized she was trying to sing," Catherine Griffin said. "She was humming and cooing, trying to sing. Literally, from the moment she could articulate anything, she was singing. " These days Victoria has progressed from singing in her bassinet to performing where Tchaikovsky made his American debut.
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