June 2, 2011
COSTA MESA — The College Park Cougars did not like the taste of defeat in their mouths after losing their first-round game, and a 9-1 win over Victoria Thursday afternoon had a sweet flavor to it at the Costa Mesa Farm Complex. The game started slowly for each team, but as the afternoon sun warmed, so did the Cougars in the boys' third- and fourth-grade gold division game of the Daily Pilot Cup. There is a one-point penalty for a winning margin of five goals or more, according to the Pilot Cup rules, but College Park was happy nevertheless.
May 13, 2011
Mr. & Mrs. John J. Swigart, Jr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Victoria Louise, to Ryan Andrew Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Smith of Felton, California. The bride and groom-to-be attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and graduated in 2008. Victoria teaches elementary school, and Ryan works in the family business in Santa Cruz. A July wedding is planned in Pismo Beach. The couple will reside in Santa Cruz after a honeymoon in Maui.
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.
June 6, 2010
COSTA MESA — Goalkeeper Maya Van Den Heever first used her hands to stop the opposing keeper. She then beat the keeper with her right foot. Soccer games rarely end in this fashion, keeper versus keeper. Thank penalty kicks for the unusual sequence at the end of the Daily Pilot Cup’s fifth- and sixth-grade girls’ silver division final Sunday. California Elementary School can’t thank Van Den Heever enough for her game-saving and game-winning kick efforts against Victoria.
May 21, 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.
February 12, 2010
With the news about the $13.5 million in budget cuts slated for Newport-Mesa schools, there have been some bright spots on the academic landscape: The same two elementary schools once again have won the Title I Academic Achievement Award. Test scores of students in second through sixth grades at Victoria and Killybrooke elementary schools showed “consistent marked improvement” in reading and math, principals said Friday, acknowledging how proud they were of their teachers, students and parents.
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.
June 15, 2009
FOR THE RECORD: Saturday?s article, ?Victoria student has virus,? incorrectly referred to Victoria Elementary School as Victoria High School.. . Victoria High School confirmed Friday that one of its students has the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu. Three other students have confirmed flu cases that are being investigated, said district spokeswoman Laura Boss. The school does not plan to close or cancel any events right now on account of the cases, but the school has been sending out notifications to parents to be on the lookout for flu-like symptoms.