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Cal Lutheran graduate proves ‘anything is possible’



When Tony Ayala stood at the podium and delivered the commencement speech for Cal Lutheran University’s Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals program, he overcame years of self-doubt. As Ayala, 46, faced the folding chairs and bleachers May 14, he hoped to honor his parents, teach his children and inspire other struggling students. “Four years ago, I would never have thought that […]

Student artists recognized

The Arts Council of Conejo Valley honored the eight student winners of the fifth annual Richard and Elaine Williams Legacy Scholarship program on May 14 during a dinner reception at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. The winners received awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 for college or conservatory expenses. The visual arts winners are: First place: […]

Arts Fest makes return to Calabasas Viewpoint School

Viewpoint School welcomed the community on April 30 for a return of Arts Fest, the annual celebration of middle- and upper school arts at the Calabasas private learning institution. All ages were invited to enjoy an afternoon of music in the canyon setting; visual art in the school galleries; scenes from this year’s Viewpoint musical and theater productions; screenings of […]

Students write well in Spanish essay contest

Three students from Las Virgenes Unified School District were awarded first place in an annual statewide Spanish writing contest sponsored by the California Department of Education and the Education Office of the Consulate General of Spain. The Escribo en Espanol contest is open to California public school students in grades three through 12 who are studying Spanish. Students write an […]

AHS dance team back on stage

After a two-year hiatus, the Agoura High School Dance Team returns to the stage to present the Spring Showcase, “Silhouette: Every Moment Matters” at 7 p.m. Fri., May 20 at the Performing Arts Education Center, 28545 Driver Ave. The evening will include competition dances, student choreographed pieces, senior tributes and AHS Dance P.E. students. For more information, go to ahsdance.org. […]

Grant helps fund aviary upgrade

Moorpark College Foundation recently received a $30,000 grant from the Ventura County Community Foundation to fund the final phase of the Alumni Aviary at America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College. The funding will allow the zoo to purchase a large triple aviary structure to provide housing for the birds needing to move into updated enclosures. The foundation conducted an Animal […]

Agoura High student wins award for coding

Josie Paik, an Agoura High School student, placed in the top 10 of the Your Voice is Power Competition presented by Amazon Future Engineer, Georgia Tech and Yellow, an educational nonprofit organization. Josie’s song was awarded top honors in music, coding and messaging by a panel of industry professionals. In the competition, 13 other Agoura High students placed in the […]

Community mourns death of student



A beloved member of the local sports community has died. Sarah Shulze, a 2019 Oak Park High graduate who competed for the Division I women’s cross country and track and field teams at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, died by suicide last week. She was 21. Shulze’s family shared the news with an online post. “We suddenly and tragically […]

Calabasas girl channels her best Faulkner

Lily Werve, a 14-year-old ninth-grader at Calabasas High School, received a gold medal for creative humor writing at the National Scholastic Art and Writing Contest. Lily earned a Gold Key award in the Los Angeles Regional Scholastic Awards in January. The gold key winners are judged in the national contest. Previous winners of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which […]

Jane Austin’s ‘Emma’ on stage at Oak Park High

Oak Park High School International Thespian Society Troupe 6074 will present the play “Emma” at the OPHS Performing Arts Pavilion, 899 N. Kanan Road. Show times are 7 p.m. Thurs. through Sat., April 21 to 23. The play is from the novel by Jane Austen and adapted by Michael Bloom. This is the school’s final production of the year and […]


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