Grads get their ceremony after all

Oaks goes to Ventura County Fairgrounds for commencement

When schools closed their campuses in March due to the coronavirus, it meant high school seniors would miss out on the traditional year-end celebration known as commencement. As the number of cases of COVID-19 rose, the staff and students at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village held out hope for an in-person graduation ceremony. What they got was a drive-by […]

Medea Creek team claws its way to the top

Two teams of students from Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park have been selected as finalists in an environmental challenge. The OurEcho Challenge invites middle school students from across the country to identify threats to their local ecosystems and come up with a solution. The challenge is presented by EarthEcho International, a nonprofit environmental organization founded by Philippe Cousteau […]


Hongliang Liu made the spring dean’s list at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. Joshua Caltabiano of Oak Park; Jamie De Cesare of Calabasas; and Batya Conn, Jesse Fulton and Isabel Sami of Agoura Hills earned spring 2020 dean’s list honors at Emerson College in Boston, Mass. Lynsey Cole and Kyle Goldbeck of Agoura Hills made the spring dean’s list […]

Las Virgenes welcomes three new principals

In addition to a number of new students joining Las Virgenes Unified School District this fall, three principals will make their LVUSD debut. Calabasas High School and Willow and Bay Laurel elementary schools will have new principals when classes resume Aug. 19. The educators were employed with the school district previously and have all been promoted. Sara Exner will become […]


William Cutler and Maxwell Sebso from Agoura Hills earned spring 2020 dean’s list honors at Northeastern University in Boston. Claire Williams of Oak Park made the spring 2020 honor roll list at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Benjamin Diamond of Agoura Hills made the spring 2020 dean’s list at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Justin Crawford, Olivia Ojeda and […]

Meet the Boys Team Charity Inc. Conejo Valley grads

Jace Aschbrenner Jace Aschbrenner, son of Jeff and Marcie Aschbrenner, attended Newbury Park High School where he was a four-year varsity cross country and track athlete. Jace served as team captain his senior year and received all-state and all-American honors in cross country with his team winning the national championship. Jace graduated as a full International Baccalaureate diploma candidate. While […]

Debate teacher has students talking

Audrey Israel began coaching the Oak Park High School debate team in 2015, when her twin sons were freshmen at the school. The team that started with 11 members grew to 43 students by 2019 and had won a number of competitive tournaments. When her sons were seniors, she said, “a mother approached me and wanted me to teach the […]

Debate team talk of the town

SPEAKING THEIR MIND—The Calabasas High School Speech and Debate Club wraps up another successful year as some of its members prepare to head off to college. Graduating senior Garett Collins, club president and team member for four years, said, “I am honored to have had the opportunity to foster and develop the team into the respectable and valuable resource it […]


Editor’s note: Senior standouts are selected by their respective schools and profiles are compiled from questionnaires filled out by the students. Photos provided by the school. Derek Rabin Agoura High School senior Derek Rabin is a performer. The 18-year-old has been with ComedySportz, the school’s improv comedy team, for four years. He spent his sophomore year hosting the school’s TV […]

Lasting smile

LASTING SMILE—Graduate William Higgins remembers the moment with a selfie as he waits in line to receive his diploma at the June 11 drive-thru graduation at the Agoura High School campus

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