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La Reina High School selects these students as their 2021 Acorn Senior Standouts

Sophia Bryson Sophia Bryson hit all the right notes while at La Reina. The 18-year-old Moorpark resident was deeply involved in music while attending the all-girl Catholic school. She participated in the Regent Chorale Artists, the God Lead Singers choir and La Reina’s vocal arts program. She served as a teacher’s assistant for her music teacher in 11th grade. “If […]

Fried ends long LVUSD career on a high note

Esteemed music teacher is retiring


Being a musician means following the composition note for note. But sometimes a piece of music, like life, requires improvisation. Greg Fried, 64, once taught at the college level, but unexpectedly found his calling in middle school, introducing students to stringed instruments and fostering their passion for music. Fried is retiring after 26 years as the director of the Lindero […]

Calabasas dancer shines at performance

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Calabasas resident Sofia Strauser and a troupe of 60 ballet students appeared May 15 in a series of studio workshop performances for friends and family that marked the post-pandemic return of Westside School of Ballet. The private shows also served as a final bow for seniors moving on to collegiate and professional careers. Sofia is one of the younger dancers, […]

Local students earn Nat’l Merit scholarships

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the finalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, and once again local students scored well. The following students from the Las Virgenes Unified School District were selected: Jeremy White and Quynh-Anh Nguyen from Calabasas High School, and Rachel Fox, Ethan Goldberg and Daniel Nathanson from Agoura High School. Charlotte Nicks from Oak […]

Civic-minded Calabasas High senior engages the community



The COVID-19 lockdown was a difficult time for everyone, but teens faced a particular challenge in dealing with distance learning. One Calabasas High School student is passing her tech knowledge on to others. Katelyn Pool, 18, has helped the city’s older adults become more comfortable communicating through Zoom, while also encouraging her peers to take an interest in science, technology, […]

Pool rewarded with $5K NHS scholarship

Katelyn Pool was selected to win a $5,625 National Honor Society scholarship. She was chosen from nearly 10,000 applicants. Pool was elected vice chair of the first City of Calabasas Mayor’s Youth Council. She works to promote civic engagement in her community. She’s also the recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award for her project “Closing the Technology Gap With […]

COLLEGE STANDOUTS

Emma Williams of Oak Park made the fall 2020 dean’s list at San Francisco State University. Amanda Bonavida of Agoura Hills made the fall 2020 dean’s list at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. William Cutler of Agoura Hills received the 2021 President’s Award for academic achievement at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Paige Singer of Agoura Hills named dean’s […]

Local school districts grapple with return to standardized testing



As students adjust to the return of in-person learning, many will also be asked to sit down and take standardized tests for the first time in over a year. In February, the U.S. Department of Education announced that all states must administer assessments in order to evaluate the pandemic’s impact on students’ learning and progress. Although states were given flexibility […]

Private academy offers post-pandemic assistance

River Oaks Academy in Westlake Village is offering free pandemic academic recovery to high school students. The summer academy will run from July 1 through Aug. 4. The private institution will give free summer courses to local high school students who need to make up credits or would like to work ahead. Students can take up to 10 credits during […]

Scholarship supports young environmentalists

Two Oak Park High School seniors, Daniel Conway and Naomi Lin, are the first recipients of the Conejo Open Space Foundation’s scholarship. They will receive up to $4,000 from the foundation during their college years . The $1,000 annual scholarship supports students pursuing majors related to environmental studies at two- or four-year colleges or universities starting with the fall 2021 […]


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