Three Laguna Beach High School seniors are National Merit® Scholarship winners

Laguna Beach High School seniors Charlotte Hoffs, Benjamin Sharp, and Joseph Ravenna were selected as winners of a National Merit® $2,500 Scholarship. The scholarship is underwritten by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) with its funds.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) – which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year – and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

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National Merit Scholarship winners Charlotte Hoffs and Joseph Ravenna with Principal Jason Allemann (not pictured, Benjamin Sharp)

“Our National Merit Scholars have consistently challenged themselves with rigorous courses, putting in the time, dedication, and hard work to earn this recognition,” said Laguna Beach High School Principal Dr. Jason Allemann. He continued, “Our finalists are to be commended in their efforts to achieve this honor that few students obtain.”

The National Merit Scholarships are supported by some 420 independent sponsors, in addition to NMSC’s funds. To be considered for the Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

NMSC selectors evaluate a variety of information including the Finalist’s academic record; information about the school’s curriculum and grading system; two sets of test scores; the high school official’s written recommendation; information about the student’s activities and leadership; and the Finalist’s essay.


TOW fifth grader Lyric Hagen wins LB Spelling Bee; Max Reimers, also TOW, takes second-place trophy

Fifth grade students from El Morro and Top of the World Elementary Schools met at Top of the World last Thursday night (May 3) to compete in the annual Laguna Beach Elementary Spelling Bee Finals, sponsored by PTA.   

Lyric Hagen won the championship, with Max Reimers taking home the second-place trophy, both from TOW.  

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First Place Spelling Bee Champion Lyric Hagen (right) and runner-up Max Reimers, with judges Tom Fay (left), Kathleen Fay, and Jason Viloria.

Contestants were selected from earlier elimination rounds in which 12 finalists emerged from each school.  

Tom Fay served as the emcee and “pronouncer” for the bee, with LBUSD Superintendent Jason Viloria and PTA leader Kathleen Fay assisting as judges. The students and their families enjoyed ice cream sundaes together after the event.


Anneliese Schools Eagles Win DSL Soccer Championship

Anneliese Schools is proud to announce that its co-ed soccer team, led by Coach Jakob Gregersen, was crowned the Development Sports League (DSL) Champions last week. This is the first League title for the Anneliese Eagles and its community of nearly 600 students could not be more excited. 

The Eagles finished their season with an impressive record of eight wins and one loss, finishing nearly undefeated, and allowing only four goals to be scored against them the entire season. 

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Anneliese Eagles Soccer team: (Top row, left to right) Ainoah Feller-Braga, Aidan Kang, Weston Long, Nathan Jackson, Angelina O’Kula, Skylar Iller, Jack Miller, Coach Jakob Gregersen. (Middle row, left to right) Nayan Martlin, Sonia Gupta, Sienna Herdman, Annalyse Vasquez, Alex Stout. (Front row, left to right)

Michael Fuscaldo, Dakota Guzman, Anthony Saadeh.

The DSL is comprised of nine private schools throughout Orange County with student-athletes in 4th through 6th grades. The league offers co-ed soccer, boys flag football, boys and girls basketball, and boys and girls volleyball. Anneliese Schools athletes compete in all of these sports. 

Anneliese Schools has been offering after-school, competitive athletics to its students for the past three years, and to showcase this success so early on in the Program’s existence is quite a feat. Anneliese Schools is grateful for all the love and support its families and the community of Laguna Beach have shown the School and its athletic department.

Anneliese Schools was established in 1968 and is open year round to children two years old through 6th grade at three different locations in Laguna Beach, California. For more information, visit www.annelieseschools.com.

Fly Eagles, fly!


Breakers Baseball finishes regular season with a win, prepares for CIF run

LBHS Baseball finished off its regular season with back-to-back wins against Estancia Tuesday and Wednesday. The Breakers finished the regular season 19-9 overall and 14-1 in league, winning the Orange Coast League for the 6th straight year.  Laguna will move to the Sunset League for the 2018-19 season.

Tuesday’s game featured a strong pitching performance by Jack Loechner as the Breakers defeated Estancia by the score of 8-0. Aidan Booth went 4-5 with 2 RBI and Grady Morgan went 2-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI, leading the Breakers’ offensive attack.

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Senior Sawyer Chesley

Wednesday was Senior Day for Laguna Beach. Laguna will graduate 10 seniors this spring and all 10 saw action in their final regular season game. The game was close until the 5th inning, when Laguna’s bats came alive. The team posted 8 runs in the inning, leading the Breakers to a 13-4 victory. 

Morgan, 2-3 with a double, triple and 2 RBI, and Booth, 3-4 with 3 RBI, again led the offense. Cutter Clawson had three hits and Christian Holm had a 2-RBI double to round out the offensive attack. The Breakers’ seniors dominated the mound Wednesday with Blake Burzell, Remy Mackel, Joe Sweet and Justin Holm all contributing to the win. Mackel picked up the win, throwing one scoreless inning.

Laguna will compete in Division 2 CIF Championship starting next week. The 32-team playoff bracket will be announced on Monday, with the first round starting Thursday.

Regular Season Stat Leaders:

AVG – Aidan Booth .500 (16 games), Michael Kerner .433 (24 games), Grady Morgan .424 (28 games)

2B – Grady Morgan 16, Eric Silva 8, Kolton Freeman 7

3B – Cutter Clawson 2, Kolton Freeman 2, Grady Morgan 2

HR – Grady Morgan 6, Sawyer Chesley 2, Aidan Booth/Jack Loechner/Kolton Freeman/Cutter Clawson 1

Hits – Grady Morgan 39, Jack Loechner 31, Eric Silva/Cutter Clawson/Michael Kerner 26

Runs – Grady Morgan 34, Eric Silva 30

Wins – Jack Loechner 7, Blake Burzell 6

Saves – Eric Silva 4

SO – Blake Burzell 47, Jack Loechner 42, Cutter Clawson 38

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