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Graduation Special Rite of Passage: Class of 2011 graduates with pomp and circumstance San Clemente High seniorswill take the field one last time this week. Photo by Pete Proud and courtesy of South Coast Photographic

Toll Road Fees to Go up by 25 Cents as of July 1

City Fêtes Dance Instructor for 30 Years of Service

SCHS Quarterback Talks about Decision to Commit to Utah




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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Registered sex offenders could be banned from San Juan Capistrano parks, as the City Council on Tuesday discussed joining a growing list of Orange County governments enacting the prohibition. The county first banned registered sex offenders from parks—ranging from regional campgrounds to Dana Point Harbor—in April. Westminster has moved ahead with the law, as has Rancho Santa Margarita. Irvine passed an ordinance that applies only to sex offenders who committed a crime against a child. Under the county ordinance, violators may be punished with up to six months in jail and/or a $500 fine. Mayor Sam Allevato, a retired police officer, asked the council to consider the ordinance, to give authorities another tool, he said. The council will have the ordinance on the agenda at an upcoming meeting.


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DANA POINT The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees on June 13 announced Jason Allemann will take over as principal of Dana Hills High School for the upcoming school year. Allemann has been chosen to fill the position that has been held by Rob Nye since 2006. Nye is leaving the post to lead the district’s adult education program and the newly created West View Academy independent study high school. Prior to Allemann’s four-year stint as principal at Katella High School he served as a middle school principal, high school vice principal and counselor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s in social work and a doctorate in educational leadership. He received his pupil personnel services and administrative credentials from CSU Long Beach. Alleman and Nye officially begin their new assignments July 1.

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… Toll Road Rate Increases?

THE LATEST: It will cost more to ride the toll roads under the 2012 budgets approved this month by the Transportation Corridor Agencies directors. For the first time, a fractional increase was included in FasTrak transactions, as the board—including San Clemente Councilman Jim Dahl—increased FasTrak rates 5 percent and added 25 cents to cash transactions. The increases apply to both the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor (73) and the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor. Driving the entire length of the 73, between San Juan Capistrano and Newport Beach, would now cost $5.75 at peak traffic times and $5 for FasTrak users. Directors also included $18.3 million in the 2012 budget to continue the effort to extend the Foothill south from Oso Road in Rancho Santa Margarita to the San Diego Freeway south of San Clemente. Toll road officials said traffic on the 73 dipped slightly in May 2011 compared to May 2010. Average weekday transactions for May were 78,882, a 1.4 percent decrease. That’s also off from peak traffic in 2007, but the declines have leveled off, officials said. WHAT’S NEXT: The increases take effect on July 1. FIND OUT MORE: See more at —Jonathan Volzke


… More People in San Clemente?

THE LATEST: Residents in San Clemente don’t need the government to tell them more people call the city home than 10 years ago, but recent data from the U.S. San Clemente Times June 23–29, 2011

Census makes it official. Since 2000, San Clemente added 27.2 percent more people, growing from a city of 49,936 in 2000 to 63,522 in 2010, according to data released from the U.S. Census Bureau. But the figures only tell a part of the story. The city also bases its population counts on data from California’s Department of Finance, which draws from 2000 census data and then makes projections each subsequent year until the national census is completed every decade, according to city spokeswoman Laura Ferguson. By those counts, San Clemente actually shrunk by 5,241 residents, going from the state’s count of 68,763 to the current census numbers of 63,522. The number of housing units increased by 5,313 during the decade from 2000 to 2010. Additionally, a total of 7.9 percent of the housing units are vacant as compared to a 6.1 percent vacancy rate in 2000. Also, San Clemente is getting a little older. The median age is 39.7 years, up 1.7 years from 2000. The city now boasts slightly more males at 50.2 percent of the population to females who make up 49.8 percent. The breakdown in 2000 was 50.6 percent male and 49.4 percent female. Notably, 64 percent of residents own their homes versus 36 percent who rent, according to the 2010 Census. Also, 45 percent of residents work in management and professional occupations. WHAT’S NEXT: Ferguson said the city can challenge census figures but has no plans to do so. The difference from state and federal counts isn’t enough to make a significant impact in terms of funding, she said. FIND OUT MORE: Visit to find out more about the city’s population. —Stacie N. Galang

The General Plan Advisory Committee will take up talks of North Beach’s triangle site. Photo by Stacie N. Galang


… More talk about North Beach?

THE LATEST: North Beach returns to the General Plan Advisory Committee for further discussion despite city staff’s recommendation against it. At the City Council’s request, the committee, known as the GPAC, weighed in on the Triangle site at North Beach last month. The group spent nearly three hours discussing the future of the parking area that forms a triangle and answering only two of the five proposed questions. Since then, the city’s consultant hired to assist with the GPAC wrote a memo saying more planning needs to happen before the committee revisits the topic. Director of Community Development Jim Holloway expressed concern at Tuesday night’s meeting that the one parcel was being singled out rather than viewed in the context of the entire General Plan,

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which serves as something of a roadmap for the city. “That’s not good planning in my opinion,” he told the council. Nevertheless, Mayor Lori Donchak asked the committee to finish its discussion in a “60-minute speed dating sort of way.” “It’s just kind of a temperature check,” she said. WHAT’S NEXT: The City Council wants the advisory committee to finish answering the final two questions: What shall occur at the triangle site? What are the priorities for revitalization at North Beach? Where in the list of the city’s other priorities should the area lie? The GPAC will convene another meeting to finish its discussion of North Beach, but the date has not been finalized. FIND OUT MORE: See the latest staff report at the city’s website at www.san-clemente. org. —SNG (Cont. on page 4)

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Residents use the catwalk to Poche Beach. Photo by Stacie N. Galang


… Work to Clean up Poche Beach?

THE LATEST: The Coastal Commission approved the permit for work at Poche Beach, kicking off the first of many required approvals to allow the $3 million water treatment system to bypass an outlet pond and feed directly into the ocean. The ultra violet filtration system installed in 2009 had been designed to bypass the pond, but the commission balked, requiring the water to filter through the pond first and releasing to the ocean naturally. But pollution continued, and Poche Beach once again earned the No. 5 spot on Heal the Bay’s Beach Bummer List. Orange County, which oversees Poche, has conducted testing to take to the agencies to show the treatment system is in fact working, but needs the permitting agencies to give the green light. The Coastal Commission’s permit for outlet maintenance was approved June 15 with conditions, including the approval of the San Diego Regional Water Board and the Army Corps of Engineers. Meanwhile, the catwalk—and main access to Poche—has been underwater since June 14, three days after Mayor Lori Donchak hosted her walk at the pollution-

plagued beach, according to one resident. “Unfortunately, we are back to business as usual now that the Mayor’s Walk has come and gone,” said Paige Foreman, an executive board member of the Shorecliff’s Beach Club. Susan Brodeur, senior civil engineer with OC Parks, said the Coastal Commission’s approval allows her agency to conduct outlet maintenance. She said the San Diego Regional Water Board has not yet given a time when it expects to make its decision. The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to post its 30-day public notice this week. The federal agency would issue or deny a permit after the notice period, according to Brodeur. Brodeur said aside from possible flooding at high tide at night, she did not believe the catwalk at Poche Beach has been flooded. She said OC Parks has a camera near the access and she has seen it clear for use. WHAT’S NEXT: For its part, the city is working with the county to schedule meetings at Poche Beach with key players to educate them on the outlet management permit, said Assistant City Engineer Tom Bonigut. FIND OUT MORE: Visit for more updates. —SNG

• Must See TV: Mayor Lori Donchak’s Walk downtown in May has been immortalized in a video that can be seen on the city’s website. The 10-minute show called “Celebrate Downtown” features Downtown Business Association Michael Kaupp as a co-host with Donchak. The video can also be seen twice daily on the local cable access channel. To view it online, visit aspx?VideoID=263. • City Recognitions: Joe and Mary Anna Anderson were recognized for their years of community service and civic participation at the City Council meeting Tuesday night. The former city councilman and his wife were named to the city’s Wall of Recognition and were handed their plaque from Donchak. • Latest Updates: Sydney Adams earned recognition at the same council meeting Tuesday “for her commitment to update the council and citizens of San Clemente on campus activities at San Clemente High.” The high school junior has regularly apprised City Council members of her school’s goings-on. In giving Adams her certificate, Donchak noted the student showed such poise when making her presentations.

... Staffing at the New Aquatics Center?

THE LATEST: Going private may not always be better when it comes to city operations. The City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday night to approve a plan that would keep operations of the aquatics center at the under-construction La Pata-Vista Hermosa Sports Park in-house rather than paying an outside operator. Despite prevailing wisdom that privatizing is less costly, an analysis by city staff showed that a publicly run pool operation better fit the city’s budget and philosophy, said Parks Director Sharon Heider to the City Council Tuesday night. Heider said the city received proposals from the YMCA and recreation asset management company KemperSports, which was quickly eliminated because its costs were higher from the get-go than the city’s. After the analysis, Heider eventually ruled out the YMCA because its board is drawn from all over Orange County and would not be focused on San Clemente. The YMCA would also start another recreational swim team taking more pool time, and would make its programs a priority. The staff report said a city-run program can “more effectively and efficiently plan the aquatics programming in San Clemente.” WHAT’S NEXT: The city estimated the total operational costs at $495,155 and revenue at $341,598 for the six months of operation in fiscal 2012, according to the staff report. FIND OUT MORE: See the staff report at —SNG Have a story idea or topic you would like to read about? Send your suggestions to


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City and Community Calendar Thursday, June 23 SCC Leadership Meeting 9 a.m. San Clemente Collaborative group meets at the Community Resource Center. 119 N. de la Estrella, 949.547.7260 ,

Friday, June 24 Dark Friday City offices closed; Seniors’ Birthday Celebration 12 p.m. Join the Senior Center for a celebration of June birthdays with entertainment by Glenn Gillette, pianist. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322. Morning Bird Walk 8 a.m.-10 a.m. The Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy hosts a bird walk; bring binoculars and bird guides. Cost: adults $10, kids $5. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, Membership Orientation & Ambassador’s Council Meetings 12 p.m., 1 p.m. San Clemente Chamber meets at Round Table Pizza. 612 Camino De Los Mares, 949.492.1131,

Monday, June 27 Mom Business Associates 12 p.m. Support and education group for mom business owners at Lavender Lounge Tea Company. 104 N. El Camino Real Suite B, 760-MOM2359, Sunshine Art Camp San Clemente Art Supply hosts art camps for kids ages 5-8 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) and ages 9-12 (2 p.m.-5 p.m.). Projects are themed around 20th century modern masters like Picasso, Matisse and Chagall. 1531 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.369.6603, Fun on the Run 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. After-school traveling activity program meets Monday through Friday at various times and locations.

Thursday, June 30 Dementia Lecture 8 a.m.-10 a.m. The public is invited to a free informative lecture at the San Clemente Villas titled “Validating the Older Person With Dementia.” RSVP. 660 Camino De Los Mares, 949.289.1534,

Joe and Mary Anna Anderson accept their plaque from Mayor Lori Donchak. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

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Fiesta Meeting 4 p.m. San Clemente Chamber of Commerce meeting at OC Tavern. 2369 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.1131,

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SC Sheriff’s Blotter Complied by Kylie Corbett

All information below is obtained from the

around on an embankment near a street, a citizen worried that they’d hit a car and called the police. DRUNK IN PUBLIC Pasadena Court/Avenida Monterey, 600 Block (6:53 p.m.) A 17-year-old girl sat at a table on the pier with several beers and talked to herself. DISTURBANCE Legendario/Diamante (4:47 p.m.) A man explained to authorities that he crossed paths with a female and her dog and confronted her after having an altercation with her Rottweiler early last week. He became threatened by the woman after she started following him and asking where he lives.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department Web site ( and reflects data available from calls placed from the field by the responding officer(s). An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.

Tuesday, June 21 DISTURBANCE-MUSIC OR PARTY El Portal/Chiquita, 100 Block (2 a.m.) A group of people were gathered in a known gang-injunction area, making loud noises, but ran away before the deputies arrived. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Pico, 700 Block (2:29 p.m.) A man walking a hot pink bike was seen in front of the high school screaming and yelling. MUNICIPLE CODE VIOLATIONS Camino Mira Costa/Camino de Estrella (12:19 p.m.) A 40-year-old man had three trash bags of recyclables and continued to steal more until deputies found him. ABANDONED VEHICLE Calle la Veta/Calle Guaymas (11:35 a.m.) A citizen told authorities a car with paper plates inside has been parked in the same place for several years.

UNKNOWN TROUBLE Avenida Granada, 200 Block (1:27 p.m.) A woman standing by the pier yelled for help as she flagged down a person in an unknown vehicle. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES El Camino Real/Avenida Santa Margarita, 100 Block (1:24 p.m.) Authorities arrested a 16-year-old female who appeared to be under the influence, after she wandered from door to door, asking for an unknown person. DEFRAUDING AN INNKEEPER Avenida San Luis Rey/Avenida Calafia, 2600 Block (11:09 a.m.) A woman left a hotel on foot without paying. She did leave behind her necklace and identification. ABANDONED VEHICLE Boca de La Playa/Calle Descheca, 100 Block (10:46 a.m.) A resident called deputies after finding out about an abandoned Jet Ski in an alleyway behind a club. The person also mentioned that people were coming and taking parts off of it.

DISTURBANCE-MUSIC OR PARTY El Portal/Chiquita, 100 Block (2 a.m.) A group of people were gathered in a known gang-injunction area, making loud noises but ran away before the deputies arrived.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Del Presidente/Avenida San Luis Rey, 3100 Block (7:39 a.m.) Nervous parents became worried for their children’s safety when a homeless man wearing a coonskin hat blocked the sidewalk. The man continued to go through his belongings, forcing the children to go out of their way to continue on to school.

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WELFARE CHECK Avenida Fuentes/Avenida Espada, 2100 Block (9:13 p.m.) A woman from the East Coast called deputies about a friend she believes has no money and is starving to death. Deputies went to the friend’s house, but she refused to let them in, and instead talked to them through her security door. She stated that she has back problems but is able to care for herself.

911 HANG UP Avenida San Gabriel, 2200 Block (2:38 p.m.) After hearing gunshots and screaming from a surrounding apartment, a neighbor called authorities from a payphone. When deputies arrived at the apartment, a male was arrested for a bench warrant but authorities found no evidence of a gunshot.

TRAFFIC HAZARD Camino de Los Mares/Calle Nuevo (6:42 p.m.) After watching teenagers throw rocks San Clemente Times June 23–29, 2011

VANDALISM IN PROGRESS Avenida San Luis Rey/Calle Del Comercio, 2700 Block (2:27 a.m.) A homeowner heard glass breaking and found one of their windows broken. The caller didn’t see

anyone and was too scared to look outside to see who did it. TRAFFIC STOP Avenida Palizada/Ola Vista, 200 Block (1:41 a.m.) Deputies took a 23-year-old man, who is on probation, into custody after searching through his vehicle.

Saturday, June 18 SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Camino Mira Costa/Avenida Las Palmas, 400 Block (10:43 p.m.) A 29-year-old man learning to drive was arrested after he circled the parking lot of a wine store for hours. BATTERY REPORT La Esperanza/Calle Cortez, 100 Block (8:04 p.m.) A referee claimed that he was slapped on the hand at work today. FOLLOW UP REPORT La Esperanza/Calle Cortez, 100 Block (1:28 p.m.) When a man found out his car had been towed, he called authorities wanting to explain the pistol in his car. PETTY THEFT REPORT Calle Colina, 1500 Block (10:15 a.m.) A citizen left his personal belongings on the beach by accident and later called authorities when he saw the items for sale on Craigslist.

Friday, June 17 DISTURBANCE South El Camino Real/Calle Del Comercio (11:39 p.m.) A woman was talking to her husband on the phone when she heard him get into a physical dispute with another man. The husband’s location was obtained from the GPS on his cell. MISSING ADULT Avenida Vista Montana/Calle Pastadero, 1200 Block (10:42 p.m.) A husband called authorities to let them know his 35-year-old wife was missing but believed that she is not at risk. DISTURBANCE Via Solona/Calle Sarmentoso (9:59 p.m.) After seeing kids run, yell, and throw things at vehicles speeding up and down the street, a worried citizen decided to call authorities. SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE Calle Amanecer/Calle Recodo, 1000 Block (9:07 p.m.) A business owner called to report suspicious mini vans circling the parking lot, paying particular interest to a snowmobile outside a neighboring business. The owner requested increased patrolling of the area for the evening. TRESPASSING Plaza Estival, 300 Block (7:38 p.m.) Five teenagers were playing basketball in a complex that they don’t live in. The landlord Page 7

asked them to leave, and they refused. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Palizada/Marquita, 500 Block (7:03 p.m.) A concerned business owner called authorities when he found out there was a group of eight to nine people behind his business dealing drugs. DISTURBANCE Torrenterra/Llano Street, 2800 Block (5:53 p.m.) A woman called 911 claiming that her daughter-in-law had assaulted her only minutes before the phone call. The line then went dead, and the 911 operator attempted to call back, but was directed straight to voicemail. TRAFFIC HAZARD Avenida Cabrillo/Calle Seville (4:31 p.m.) After seeing teenagers use a table as a bike ramp in the middle of the street, a driver decided to contact authorities because it was blocking traffic. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Via Merluza/Corte Calamar, 2400 Block (2:54 p.m.) A person in a purple hat was seen in a parking lot drinking alcohol and looking into cars. SUSPCIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Pico/Avenida Estacion (12:37 p.m.) A coffee shop employee called the police after seeing the same person return and continue to loiter. DISTURBANCE-AUTO INVOLVED Avenida Pico/Avenida Presidio (12:25 p.m.) Three teenagers began throwing schoolbooks and papers out the window of a vehicle as they exited the school’s parking lot. OPEN DOOR Calle Frontera/Calle Embocadura, 700 Block (10:25 a.m.) A community member noticed that a neighbor’s front door was open, but no one was home. Deputies arrived to the house to check it out, but found nothing out of the ordinary. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Monterey Lane/Avenida Del Mar, 100 Block (1:47 a.m.) A neighbor began to hear a man banging on someone’s screen door and quickly contacted authorities. The neighbor also told authorities that the man was in his underwear. The man later returned to his room. WELFARE CHECK Costero Magestuoso, 2500 Block (12:27 a.m.) A concerned friend called authorities, and asked them to check on a close friend whose husband had been arrested by the FBI. No one could reach her, including family members, she was not answering her cell and her house phone had been disconnected. Both the family members and friend considered this to be unusual for her.

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Compiled by Stacie N. Galang

Props, Recognitions and Morsels of Info Donation Boosts Boys & Girls Club

Lisa Newell of Newell Insurance Agency stands with Kent Campbell, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club, and student participants. Courtesy photo u Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area in San Clemente receives a $500 donation from Lisa Newell, Farmers Insurance Agency owner in San Clemente, as part of Farmers Community Sponsorship program. Newell made the donation last month.

Republican Women Give Out Scholarships to Three

Club. Last year, more than 144 golfers participated, playing 18 holes of golf, chowing down on chicken and hamburgers for lunch and availing themselves of the opportunity to win a hole-in-one car sponsored by Allen Cadillac. Golfers could also receive a massage by Burke Williams while on the course and win prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive. Last year, more than 4,200 golf balls dropped out of the helicopter and three winners took home a total of $3,000. This year’s fundraiser includes the features of last year’s followed by a cocktail reception, entertainment by a steel drum band and black jack for raffle prizes like a 42-inch flat screen television and a set of golf clubs. The day culminates with a catered banquet honoring a former SCHS Triton football player. This year’s honoree is Dylan Newman, a 1994 graduate who also played football for the U.S. Air Force Academy and now serves as a major in the Air Force. The donation to participate is $150 or $30 to attend the banquet only. The event is open to the public. The evening also features a live and silent auction with more than 60 baskets, sporting event tickets, unrestricted airline tickets and restaurants certificates. All proceeds directly benefit the SCHS Football team. For more information, visit or call Patrick Knauf at 949.201.5823.

Dan Yeilding and Ramona Maney give Sherry Wild, center, her $10,000 check. Courtesy photo

Century 21 O.M.A. has issued a $10,000 check to sellers as a way to increase the activity and attention to their properties. The 10K program, started by owners Ramona Maney and Dan Yeilding, is a drawing that provides a 1-in-44 chance of winning the $10,000 prize to agents who sold a designated 10K listing. Wild was the last agent selected as part of the reverse drawing. The agency plans to hold an 11th drawing.

Yucky Ducky Team Finishes Mud Run in Fashion

from the California Garden Clubs, Inc., the parent organization of the San Clemente Garden Club. She went on to win the regional contest before advancing to the national competition with her essay, “The Environment – Our Personal Responsibility.” The Dani Ethington. Courtesy photo national organization is composed of 50 state garden clubs plus the National Capital Area club and includes 6,218 member garden clubs and 198,595 members. Her award includes a $1,000 college scholarship. Since her freshman year, Ethington has been a regular junior gardener volunteer with the San Clemente Garden Club where she has helped to establish and plant the gardens at Concordia Elementary and participated in annual garden club outreach events such as GardenFest, Character Counts and Earth Day plantings at San Clemente State Beach. She is also a member of the Environmental Club of SCHS.

Guild Raises Nearly $50K to Support OC AIDS Services

Brownie Troop Cleans North Beach, Collects Trash From left, Nichole Hines, Brad Kerr, Anja Hines, Claire Sussex, Sheri Sussex, and Warren Sussex of Team Yucky Ducky finished the Mud Run. Courtesy photo Thomas Cook, Cara Cabodi and Megan Conlon received the San Clemente Area Republican Women Club’s 2011 scholarships. Courtesy photo u Three San Clemente High School seniors were awarded $1,000 June 8 at the monthly meeting of the San Clemente Area Republican Women. The club’s 2011 scholarship winners were Cara Cabodi, Megan Conlon and Thomas Cook. The scholarships come with “no strings attached,” according to Chalone Warman, club vice president because, “we wouldn’t be good Republicans if we presumed to know more than you do about how to best spend your own money.” At the SCHS Senior Awards on June 1, the students received a copy of Letters to a Young Conservative by Dinesh D’Souza as well as a political button stating, “Is it 2012 yet?” All three scholarship winners will be attending a four-year university in the fall.

SCHS Football Hosts Golf Fundraiser at Talega Course u The San Clemente High School Football

Program is holding its annual Hall of Fame Golf Tournament Fundraiser June 24 at Talega Golf San Clemente Times June 23–29, 2011

Brownie Troop 2051 recently cleaned up North Beach. Courtesy photo u San Clemente’s Brownie Troop 2051, led by Desiree Nelson, recently conducted a cleanup at North Beach. The Brownies received a safety briefing prior to dividing into three groups and walking the beach in a line to comb the top area of sand along the shoreline. The troop finished their cleanup by collecting several bags of trash.

u Started by Anja Hines, Claire Sussex and Warren Sussex, Team Yucky Ducky of San Clemente finished its 10th Mud Run at Camp Pendleton. This year, the team also included Nichole Hines and Brad Kerr. All team members and their ducks survived the 10K race and obstacle course. They were encouraged by Marines at the mud pit crawl yelling, “Leave no Duck Behind.” “The ducks came in really handy for the lake crossing,” said Claire Sussex. “(We) picked up our feet and just floated across on the ducks. The ducks will return next year.”

SCHS Junior Wins $1,000 Scholarship for Essay u San Clemente High junior Dani Ethington was named this year’s National Garden Club’s high school essay contest winner. Ethington, 17, competed and won first place

Bill And Gaby Eborall of San Clemente attended The Friends of Dorothy Guild Spring on the Runway Fashion Show. Photo by Doug Gifford u The Irvine-based Friends of Dorothy Guild of AIDS Services Foundation Orange County raised $46,500 during its May 25 Rave II – Spring on the Runway Fashion Show. The show presented 42 items that included fantasy gowns and cocktail dresses from Los Angeles designer Clay Sadler, men’s wear from Brooks Brothers South Coast Plaza, leather from West Coast Leather of San Francisco and the always popular fashion show finale—underwear by Freedom Reigns. The organization raised funds to support the foundation’s programs, including client assistance, community outreach and education. Bill and Gaby Eborall of San Clemente attended this year’s fashion show for the first time and had a great time, according to a press release from the event.

Realtor Wins $10,000 u Sherry Wild of Luxre Realty received $10,000 June 16 from San Clemente’s Century 21 O.M.A. as part of the agency’s 10K program. Wild’s prize marks the 10th time

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After reading about San Clemente’s new Left Coast Beer Brewing Company and the San Clemente Beer Festival, I was reminded of something that happened in the small town of San Clemente about 60 years ago. In the early 1950s the price of beer went up. Consequently many local residents decided to brew their own. Sometimes with disastrous results. My father and a few neighbors used an old garage behind one of the original Ole Hanson homes on Cadiz Street as their brewery. Other novice brewers used their garages or other inconspicuous places to concoct their home brew. After collecting as many beer bottles as possible they began the process of boiling and fermentation. Very few had any experience brewing beer, so it was a trial-and-error process. Having discussed the process with others in town, my father and his friend Eric gathered the ingredients and mixed up their home brew. Everything initially went as planned. Very shortly they had a whole garage lined with full beer bottles. It was a hot summer so the temperature in the garages got very warm. This, along


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with an error in the brewing process, led to the expansion of gases in the bottles. The addition of too much corn syrup will over-carbonate the beer and cause the bottles to explode. During that summer a series of small explosions occurred throughout the town. Everyone kept quiet so as not to get in trouble with the law. The amateur brewers would carefully approach their closed garages, but after hearing the exploding bottles and flying glass they decided it was not a good idea to open their garage doors for a while. I was 7 years old and was expressly forbidden from going anywhere near my father’s exploding brewery. It took several weeks before the explosions stopped. When they opened the garage doors they were overwhelmed by the smell of stale beer and the devastation done by the flying glass. It took quite a while to clean up the mess. After that, many gave up brewing and paid the higher prices for beer at the liquor store. I guess if those early beer brewers had been successful, we might still have a locally brewed beer called “San Clemente Blast.”

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It’s time for a reality check—not wild, irrelevant statements that are intended to inflame, not inform. The redundant statements by the “greenies” at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, their broad generalizations, must be challenged. They want to shut down San Onofre now. Why? Because it’s creating so much hazardous nuclear waste fuel every hour, and it’s in the tsunami zone. But they left out an important detail— this creation (heat generation) is taking place inside the pressure vessel where, in adjacent sealed tubes, water is super heated. That water then is pumped to the steam generator to create steam for the turbine-generator, then pumped back into

the pressure vessel to be heated again. All of this is taking place inside the steel reinforced “Dolly Parton” domes. By the way, these domes can be entered by humans while the plant is in operation. The tsunami threat is not from the spent fuel that is inside the dome, and then inside the pressure vessel. It is the spent fuel stored in open-air ponds outside the domes. Place the blame where it lies—with the federal government, Congress, the Senate and specifically Sen. Harry Reid. For years, after the law was passed by Congress and signed by the president, the federal government has demanded that utilities—who generate electrical energy from nuclear generating stations—collect from the users of that energy a surcharge on their electric bills. This to pay for the future construction, temporary off-site storage of spent fuel and ultimately its reprocessing for use again in a nuclear reactor. Storage on site at a generating station was to be temporary, only after annual refueling of the reactor and never for more than a few months. The money has been, and is being, collected from all electric energy customers in California, and in all other states with nuclear power. Federal studies were made, a site selected that was far away from ground water or seismic zones, test tunnels were bored. All was ready for final congressional approval for the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada when Harry Reid intervened and persuaded his then Democrat-controlled Senate to kill the bill—to kill Yucca Mountain as a permanent storage site. But he no longer has a majority, and spent fuel still resides at every one of the nuclear generating stations in the country. The immediate issue for San Clemente is the tsunami threat, and it is there whether or not the plant is shut down. It needs to be moved from its ocean-front lot, and the ideal spot for a better temporary storage is Yucca Mountain. And if all the environ-

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Correction: Because not all the information was provided, a News Bite on Vista Del Mar Middle School’s Mako Pride Awards on page 10 of the June 6 issue needs clarification. In all, 49 students were awarded medals for completing more than 20 hours of community and school service. Students received medals for one, two and three years of service. The photo shown represented only 12 of the bronze medal recipients.

mentalists pushed for this as their absolute first priority, the benefits to everyone in San Clemente would come in months, not years. Arguments for and against San Onofre, or nuclear power in general, need to take a back seat until this hazardous material is quickly removed from the site. We all should join in a common focused effort to make this San Clemente’s first priority for changes at San Onofre. We need to push our senators and our representative for action. This is not a budget issue. The money is already in an escrowed account. It’s policy that Congress can make. Spent fuel goes to temporary storage at Yucca Mountain now. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. San Clemente Times reserves the right to edit readersubmitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.



SC S a n C le m e n te

The List A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. Compiled by Tawnee Prazak



Rod Frias 5:30 p.m. Live entertainment at Irons in the Fire. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900,


Casa Romantica’s Gone Fishin’

The multi-dimensional exhibition Gone Fishin’ opens Sunday, June 26 at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens and explores the cultural importance and history of fishing in Southern California. Live music, refreshments and kids’ activities are planned for the opening from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include a welcome by Don Hansen of Dana Wharf Sportfishing, Mike Farrior and Bob DeNault of the Catalina Island Tuna Club and iconic San Clemente fisherman Kenny Nielsen. “Fishing has been my life, and I cannot wait to share my story and the story of fishing in Southern California with the community,” Nielsen said. The exhibition is presented as part of the Casa’s annual summertime “Coast Culture” programming and includes a multifaceted display on fishing and its contribution to the region’s lifestyle and culture—from big-game and commercial fishing to pleasure fishing, marine conservation and sustainability. Visitors will see for the first time an array of historic photographs that capture the early days of fishing, including boats leaving from the San Clemente Pier. A collection of Acjachemen American Indian artifacts and vintage fishing memorabilia will also be on display. Casa Romantica will also host a series of evening presentations and lunch-time brown bag lunches to complement Gone Fishin’. The first is slated for June 29 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit or call 949.498.2139.

AustraliaN Wine Tasting 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Tik Tok Winery. Tasting fee is $15 for seven wines with cheese, crackers and chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, Movies in the Park: Despicable Me 8 p.m. The city of Dana Point presents a free showing of Despicable Me at Lantern Bay Park. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530,

Satin Blues 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

Dana Point Concours d’ Elegance 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Weekend-long annual celebration of automotive elegance with private car collections on display, art, auctions and much more at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. General admission $30. Weekend hours extended. 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 800.839.7520,

Blue Largo 7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,

Entropy 9 p.m. Live music and Aloha Friday at BeachFire; dress “island style” for specials. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Willie K 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,



Morning Bird Walk 8 a.m.-10 a.m. The Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy hosts a bird walk. Adults $10, kids $5. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778,

Britney Spears 7:30 p.m. The hit star performs at the Honda Center with special guests Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo. Tickets start at $30.50. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500, South Coast Singers in Concert 7:30 p.m. Concert featuring music of American composers at the InSpirit Center. Tickets $18 advance, $20 door. Additional show on June 25 in Laguna Woods. 25782 Obrero Drive, Unit D, Mission Viejo, 949-613-7840, Common Sense 8 p.m. Reggae concert at The Coach House, also featuring John Sotter, Worm And The Night Crawlers, Motavation. $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, Rising Nick Terrafranca 8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, San Clemente Times June 23–29, 2011

Kimo West Slack Key Concert 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Concert at Hulaville. Tickets $5. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905,


2nd Annual Dana Point Lobster Fest 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club’s Lobster Fest with an all-you-can-eat buffet benefiting local charities at Doheny State Beach. $75. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point,


10th Annual Paint San Clemente Art Show and Gala 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Art show and sale at the Community Center with work by the artists who entered the weeklong event until 4 p.m. At 6 p.m. Saturday the awards gala begins. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.369.0260, Wine Tasting 1 p.m.-8 p.m. DaVine Food & Wine hosts wine tastings every Friday, Saturday and Sunday featuring their hand-selected wines paired with cheese. Cost $15-$18. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, Page 12

San Clemente Community Market Lecture Series 5 p.m. Pamm Larry, food activist, visits The Coop to give an update on a proposed California Ballot Initiative to require labeling of genetically modified organisms in food. 1506 Calle Valle, San Clemente, 949.682.3002, www. Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series 6:30 p.m. Mission San Juan Capistrano kicks off its annual concert series with a performance by The Derek Bordeaux Group (Motown, Soul and R&B). Tickets start at $28. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, Live Music Cruise 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Dana Wharf’s Saturday music cruise. Bar onboard. $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, Great American Backyard Campout Join OC Parks, REI and thousands of campers for a family event at Caspers Wilderness Park. Reserve online. $5 per vehicle. 33401 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.923.2207, Country Western Classics 8 p.m. Live country music at Agostino’s. Tickets $15. 34700 Coast Hwy., Capistrano Beach, 949.661.8266, Funniest Housewives Of Orange County 8 p.m. Comedy show and male dancers at The Coach House. $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


Local Sunday Sessions 6 p.m. Night of local musicians performing at Cabrillo Playhouse, featuring Brieann Glass, Anthony Small and Jeff Winn and Ron Zambrano. Suggested donation of $5. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,


San Clemente Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine. (Cont. on page 14) THIS WEEK’S WEATHER 6.23 Partly Cloudy H: 75° L: 61° 6.24 Mostly Cloudy H: 73° L: 59° 6.25 Mostly Cloudy H: 71° L: 59°

6.26 Mostly Cloudy H: 74° L: 61° 6.27 Partly Cloudy H: 75° L: 61° 6.28 Sunny H: 75° L: 63° 6.29 Sunny H: 73° L: 62°

GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 12) Summer Concerts in the Park 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. The city of Dana Point presents its annual free concert series at Heritage Park. Tonight is Bella Donna, a Tribute to Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac. 34400 Old Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.248.3530,

SC Times Restaurant Spotlight

Barth’s 27221 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano CA 92675, 949.388.4978,

Ashun 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, Midnight Ride 2:30 p.m. Live music at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, Kids’ Fishing 12 p.m. Free fishing clinic on the dock followed by a half-day fishing trip for kids hosted by Dana Wharf every Sunday. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, Corey Leal 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,


WaterWorks: Soak Up the Science 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibition on the world of water at the Discovery Science Center. Adults $12.95, kids $9.95. Open daily. 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.542.2823,


Tequila Tasting Dinner 6 p.m. Salt Creek Grille presents a special three-course dinner with paired drinks. Cost $25 each. Call for reservations. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949-661-7799, Comedy Show 9:30 p.m. Comedians get some laughs at Hennessey’s every Monday night. Free. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121, Jamie Arroyo Soccer Academy 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Award-winning summer break soccer camp runs today through June 29 for ages 6-15 at Liberty Park in San Clemente. Cost $100. 949.291.2678,

Best known for: Scratch-made continental cuisine Most Popular item: Original schnitzel When Rene and Sonja Barth decided to move their family from Germany to America, they knew they would have to open an eatery. “We owned a restaurant there, too,” said Rene Barth. “Much bigger, many more employees. But we wanted to make something smaller and more like home.” The criteria behind Barth’s were simple. First, everything needed to be fresh Crispy schnitzel sandwich. Courtesy photo to account for Sonja Barth’s allergy to preservatives. From soup stock to sauerkraut to sausage, the Barths decided homemade dishes were their top priority. The new restaurant would also have a menu that paid homage to their heritage. “We want to make the food that our mothers and grandmothers taught us to make,” said Sonja Barth. The restaurant has been open less than two weeks, but the husband and wife team have already had return customers. “We have a lot of fun with them,” said Rene Barth, who can frequently be found truant from his kitchen station, socializing with and amusing his customers. If friendly service and quality food weren’t enough, Barth’s boasts economical prices and an extensive offering of the family’s favorite German beers. Reservations: Not needed Price Range: $1-$17 Payment: Cash, credit Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m., closed Sunday Go to and under “Getting Out” share your thoughts about this week’s restaurant.

Sunshine Art Camp San Clemente Art Supply hosts art camps for kids ages 5-8 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) and ages 9-12 (2 p.m.-5 p.m.). Projects are themed around 20th century modern masters like Picasso, Matisse, Dali and Chagall. 1531 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.369.6603,



Cheryl Silverstein 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live vocalist at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.

Two-for-One at the Wharf Dana Wharf has half price on all fishing trips. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


Art Alexakis of Everclear Brings Acoustic Set to The Coach House


or Art Alexakis, charismatic frontman and driving force behind the multi-platinum powerhouse Everclear, there’s truly no debate about evolution. If you’re not growing and changing and getting creative with your classic songs over time, he says, “then you’re not a band, you’ve become a jukebox.” And every so often, to remind oneself that making music is still the invigorating joy it’s always been, it’s a great idea to take a look back at the music writer’s classic songs, as Alexakis does on Everclear’s 429 Records debut, In A Different Light. We caught up with Alexakis on his thoughts about the upcoming show. What was the impetus for an acoustic set? How does that fit in with the Coach House as a venue? In the past, I’ve always performed solo acoustic sets at the beginning of a new album cycle to showcase the new material I was recording at the time, but in the past few years I’ve been performing solo acoustic concerts all around the country because it stretches me as an artist. It’s just me and my guitar. It’s also a lot of fun

San Clemente Times June 23–29, 2011

By Cory Saul

and provides much more interaction with the audience than when I play with Everclear. Unlike most performers, I look forward to being heckled … I will enthusiastically heckle back. What has influenced your evolving musical style over the years? Did your daughters play a significant role as many kids do with their musician parents? I think living life has been the main thing to influence me in my writing ... and both of my daughters are a part of that for sure ... I think learning and growing and learning how to express my experiences as well as constantly trying to improve my craft as a songwriter has helped me. What’s next with regards to Everclear? We are working on a brand new Everclear album, and we hope to have it out by fall. Tickets will be going fast so make sure you call the Coach House and get yours soon. Art Alexakis performs The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. The Show is Saturday, July 2, and tickets are $20. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. SC —A.J. Bardzilowski Page 14

Benny / Flamenco Guitar 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


The History of Sport Fishing and the Catalina Island Tuna Club 7 p.m. Special guests Mike Farrior and Bob DeNault at Casa Romantica in conjunction with the new “Gone Fishin’” exhibit. General admission $7. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


Rihanna With Special Guests 7:30 p.m. The hit star performs at the Honda Center with special guests Cee Lo Green and J. Cole. Tickets start at $23.75. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500, Summer Series: Cheese & Wine Pairing Class 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company hosts an event featuring Starr Cornwall, cheesemonger, and Eric Reichenbach, wine sommelier, to explore the wines and cheeses of California. $35 for five wines, cheeses and materials. Reservations required. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067, Dana Point Historical Society Annual BBQ 6 p.m. The DPHS presents its annual barbecue at Doheny State Park featuring lots of food, socializing, a scholarship award ceremony and much more festivities. Cost $20-$25. 949.248.8121, Andrew Corradini 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Acoustic music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799, Hart & Soul 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Oldies music at Adele’s. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.481.1222, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to

Graduation Special


Graduates Celebrate Good Times San Clemente Sends off Class of 2011 in Style BY EVELYN CAICEDO

he diverse Class of 2011 came together this year to form a picture of unity, community and accomplishment. San Clemente is a one high school town, making graduation a truly community event, said San Clemente High Principal George Duarte. He commended the city for producing “an incredible class.” “We couldn’t have done it without the community,” he said. The 779 San Clemente High School graduates walked across the stage on Wednesday at Thalassa Stadium to receive their diploma. Senior graduation speakers were Quinn Hatoff, the Triton of the Year, and Yanchen Zhang, the Scholar of Scholars. The ceremony included performances by San Clemente High School Symphony Orchestra playing the prelude, Pomp and Circumstance and a recessional. The elite vocal group Madrigals also accompanied the other musicians. Selected junior students participated in the ceremony by carrying a daisy and served as an escort for the seniors as they be entered the field, which was organized by receptionist Susan Austin and teacher Kelley Holt. “In my speech, I encourage my classmates to follow their inner passions while

taking full advantage of the new freedom we experience as our compulsory educations draw to a close,” Hatoff, who plans to study government at Harvard University, said. “One must remember that our lives are definite, yet our inner desires infinite. High school has given us the foundation. Now, it is time for us to follow our hearts and pursue what makes us tick.” Zhang plans on attending Dartmouth College with a major in neuroscience. “The path ahead is full of hope, opportunity and promise. My advice to my senior class is to make the most of it and never regret your choices,” Zhang said. Senior Class President Cassidy Bennett led the seniors to the final step of graduating by directing the students to turn their tassels to the left. Bennett will attend Brown University to study international and environmental studies. In recent weeks, seniors have been celebrating their end to high school by holding senior events, including a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm, prom, a barbecue and a brunch. “Our senior Knott’s trip was a blast. I was so excited that so many people wore their senior shirts to celebrate their

class,” Bennett said. “I have had so much fun getting to know the senior class this year. It is amazing to see a class so different come together and celebrate their accomplishments as one. Our class has amazing opportunities to make a difference and change this world.” Bennett was among four other candidates for Triton of the Year, which included Tyler Karahalios, Camen Piho and Andre Vleisides and Hatoff who received the award. “My class never ceases to amaze me. It was an honor to share the same stage at senior awards with the other four Triton of the Year nominees,” Hatoff said. “The variety in our passions, activities and goals is a testament to the quality of our school and the range of opportunities our teachers and staff have provided us with.” Duarte said that there were many moments throughout the year that stand out, but one was the senior awards that took place on June 2. “There were so many outstanding students recognized for their amazing achievements. That reconfirmed my faith of how extraordinary the students at San Clemente High School are,” he said. “There were even some students

that didn’t make the top five that were so accomplished of their time, intellect and talent. These kids are going to go places.” Along with the award ceremony and senior events, the athletic teams shared highlights throughout the year. Duarte said there were so many memorable athletic events such as the girls’ water polo team earning the CIF title and the girls’ soccer team taking both CIF and the state championships, but the boys’ soccer team’s victory really had him beaming with pride. “The event that really made me feel amazed by our student body was when the boys’ soccer team traveled to Downey for the championships,” Duarte said. “The kids that traveled up there to support their team and do something that has never been done at SCHS was spirited, unifying, exciting and was a nail biter. The coaches and the athletes did not disappoint.” Duarte thanked the students for letting him join them the past four years on their journey through high school. “I am really excited to see what is in store for them,” the principal said. “They have unlimited potential and I hope they make decisions very carefully.” Best of luck, Class of 2011. •

Cream of the Crop Carry on Tradition Valedictorians reflect on time at San Clemente High, set sights on future BY AUSTIN REEGAN

esterday, nearly 800 beaming students, diplomas in hand, walked the field of San Clemente High School’s Thalassa Stadium, culminating four years of hard work and dedication. In most respects, the graduation was as traditional as such an event can be—caps and gowns, inspirational messages, proud parents. Traditional, that is, with the exception of a single aspect. San Clemente High School’s Class of 2011 consists of not one, but 84 valedictorians. Oftentimes, the valedictorian of any graduating class is the one individual whose academic accomplishments outshine those of the rest. This is not the case at San Clemente High School. There is no limit to the number of valedictorians a class may boast. Rather, any student who maintains a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 or above is honored with the distinction. According to San Clemente’s team of academic advisers, it has been more than two and a half decades since the school named just one graduate as valedictorian. Over the years, San Clemente High class valedictorians have shown themselves to be the cream of the crop, embodying some truly remarkable qualities and achieving success in countless endeavors. This year’s elite group is no exception. These students have braved numerous Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and honors classes, all while staying active in a wide range of extracurricular activities. Cassidy Bennett, who will be attending Brown University, has been actively involved in the school’s Associated Student Body as well as the growing Invisible Children organization, a group she hopes to continue working with throughout college. UCLA-bound graduate Allison Newell says she has grown through, “club participation, playing for the SCHS girls basketball team and taking intellectually stimulating classes.” Standing on platforms of accomplishment, the valedictorians look to the future with high expectations for themselves, expectations which, given the students’ past records, they will likely meet with ease. “I one day see myself working in Washington, D.C. as a political analyst or journalist,” said Quinn Hatoff, who will be studying government at Harvard University. Reilly Gorman will begin his major in biology at Duke University this fall with plans to eventually study abroad in Spain. Recruited to play soccer at Yale University, Francesca Coxe will pursue a psychology major with hopes to partake in premedical studies. Reilly Ryan heads to Pepperdine University to study communications, marketing and business

Valedictorian College List AMERICAN UNIVERSITY Peter Hays BIOLA UNIVERSITY Ashley Anderson, Jasmine DeNault BROWN UNIVERSITY Cassidy Bennett, Camen Piho CAL STATE, FULLERTON Maya Erickson CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY Joshua Hale, Sydney Pong CAL STATE, LONG BEACH Dimitri Garaud CAL POLY, SAN LUIS OBISPO Alexander Alvarez, Cassidy Burns, Grant Haug , Justin Hauser, Colby Taylor, Alex Westman COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY Marina Gemma

Yanchen Zhang, Scholar of Scholars. Photo by Andrea Swayne

administration and wants a career that allows her to “create, see the world and take advantage of every opportunity to live and love.” Unlike her peers, Tyler Karahalios will not be attending school in the fall. She has deferred her acceptance to Stanford University for one year so that she can serve in South Africa, Peru, India and Thailand. As each of the 84 valedictorians move forward in their lives, they reminisce on their time spent at San Clemente High School. Berkeley-bound students Megan Landes and Rachel Namson both look back on their high school experiences. “I wouldn’t trade my last four years for anything; they’ve brought me a world of wonderful memories and have brought me closer to all the amazing people who have shaped me into who I am,” Landes said. Namson, who transferred to the school as a sophomore, said, “It is bittersweet to leave, but I know that my time spent at SCHS has prepared me both in academics and in character for college and essentially ‘real life,’” Dimitri Garaud moved to San Clemente from France several years ago and says the move has been one of the best things to happen to him. He intends to pursue theater at Cal State Long Beach. Madison Swayne will be attending the University of Southern California to study environmental science, a decision partially influenced by one of her fondest high school memories. Recalling a trip to Yosemite taken by her environmental science class, she said, “Not only did we get to see things that we had learned about in the classroom out in nature, we also got to bond with one another on a level that isn’t possible in the classroom.” These 84 valedictorians share bright futures, poised to make an impact on the world. Congratulations to the Class of 2011. •

SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY Tatum Ohana STANFORD UNIVERSITY Tyler Karahalios, Michael (Austin) Tubbs UC BERKELEY Ethan Drechsler, Christopher Dunn, Brooke Harding, Rochelle Henderson, Megan Landes, Kara Mossler, Rachel Namson, Bianca Safai, Ashley Schoenfeld, Travis Stansbery UC DAVIS Rachel Brown, Rebekah Laibson, Mackenzie Nelson UC IRVINE Zo’e Fraley, Farrah Hagblom, Molly Yoder

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE Yanchen Zhang (Scholar of Scholars)

UC LOS ANGELES Nathan Dillon, Staci Hudson, Megan Jacobi, Zia Kanani, Ashish Lal, Octavio Medina-Martinez, Allison Newell, Samantha Reed, Nghi Tran


UC RIVERSIDE Amanda Balmaseda

HARVARD UNIVERSITY Quinn Hatoff, Andrew Strange


LAFAYETTE COLLEGE Alexandra Reisinger

UC SANTA BARBARA Alison Palmer, Cambridge Teter


UC SANTA CRUZ Donald Fuller, Jacob Ritschel, Kyle Teske


UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER Scott Hair UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, ENGLAND Deborah Song UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Samantha Hansen, Denise Rockstroh, Mayur Shah, Cameron Streeter, Madison Swayne, Andre Vleisides, Sofie Wright, Sommer Yesenofski UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA McKenna Hughes VASSAR COLLEGE Thomas Wiechert YALE UNIVERSITY Francesca Coxe WESTMONT COLLEGE Ryan Hall

Triton of the Year

Special Honors Nominees for Triton of the Year, Athlete of the Year Share Insights on School

Athletes of the Year

Quinn Hatoff

Francesca Coxe

Steve Palacios

Age: 18 Attending: Harvard University Major: Political science

Age: 18 Attending: Yale University Major: Psychology

Age: 18 Attending: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Major: Kinesiology

What will you miss the most about your high school? “Entering SCHS as a freshman, I worried that I’d get lost in the sea of new faces. However, I soon developed my passions and found comfort in the music program and school newspaper. I will miss the sense of community built around our ‘small town’ high school.”

Would you say that soccer is one of your passions? “Soccer is my greatest passion in the world. I can’t imagine life without it. If I’m not in a game, I’m watching games, training little kids or playing in the street. It’s such a simple sport – a ball and grass – but I feel so free and creative when I’m playing, like I could fly. I hope every girl who falls in love with a sport follows her passion and plays.”

What does Athlete of the Year represent to you? “To me, Athlete of the Year is someone that has made a difference and excelled over others in athletics; a humble character who strives for perfection and works his or her butt off. My favorite, most memorable moment was scoring the game-winning goal in over time in the semi-finals against St. John Bosco. Our whole stadium rushed the field.”


Triton of the Year Nominees

Cassidy Bennett

Tyler Karahalios

Camen Piho

Andre Leo Vleisides

Age: 18 Attending: Brown University Major: Environmental studies

Age: 18 Attending: Stanford University Major: Psychology

Age: 18 Attending: Brown University Major: Mathematics

Age: 18 Attending: University of Southern California Major: International relations

What will you miss the most about your high school? “The thing I will miss the most about San Clemente High School is the people. Teachers, staff and students here at San Clemente have made a tremendous impact on my life, and I can only hope that I will be able to grow as strong and as powerful of relationships while in college.”

What will you miss the most about your high school? “I do not sufficiently know how to sum up what it is about SCHS that I am going to miss … I will miss the incredible people: My teachers, peers, cross-country teammates, ASB family and my friends. I deeply cherish the people who have shaped me into the person I am today.”

How did it feel to be nominated? “I was really surprised to be nominated, but I definitely felt like my peers really deserved it, and it must have been really hard to have had to choose between them. I am really thankful that the faculty choose me as one of the five when I was up against such great students.”

How did it feel to be nominated? “The award of Triton of the Year is given to the student who most closely embodies what it means to be a Triton, to be a student at SCHS, to be responsible, diligent, caring and amiable. ”

Athlete of the Year nominees


Lauren Pluimer – Basketball Alison Palmer – Cross-Country McKenna Pautsch – Golf Kailey McCasland – Softball

Emmy Merrill – Surfing Silken Jones – Swimming Triston Brown – Track Celina Lazzaro – Water Polo Molly Yoder – Volleyball


Christian Knauer – Baseball Dominic Fashing – Basketball Christopher Dunn – Cross-Country Andrew Strange – Football

Kevin Allen – Golf Jeremy Carter – Surfing Tanner Bierbaum – Swimming Alexander Alvarez – Track Dominic Lile – Volleyball Preston Quam – Wrestling

Congratulations to the Class of 2011

2011 Graduates

San Clemente High School Photo courtesy of Brandon Winters

Anitra Rhiannon Adams Christopher Michael Adams Vanity A. Adams Ryan James Adrig Nikita Afkami Amie Jeanne Agamata Kai Scott Aiken Alix Erik Akhribi Madison Grace Allan Cody Michael Allen Kevin Maxwell Allen Jason Edward Alosio Samer S. Alrayes Scott Hobart Alter Alexander Arnaldo Alvarez Kyra Marie Alvarez Chase Randall Alward Nigel Ambrosio Adam J. Anawalt Dona Anda Ashley Marie Anderson Dean Mitchell Anderson Kali Anderson Gavin Wayne Andrews Tessa Andujar Nicholas Vincent Anello Sean Michael Anthis Michael William Anthony Dane Jeffrey Apathy Jasmine Marie Arredondo Michael David Bacon Arshia Bahadori Jack Coleman Baker Jessica Baker Rebecca Michelle Baker Erin Lynn Ballard Amanda Jean Balmaseda Kaylin Whitney Barkema Diana Paula Barrientos Ezel Taylor Barroso Trina Gabrielle Bautista John Timothy Bazzo Brooke Nicole Beard Allyssa Marie Beckman Brooke Anne Bedard Jason Alan Bell Alex A. Benkert-Langrell Cassidy Joan Bennett Dylan Hunter Bennis America Idali Berber Benjamin Bernal Camerina Berrun Tanner James Bierbaum Rachelle Morgan Bieser Jake Ryan Black Aaron G. Blanchard Sierra Morgan Blankenbecler Brendan Connor Bleick

Kathryn Blinn Riley Eva Bogart Brooks Adam Bolsinger Brenda Michelle Born Youssef Kareem Bouiahadj Heather Joy Brandriff Sam Stewart Branker Casen James Brant Eric Bravo De Rueda Brandon Wellerson Brown Lyndsey Marie Brown Rachel Donlon Brown Triston Rayana Brown Christina Marie Buchanan Kimberly A. Buck Kayla Breanne Buechner Katherine Marie Burbridge Brian Burns Cassidy Lauren Burns Katin Matthew Burns Meghan Katherine Burton Kelly Anne Byrne Cara Elisabeth Cabodi Jazlyn Reanne Cabula Alec Christian Calderon Lorena Calvillo Mckenzie Susanne Campagna Stephanie Caporaso Alexander Cardenas Erin Christian Carlson Brina Christie Carrier Mikaela Christiani Carrillo Olivia Marie Cartelli Alexis Ricardo Carteno Barbara Ann Carter Jeremiah R. Carter Jacob Riley Caruso Mackenize Jean Castruita Fabian Caudillo Camila Cavaglieri Francisco J. Ceja Erica Garcia Cervantes Brandon Hugh Chacon Dawn Ariel Chapman Simon Connor Chesney Alexander Tracy Christensen Nathaniel Brown Christiansen Shannon Elizabeth Christner Amelia Maria Claud Alesa Renee Clifton Kasey Cameron Clifton Brennan Donald Clinebell Melissa Anne Clinkenbeard Colin Bruce Anthony Cobb Jason Moses Tavares Coelho Dayne L. Colby Candace Susanne Collao Megan Marie Conlon Christian Riley Conner Cristina Marie Conone Clare Cathrine Conway Shelby Lauren Cook Thomas Isaac Cook Traci Glynn Cornish Stephanie Corral

Courtney Michele Costales Kevin Holt Coville Valen Natalie Cox Whitney Kaitlyn Cox Francesca Rose Coxe Nathan James Crawford Anakaren Crisostomo Shelby Criswell Madison Alene Crosby Nathan J. Crowe Elle Crowther Araceli Cruz Richard Steve Cruz-Silva Tara Colleen Cseresznyak Tamara Victoria Cucuk Richard Bryce Cummings Hailey Penny Cunningham Kacey Ann Curran Devan Nicole Curtis Taylor Sanford Curtis Tamara Emile Dagher Alessandra D’Agostino Evan Dahl William James Daley Carley Nicole Daniel Chad Russell Daniels Sean Nima Dassoff Cheyenne Daniel Davey Kasey Leigh Davis Daniel Joseph Davison Dakota Douglas Day Rodrigo De Araujo Laura Danielle De Marquette Sage Stuart Deaton Javier Jaime DeLaHoya Lauren Victoria Delgado Jasmine Jeanne-Nicole DeNault Tanner G. Denning Connor Steven DePhillippi Hanna Marie Devine Eric Christopher Dickey Ariel Patricia Dickinson India Audrey Diggs Nathan Patrick Dillon Guan Ding Jesse Alan Dishno Joshua Daniel Dobias Amanda Lynn Dobson Melissa May Donnelly Patrick Preston Donoghue Jasmin Raquel Donoso Tanner Lee Dooney Oscar Dossland Rebecca Joy Dove Amanda Diane Dowell Ethan D. Drechsler Christopher Prado Dunn John Nathan Echelberger Jonathan Phillips Eck Everett Montgomery Eckloff Matthew Antonio Elias-Calles George Michael Ellis Adam Mohamed Elmistikawy Olivia Jane Engelsman Ryan Douglas Erb

Maya Kirsi Erickson Erik Escudero Jordan Russell Eslick Gabriela Estrada Justin Daniel Estrada Jose Farias Dominic Vincent Fashing Jasmine Anna Faulkenberry Faisal Sean Fazilat Hunter Ross Fedden Garrett Patrick Ferguson Jessie Marie Ferguson Michael James Fetner Robert William Fischer Alexandra Emily Fisher Zachary Paul Fishman Alexander Fite Jason Robert Fitzgerald Hillary Claire Fitzmaurice Brian Mickele Flahive Eilidh Ellinor Flanagan Nicolette Lynn Floom Asuzena Flores Gloria Haydee Flores Irving Salazar Flores Leonardo Flores Madelaine Pasay Flores Ashley Marie Focht Connor Dewitt Foltyn-Smith Julia Angelique Formway Salina Cherise Forrest Madalyn Nicole Forrester Trevor Alexander Forsyth Bryan James Fouch Zo’e Ymajen Fraley Hanna Rose Franklin Andrew Edward Freeman Amy A. Freer Amanda Grace French Patrick Riley Frey Arianne Frohlich Christian A. Fuentes Devan Brock Fuentes Donald Joseph Fuller Benjamin Harrison Funk Jake Joseph Furmanski Karina Andrea Gadea Miles Anthony Gagnon Rosalia Gamboa-Sanchez Dimitri Garaud Itzayana Garcia Jesus Garcia Mario Ronaldo Garcia Maritsa Hilda Garcia Nancy Garcia Noemi Garcia Siria Garcia Katey Dawn Gascoigne Tait Hughes Geijer Emily Katherine Geil Megan Lorraine Geller Marina Elizabeth Gemma Dominic Anthony Genovese Austin Ryan Geraghty Randy William Gilkerson

Tory Lizbeth Gilkerson Raymond Keanit Gillard Hank Gillebaard Elijah Jacob Gillis Brooke Marie Girardot Parker Jamison Glenn Kristina Lizabeth Gobble Collin Lee Goddard Linda Patricia Gomez Travis Wade Gomez Joel Gonzales Rene R. Gonzales Viviana Gonzales Reilly C. Gorman Kevin Patrick Gould Anyssa Miranda Govea Lindsey Briana Grant Westley Cole Grant Anjianna Isabella Grasso Levi Ashton Gregory Edward William Griffith Alyssa Lorely Grijalva Kevin Jacob Groeschel Taylor A. Gross Mitchell Reed Gustin Carla Carina Gutierrez Dylan Scott Haas Karlee Haas Hannah Jean Hadley Kyle David Hafey Farrah Eve Hagblom Scott Evan Hair Marek Halaj Joshua Porter Hale Henry Matthew Hall Ryan James Hall Michele Terese Hammer Brogan William Hampton Lindsay Diane Hanaford Matthew Robert Hangan Samantha Lynne Hansen Matthew Arland Hansink Hayden Sean Hanson Brooke Chelsea Harding Austin Allen Harris Kaitlyn Diane Harrison Luke William Hartigan Quinn David Hatoff Grant Stapper Haug Justin Scott Hauser Jack William Haworth Andrew Sean Hayes Peter Zhou Hays Alyssa Nicole Hazelrigg Alexander Emerson Heckman Chelsea Lane Heier Drake Joseph Heintz Elizabeth Rose Heinze Gabriel Jamal Henderson Larson Scott Henderson Rochelle Sheree Henderson Nicholas Robert Hendrickson Nicholas A. Hendry Ashley Therese Henson (Continued)

Oscar Heredia Blaine Robert Herman Ashlit Hernandez Crystal Hernandez Esteban Hernandez Guadalupe Velazquez Hernandez Michael Hernandez Vanessa Hernandez Jessica Kaye Hill

Dylan Timothy Himmerich Riaunna Tyler Hineman Logan James Hitchcock Marlee Liana Hobkirk Austin Alva Holden Heather Lauren Holloway Ashley Christine Hong Ryan Andrew Hougland Christian Leland Howe Justin Trevor Howe Staci Kae Hudson Larissa M Hughes Mc Kenna Lauren Hughes Whitney Ellise Hughes Kaitlyn Pauline Huie Christian Andrew Hukill Jessica Rose Hunn Connor Payton Hutcheson Emma Diane Hutchinson Dalton Young Hutchison Devin James Hyland Jennifer Marie Ibert Allison Marie Iorio Gabriel Christopher Ixtlahuac Kyle Alec Jackson Erick Alejandro Jacob Megan Elizabeth Jacobi

Ian Robert Jameson Jessica Rose Jansen Kimberly Ann Jaramillo Hanna Kristine Jensen Tyler James Jensma Caitlynn Jessee James Bennett Jessup Magalli Jimenez Margarita Jimenez Luis Armando Joaquin Devynne Nicole Johnson Garrett Louis Johnson Karina June Johnson Kelsea Lee Johnson Taylor Dorthy Johnson Terrell Lashon Johnson Zachary Paul Johnson Brigitte E. Johnson-Menard Silken Michelle Jones Colin Patrick Jordan Danielle Morgan Juncal Sebastian Alexander JusticeWerve Keemia Kaboli Madison Jean Kaminski Zia William Kanani Tyler Nicole Karahalios

Baleigh Kathleen Kasler Kyle Nikoloas Katsandris Kaylin Marie Kazem Christian S. Kazimi Shane Kevin Kelley Kylie Lauren Kemp Sean Michael Kennedy Katarina Lauren Keppler Paige Marie Kerth Dylan Joseph Kerwin Justis Lyman Ketcham Sang Duk Kim Jessica Kate Kinsella Taylor James Kirby Tyler James Kirkham Irwin W. Klink Lindsay Marie Klonowski Caden Ross Knappert Christian Phillip Knauer Preston Allen Knox Brian Charles Kordenbrock Kyle Taber Kruhmin Devin Gregory La Mere Sean Lawrence Lacayo Samuel G. Lacebal Scott Jans Lahr Rebekah Ilana Laibson

Ashish Patel Lal Ryan David Lamothe Megan Paige Landes Eric Jameson Langford Mitchell Scott LaSalle Hannah Jane Lawson Alexandra Lee Lazarz Celine Andrea Lazzaro Esther Jina Lee Ryan Joseph Lee Sarah Emma Lee Jeffrey Andrew Leishman Joseph Wilson Leisz Nicholas Anderson Lemanski Victor Rafael Lepe Noah David Lervold Taylor Nicole Lester Domina-Ja Diamon Lewis Dominic James Lile Jasmine Marie Lisciandro Zane Robert Lloyd Mackenzie Ann Lockett Jessica Dominique Lombardi Bryan Lopez Larisa Marina Lopez (Continued)

Leslie Lopez Amy Georgette Loska Mario Alexander Lovos Christian Lloyd Luehmann Kameron Luehmann Robert Anthony Luna Dylan James Lyon Taylor Michael MacDonald Randy Maida Kayvon Kevin Malek Hannah Joy Maloney Angela M. Malouf Joseph Howard Maltese Brandon Mancilla Noah Christian Maningo Abigail May Maples Spencer Fredric March Tayler Brianna Maready Mason Edward Marrs Angelique Marie Martinez Candice Anne Martinez Francisco Martinez Melissa Martinez Ociel Josafat Martinez Jonathan Martinez-Mena Dominic Mata Andrew James Mathieu Tara Vienna Cheri Mattice Mitchell Lusk Mauvezin Thomas L. May-Brown Catrina Jean McAlister Matthew Michael McCanne Kelly Danielle McCartney Justin Francis McCarty Kailey Annemarie McCasland Renee Michelle McDermott Marshall Bradley McDuff Mitchell Tyler McDuff Elle Lee McGarry Daniella Camille McGraw Matthew Albert Mead Josue Medina Daniel Medina-Aviles Octavio Medina-Martinez Paige Rebecca Meintel Hillary C. Mellem Adam Christopher Mendez Alec Michael Merlino Emmy Noel Merrill Amber Lynn Merryman Jordan David Micalef Janet Amaryllis Miranda Arianna Marie Mocarski Maria Therese Molloy Sebastiaan Paul Molloy Christian Ivan Tello Montinola Michael Spencer Montoya Andrea Noelle Moore

Ryan Thomas Moore Elias Cervantes Moreno Ann Morgan Jane Sterling Morris Jeffrey Maxwell Morris Tanner Moskwa Kara Nicole Mossler Mikaela Kathleen Mourer Cody Michael Moyles Sean Ivan Muir Haley Rachel Munck Oscar Levi Munson Michelle Muraski Megan Kathleen Murphy Reid Patrick Murphy Ciara Danielle Murray Rebecca Lyn Murray Nadia Mae Najd Rachel Beth Namson Erick Navarro Jesus Florentino Navarro John Andrew Neff Mackenzie Ann Nelson Morgan Brenna Nelson Ricardo Neri David Ethan Neubauer Brett Robert Neville Allison N. Newell Dane August Nicolas Jace Rogers Niemann Brandi Nicole Niggemann Amy Lynn Nordberg Christian Barba O’Campo Tatum Alexandria Ohana Katie Rae Louise O’Keefe Thomas W. Olds Matthew Scott Oliver Mark Anthony Olmos Alexandra Elizabeth Olson Lacey Rae Orgill Geovana Karin Oropeza Shasta Lorraine Ortiz Alexandra Gegere Osuna Jeffrey Mieczyslaw Otsuki Lorraine M. Overman Eduardo Ozuna Kasey Sandra Padilla Steve Palacios Alison Beth Palmer Nicole Anne Paradise Trevor Parmelee Estevan Antonio Parra Jackson Indiana Partridge Vijay Michael Patel Stephen Tanner PatridisSherrod Matti Alyssa Paulsen McKenna Ualani-Mcleod Pautsch Rachael Dawn Paxton Antonio Javier Pedraza Scott James Pennington Neil Gabriel Peralta Jillian Leigh Perdue Eric Emanuel Perez Joseph Michael Pesch Colleen Erin Peters Hannah Petersen Anthony William Pfeifer Tarra Lynne Pfundstein Camille Pilar Phillips Cain Rowan Piho Camen Rogue Piho Isabella Pinedo

Lauren Kathryn Pluimer Anna Kristina Podobas Luis Fernando Polanco Daniel William Pollak Micaela Rocio Ponce Taylor Ann Ponder Sydney Gekko Pong Tanner Posada Andrea Nicole Prendiz Vincent N. Price Kelsey Joan Prince Kyle George Prince Shaun Anthony Prince Monique Rebecca Pruitt Savannah Bethany Pulver Austin Edward Pumphrey Ashley Michelle Punderson Preston Ross Quam Jessica Nicole Ragenovich Zoe Nicole Rahn Rochelle Jacquelyn Rainville Cierra Joan Randall Maritza Alexandra Rebollar Marquina Marley Cielle Reda Samantha Mariko Reed Kyle Evan Reese Trevor Nofear Reese Luis Felipe Regalado Timothy Walter Reguerin Alexandra Louise Reisinger Haley Linda Louise Remmes Karsten Lee Rempel Emily Ann Reyes Nathan James Reynolds Adam Robert Rhine Jordan Joseph Richardson Melissa Rose Rinehart Sofia Alejandra Rios Jacob Andrew Ritschel Ryan Christopher Robare Max Alexander Robinson Patrice Marie Robison Denise Rockstroh Trevor Raymond Rodelli Zachary Abimael Rodelo-Cortes Jannet Manzo Rodriguez Genesis Rodriguez-Zepeda April Madison Rohde Sheridan Elektra Rohde Gustavo Rojas Luc Daniel Rojas Thomas Anthony Rojas Samantha Rosales Aaron Paul Rosenfield Camila Rosso Ashley Mercedes Roy Tanner James Rozunko Erica Sabrina Rubin Kimberly Rachel Rueweler Marisa Sofia Rufo James Rush Ruiz Taylor Marie Rupp Casey James Rutherford Brett Patrick Thomas Ryan Crystal Mei Ryan Reilly Elizabeth Ryan William Michael Saba Bianca Belghais Safai Kane Ulysses Sanchez Lindsey Alyssa Sanchez Emily Kay-Lee Sanders John Michael Sands Alexander Ian Sanson

Brooke Katherine Sapp Max Aaron Satossky Christina Alexandra Savopoulos Dillon Shay Schehr Rachel Lee Schlimmer Ashley Marie Schoenfeld Jacob Martin Schultz Mitchell Richard Schusler Bobby Glen Scruggs Trenton Dean Sebring Christian Charles Seely David Robert Self Evan Thomas Sellers Shanna Dyan Semer Shannon Nicole Settanni Mayur Nayan Shah Charlotte Teresa Shanahan Alexandra Jan Shaw Gray Rincon Shaw Trevor James Shaw Cody Lee Shillman Hannah Elizabeth Shippy Logan August Shippy Weston Jeffrey Shoaf Machai Christopher Shoop Nima D. Shull Katherine Ema Siem Steel Sky Simmonds Taylor C. Sims Torri Caitlen Sims Brooke Tawnye Slay Jordyn Berlyn Slay Andrew James Smith Cameron Scott Smith Cristian Josef Smith Erin Nicole Smith Kaitlyn Ann Smith Luke Thomas Smith Tarren Robert Snyder Lauren J. Solano Antonio Solis Deborah Euna Song Natalie Christine Spaeth Blake William Spencer Ian Maxwell Sprenger Alexa Sprotte Julia Rose Staggs Jared Buck Stanley Travis Jack Stansbery Mikaela Marie Stavron Skyler Wayne Steimle Jonathon Bennet Stenersen Clay Matthew Stevens Brady Leon Stewart-Chester Dale Mariner Stewlow Andrew Gabriel Strange Dylan N. Stratton Christian Paul Straus Matthew George Strazzulla Cameron Matthew Streeter Connor Dean Stuart Madison Ann Sudakoff Ryan Kiyoshi Sugano Christopher F. Sullivan Patrick Frances Swain Tanner Houlihan Swain Madison Rae Swayne Erin Marie Talafus Teague Amaris Tarrant Jacob Christopher Tatum Allan James Taylor Austin Blake Taylor Caleb David Taylor Colby Thorington Taylor

Kyle Parker Teske Cambridge Evans Teter Jalani Kian Thompson Phillip Michael Thompson Brooke Elise Tiernan Scott Trygve Tobiassen Yaroslav Toro-Nesterenko Fanny Arlem Torres Jesse Torres-Pena Nicholas Rotella Tortarolo Nghi Thi Kim Tran Hannah Nicole Trigg Emily Renae Trotter Michael Austin Tubbs Nathan Howard Tully Brandon Halil Turk David Paul Turney Ochir Erdene Tuya Allyson Rebecka Twitchell Taylor Alyse Valladares Elizabeth M. Valle Jacob Riley Vanderwork Anakaren Vasquez Evelyn Yonaneth Vazquez Connor Stillman Vesely Fernando Villalobos Hali Eliot Vilsack Lillian Emma Vinn Andre Leo Vleisides Walter Clarke Wakeman Nicole Christine Walser Molly Ann Walter Raymond Luvaz Warner Justin Conner Waugh Breana Kristine Elizabeth Webb Baily Anne Weisinger Amanda Jo Welling Taber Alec Wells Heidi M. Wentzel Sandy Tyler Wert Alex Anthony Westman Julia Gibson Whelan Skylar Whelan Thomas Steven Wiechert Connor Sloan Wilcox Derrick Elton Wildfong Victoria Elaine Wilken Brendon Wilkinson Bryson Garrett Williams Trinity Gipson Willis Dylan Eric Taylor Wilsey Cory Deacon Wilson Danaan Murphy Wilson Rachel Maria Winsor Chelsea Marie Winsten Brandon Alexander Winters Calvin Robert Wiss Kevin P. Wong Travis Gregory Wong Loren Nicole Wood Kristina Sofia Wright Hayden Davis Yacobucci Sommer Marie-Luise Yesenofski Molly Christine Yoder Megan N. Ysais Chad Spencer Yu Charles Sloan Yu Selena Nayeli Zamora Jennifer Elizabeth Zeek Yanchen Zhang This list of graduates is the most recent available from San Clemente High.




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SUDOKU by Myles Mellor Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9X9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3X3 squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. Puzzles come in three grades: easy, medium and difficult. Level: Medium Last week’s solution:

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Clothing Line is New Kid on the Bloq San Clemente designers inspired by surf and skate style By Alexa DuMity San Clemente Times

‘Miss Karen’ reaches 30-year milestone By Alexa DuMity San Clemente Times


loq Generation founder Kyle Cooper talks about his upstart clothing business and begins to say the word, “if,” but quickly corrects himself. It isn’t a matter of if for the 21-year-old Cooper. It’s a matter of when. “I know we will become something big,” he said. After graduating from San Clemente High School in 2008, he decided college wasn’t for him and set out on a different path. Driving home from a snowboarding trip in 2009, he was listening to a song when he came up with the idea for Bloq Generation. He located a designer from Saddleback College and immediately began working on his first line. Although the line didn’t debut until mid-2010, Cooper’s order of 800 to 1,000 shirts sold out. Bloq Generation isn’t the only men’s active wear company that calls San Clemente home. AMBSN clothing, started by brothers Dylan and Dustin Odbert, has had their headquarters in San Clemente for three years now. AMBSN and Bloq both have similar target audiences in men ages 18 to 25, however AMBSN caters to the surf crowd with their board shorts and color-blocked tees while Bloq offers choices for skaters such as bold graphic T-shirts and tanks focusing on the brand, rather than the style. Hailing from San Luis Obispo, AMBSN was started in 2001 as a fundraiser for a friend who was struggling financially after he had been hit by a train. AMBSN designer Dylan Odbert created the shirts, while Dustin Odbert introduced them to the surf shops he worked in. They found a mentor in Dick Baker, the late president of Ocean Pacific, who helped them create a business plan and convinced them to move to San Clemente. They now have their brand in stores all over Southern California, including local stores like Icons of Surf and Stewart Surfboards. “We don’t want to grow too fast,” said Dustin Odbert. “We want to grow organically.” Much like Bloq, AMBSN is in the early stages, just beginning to get noticed. “We prefer for people to find us,” said the brothers. “It makes it special for the person who finds us, like when you are listening to a band before they get big, it’s special to you.” “Don’t quit your day job until you make it,” said Cooper who has funded Bloq Generation on his own so far with the help of his own day job. He chooses to go without a partner after a previous project went sour. He does all of his own San Clemente Times June 23–29, 2011

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Kyle Cooper. Photo by Alexa DuMity

marketing via social networking, scheduling for promotions and meeting with potential buyers and screen-printers for his clothing. “We’re extremely unique in our advertising strategy. We have a huge stickers business. We also promote with DJs and in the club scene,” said Cooper. “We also tweet constantly and give away stickers and T-shirts for people who re-tweet us.” The business owner’s biggest goal for Bloq is to make his line relatable to his generation. He also hopes to get his line into Southern California clothing shops and to keep his design, manufacturing and distribution within the United States. Eventually, Cooper would like to purchase his own screen-printing machine and be able to print the designs himself. Long term, he also would like to branch into denim and women’s clothing. “I have sent stickers to people in Texas, Montana and San Francisco” said the Bloq founder. “We’re going to be everywhere.” SC Page 28

fter three decades of teaching dance, Karen Lucy isn’t planning on taking her final bow any time soon. “I will continue to teach as long as I still love the kids and it still comes to me pretty easily, physically and creatively,” said Lucy who was recognized Tuesday at City Hall for reaching her 30th anniversary with the Beaches, Parks and Recreation Department. Lucy has been a dance instructor in San Clemente since she moved from New York in 1981. She began dancing at the age of 3 and continued to perform from then on. Ballet was her forte, and she had aspirations of becoming a ballerina. “Very few become ballerinas,” said Lucy. Instead, she chose to teach. The instructor and her students have formed strong bonds. Some have opened dance studios together, and others teach with her at the Community Center. Kristen Madison said “Miss Karen” fostered a love of movement she’ll keep for the rest of her life. “She made me feel happy about dance, that it was worth my while,” said Madison, who recently graduated from St. Michael’s Christian Academy. The 18-year-old, who took classes twice a week, said Lucy would spend extra time on Saturdays to help the young dancer perfect her routines before the annual recital. “The potential she saw in me, the encouragement she gave me, that just made me strive to be better,” Madison said. Immediately after Lucy’s start with the city, she began hosting an annual dance recital. Students begin learning their routines around September in order to be prepared for the show the next summer. This year’s performance was June 11. “The shows can be stressful,” said Lucy. “But when you get to the show, you realize it’s about the kids. Even if they stand there and cry, it’s a valued experience for them, it adds to their character.” The instructor said her work is “more than dancing.” “As women, when we walk out the door in the morning we have to feel good about ourselves,” she said. “We have a lot of pressure on us, even from as young as kindergarten, and we’re special. I want my students to know that.” SC

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PIZZA Izza Neapolitan Pizzeria 949.248.4925 376 Camino de Estrella,

PLUMBING A to Z Leak Detection 949.499.4464 1218 Puerta del Sol, Bill Metzger Plumbing                          949.492.3558 1218 Puerta del Sol, Chick’s Plumbing 949.496.9731 Mission Plumbing & Heating 949.492.4303 1100 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente Plumbing               949.366.2691 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 108,

POOL/SPA SERVICE & REPAIR Radiant Pool & Spa Service     949.290.5616 SC Pool Techs 949.235.1261

PRESCHOOLS San Clemente Preschool 949.498.1025 163 Avenida Victoria,


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Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 638 Camino de los Mare, Ste. G-105,

Restaurants Café Calypso 949.366.9386 114 Avenida Del Mar #4 Carbonara Trattoria 949.366.1040 111 Avenida Del Mar, #B, The Cellar 949.492.3663 156 Ave. Del Mar,

ROOFING CONTRACTORS Jim Thomas Roofing 162 Calle de Industrias

Real Estate Altera Real Estate - “Sandy & Rich” 949.293.3236 Antonio Fiorello, Forté Realty Group 949.842.3631 San Clemente, Casa Verde Homes - Simon Wilson 949.212.5800 Doug Echelberger First Team Real Estate 407 W. El Camino Real, 949.498.7711 Marcie George - Star Real Estate South County 949.690.5410 Prue Putnins- Regency Real Estate 949.366.1984, Steve Smith 949.632.8139 Olympian Altera DCP, Tarbell Realtors - The Metcalfs           949.533.5999 1001 Avenida Pico,

Real Estate Attorneys The Gibbs Law Firm, APC 949.492.3350 110 E Avenida Palizada, Ste. 201,

Remodel Casa Verde Homes 949.212.5800 License #B 906391,


SALONS Salon Bamboo 949.361.3348 150 Avenida Del Mar, Ste. A, Salon Bleu 949.366.2060 207 S. El Camino Real, Sanctuary Salon & Spa 949.429.5802 1041 Avenida Pico, Ste. B,

Printing OC 949.388.4888 SCREENS 27134 Paseo Espada #B 203, Sure-Fit Screens Psychologists Manny Tau, Psy.D., PSY14892 800.865.0367 300 S. El Camino Real, Ste. 218,




South Coast Furniture & Mattress   949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos,

SKINCARE A Beautiful You Skin Care 949.370.1852 1502 N. El Camino Real,

SURF CAMPS Aloha Beach Camp 949.481.7222 647 Camino de los Mares,

Surf Lessons Aloha Beach Camp 949.481.7222 647 Camino de los Mares,

SURF SCHOOLS San Clemente Surf School 949.334.7649

TERMITES Colony Termite Control 949.361.2500 1402 Calle Alcazar, Environment 1st Exterminating, Inc. 949.218.1111 2340 S. El Camino Real, #13, The Termite Guy -Termite & Pest Control 106 W. Canada Ave., 949.940.1010

Nic’s Vacuum & Small Appliance 949.492.4747 216 Ave. Del Mar,

VETERINARIANS Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital 949.429.1555 1242 Puerta Del Sol,

WATER DAMAGE Jarvis Restoration -24/7 949.362.5388 1393 Calle Avanzado,

Water Wise Irrigation Costa Verde Landscape License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27)


WEBSITE DESIGN San Clemente Website Design        949.246.8345

WINDOW CLEANING Bayside Window Cleaning 949.290.8230 Greg’z Pristine Window Cleaning & 949.294.7852 X-Mas Light Installation

WINDOW COVERINGS Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 638 Camino de los Mare, Ste. G-105, San Clemente Window Fashions 949.498.9515

Wine Bar The Cellar 949.492.3663 156 Ave. Del Mar,

Wine Shop & Wine Tasting San Clemente Wine Company 949.429.7076 212 ½ Avenida Del Mar,


Treasure Hunters Turn Out in Droves for Garage Sale A Saturday Community event provides mini-education in sociology and anthropology t’s true: One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. I recently witnessed this phenomenon myself at our yearly community garage sale. When the annual neon LIFE’S A BEACH flier arrives in my mail, By Shelley Murphy I always think it’s a fun idea, and I look forward to participating in the garage sale. I immediately start digging through drawers and cleaning out closets, searching for rags to turn into riches. But on the morning of the sale, when my alarm rings, I face the reality of rolling out of bed at 6 a.m. on Saturday to stand in my cold driveway for hours. I’m tempted to pull-up the covers and call Goodwill—but the “I told you so” smirk my husband shoots me before going back to sleep motivates me to rise and shine. The morning of the sale, June gloom delivered a heavy drizzle, but that didn’t discourage or diminish the number of treasure hunters. They arrived in droves. Plied with plenty of coffee and moxie, I began dragging out old clothes, paperback books and abandoned toys. And, by 7:30 a.m., I


had successfully draped our driveway in damp garage sale staples. While the signs posted around town announced the sale’s official start at 8 a.m., the early birds were out to get the worms, and by 7:35 a.m., I had made my first dollar. (I later learned that these early birds, a.k.a. vultures, come in quick for the kill and are professionals who buy our castoffs and resell them on eBay or at auction, thus beating us all at our own game.) Some people regard garage sales as a recreational way to spend a Saturday. They stroll along neighborhood streets shopping and stopping to shoot the breeze. These bargain-hunters prefer the camaraderie of community over sitting alone at a computer scouring Craigslist for a good deal. To me, a garage sale means a minieducation in sociology and anthropology—a chance to see a slice of life in San Clemente. This year’s shoppers ranged from the surreal to sublime. As a proprietor, I expect to barter with buyers. It’s part of the business. Everything must go. After I’ve parted with my once-prized possessions, and they’re ban-

ished to the driveway, they’re not allowed back in the house. With that in mind, I competitively priced my merchandise. For example, I valued my inventory of DVDs at $1 each estimating one dollar represents the going rate for rentals. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees on fair-market value. Early that morning, a gray-haired man approached me with two of my DVDs in hand and announced he would give me $1.50 for both. Thinking he misunderstood my sign I said, “The DVDs are one dollar each,” to which he replied, “I will give you $1.50 for both.” I then repeated, “No, it is $2 for both.” Again, he sternly stated, “$1.50 for both.” One more time, I said, “They are $1 each.” I mean, really. One DVD was the twodisc Collector’s Edition of E.T.: The ExtraTerrestrial. I didn’t even tell my kids I was selling that one. Evidently, he’d had enough haggling, and he threw my DVDs down in the pile, they popped open and the disks rolled out. His actions garnered a few gasps from surprised shoppers, and the old man scurried down the street.

My favorite sale of the day came when a neighborhood girl about 5 years old gave me $1 for an ornate hand-held mirror. She seemed so excited about her purchase that I had to ask, “What are you going to do with the mirror?” She replied, “Smile in it,” and headed home with her treasure. Probably, the distinction of Proudest Purchase goes to the savvy shoppers who snagged the quintessential garage-sale item. Blessed with a keen eye, the lucky couple spotted a football helmet rigged with plastic straw tubing and cup holders—they quickly snapped it up for only $5. (I swear, we never used it.) Spending Saturday morning on my driveway proved to be both a transformational and educational experience: At 7 a.m., my stuff was trash, but by noon it had turned into somebody’s treasure, and I completed my study in cultural phenomena for the year plus I made enough to pay off my Nordstrom bill. SC PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to

On Life and Love After 50: By Tom Blake

A 2011 Look at Internet Dating for Seniors new dating website specifically for singles over 50 is now active. Before describing it, let me mention these cardinal rules of Internet dating: • Never lend or send money to anyone you’ve never met. • Trust your instincts. If someone seems too good to be true, that’s exactly the case. • You cannot fall in love with a person you’ve never met. These rules apply to all Internet dating sites, including the one I am writing about today, which is called It’s not an entirely new site. The company’s press release states: “ was created by combining the membership of SeniorPeopleMeet. com and With more than one million active members, OurTime. com is now the largest online community catering to singles over 50.” is owned by the same company that owns I interviewed Dr. Terri Orbuch, OurTime’s dating and relationship expert. I was impressed with her dating knowledge and her reassurances about the site’s safety. Dr. Orbuch said, “OurTimes’s highest priority is member safety. We have safety experts constantly patrolling the site.


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Internet dating is no safer or less safe than meeting strangers in other ways.” Do her words guarantee singles won’t encounter scammers on Of course not. This week, On Life and Love After 50 a woman named Judie By Tom Blake emailed me about a 73year-old friend of hers who met a man on the former who claimed to be an American working in Malaysia. His story didn’t add up. Eventually, he asked the woman for money. Internet dating is a double-edged sword. Singles dramatically increase their chances of meeting a mate because these sites have members throughout the world. But, meeting someone who lives far away often results in a long-distance relationship. These relationships can work out, but there are many added challenges to them. Dr. Orbuch said, “Before getting involved in a long-distance relationship, each person must communicate his or her expectations about who would move and who wouldn’t. If neither is willing or

unable to move, it’s hard to have much of a relationship, particularly if they’d like to be together regularly.” Dr. Orbuch also stressed that singles should carefully review the safety tips and dating guidelines on the OurTime. com website before beginning the search for a mate. I checked those pages and agree with her. According to the OurTime press release, approximately 65 percent of their users have been divorced and 25 percent widowed. And now for the best news for seniors, the press release also stated: “The typical Boomer believes that old age doesn’t begin until age 72, according to a 2009 Pew Research survey, not age 65.” Hooray for that. While Internet dating has its risks, it also has its rewards. It provides an easy way for singles to test the waters and to not have to wait for a telephone call to interact with potential mates. Women can be assertive. Plus, singles can talk with more than one potential mate in a matter of minutes. They can’t do that when they’re out on a date with one person. The OurTime website link: www. Email me at to Page 34

share your experience with this new dating website. Reader comment: Susan, “I am a Dana Point resident for 20 plus years, and I look forward to reading your “Life and Love after 50” articles. (I will be 50 in two weeks.) Having spent the last five years on Match, Eharmony, and even Plenty of Fish, and having been on over 40 first dates, I met someone special eight months ago. (I’m still in shock.) “I read your story about romance scams and don’t understand why people on these dating sites entertain the idea of starting a relationship with someone not within a reasonable driving distance. It just spells trouble for so many reasons. Of course, not giving money is a no-brainer, but when you meet someone in person, it’s harder to hide your intentions.” Tom Blake is a Dana Point business owner and San Clemente resident who has authored books on middle-aged dating. To comment on his column, email him at tompblake@gmail. com. See his website at SC PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to



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City Summer Camps, TBA June 24, 7:30 a.m. The City of San Clemente is still taking registration for a range of summer camps to keep you active for the months ahead. Info:





Triton Football Golf Tourney, Talega Golf Club June 24, TBA

Angels vs. Dodgers, Dodger Stadium June 24, 7:10 p.m.

Outdoor Adventure Nationals vs. AnFitness Club, gels, Angel Stadium Mount Baldy June 27, 7:05 p.m. June 25, TBA

Head to Talega Golf Club for a round of golf, a banquet and more. All proceeds go directly to San Clemente High’s football program.

There’s a Freeway Series just ahead as the Angels hit the road to take on the Dodgers in the first of a three-game series.

Advanced hikers are encouraged to scale the summit of Mount Baldy. The cost for non-members is $25.

Info: www.losangeles.

Info: 949.366.1010


After wrapping up a slew of games on the road, the Angles head home in time to host Washington in the first of a three-game series. Info: www.losangeles.angels.

Utah State of Mind San Clemente High’s Travis Wilson talks verbal commitment to Utes and more By David Zimmerle San Clemente Times


hen you’re a high-profile high school quarterback, moving on to play NCAA Division 1 football is all about what makes the most sense as an elite

prospect. For San Clemente High School starting quarterback Travis Wilson, the choice on where to play college football is a simple and straightforward one—the University of Utah. Having wrapped up his junior year, Wilson is almost set to embark on a final mission with his fellow Tritons. And thankfully for the team and community, he’ll play out the fall season of games without the distractions of where he wants to play at the next level. Quarterbacks in general aim to commit early. They do so because they know what kind of offensive system suits them for the most part. Fielding a total of seven offers that included the likes of Utah, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Iowa State, Wilson gave his verbal commitment to the Utes in early May and hasn’t wavered from it. He likely won’t, moving forward. “Before our first week of spring ball (in April) some of the coaches from Utah came out for a visit to see me work out,” Wilson said. “They hinted at offering me then, but didn’t do it until they came out for a second visit. Out of all the schools that offered me, they definitely showed the most interest.” Ultimately, Wilson’s verbal also rested in his comfort level with the coaching staff as well as offensive guru and new head coach Norm Chow. During his spring break in April, Wilson hit the road for several unofficial visits to Washington, Utah and Colorado. Getting a small taste of life in Salt Lake City, along with the fact that Utah will soon be staking a claim as a newly added team in the Pac-12, definitely helped spur on the early decision. “I’m really comfortable with the coaching staff there, and it was also the most comfortable school that I went to visit,” he said. “Utah’s coaches have also developed a great relationship with my parents and I really like how they’ll still be pretty close to see me when I play.” With his sights set on playing early, Utah provided him with the best set of options. “I want to play as soon as I can when I get to college, so San Clemente Times June 23–29, 2011

San Clemente High’s starting quarterback Travis Wilson releases a quick outlet pass during a game last fall. He will be entering his senior year having already given his verbal commitment to play quarterback for the University of Utah. Photo courtesy of Brian Miller

that was really important to me in making my decision,” he said. “I plan on red-shirting my freshman year and improving my mechanics overall while backing their current starter Jordan Wynn, a junior from Oceanside High School. Utah also made the most sense for me because at San Clemente we’re in the process of changing up our offense to one that’s more pro-style, so it’ll be nice to know it well because that’s what Utah runs.” And even though national signing day won’t happen until early February 2012, Wilson says he’s most likely sticking with Utah until then. “I’m willing to talk with other coaches the closer we get to signing day, but I’m pretty firm with this commitment— pretty sure that I’m 100 percent in wanting to go to Utah. Standing at 6-6 and weighing in at 220 lbs., Wilson is a towering figure on the field. He has the frame and arm to become a phenomenal pocket passer at the next level. He also said that Washington and Arizona each finished behind the Utes, respectively. Though the Huskies were his first offer, coach Steve Sarkisian is loaded at the quarterback position, while Arizona just wasn’t what Wilson was looking for in a program. Overall, Wilson is grateful in knowing he is one of the most sought-after recruits in the country. Page 36

“This is all definitely really exciting for me,” he said. “At the beginning of last year, I wouldn’t have expected this much exposure. But I’ve been hoping for this since I was a kid. I feel blessed to be able to play Division 1 football, and I just want to make the most out of it. I also want everyone to know that I’m a good quarterback and that Utah made the right decision in picking me.” As far as the high school season ahead is concerned, Wilson has his eyes steadfastly fixed on the prize. “It’s a good thing I committed early so that I can be totally focused on the season ahead,” he said. “I’ve been with the guys on this team since Pop Warner, and we’re getting geared up for the summer months. My plan is to continue to work hard and win it all next season.” Before he hits the field with his teammates in San Clemente’s first home game of the season against Cabrillo of Long Beach on September 2, Wilson is scheduled to showcase his skills at the Elite 11 Camp at the University of Pepperdine at the end of July. The camp features the top 11 quarterbacks in the nation working through passing drills and their mechanics. Last season, Wilson earned the starting spot for San Clemente throwing for 2,020 yards and 12 touchdowns, while also rushing for 466 yards. SC




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Grom of the WEEK David Levy Age: 13, Marco Forster Middle School David Levy first jumped onto a surfboard at the age of 6 and hasn’t looked back since. He enjoys both surfing and bodyboarding but says that his serious training is devoted to longboarding. David intends to continue surfing for the Marco Forster Middle School surf team next year and will focus on continuing to improve in hopes of making the Dana Hills High team the following year as a freshman. “David is a really good solid surfer who keeps improving,” said Coach Carol Weinhardt. “His style is shaping up to be pretty progressive and I can definitely see him being one of the team leaders next year.” David Levy. Photo by Melanie Levy When not in the water, he also enjoys skateboarding and hanging out with his friends. David is no slouch in the classroom either. He is a straight ‘A’ honor student whose name has been a fixture on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll in every quarter of his school career so far. David likes English class, enjoys writing and is definitely college-bound. He intends to keep up his grades and hopes to get into a university that will keep him close to the ocean he loves. David said that, although he likes school, he is really happy that summer is here so he can spend long days at Doheny and San O surfing two to three sessions every day.—Andrea Swayne

Surfers’ Hall of Fame Inductees Announced Surf luminaries will cement their place history at annual ceremony By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


he Surfers’ Hall of Fame pays tribute to those who have made an enduring mark on the culture, sport and industry of surfing. Chosen honorees are immortalized by placing their hand and footprints in cement at the foot of the Duke Kahanamoku statue on the corner of PCH and Main in Huntington Beach. The ceremony is set to take place during the US Open of Surfing on August 5 at 10 a.m. This year’s induction ceremony will honor Hawaiian waterman George Downing. Downing has made an indelible impression in the surfing world as a big wave pioneer, Waikiki beachboy, board shaper, contest director and mentor to fellow surfers.

Surf ForecasT Water temp: 60-64˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 15-18’+ Fair+; Catalina: 15-25’+ Fair-Good Remarks: A decent mix of building Southwest groundswell and minimal Northwest windswell prevails on Thursday. Surge is light-moderate and visibility is pretty good, making for fair+ diving conditions overall. Short range: Size is in the 3-4’(waist-chest high) zone on Thursday as Southwest groundswell slowly builds and trace Northwest windswell mixes in. For Friday 3-4’+(waist-shoulder high) surf is the norm as Southwest swell holds and small Northwest windswell continues to mix in. Conditions look fair to good for the mornings with calm to light/variable winds. Long range: Fun surf prevails over the weekend as successive Southwest and South-Southwest groundswells offer up 3-4’+(waist-shoulder high) surf at good exposures. Standout spots pull in larger 5’+(head high+)sets around the correct tides, as light morning winds offer up favorable conditions. Stay tuned to for updates.

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Duke Kahanamoku and George Downing. Courtesy photo

“The Surfers’ Hall of Fame is proud to honor George Downing one of the great pioneers of big-wave surfing, leaders of our sport and major force in preserving oceans, reefs, waves and beaches. George is an ambassador to our sport of surfing, a legend and is true surf royalty,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder, Aaron Pai. “We are thrilled to be able to thank George Downing for his contributions and achievements to our surfing world and stoked that he will be here for his induction into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame.” Downing will be joined by fellow 2011 inductees Simon Anderson, Taylor Knox

and Chuck Linnen as they join the likes of past honorees Laird Hamilton, Andy Irons, Jack O’Neill, Corky Carroll, Robert August, Bob Hurley, Sean Collins, Kelly Slater, Lisa Andersen, Pat O’Connell, Al Merrick, Shaun Tomson and Rob Machado. The ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information, see www. SC

BOARD SHORTS San Clemente Schools Reign at NSSA Nationals Surf teams from San Clemente High and Shorecliffs Middle Schools dominated at the 2011 NSSA National Interscholastic Championships, June 16 to 18 at Salt Creek Beach. The teams took their 11th and ninth national titles, respectively. San Clemente commanded the team competition with 111 points to runner-up Edison with 103. Five SCHS surfers made podium appearances in varsity competition. The Men’s Shortboard division saw Breyden Taylor in first, Trevor Thornton fifth and Tanner Rozunko sixth. Longboarder Eli Gillis took the fifth spot and Emmy Lombard came in sixth in Womens Shortboard. Shorecliffs went way out in front of second place Dwyer, 136 to 74. Middle school team competition also saw Marco Forster in fourth, Shorecliffs ‘B’ in fifth and Bernice Ayer ninth. Shorecliffs’ Colt Ward took the top spot in Boys Shortboard as did Mason Shaw in Longboard. See for full results. 

UPCOMING EVENTS June 21-25: Surfing America USA Championships, San Onofre State Beach, Lower Trestles June 25: DLSA Menehune Surf Championships, Dana Point, Doheny State Beach June 25-July 3: Billabong ISA World Surfing Games, Panama, Play Venao

Surfing Walk of Fame Declares Honorees The Surfing Walk of Fame induction ceremony is set for August 4 at PCH and Main in Huntington Beach at 10 a.m. Seven will be placing their hand and footprints in cement. Each will be honored in their respective categories: Rob Machado (Surf Champion), Skip Frye (Surf Pioneer), Dick Dale (Surf Culture), Debbie Beacham and Kathy “Gidget” Kohner (tied for Women of the Year), Bill Fury (Local Hero) and The Hole in the Wall Gang (Honor Roll). Page 38

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